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CMA clamps down on unfair gambling promotions

Published on 01 February 2018. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Stuart Harris, Associate

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The CMA has spoken: online gambling operators must act now to avoid falling foul of misleading terms and practices. See below for our list of dos and don’ts.

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Spurs 2 : 0 HMRC – termination payment not taxable earnings

Published on 20 December 2017. By Michelle Sloane, Senior Associate and Adam Craggs, Partner

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The Upper Tribunal (UT) has confirmed the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) that payments made by Spurs in respect of two players on early termination of their contracts were not earnings. They were termination payments and, therefore, were outside the scope of national insurance contributions (NICs).

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Swansea City player Bony keeps former agents in play

Published on 14 September 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate and Nicole Jahanshahi, Associate

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In a dispute with his agents over secret commissions, Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has succeeded in opposing a stay in English Court proceedings, which would have been implemented had the Court found he had agreed to arbitrate. The decision is an important reminder that national courts will have jurisdiction to hear a claim if the parties have not agreed (expressly or impliedly) to resolve the dispute using arbitration.

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Edgar Davids wins League of Legends image rights claim

Published on 23 August 2017. By Nicole Jahanshahi, Associate and Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Dutch football icon Edgar Davids has succeeded in suing Riot Games – makers of the world's biggest video game and eSports phenomenon, League of Legends.

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Barton succeeds in reducing betting ban

Published on 04 August 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Joey Barton has succeeded in reducing the ban imposed on him by the FA Commission following breaches of FA Rules concerning betting – but he's still banned until 1 June 2018

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Using VR in sports – virtual insanity or future reality?

Published on 01 August 2017. By Joseph Byrne, Associate

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Stoke City has become the latest Premier League club to announce that it will use virtual reality (VR) technology as a training tool for its goalkeepers.

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A shot in the arm for football sponsorship – clubs take advantage of new shirt sleeve regulations

Published on 24 July 2017. By Stuart Harris, Associate

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As forecasted in our blog post back in April, it wasn't long before other Premier League teams followed Manchester City's lead in announcing major tie-ups for shirt sleeve sponsorship.

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Indian sports broadcast network 'bowled out' for breach of a media rights agreement

Published on 18 July 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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This article considers New Zealand Cricket (Incorporation) v Neo Sports Broadcast PVT Ltd in which the High Court exercised its discretion and lifted a stay to allow the claimant, New Zealand Cricket, to successfully obtain summary judgment on a breach of contract claim with elements of bad faith counter-arguments.

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Bournemouth bets on shirt sponsorship deal with M88

Published on 05 July 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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AFC Bournemouth announces a two year deal with online gambling company M88, which includes shirt sponsorship and pitch-side branding.

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Barton bets big and loses: sanctions, mitigation and next steps

Published on 15 May 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate and Dani Barnes, Trainee solicitor

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What is the appropriate sanction for breaching the prohibition on betting on football matches, and what effect will mitigating factors have on the sanction?

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Hacked – IAAF victim of cyber-attack compromising athlete data

Published on 10 April 2017. By Nicola Cain, Partner and Stuart Harris, Associate

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been subject to a data breach – allegedly by Russian hacking group Fancy Bears - potentially compromising the sensitive data of a number of athletes.

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Sleeve sponsorship – a new trick up the sleeve for Premier League teams

Published on 03 April 2017. By Joseph Byrne, Associate

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The blog provides an insight into the consequences arising from the introduction of sleeve sponsors to the Premier League, with a particular focus on club's existing commercial arrangements and deals that are being negotiated/will be negotiated.

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Going for Gold: A New Code for Sports Governance

Published on 30 January 2017. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Any sports body or organisation that wishes to rely on public funding must now comply with a new Code for Sports Governance, and it requires preparation now.

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Chelsea swap Adidas for £900m Nike deal

Published on 28 October 2016. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Chelsea FC and Nike have agreed the largest kit sponsorship/ supply agreement in the English Premier League worth £900m (£60m per year for 15 years). The announcement comes nearly 6 months after the Chelsea and Adidas kit sponsorship/supply agreement was terminated part way through a 10 year term.

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FAPL v Wells: High Court orders Norwich Pharmacal Relief Against Publicans Screening Premier League Matches Without Permission

29 September 2016

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In this article for Entertainment Law Review first published in June 2016, Andrew Crystal and Joshua Charalambous discuss Snowden J's decision in the Football Association Premier League Limited -v- Richard Alan Wells (& Ors) [2015] EWHC 3910 (Ch).

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Copyright test match

22 September 2016

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Copyright test match—High Court provides guidance on substantiality and fair dealing in relation to sports clips

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Sponsors drop lying Lochte - the fallout from Rio 2016

Published on 24 August 2016. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Importance of anti-embarrassment clauses highlighted by US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte being dropped by sponsors, including Speedo and Ralph Lauren.

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China’s richest man strikes deal to host new global football tournament

Published on 21 July 2016. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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Earlier this month, it was reported that the Dalian Wanda Group planned to create a European club tournament to rival the UEFA Champions League.

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World eSports Association formed

Published on 26 May 2016. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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A new governing association was formed this month by the Electronic Sports League (“ESL”) and a number of eSports teams.

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FIFA’s Member Associations approve package of reforms

16 May 2016

“FIFA is currently going through the worst crisis of its history. The current crisis should also be considered as a unique opportunity for FIFA to renew itself.”

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Top tips for negotiating football kit sponsorship deals

27 January 2016

(including considerations when working with betting companies)

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Wyscout Forum London 2013 - Image is everything

12 June 2015

What are image rights?

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Virtual roundtable with Corporate Livewire: Sport Law 2015

12 June 2015

In our Sports Law Roundtable we spoke with four experts from around the world to discuss recent regulatory changes and interesting developments across their field of work.

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