Earlier than becoming a member of the Premier League in 1999, Scudamore was chief govt of the Soccer League. Previous to that, he had labored at Thomson and Yellow Pages.
However after recognizing an advert for the Soccer League job whereas working within the U.S., it was his spouse who inspired him to use, suggesting it will match his pursuits in soccer as a eager Bristol Metropolis fan and certified referee.
Scudamore then spent two years from 1997 within the job, earlier than he was poached by the Premier League at a time when it earned a fraction of what it does immediately.
In his 19 years working for England’s elite division, he has propelled the sum of money raised from tv rights from £670m to £5.1bn.
He introduced he was standing down in June on the identical day new Premier League broadcasting offers had been introduced, together with a three-year settlement with Amazon to indicate 20 matches a season from 2019.
That package deal had been designed to attraction to web corporations akin to Amazon, Netflix and Fb, signalling the Premier League’s want for followers to have the ability to stream video games sooner or later.
Scudamore’s time has not been with out its difficult moments, nonetheless.
He controversially mooted the thought of a ’39th sport’, with groups enjoying a aggressive match overseas.
The proposal was extensively criticised by followers, managers and even the then FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Scudamore pictured throughout his time as chief govt of the Soccer League
However general, Scudamore is a extensively revered determine throughout soccer and acquired a standing ovation when he introduced his intentions to step apart in June on the Premier League’s end-of-season assembly.
And whereas his general wage of £2.5m might have raised eyebrows in some circles, former NBA commissioner David Stern – Scudamore’s counterpart for basketball in America – mentioned in 2014 that Scudamore is underpaid.
‘Richard is vastly under-remunerated for the job he has executed for the Premier League,’ Stern, who earned round £15m a yr, mentioned at a Sports activities Trade breakfast.
‘The market appreciation of the PL underneath his watch has been extraordinary and his wage ought to replicate that. It’s his enterprise if he charitably accepts a deal far lower than he’s price.’
Certainly he was requested to run advertising giants IMG in 2007 however turned them down, and had already earned sufficient by that point to construct his personal vacation dwelling within the unique U.S. resort of Cape Cod.