EPL Broadcasting: New Kids on the Block

An Extract from Done Deal For the first time in Premier League history, for the 2019/20 season there will be three companies showing live Premier League matches in the UK. Amazon will be the first to stream its matches exclusively online. The games in the UK will be live-streamed via Amazon Prime (Amazon Prime also […]

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VAR: Valuable, Accurate or Rubbish?

By Alex Harvey and Daniel Geey VAR has well and truly arrived in the Premier League and it would be fair to say it’s caused quite a stir. Despite a relatively steady (although not entirely convincing) start to life in the top flight, a recent flurry of high-profile and contentious VAR decisions has seemingly shifted […]

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LFC Choose Nike After New Balance Dispute Resolved

How Drake, Serena and Lebron Helped LFC Win its Dispute with New Balance By Daniel Geey and Alex Harvey It was announced in October that Liverpool (LFC) and its principal kit sponsor New Balance (NB) were in dispute over the renewal rights of their kit deal.  NB had negotiated a matching right. This could be […]

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Third Party Investment Update: Players Can Own their Transfer Rights

By Daniel Geey and Alex Harvey Introduction It was a pleasure to talk alongside Nick De Marco recently at the RFEF FIFA Legal Congress in Madrid. We discussed the current state of play regarding Third Party Investment (TPI), particularly bearing in mind the recent TPI amendment to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer […]

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Football Broadcasting Deals Across the Top 5 European Leagues

By Daniel Geey and Alex Harvey The excellent Swiss Ramble wrote a fascinating twitter thread comparing broadcasting revenues in the 2018/19 season across the top leagues in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. I would highly recommend reading the thread in detail. As with a previous thread that the Swiss Ramble wrote on EPL broadcasting […]

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How did Dybala’s image rights affect his proposed transfer to Tottenham?

This piece was first published by the excellent Goal.com here Getting a deal over the line can be complicated at the best of times but complications over marketing opportunities can make things even worse It has been reported over the last few days that Paulo Dybala’s transfer to Tottenham hit choppy waters and ultimately collapsed […]

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What a No-Deal Brexit may mean for Future Football Transfer Windows

By Judith McMinn, Owen Jones and Daniel Geey Introduction Halloween is likely to be upon us sooner than we think and with it comes the very real prospect of crashing out of the EU without a deal. The authors appreciate that the broader and more critical issues of the Irish border, food shortages, medical supply […]

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Premier League Club Broadcasting Monies: The Key Numbers

I had the pleasure of spending some time looking through a number of incredibly impressive and illuminating Swiss Ramble Twitter threads detailing past, present and (projected) future Premier League (EPL) and Champions League (UCL) broadcasting revenue figures. There was some fascinating detail and I wanted to highlight some of the significant numbers involved. £9.2bn: This […]

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The Changing Game: Done Deal Extract

This is the introduction extract from my football industry book Done Deal. How we consume football has changed dramatically over the years. When I was growing up in the 1980s, watching live football was a novelty. Only the occasional game was broadcast on television and, in contrast to today, few column inches were devoted to […]

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Recent Podcasts

With my book Done Deal published in January, it’s been a great opportunity to appear on a few fantastic podcasts in 2019. I wanted to put them all in one place for anyone to listen to. The exceptional Raf Honigstein was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about ‘The art of the […]

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Football Talks

Over the summer and autumn, I will be speaking at a number of fantastic events in London, Geneva, Miami, Mumbai and Jersey. I thought I would highlight a few of the talks and courses that may be of interest: Jumpers for Goal Posts Festival: I’ll be speaking on the Future of Football in London on […]

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Social Media Content: Sports Stars Be Warned

By Daniel Geey and Chris Paget, Partners in the Sheridans Sports Team Introduction Some readers will have never of heard of KSI, Zoella or DanTDM but each has huge online followings and have forged lucrative careers and brand associations especially across YouTube and Instagram as social media ‘influencers’. Many of the benefits of social media […]

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But who actually pays football agents?

Now, it may sound simple enough to suggest that an agent gets acommission of 5% – or, if they are lucky, 10%. The difficult part to explain is usually who pays the agent. You’d think it would be the player, right?Wrong. The majority of Premier League and top-end Football League transfersinvolve the buying club paying […]

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Brexit and Football (Again..)

Brexit Podcast Transcript between Daniel Geey and Owen Jones Recorded on 11 April 2019 DG: This is a chat between Daniel Geey of Sheridans Sports Team and Owen Jones, Head of the Immigration Team. What we wanted to do was just set out a short chat between us, bearing in mind obviously everything Brexit related […]

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A Football Squad Bonus Pool: An Example

By Daniel Geey and Courtney Bryan-Isaacs In addition to the specific bonuses in a player’s employment contracts, like appearance bonuses, players may also be paid a squad bonus. The squad bonus pool is an additional amount of money to be shared between the players at the end of a particular season, depending on the success […]

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When is an Appearance not an Appearance?

By Daniel Geey and Courtney Bryan-Isaacs Over the years, I’ve been asked to review a number of football player employment contracts. This blog sets out why the definition of appearance can be one of the most important contract definitions for clubs, players and agents to consider. Footballer Contract The commercial terms of an employment contract […]

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Image Rights: Salah and the Egyptian Football Association

Here are a few brief thoughts on the Salah/ Egyptian FA image rights issue that has been reported over the last week. The issue relates to Salah’s image used by the Egyptian FA with its commercial partners. It is believed the Egyptian FA have a partnership deal with mobile network WE (among others) & Salah’s […]

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To gamble or not to gamble: 10 key issues when negotiating sports sponsorship deals with betting partners

By Jonny Madill As the new Premier League season explodes into life in the midst of the competition’s 25th anniversary, it’s worth noting that no fewer than 9 of this season’s 20 top flight clubs have front-of-shirt sponsorship deals with brands in the gambling industry. Everton’s deal with African betting company SportPesa, Swansea City’s deal with […]

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The Final Day Conundrum

By Adam Lovatt, Omar Chaudhuri and Daniel Geey This time last year, we wrote a blog on the Premier League fixture list and a few curious anomalies. You can read our original post here. Our original conclusions related to the top five teams in the league (Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool) since […]

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Small Gestures make a Big Difference

The power of sport to inspire is fantastic to see. I wanted to share two very small examples of where small gestures have made big differences. Over the winter period, we teamed up with Puma, Hector Bellerin and B-Engaged. Puma donated huge boxes of football boots and we distributed them to Noah’s Ark Kids Hospice […]

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A Red, White and Blue Brexit

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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