Celebrating Excellence in the sports media industry at the TV Sports Awards 2016.

 LONDON, 30th June, 2016

Celebrating Excellence in the sports media industry at the TV Sports Awards 2016.

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In its second year running, the TV Sports Awards (TVSA) 2016 will recognise, award and celebrate excellence in the sports media industry across nine categories. The event includes a gala dinner and auction, and will be held on Monday, 24th October at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Supported by SPORTELMonaco, the prestigious event will feature an array of sporting legends, as well as high-profile guests from the world of sport, media and entertainment. Kate Abdo, broadcaster for Sky Sports and presenter of the Ballon d’Or, will host the event which will showcase exceptional sports media achievements in aid of Play for Change, a sport and education charity for vulnerable children.

The award categories include: Best Sports Broadcaster, Best Live Event Coverage, Best Digital Project, Best TV Rights Deal, Media Executive of the Year, Agency of the Year, Best Football Rights Deal and Sports Commercial Partner of the Year. Three nominees will be shortlisted in each category by an independent committee formed of representatives from influential and well-respected sports media partners. These include iSportconnect, Sportcal, SportsPro, TV Sports Markets and SportBusiness International. The sports media industry will be able to cast their vote online for each category.

The Play for Change award will be shortlisted by a panel of experts in the Sport for Development field and presented to a top-class athlete, who is responsible for extraordinary social responsibility work through supporting, funding and advocating worthy campaigns, initiatives and projects for vulnerable children through sport. The 2015 winner of this award was attributed to Rio Ferdinand for his support and work with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.

Nominations will be announced in August and the voting system will be open from mid-September onwards.

The evening will welcome the renowned Sotheby’s auctioneer Edward Rising to help raise valuable funds for Play for Change. The auction will include exclusive items as well as once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Marie Le Page, Director of Play for Change, said: “Play for Change is thrilled to be collaborating with SPORTELMonaco again for the second annual TV Sports Awards. The TV Sports Awards are not only committed to honoring excellence in the sporting world, but also to promoting sport’s ability to contribute to positive change in society. These awards compliment the SPORTELMonaco convention perfectly, by showcasing and celebrating the very best of the sports media industry in the past year.”

She continued: “Improving the lives of vulnerable children through sport and education is at the heart of what we do and together we can continue to leave a legacy to those who need it the most.”

This exclusive event will operate a strict closed door policy. Tables for the TVSA are available to reserve via the official awards website, please visit www.tvsportsawards.org for more information.   

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For any media enquiries please contact Sarah@playforchange.org

Play for Change

Play for Change is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world using the power of sport to improve education and build life skills. We believe sport can play a significant role in a child’s cognitive, emotional and physical development. We want to see a world where all children are equipped with the vital life-skills that they need for their future. 

Supported By:


SPORTEL is the most influential business convention for the sports media industry. Top level executives representing broadcasters, networks, international sports federations, sports marketing agencies, production companies, event organisers, distributors, right owners, satellite providers, technology providers and new media meet twice a year at SPORTEL. 

Media Partners: 


Sportcal is the essential resource for anyone in the business of sport and has been at the forefront of sports market news, data, analysis and insight for nearly 25 years. 


iSportConnect is the world's largest sports business network with over 23,000 members worldwide. Operating under a strict door policy, membership is exclusive to senior sports business executives, with a thorough verification process. 


SportsPro has served the global sports industry since 2008, providing high-level content on the commercial, political and organisational aspects of global professional sport, across a variety of platforms. 

SportBusiness International

SportBusiness International is an unrivalled media service which delivers the breadth of news, insight, analysis and comment vital to everybody whose commercial success depends on their ability to understand the complex, fast-moving and multi-dimensional sports sector. The 20-year-old service is read and respected by the sports industry's leading executives and  companies. 

TV Sports Markets

TV Sports Markets enables sports media deal-makers and strategists to take more effective and profitable business decisions by equipping them with a depth and breadth of market information which is simply not available elsewhere.