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Greg Clarke’s outdated comments contrast with positive steps in FA’s New Diversity Code17 November 2020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.
New video sharing platform regulations - something to get twitchy about?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.
Sports Q&A - Should mediation be used more in sports disputes?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.
Virtual advertising cutting through the regulation. Proposing a way forward.21 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.
Sports Q&A - Is there trouble on the horizon for algorithms in sport?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.
Sports Q&A - Launching a new team brand – what do I need to consider?17 August 2020
The BlackLivesMatters movement has led to sports clubs reconsidering the appropriateness of their team names, mascots and nicknames.
Cyber threats and how to be a good sport06 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.
Manchester City escapes Champions League ban: John Shea comments for Bloomberg
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.
Wigan Athletic football club enters administration amid 'significant impact' of coronavirus pandemic: Karish Andrews comments for City A.M.02 July 2020
Wigan Athletic has entered administration following the “significant impact” of the coronavirus pandemic on the football club’s finances. Karish Andrews comments for City A.M. on how the Covid-19 crisis was always going to cause great difficulty for football clubs that rely heavily on match day revenue.
Sports Q&A - What data protection issues do we need to consider before testing athletes for COVID-19?05 June 2020
The Premier League has started to test players and others as part the league's "Project Restart", prompting clubs and other bodies of many sports to ask if/how they should follow suit.
Lewis Silkin advises as CVC completes investment into Guinness PRO14
Deal29 May 2020
Lewis Silkin has advised Guinness PRO14 CEO, Martin Anayi, on the management team’s equity acquisition as part of the strategic partnership investment from CVC Capital Partners.
What are clubs legal remedies if leagues are extended or decided against their wishes?14 May 2020
In this article, John Mehrzad QC, Head of Littleton Chambers’ Sports Law Group, John Shea, Senior Associate in Lewis Silkin’s Sport Business Sector Team and Doug Harmer, Partner at Oakwell Sports Advisory give their expert legal and loss quantification opinions about legal remedies available to Premier League and English Football League (“EFL”) clubs adversely affected by the range of decisions that could be taken to conclude the 2019/20 season such as extending the season beyond 1st June, playing matches at neutral venues, terminating the season early and/or determining league positions based on new formulas such as a points per game basis.
Can players refuse to return to football and are they at increased risk of injury? John Shea comments for The Times
Press06 May 2020
In this article for The Times, John Shea explains the legal standpoint that players have over refusals to return to football amid concerns regarding Covid-19.
I didn’t sign up for this! Can parties escape obligations when the deal changes?27 April 2020
It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown as various governments roundly seek to combat the spread of Covid-19. The impact has seen businesses forced to adapt to a reality that they would never have envisaged. Measures in the UK have left a variety of sectors reeling as shops have shut, operations have been restricted and events have been cancelled.
Sports Sponsorship - COVID19 Contractual Impact Assessment Flowchart22 April 2020
Sponsors and sports rights owners are grappling with the impact of COVID-19 event cancellations on their sponsorship agreements. The ‘partnership’ spirit in which sponsorship agreements are entered into will no doubt be tested, as rights can’t be delivered and purse-strings are tightened.