As it enters its 100th year, GSP.ro further strengthens its position as Romania’s leading sports media outlet. Since October 2023, the team has produced 25% more video content and 20% more articles each month, substantially expanding the coverage of major sports events.
The wider international sports press has also noted GSP’s strategy acceleration with its recent football news coverage being picked up by some significant European publications such as BILD, Gazzetta dello Sport, Sport1 and the Daily Mail. This international recognition underlines the renewed relevance and strength of the GSP.ro editorial team after the reorganisation.
Under the new leadership of Predrag Mihailovic, who acts as Co-Managing Director of Sportal Romania and Chief Content Officer of GSP, and editorial heads Mitrut Docan, Deputy Editor in Chief, and Sebastian Culea, Head of Video, the GSP.ro sports media team was able to realise remarkable news contributions on national as well as international level at the beginning of 2024:
- A team of GSP journalists traveled to Antalya, Turkey, to cover the winter camps of the largest Romanian football clubs, producing over 200 articles, including exclusive interviews, up-to-date information on Romania’s top football teams and in-depth analysis of mid-season events. In this context, the Head of International Football, Theodor Jumatate, was the first in Europe to reveal the story of Tottenham’s interest in Radu Drăgușin, Romania’s most expensive player.
- GSP.ro’s team also travelled to London to get exclusive insights from Tottenham’s manager and in-depth reports on facilities, stadiums and other unique stories about this transfer.
Looking ahead, GSP will launch several video projects for its readers. These include “Premier GSP”, focusing on the Premier League starting on Sunday 4th, February; “Women of Excellence”, highlighting the achievements of women in sport; “EURO GSP”, dedicated to the Champions League and the European Championship in Germany; and an updated format for the morning show GSP LIVE, offering special broadcasts of important Romanian football matches.
Beyond editorial, GSP is also upgrading its digital user experience with the full roll-out of leading fan engagement tool Fans United and with improved features and widgets on its homepage. RSMG is further investing in GSP especially in tech products with various new integrations and feature development. With this, the GSP audience will soon get access to an unprecedented experience in the Romanian market.
Predrag Mihailovic: “GSP.ro remains committed to providing its loyal audience with comprehensive sports journalism and innovative content. Our efforts in January 2024 reflect our ongoing commitment to quality sports coverage in Romania. I am happy that my team has found new strength and that we are working on the future of GSP with great commitment, many innovative ideas and a new strategic direction.”
In addition, GSP.ro is seeing a positive trend in traffic to the GSP platform, with January 2024 significantly exceeding January 2023 metrics with 67 million Page views (15% more) and a great result of 4 million real users. This growth extends to other areas of GSP.ro, including the number of news articles published.
Ringier Sports Media Group (RSMG) Since its launch in 2022, RSMG has been merging top national sports media with innovative global tech. With eight brands across 8 European countries, RSMG reaches more than 21 million fans with its platforms monthly – powered by more than 400 colleagues. Beyond its sports media brands, RSMG also operates its Content Management System “Sportal.365” and maintains a strategic partnership with LiveScore Group. RSMG is continuously and strategically investing in sports media with the intention of achieving a prominent position by consolidating leading digital sports media brands. These brands currently include Sportal Media Group in Bulgaria with sportal.bg and Sportal365, gsp.ro in Romania, sportal.rs in Serbia, sportal.hu in Hungary, sport.sk in Slovakia, sportal.gr in Greece, A Bola in Portugal and Sportnieuws.nl in the Netherlands. The strategic investment in the UK-based LiveScore Group in 2022 further underscores RSMG’s aspiration to build a leading European sports media player by 2025.