While the 50+1 Rule somewhat limits the Bundesliga teams’ financial capabilities, it ensures that football remains associated to its fans and enshrines the mantra: “Football first, business second”, a rule so engraved within the heart of the football community. When doubters question the merit of such a rule, let success stories such as Flick’s stint at Bayern make the noise!
On Loan and Playing Against My Own: Safeguarding Integrity?
Loan transfers usually pose a great opportunity for small football clubs to boost their squads with better players at a lower cost, however, these players are often forbidden to play against their parent clubs, either by loan clauses or national regulations. In this post we will analyse these restrictions, understand their basis, and find out if they are safeguarding competitions.
Are all bets off? An update on sports gambling legal developments in the UK
The Government’s review of the UK’s gambling legal framework is reportedly opening imminently and will come in the wake of a series of recommendations to increase regulatory scrutiny of the sports betting industry. In this article, Benja Arnott, a solicitor in Linklaters LLP’s Dispute Resolution Practice, takes a look at the latest legal developments and considers the effect on sport’s stakeholders of potential mitigating measures, such as a ban on gambling advertising.
The Premier League’s Handball Rule
The Premier League season's first major controversy... In this article we look at the changes to the accidental handball rule implemented by IFAB and why its revised interpretation is wreaking havoc in penalty areas and sending Carragher, Neville et al. into meltdown.
Coronavirus has Shown that Esports are Here to Stay
Coronavirus effectively brought the world to a standstill in its inception, leaving sporting fans high and dry. Esports sought to fill that void and in the process of doing so, reached record engagements with its fans who craved some live action drama on their screens. The Article seeks to explore and understand contemporary legal issues that esports stakeholders must account for, whilst charting out its success story.