|Born||Richard Craig Scudamore
August 11, 1959
|Occupation||Premier League Chief Executive Officer|
Richard Scudamore is Chief Executive of the Premier League, a position he has held since November 1999.
Scudamore attended Kingsfield School in Kingswood, Bristol, where he was Head Boy in his final year and which he left in 1977. He studied law at the University of Nottingham but never went on to qualify or practice law. He then spent nine years at Yellow Pages, a division of British Telecom, progressing through sales and marketing, business planning and regional management to the position of Sales Director.
Scudamore worked for 10 years in the newspaper industry, mainly for Thomson. He joined them as Group Advertising Director but went on to spend his last three years with the Thomson Corporation in the US as Senior Vice President responsible for all their newspaper operations in the southern and eastern United States.
Scudamore was appointed CEO of the Premier League in November 1999, reputed to earn in excess of £800,000pa. Scudamore is responsible for negotiating broadcasting and sponsorship contracts worth in excess of £3.5 billion. He is also a founding board member of the Football Foundation, overseeing £200m+ of Premier League contributions to the grass-roots football charity. These roles followed a two-year period as Chief Executive of the Football League - responsible for the other 72 professional clubs outside the Premier League.
In 2008 Scudamore, along with the 20 Premier League club chairmen, opted to explore the opportunity of Premier League clubs playing one additional league match per season overseas. However, following a significant amount of criticism from fans, the media and other football administrators including Sepp Blatter, the Premier League dropped the idea and have said several times since that there are no plans to reconsider it.
Scudamore received some criticism in 2007/08 for the Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano transfer affair in which an independent tribunal rejected the deduction of points from West Ham United in favour of a record £5.5m fine.. Although some media commentators and fans were critical of the League the decision was made by an independent panel chaired by a senior lawyer.
Scudamore is married to Catherine and has five children: Jamie, Chloe, Patrick, Ned and Lara.
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