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MLB Development in China
Major League Baseballl (MLB) in China is overseen by Vice President, Asia Pacific, Jim Small. At present, there are approximately 40 staff across a variety of functions, with 8 based in the main office in Beijing, and the consumer product employee based in Shanghai. The remaining staff are based in MLB’s development centres in Changzhou, Nanjing and Wuxi.
Baseball is now played in more than 80 colleges and universities in China, double the number from six years ago, and more than 40 new baseball facilities have been built in the past few years by local governments and individuals. Nearly a billion viewers can now watch Major League Baseball game broadcasts and related TV shows on a national network, China Education Television.
In December 2017, MLB and Beijing Enterprises Real-Estate Group Ltd. (BEREGL), a top Chinese state-owned enterprise, announced a 10-year relationship to grow the sport in China. The new relationship is designed to result in a significant increase in baseball facilities, meeting the country’s growing demand as participation keeps rising.
Having accumulated resources and experiences in participating in the venue construction for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, BEREGL seeks to team with MLB to build nearly two dozen MLB-branded baseball facilities throughout China. Up to 20 of the new projects would be MLB-BEREGL Baseball Development Centers, which would provide world-class facilities for talented Chinese student athletes in grades 7-12, combining a mainstream school curriculum with baseball skills development.
MLB would consult on facility design, field management and operations based on its experiences with creating, managing and renovating baseball fields and facilities around the world.
There is also a growing commercial business across media distribution, partnerships and consumer products for MLB. With this continued investment in China, MLB now seeks an experienced, proactive Managing Director to lead this growth into the future.
Managing Director, MLB China –is a position based in Beijing and will report directly to the VP, Asia Pacific. The job purpose is to guarantee a general overseeing of all MLB China based commercial activities providing local guidance and senior support for a team of 40+ staff working across sponsorships, marketing, communications, merchandising and baseball development, and connecting between partners like BEREGL and MLB to develop business in China and leveraging on MLB brand to provide new opportunities.
An attractive salary package (base and bonus) commensurate with experience will be offered for the right candidate.
For a confidential discussion please contact:
Ting Zhang, Head of China
M: +86 18911855141 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Zhaolong Liang, Consultant, China
M: +86 17301268683 E:email@example.com
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