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28 January 2021
It’s impossible to answer this question without taking a closer look at the esports ecosystem. Although there are certain parallels to draw with traditional sports (with professional players, teams, leagues and championships) there are also significant differences. In particular, the international and national federation structure as seen in traditional sports is generally absent in esports.
07 January 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
Sports Q&A: Points-based system introduced for overseas players in England post Brexit: what does this mean for football transfers?21 December 2020
To obtain a visa to play professional football in the UK a player must first obtain a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) from the FA.
A guide to the new immigration rules for players coming to the Premier League and EFL: Stephen O’Flaherty writes for LawInSport
Press04 December 2020
With the opening of the transfer window on 2 January 2021, UK football clubs will be in uncharted territory. Not only will they face the prospect of signing European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals for the first time following the end of freedom of movement, but they will also have to navigate the UK’s new immigration system (applicable to all immigrants) and The Football Association’s new Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) criteria (relating specifically to work permits for overseas footballers wanting to play in England & Wales).
No U18 signings, partner clubs and fast thinking: English football post-Brexit. Andrew Osborne comments for The Athletic
Press03 December 2020
The United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union will end in just over four weeks’ time and that momentous split ensures change is coming across all walks of life from January 1, 2021. Football is no exception.
Brexit: No clarity yet on Premier League clubs being able to sign Irish teenagers. Stephen O’Flaherty comments for The Irish Times
Press03 December 2020
The continued ability of Premier League clubs to sign Irish players before their 18th birthday from January 1st next year has yet to be clarified. This despite the publication this week in England of extensive new rules with regard to the recruitment of footballers from abroad.
24 November 2020
The obligation on employers with 250 or more employees to report their last set of gender pay gap statistics was suspended on account of Covid-19, but the next round of reporting is just around the corner.
17 November 2020
You won’t have missed the news last week that Greg Clarke has resigned from his dual-roles as FA Chairman and FIFA Vice-President, following his use of “unacceptable language” when speaking in front of Parliament.
26 October 2020
Does your website/app/platform allow the sharing of videos? Even just as an add-on to its main activities? If so new regulations governing video sharing platforms need to be on your radar.
16 October 2020
With sports disputes becoming more and more prevalent, it is more important than ever for parties to consider using alternative means to resolve disputes like mediation rather than the more traditional methods such as arbitration or court proceedings. However, whilst mediation is commonly used to resolve commercial disputes, it is not used as often in sports disputes despite its many benefits.
Serie A looks to private equity to boost revenue – Susie Jarrold writes for leading global sports market intelligence provider, Sportcal
Press30 September 2020
In early September, the 20 Italian Serie A clubs voted in favour of the creation of a new company to manage the league’s media rights, and to consider two private equity bids for a 10 per cent stake. Susie Jarrold discusses what this might mean for Serie A, and the upward trend of private equity investment in sport in general.
22 September 2020
This paper proposes a way forward for entities seeking to implement or take advantage of virtual advertising solutions. It focuses on use of this technology in a sporting context but the principles are as relevant to use of the technology within any live event broadcast.
10 September 2020
Algorithms have featured heavily in the news lately, albeit for the wrong reasons. The algorithms used to determine UK school examination results were eventually abandoned after a chorus of derision and condemnation over their apparent discriminatory bias against students from disadvantaged backgrounds and some questionable outcomes.
Pink Mercs, Penalties and Scandal - What does Racing Point's plight teach us about dealing with sports' governing bodies and regulatory changes?18 August 2020
As the dust settled on Sunday's Spanish Grand-Prix you could be forgiven for thinking Racing Point F1 had a lot to feel good about. The team had their best points of the campaign with drivers finishing 4th and 5th - only behind the two Mercedes and Red Bull's Max Verstappen. However, as can often be the case in sport, in play success has been marred by regulatory trouble.
17 August 2020
The BlackLivesMatters movement has led to sports clubs reconsidering the appropriateness of their team names, mascots and nicknames.
06 August 2020
The sports sector was recently identified as a target for cyber attackers in a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The report highlights the cyber threats faced by the sports sector and suggests how to stop or reduce their impact on sports organisations of all sizes – from local clubs to national federations.
Is FFP dead? Why Man City victory could mean major overhaul for UEFA rules: John Shea comments for Goal05 August 2020
Football's European governing body needs to revamp its rules around spending after a Champions League ban handed to Premier League side was overturned.
Law expert believes coronavirus may impact overseas recruitment by English clubs: Stephen O’Flaherty comments for The Irish Times
Press16 July 2020
New guidelines issued by the British Home Office this week have left the situation in sport largely unchanged ahead of the summer transfer window.
Press14 July 2020
The credibility of UEFA’s financial fair play rules has been questioned after Europe’s top soccer regulatory body lost in its attempt to ban Manchester City for two years from the Champions League.
Sports Q&A - What’s FIFA’s position on the transfer window and other regulatory issues impacted by the Covid-19 crisis?06 July 2020
Following the unprecedented disruption caused to football by COVID-19, FIFA published a set of principles and guidelines back in April 2020 in order to address some of the key regulatory and legal issues arising, especially with regard to player contracts and the transfer system.