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 …

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 …

What would Brexit really mean for the Premier League?

By Daniel Geey and Jonny Madill In the run-up to the Brexit referendum, there have been a steadily increasing number of articles on the Brexit consequences for the Premier League. This blog sets out our high level thoughts on what we can expect to see down the track should Brexit occur and the consequences for …

The One-Stop Shop to Understand the Transfer Window

The below are links to a range of blogs I have written on the transfer window, player contracts and release clauses, work permit regulations, image rights, agents regulations , third party investment and how much it would cost to buy Lionel Messi! Enjoy! The Transfer Window Release and Buy-Out Clauses Work Permit Regulations Image Rights Agents …

The Foreigner Debate: The FA’s New Work Permit Regulations Explained

By Daniel Geey and Jonny Madill So what has happened? It was announced earlier this year that the Football Association (the FA) was changing its rules on non-EEA (European Economic Area) players playing in the UK after consultation with the Premier League, Football League, League Managers Association, Professional Footballers Association and Home Associations. The FA …