It was planned that Dinnage, currently the global president of Discovery’s Animal Planet brand, would take over from Scudamore, in charge for 19 years, early in 2019.Quite why she has rejected the high-profile position remains unclear, with a Premier League statement issued Sunday simply saying: “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the nominations committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive.”This was a far cry from Dinnage’s comments following the initial announcement of her appointment last month, when she said: “With the support of clubs and the team, I look forward to extending the success of the League for many years to come.When Scudamore took over as chief executive in 1999, the Premier League’s domestic television rights deal was worth around £670 million.The latest deal for rights between 2019 and 2022 sold for more than £4.5 billion.While the vast majority of that money still comes from television giants Sky and BT, it also includes the sale of 20 matches to retail giant Amazon’s streaming service for the first time.Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Burnley chairman Mike Garlick and Leicester chief executive Susan Whelan led the recruitment process, with Buck describing Dinnage as “the outstanding choice” from a “very strong field” of candidates.Now, however, the Premier League will have to re-open the search for Scudamore’s successor.“The committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates,” the Premier League statement issued Sunday also said.“There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Susanna Dinnage will no longer be the new chief executive of the Premier League despite having previously accepted the position © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / AMANDA EDWARDSLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Susanna Dinnage has shocked English football by deciding she no longer wants to be the chief executive of the Premier League despite previously accepting the post.Dinnage, a television executive, was announced as the successor to the long-serving Richard Scudamore in November, with her appointment hailed as a major step forward for women in sports administration.
French ATP tour veteran Julien Benneteau edged Croatia’s Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the Paris Masters and keep alive his pursuit of a maiden singles title.The 35-year-old wildcard, who finished runner-up in 10 Tour-level finals between 2008 and 2014, can give himself an 11th chance at a title if he can defeat either American Jack Sock or Spain’s Fernando Verdasco on Saturday afternoon, reports Efe.The third-seeded Cilic appeared poised for a run at his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title after Spanish world No. 1 and top seed Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament on Friday with a knee injury, but Benneteau had other ideas.The Frenchman more than held his own in the service department, striking 12 aces to Cilic’s nine and also enjoyed a surprising amount of success in his return [email protected] is LIVING the dream.He’s into the semifinals of his last-ever #RolexPMasters.What. A. Night! ??? pic.twitter.com/nfUrUWIBU2- ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 3, 2017Benneteau took inspiration from a boisterous home crowd in grabbing service-break leads in both sets, but Cilic drew level both times.The first set was decided in a close tiebreaker after four service breaks, while Benneteau managed to break the Croatian’s serve a fourth time in the 12th game of the second set to clinch the victory.After wrapping up the win with a forehand winner, an emotional Benneteau fought back tears and lay sprawled out on the court while soaking in the crowd’s cheers.It’s only the beginning.#RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/PQvjl9kHpoadvertisement- ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 3, 2017Cilic’s 32 unforced errors, 15 more than his opponent, proved to be his downfall in Friday night’s match.Benneteau’s victory, meanwhile, ensures that a there will be a new Masters 1000 champion and a first-time winner of this indoor hard-court event.Saturday’s first semi-final will pit big-serving American John Isner, a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 winner over Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, against Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who advanced to the final four due to Nadal’s injury withdrawal.