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Breaking up is hard to do: what are the key considerations on ending a commercial partnership?

In the past week, two high-profile, long-term commercial relationships have come to an end. First came the announcement that the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) and McDonald’s had mutually agreed to end their worldwide partnership with immediate effect, three years before it was due to expire (the commercial background to the break-up, and any financial terms … Continue Reading

Common-ownership: UEFA reach decision on participation by RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg in UEFA Champions League 2017/2018

On 8 June 2017, Sports Shorts considered the issue of whether RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg would both be permitted to participate in the UEFA Champions League 2017/2018 season.  Both clubs qualified from their respective leagues on merit but, given that both clubs are in one way or another funded by Red Bull, … Continue Reading

Football is still a game of two halves but of what duration? IFAB’s proposals on increasing effective playing time

On Thursday 15 June 2017, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) launched the ‘Play Fair’ initiative which aims to, in partnership with FIFA, ‘expand the football debate with a ‘Play Fair!’ strategy which complements and enhances FIFA’s ‘fair play’ programme so that ideas to develop the game through its Laws reflect “what football wants”’.  IFAB, … Continue Reading

Red Bull Leipzig v Red Bull Salzburg: a Champions League reality?

The summer can prove a fallow time for football fans.  With the exception of the FIFA Confederations Cup, which commences on 17 June 2017, fans have little to keep themselves entertained on the football front this summer.  Many will delve deep into the gossip pages of their favourite websites. Which players will be bought? Which … Continue Reading

General Election 2017: what does your vote mean for your sport?

On Thursday 8 June 2017 the British people will go to the polls to determine who will lead their country for the next four years and who will (almost definitely) oversee the nation’s exit from the European Union.  It’s been almost a year since Britain voted for Brexit (to be precise, on Thursday, it will … Continue Reading

Kodi Boxes and Apps Targeted by Premier League in Efforts to Reduce Illegal Streaming

A high court decision in March granting the Football Association Premier League (“FAPL”) an injunction has marked the latest stand by the Premier League against illegal streaming of matches in the UK. The judgment is both a response to, and made possible by, technological advances and allows for real time blocking of streams accessed via … Continue Reading

Part Two – common ownership of sports teams and its regulation in European football

Last week, Sports Shorts considered media reports that Premiership Rugby restricted a proposed investment by Mohed Altrad’s investment in Gloucester RFC to just 20% and the desire of stakeholders in European Rugby Union to ensure and maintain confidence in the integrity of its competitions. In this second instalment, Sports Shorts will consider how common ownership … Continue Reading

The end of Joey Barton’s career? All bets are off

On 6 October 2016, Sport Shorts covered the charge levelled by the Scottish Football Association (the “SFA”) against Joey Barton (then of Glasgow Rangers) in respect of 44 bets he was alleged to have placed on football matches between 1 July and 15 September 2016.  Barton later admitted the charges against him. Barton’s gambling-related troubles … Continue Reading

Sponsorship of Women’s Football: Liverpool Ladies win FA WSL Spring Series’ opener but must wait another day to wear ‘revolutionary’ Avon shirt

On Sunday 23 April 2017, Liverpool Ladies Football Club won their FA WSL Spring Series opener 4-1 against Yeovil Town Ladies FC. It was a strong start for the Liverpool outfit in the WSL’s one-off competition (being held to bring the FA WSL league fixtures in line with the men’s calendar).  The visitors blasted four … Continue Reading

Part Two – Home Grown Player requirements in English football and the introduction of “club-developed” players

Last week, Sports Shorts considered the genesis of home grown player requirements within European football and the current requirements that are in place in both the English Football League (“EFL”) and the English Premier League (“EPL”). In this second instalment, Sports Shorts considers whether or not the requirement to name home grown players in match … Continue Reading

Part One – Home Grown Player requirements in English football and the introduction of “club-developed” players

On 6 April 2017, the English Football League (“EFL”) announced that its 72 members clubs (each of whom compete in one of the three divisions that the EFL oversees – the Championship, League One, and League Two) had approved proposals to increase the number of “home grown players” in their match day squads for the … Continue Reading

How do you solve a problem like the EFL Trophy?

The future of the EFL Trophy will be decided by League One and League Two football clubs at a meeting in May. The much-maligned tournament, rebranded the Checkatrade Trophy this season, has seen a number of rule changes in recent years, the most controversial of which was the introduction of under-23 “B Teams” for Premier … Continue Reading

O Captain! My Captain! A consideration of the Premier League Rules on captaincy

During the recent Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City, Laurent Koscielny, the Arsenal centre-back, was substituted at half-time. Following the match, Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, revealed that the reason for the substitution was a recurrence of “an old Achilles problem” that had flared up while Koscielny was on international duty with France.  … Continue Reading

Sowing the seeds of change: Clarke’s governance reforms approved by the FA Council

On Monday 3 April, the FA council unanimously approved a “strong package of reforms” put forward by Chairman Greg Clarke, unanimously accepted by the FA board, last month. The announcement comes after pressure on the FA to reform, most recently in light of Sport England and UK Sport’s new Code for Sports Governance and its … Continue Reading

A selection of the biggest sporting defeats in history: a little light relief for Scottish sport fans

In an attempt to move on from the nightmare Calcutta Cup fixture on 11 March 2017 (in which Scotland lost to England 61-21, a score line that equalled Scotland’s greatest margin of loss against its old rivals), this author went on the hunt for some of the biggest sporting defeats in history. A little background … Continue Reading

Your guide to the introduction of Video Assistant Referees

On 14 February 2017, Sports Shorts discussed the then upcoming AGM of the International Football Association Board (“IFAB”), the body that determines the rules of football.  That article focused on the issues that were up for discussion at the AGM, in particular the possible introduction of sin-bins at certain levels of the sport. The AGM … Continue Reading

Search engines and rightsholders join forces to combat online piracy

On 9 February 2017, leading UK internet search engines and representatives from the creative industries (including film, sports, music, and publishing to name a few) entered into a landmark agreement, with assistance from the UK Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”), to cooperate in combatting online copyright infringement.  The agreement, which takes the form of a Voluntary … Continue Reading
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