Category Archives: Premier League

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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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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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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 […]

Virgin on the Ridiculous: The £5bn Football Broadcasting Deal

February 13, 2015

This week Sky and BT paid over £5bn to the Premier League for its live domestic broadcasting rights in a three year deal. Such was the competition that the amount paid was a reported 70% uplift on the previous astronomical deal. Prior to the announcement, Virgin Media who purchases Sky Sports and BT Sports on […]

The 6 Second Vine, Football Broadcasting & the Premier League

August 18, 2014

The Premier League recently announced that it will be clamping down on Vine users recording Premier League footage (primarily on their mobile phone) and posting the recordings on social media channels including Twitter. The Premier League is concerned that as they have a variety of products that they auction to various companies in a large number of […]

Financial Fair Play: UEFA to Sanction Clubs Shortly

May 6, 2014

As the merits and failings of Financial Fair Play (FFP) were being debated by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Sky’s Monday Night Football, it struck me how mainstream the discussion about FFP has now become. This next week however, promises to be the most significant yet as UEFA will likely announce their decisions by […]

The Football Law Basics: Making Sense of Football Phrases

April 17, 2014

Introduction Each week seems to bring a new football controversy. If it isn’t the FA charging a player with improper conduct, the governing body is having to defend its disciplinary procedures in an arbitration. There are daily references to club administrations, insolvencies and the football creditors rule, football transfers, buy-out amounts and release clauses. It […]