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Basketball Ireland announce John Feehan as new CEO

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:32 18 Oct 2021


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Former Six Nations Chief Executive John Feehan has been appointed as the new CEO of Basketball Ireland and will take up his role on November 15th.

Feehan spent 16 years as the CEO of the Six Nations and the British & Irish Lions, between 2002 and 2018.

He was also CEO of the PRO12, now known as the United Rugby Championship, from 2011 to 2015.

Speaking about his appointment as Basketball Ireland CEO, Feehan said: "I’m really excited to get started with Basketball Ireland.

"Basketball has seen an upsurge in popularity in Ireland over the last number of years and I’m eager to continue to help unlock its full potential.

"There is huge scope for growth, particularly given its key strengths - such as it being the most diverse and inclusive sport in the country, with not only a 50-50 gender balance, but also a wide base of support, when it comes to participation and engagement.

"I am determined to make an impact on the sport and I’ll be working hard with all the stakeholders within the game to achieve that."

Basketball Ireland chairman, Paul McDevitt, added: "We’re delighted to have someone of the calibre of John Feehan to take over as our CEO.

"His commercial acumen, coupled with his proven and extensive track record in sports administration, make him a natural fit for the job.

"I really feel that with John at the helm it will herald an exciting time for basketball.

"He has demonstrated a huge hunger to take on the role and has impressed us with his ambitious plans."

Feehan replaces departed CEO Bernard O'Byrne, who resigned in July following a comment he made on social media during Euro 2020.


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