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Sports Ticker (20 May 2022) - Rugby World Cup, BT x Warner Bros Discovery merger and the end of EA x FIFA's partnership- a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 20 May 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate and Kate O'Malley , Associate

In a fortnight which saw Jake Daniels become the UK's first active male professional footballer to come out publicly as gay – sparking significant support from across the sport, the agreed sale of Chelsea FC for £4.25 billion, and Rob Edwards join Watford FC amidst some discontent from his (soon to be) former club Forest Green, we feature updates on the Rugby World Cup, BT and Warner Bros Discovery pay-TV deal, and the end of a 30-year partnership between EA and FIFA. We also provide updates on the BBC and Talksport's purchase of Premier League audio rights and F1's increased fan base following the success of Drive to Survive.

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Sports Ticker (06 May 2022) - W Series, an independent football regulator and broadcasting battles – a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 06 May 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate and Kate O'Malley , Associate

In a fortnight which saw Tyson Fury retain the WBC title and vow to retire, we feature updates on the broadcasting agreement between Sky Sports and W Series, the Government's confirmation an independent football regulator will be introduced, a cricket NFT platform's impressive fundraising, and Channel 4's broadcasting rights for the next two seasons of England's men's football.

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Sports Ticker (22 April 2022) - Lamborghini esports team, World Rugby red card and Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 22 April 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate and Kate O'Malley , Associate

In a fortnight which saw Victoria win the bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, we feature updates from the Masters, the launch of Lamborghini's esports team, alleged breaches of FFP regulations by Manchester City and proposals to introduce 20-minute red cards by World Rugby.

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Sports Ticker (8 April 2022) - Gucci x Grealish, The Boat Race returns and CAP's new rules for gambling ads - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 08 April 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In a fortnight which saw Medvedev attempt to overtake Djokovic as the men's world no.1 in tennis, we feature various F1 announcements, the ECB's and Sky Sports' multi-year broadcast agreement, the return of the Boat Race 2022 and Grealish's Gucci deal. We also take a look at CAP's introduction of tough new rules for gambling ads.

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Sports Ticker (25 March 2022) - F1 gearing up, Cardiff City dispute settled and Saudi-backed golf competition launches

Published on 25 March 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In a fortnight which has seen the return of F1 in Bahrain, and the surprising retirement of tennis world number one Ashleigh Barty aged 25, we feature the recent settlement between Cardiff City and former owner Sam Hammam, the Premier League's first NFT partnerships and the Leicester Tigers salary cap investigation. We also take a look at F1's most recent sponsorship deal and the Saudi-backed golf Super League.

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Sports Ticker (10 March 2022) - Disney's gamble, Netflix's gaming play and rugby league governance shake-up - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 11 March 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In this edition of the Sports Ticker, we feature stories relating to other developments in the world of sport, including: TikTok's sponsorship of the Pakistan-Australia Test cricket series, Netflix's acquisition of Next Games and Disney's contemplation of a move into sports betting. We also take a look at Manchester City's official partnership with crypto exchange OKX, the technicalities of F1's new regulations for the upcoming season and the realignment of governance in rugby league.

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Sports Ticker (24 February 2022) - Man City's foray into the metaverse, "Greek Freak" signs with WhatsApp and Silver Lake invest in All Blacks - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 24 February 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In a fortnight which has seen the LA Rams defeat the Cincinnati Bengals at Super Bowl LVI, Kell Brook end his bitter rivalry with Amir Khan in dramatic fashion, and speculation around the Saudi Golf League intensify, we feature the recent private equity-backed investment in the All Blacks, Man City's stadium construction in the metaverse and Fanatics‘ acquisition of lifestyle brand Mitchell & Ness. We also take a look at UEFA‘s announcement that Socios.com is to become its Official Fan Token Partner, the NBA‘s Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s (affectionately nicknamed the “Greek Freak“ due to his incredible speed and 6ft 11in frame) long-term deal with WhatsApp and the US Women‘s football team's $24 million settlement of its equal-pay legal action.

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Sports Ticker (15 February 2022) - Sony acquires Bungie, LaLiga launch Amazon store and BT, Eurosport in JV negotiations - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 15 February 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In a fortnight which has seen the settlement of the passing off claim against the House of Rugby podcast (see Edition 54), the Washington Redskins' rebranding coming into effect as they become the Washington Commanders, and the CAS's decision to allow Kamila Valieva to continue competing in the Winter Olympic Games, we feature an update on BT's ongoing negotiations with Discovery around a potential joint venture with Eurosport UK, LaLiga's official Amazon store launch and Sony's acquisition of Bungie.

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Sports Ticker (28 January 2022) - Premiership Rugby's ITV union, Southgate crypto nightmare and Microsoft esports deal - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 28 January 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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In a fortnight which has seen Nick Kyrgios enjoy his home crowd at the Australian Open and Premier League stars light up the African Cup of Nations, we feature Microsoft's plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, the Premier League's pandemic postponement rules and ITV's broadcasting deal with Premiership Rugby. We also look at Southgate's crypto scam response, F1's sprint event stalemate and the Exeter Chiefs rebrand.

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Sports Ticker (14 January 2022) - Djokovic's Australian visa row, Arsenal's ASA reprimand and Ferrari's NFT foray - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 14 January 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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During a fortnight which has seen Peter "Snakebite" Wright secure his second victory at the PDC World Darts Championship, the Premier League obtain summary judgment against PPL in the Commercial Court and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Antonio Brown bizarrely exit the MetLife Stadium leading to the termination of his contract with the franchise, we feature the latest on Djokovic's Australian Open debacle, the passing off claim made against "The Good, the Bad and the Rugby" podcast and the salary cap investigation into Premiership Rugby league-leaders Leicester Tigers. We also take a look at Ferrari's foray into the ever-expanding NFT metaverse, the censorship of Arsenal's crypto adverts and the New York Times' acquisition of The Athletic.

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Sports Ticker (23 December 2021) - Women's Rugby Association, 2022 Winter Olympics boycotts and F1's thrilling finale - a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 23 December 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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With Christmas only round the corner, the past fortnight has been particularly busy for the world of sport. With Premier League and EFL clubs choosing to fulfil festive fixtures despite ongoing COVID-19 disruption, this final Sports Ticker for 2021 features the controversial finale in the F1 season, World Rugby's NFT launch, and the formation of the Women's Rugby Association. We also take a look at a potential legal loophole on pitch invaders in women's football, diplomatic boycotts of the 2022 Winter Olympics, as well as Arctos Sports' private equity investment in the NHL. As always, if there are any issues on which you'd like more information (or if you have any questions or feedback), please do let us know or get in touch with your usual contact at RPC. The RPC Sports group wishes you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Sports Ticker (13 December 2021) - Crouch's review, World Rugby eligibility rules change and Discovery targets BT Sport

Published on 13 December 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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In a fortnight which has seen Dame Louise Casey's 128-page report published on the events that occurred at this summer's UEFA EURO 2020 final and Tottenham Hotspur fixtures postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the team, we feature the mutual termination of the Mercedes x Kingspan F1 partnership, World Rugby's eligibility rules change and Manchester United's share scheme plan for fans. We also discuss Tracey Crouch MP's report following the Fan Led Review of Football Governance, Discovery's swoop on the DAZN and BT Sport deal and Porsche's Gran Turismo 7 virtual car design.

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Sports Ticker (25 November 2021) - FIFA, UEFA's COP26 commitments, Fnatic's latest partnership and LIV Golf's shake up

Published on 25 November 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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During a fortnight in which Tracey Crouch has reported on her fan-led review into football (more on that in the next edition) and which has seen managerial exits and arrivals in the Premier League, the launch of DAZN's new innovation hub and Czech billionaire Kretinsky acquiring a 27% stake in West Ham, we feature Fnatic's new partnership with the New York Institute of Technology and COP26 commitments from UEFA and FIFA. We also take a look at the racism scandal at Yorkshire Cricket Club, the attempted shake up of professional golf and Sportsbet.io's new crypto fan fund.

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Sports Ticker (9 November 2021) - Valve's NFT ban, new IPL teams and FaZe Clan going public

Published on 09 November 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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During a fortnight which has seen England shine in the T20 World Cup and Glover Teixeira become the oldest first-time champion in UFC history, the Ticker's 50th edition features Valve's ban on NFTs and cryptocurrencies, FaZe Clan's public merger announcement and news of two new teams joining the IPL. We also look at former rugby league players' legal action against the RFL and whether it is the end of the road for the iconic FIFA, EA Sports partnership.

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Sports Ticker (21 October 2021) - A women’s B&I Lions team, UKGC warning on Sorare, and the latest tech innovations

Published on 21 October 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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In a fortnight which has seen UEFA hand England a one-match Wembley Stadium ban for Euro 2020 final crowd trouble, Rory McIlroy dazzle at The CJ Cup and 18 EPL clubs vote to temporarily block certain related party transactions whilst considering future regulations on the issue, we feature the potential for a women's British and Irish Lions team, Google's new partnership with the NBA plus key developments at the interface of sports and technology.

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Sports Ticker (11 October 2021) - DAZN and BT Sport European Super League and new AJ deal

Published on 11 October 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In a fortnight during which Tyson Fury retained his world title in an epic bout against Deontay Wilder, we feature Qatar joining the F1 circuit, AJ's new "career-long" deal with Matchroom, Excel Esports' exciting additions to its FIFA roster, and DAZN's potential bid for BT Sport.

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Sports Ticker (24 September 2021) - RFU appoints Ilube as new chairman, ECB's new kit sponsorship deal and NFTs meet fantasy

Published on 24 September 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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RPC Sports Ticker (13 September 2021) - Heineken & women's sports, World 12s and gaming restrictions

Published on 13 September 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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In a fortnight during which Emma Raducanu broke countless records by winning the US Open, Cristiano Ronaldo made a goalscoring return to Man United, and where Nike gave US head office workers a week off to re-connect with loved ones and “power down” from work, we feature Heineken's latest partnerships in women's sports, a new rugby tournament proposal and BMW and Fnatic's new esports campaign. We also feature China's latest crackdown on under 18 gaming and the suspended World Cup qualifier game between Argentina and Brazil.

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Sports Ticker (12 August 2021) - UEFA and PlayStation renewal, gaming industry change and Rugby League World Cup

Published on 12 August 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (29 July 2021) - Premier League v Man City, Rugby League World Cup and F1 TikTok content - a speed-read of key commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 29 July 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (16 July 2021) - Soul Cap, Jay-Z tackles rugby, and Wimbledon media rights - a speed-read of key commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 16 July 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (1 July 2021) - Laurel Hubbard, Nike's super spikes and the RFU's COVID Recovery Plan - a speed-read of key commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 01 July 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (17 June 2021) - RPC Sports Ticker: The FA's first female chair, CVC's "One Tennis" plans and Boris backs bowler

Published on 17 June 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (3 June 2021) - Parkrun, F1 Salary Cap and Copa America - a speed-read of key commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 03 June 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (25 May 2021) - Tokyo Olympics' vaccinations, Premier League NFTs and Lineker v HMRC

Published on 25 May 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sports Ticker (12 April 2021) - British Cycling World Rugby and the Tokyo Olympics

Published on 12 April 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker ­ providing fortnightly bite­size updates from around the sports industry.

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The risk of cyber threats to sports organisations (and key steps to reduce exposure)

Published on 01 December 2020. By Jon Bartley, Partner and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Manchester United FC's recent cyber-attack came just weeks after an article we wrote for LawInSport on the topic.

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ICO revises guidance on timescales for responding to a data subject access request

Published on 19 February 2020. By Jon Bartley, Partner and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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The ICO’s guidance has been amended to state that the time limit for a response to a DSAR starts from the day the request is received (even if it is not a working day) until the corresponding calendar date in the next month, instead of the day after the request.

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Visa? Credit card? No - buy now pay later please!

Published on 20 September 2019. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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As online customers make their way to checkout, a growing number of retail brands are offering them the "Buy Now and Pay Later (BNPL)" option along with the classic, Visa and Credit Card and PayPal payment options.

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