Category Archives: Football Regulation

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A Red, White and Blue Brexit

May 11, 2017

In the post-Brexit referendum aftermath, there has been plenty of speculation as to its impact on particular industries including sport and football in particular. My previous pre-Brexit referendum blog, I set out what the implications may be for a Brexit vote. Almost a year on, I provide some high level thoughts on the next step […]

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Football Player Boot Deals Explained

November 25, 2016

Here are five tips to understand how football player boot contracts with elite brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance and Under Armour work in practice. The blog explains how deals are structured, what the players will be required to do and how such deals fit into all the other agreements that a player will […]

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Five Top Tips to Understand Football Image Rights Deals

October 26, 2016

1. What are Image Rights (IR) and why are they relevant to the football industry? From a variety of commercial deals I have advised on a player’s image can include a player’s name, nicknames, likeness, image, photograph, signature, autograph, initials, statements, endorsement, physical details, voice and other personal characteristics. The idea is that the above […]

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The Curious Case of Premier League Game 38: Accident or Design?

August 4, 2016

By Daniel Geey, Adam Lovatt and Omar Chaudhuri Introduction During an early morning coffee between two of the three authors of this blog (Daniel and Adam), Adam came up with a particularly interesting statement; he couldn’t remember the last time the opening game of a Premier League season involved two top 5 teams playing each […]

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What would Brexit really mean for the Premier League?

April 12, 2016

By Daniel Geey and Jonny Madill In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, there have been a steadily increasing number of articles on the Brexit consequences for the Premier League. This blog sets out our high level thoughts on what we can expect to see down the track should Brexit occur and the consequences for […]

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The One-Stop Shop to Understand the Transfer Window

December 18, 2015

The below are links to a range of blogs I have written on the transfer window, player contracts and release clauses, work permit regulations, image rights, agents regulations , third party investment and how much it would cost to buy Lionel Messi! Enjoy! The Transfer Window Release and Buy-Out Clauses Work Permit Regulations Image Rights Agents […]

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The Foreigner Debate: The FA’s New Work Permit Regulations Explained

December 16, 2015

By Daniel Geey and Jonny Madill So what has happened? It was announced earlier this year that the Football Association (the FA) was changing its rules on non-EEA (European Economic Area) players playing in the UK after consultation with the Premier League, Football League, League Managers Association, Professional Footballers Association and Home Associations. The FA […]

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Image Rights in UK Football Explained

December 3, 2015

By Daniel Geey and Pete Hackleton in the Sports Group at Safferys Introduction In order to understand what image rights are, it’s probably best to understand where they fit into the wider football industry. Unsurprisingly, clubs have traditionally paid its players solely for playing football. This relationship is evolving. As commercial drivers push football into […]

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Football Transfers: Buy-Back Clauses Explained

August 19, 2015

Every so often, I receive an excellent question (or set of questions) from readers of the blog. Recently, I received some really insightful queries from Jason Ives in relation to specific transfer agreement clauses. I set out his questions and provide some detail on how such clauses work in the football industry. Can you please explain how buy-back […]

#FootyBiz Twitter Chat

August 6, 2015

With the football season a few days away, join myself, Adam Osper and Pete Hackleton to discuss the various facets of the football business on Thursday 6th August at 1830 BST. Adam is a Director at Tilney Bestinvest and advises clients on wealth management issues in a range of sectors including sport and football. Pete […]