All Your Football Podcasts in One Place

Over the last 18 months or so, I’ve been able to push content out across numerous platforms. I’ve really enjoyed creating various podcasts throughout this time. I set out the five seasons’ worth of podcast content which I hope you enjoy. My first season of Done Deal podcasts started with explaining the Nike, New Balance …

Five Key Takeaways from the Post-Brexit FA Work Permit Rules

1.       The Basics: The previous Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) requirements only related to non-EEA players wishing to play in the EPL and EFL. This was because of the EU free movement provisions that benefitted all European workers wishing to work in the UK. The new system is relevant to any player who is not a citizen of the UK and …

Updated UEFA, EPL and EFL Football Cost Controls

By Jodie Cox, Alex Harvey and Daniel Geey Introduction It continues to be a time of great flux in the football industry. Broadcasting rights rebates, league seasons being curtailed, actual and potential administrations, EFL announcements on cost control measures and plenty of Projects (Restart, Big Picture and Beautiful Game). EFL Chairman Rick Parry has warned …

A Football Squad Bonus Pool: An Example

By Daniel Geey and Courtney Bryan-Isaacs In addition to the specific bonuses in a player’s employment contracts, like appearance bonuses, players may also be paid a squad bonus. The squad bonus pool is an additional amount of money to be shared between the players at the end of a particular season, depending on the success …

Image Rights: Salah and the Egyptian Football Association

Here are a few brief thoughts on the Salah/ Egyptian FA image rights issue that has been reported over the last week. The issue relates to Salah’s image used by the Egyptian FA with its commercial partners. It is believed the Egyptian FA have a partnership deal with mobile network WE (among others) & Salah’s …

To gamble or not to gamble: 10 key issues when negotiating sports sponsorship deals with betting partners

By Jonny Madill As the new Premier League season explodes into life in the midst of the competition’s 25th anniversary, it’s worth noting that no fewer than 9 of this season’s 20 top flight clubs have front-of-shirt sponsorship deals with brands in the gambling industry. Everton’s deal with African betting company SportPesa, Swansea City’s deal with …

A Red, White and Blue Brexit

In the post-Brexit referendum aftermath, there has been plenty of speculation as to its impact on particular industries including sport and football in particular. My previous pre-Brexit referendum blog, I set out what the implications may be for a Brexit vote. Almost a year on, I provide some high level thoughts on the next step …

Football Player Boot Deals Explained

Here are five tips to understand how football player boot contracts with elite brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance and Under Armour work in practice. The blog explains how deals are structured, what the players will be required to do and how such deals fit into all the other agreements that a player will …

Five Top Tips to Understand Football Image Rights Deals

1. What are Image Rights (IR) and why are they relevant to the football industry? From a variety of commercial deals I have advised on a player’s image can include a player’s name, nicknames, likeness, image, photograph, signature, autograph, initials, statements, endorsement, physical details, voice and other personal characteristics. The idea is that the above …

The Curious Case of Premier League Game 38: Accident or Design?

By Daniel Geey, Adam Lovatt and Omar Chaudhuri Introduction During an early morning coffee between two of the three authors of this blog (Daniel and Adam), Adam came up with a particularly interesting statement; he couldn’t remember the last time the opening game of a Premier League season involved two top 5 teams playing each …