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 […]

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 […]

#FootyBiz Twitter Chat

With the football season a few days away, join myself, Adam Osper and Pete Hackleton to discuss the various facets of the football business on Thursday 6th August at 1830 BST. Adam is a Director at Tilney Bestinvest and advises clients on wealth management issues in a range of sectors including sport and football. Pete […]

Premier League Parachute Payments Explained

The Basics Parachute payments are funds provided by the Premier League to clubs relegated from the Premier League to the Football League Championship. They are primarily to provide a financial cushion for the relegated clubs to adjust to life outside the lucrative Premier League competition. The Premier League for a number of years had distributed […]

Football League Insolvency Regulation Changes: A Brief Summary

Introduction This note sets out a summary of the new insolvency regulations that the Football League (FL) has agreed to implement in time for the upcoming 2015/16 season. Although at the time of writing, the FL has not published the express wording of its new regulations, it recently circulated a press release[1] providing the high […]

Football League Championship Clubs Tweak their Financial Regulations

Introduction Yesterday, representatives at an EGM of the Football League’s 24 Championship clubs voted in favour of a new set of new financial regulations which will, in two seasons, replace their previous financial fair play regulations (FFPRs). They have however taken the lead from the Premier League in renaming their new regulations that will be […]

The Trouble with Loan Agreements: Conflicting UK and South American Perspectives

By Daniel Geey and Ariel Reck Introduction This article examines the tricky integrity of competition issues associated with loan players playing against their parent club. After discussion between both co-authors it became apparent that a variety of national associations have divergent approaches to the same issue. With Premier League (PL), Football League (FL) and Argentinean […]

My Top Ten Football Law Blogs of 2013

As we approach the end of 2013, I thought that I would share with you a selection of my 2013 blogs all in one convenient place. 1.  FFP: My Top Ten Tips for understanding UEFA Financial Fair Play here 2.  FFP: Malaga, its Overdue Debts & UEFA Financial Fair Play here 3.  TPI: UEFA’s Aim […]

Premier League Cost Control and Sustainability Provisions Published

The Premier League (PL) published its latest handbook yesterday which contained two important cost control and profitability and sustainability provisions. The PL does not use the term Financial Fair Play (FFP) to characterise their new rules but they bear some of the hallmarks of break-even which are prominent in the UEFA and Football League FFP […]

My Top Ten Tips for Understanding Football League Financial Fair Play

Number 1: FL FFP regulations only apply to clubs participating in the FL Championship. Clubs in the FL Leagues 1 and 2 have to adhere to separate regulations called the Salary Cap Management Protocol (SCMP) which ties cost to a percentage of turnover. Number 2: The overall aim of the rules is to ensure Championship […]