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Sports Ticker (19th Nov 2020) - COVID-19 Vaccine abuse, Amazon Prime, Payperview scheme

Published on 19 November 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker (9th Nov 2020) - CAP consultations, UEFA prize money and British cycling

Published on 10 November 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, 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. In our 25th edition, we consider regulatory plans to clamp down on celebrities appearing in gambling ads and guidance on ads for in-game purchases. We also take a look at cuts to prize money available in UEFA competitions, a recent High Court case with implications for sports agents involved in sponsorship introductions and the new star of British cycling.

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Sports Ticker (23rd Oct 2020) - Project Big Picture, British horseracing and TRP v SIS

Published on 26 October 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker (7th October 2020) - Amazon Luna The Laver Cup and a New Boss for F1

Published on 07 October 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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RPC Sports Ticker (25 September 2020) – esports, wearable tech and Semenya appeal

Published on 25 September 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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RPC Sports Ticker (11 September 2020) – Lionel Messi contract, rugby midweek games and BT 'Unlimited Subs' subscription

Published on 14 September 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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RPC Sports Ticker (27 August 2020) - Coutinho's contract, F1's revenue deal, and VR in the NBA

Published on 27 August 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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RPC Sports Ticker (13 August 2020) – Salary caps, NBA return and esports

Published on 17 August 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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RPC Sports Ticker (29 July 2020) – Cyber Security, Lions in South Africa and Lululemon

Published on 29 July 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 17 - Man City, British Gymnastics and Varnish

Published on 17 July 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 16 - Wigan, Beckham and Rashford

Published on 03 July 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 15 – Black Lives Matter, Dillian Whyte and Disney

Published on 24 June 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 14 – PRO14, World TeamTennis and Man United v Football Manager

Published on 08 June 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 13 – eSports, St Andrews and EFL salary caps

Published on 22 May 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 12 – F1 restart, virtual NFL Draft and RFL emergency loan

Published on 07 May 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 11 – 2.6 Challenge, Premier League furlough and #IsolationGames

Published on 27 April 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 10 – Mercedes F1, Newcastle Falcons promotion and Tokyo 2020 delayed

Published on 08 April 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 9 – Fury, NASCAR and Sky Sports pause

Published on 31 March 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 8 – Sturridge ban, Cycling World League and Sun Yang's ban

Published on 12 March 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 7 – 'Premflix and Chill', McIlroy and Allianz

Published on 28 February 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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

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Sports Ticker 6 – Coronavirus, Nike Air Zoom Alphafly and the 'Mozart of Chess'

Published on 14 February 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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

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Sports Ticker 5 – Saracens, W Series and Speedrunning

Published on 29 January 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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

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Sports Ticker 4 – Epic Games, acquisition of Charlton and tackling mental health

Published on 16 January 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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

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Sports Ticker 3 – GAME's eSports arena, Amazon broadcasts and Russia's WADA suspension

Published on 18 December 2019. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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

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Sports Ticker 2 – The Special One, Juventus FC and Lacrosse

Published on 04 December 2019. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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Sports Ticker 1 – Saracens, DeepMind AI, Under Armour

Published on 19 November 2019. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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We are delighted to welcome you to the first RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Sheffield United, or divided? Implying duties of good faith

Published on 04 November 2019. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Charlie Gould, Associate

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The High Court has held that the duty to act with good faith should not be implied into an agreement between the owners of Sheffield United FC.

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Sporting compromise – tips for settling sports disputes

Published on 24 October 2019. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate

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Some practical tips for sports clubs when settling disputes – with a focus on those issues that regularly arise in a sporting context.

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eFootball transfers: Juve and Man U snub FIFA to sign for PES

Published on 07 August 2019. By Stuart Harris, Associate

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The RPC Sports group round-up football eSports deals: Juventus and Manchester United sign eSports partnerships with Pro Evolution Soccer, whilst Liverpool FC partners with FIFA.

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Spurs suffer Champions League defeat to the Advertising Standards Authority

Published on 08 July 2019. By Stuart Harris, Associate and Charlie Gould, Associate

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Spurs' heartbreak in Madrid was not the only loss they suffered on their Champions League journey this year. A tweet from Spurs announcing their line-up for their knock-out game against Borussia Dortmund featured the gambling operator William Hill, and was ruled to contravene the CAP Code.

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Reforms to the FA's Regulations on Working with Intermediaries

Published on 01 July 2019. By Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Charlie Gould, Associate

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RPC summarise the key changes to the FA's Regulations on Working with Intermediaries (the "Regulations"), and offer practical tips to agencies, clubs and players to manage their impact.

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Smoke and mirrors? Big Tobacco slip(stream)s back into Formula One sponsorship deals

Published on 18 February 2019. By Stuart Harris, Associate

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RPC reports on Philip Morris and British American Tobacco securing major partnerships with Ferrari and McLaren, prompting investigations into their compliance with domestic and international advertising laws.

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CMA clamps down on unfair gambling promotions

Published on 01 February 2018. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology 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, Partner 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, Senior 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 Joshua Charalambous, Senior 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, Senior 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, Senior 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, Senior 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, Senior Associate and Dani Barnes, Associate

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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 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, Senior 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, Senior 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, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior 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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