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Over the last 10 years, the eSports sector has been subject to a stratospheric rise.  We are a far cry away from the days when competitive gaming was perceived to be a group of teenage guys connecting their PCs over a LAN network in their living room.  Today, organisers of competitions involving leading platforms are […]

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Introduction If recent events in the world of soccer are to go by, gambling is a dangerous game for professional sports persons and can have a serious impact on careers. It is therefore important to highlight recent betting-scandals to ensure that those engaged in managing sports, recognise and take steps to seek to assist professional […]

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Introduction With the close of the Premier League season, attention has quickly turned to the speculation of which star players will be bought by teams seeking to improve their squads over the offseason. Last summer, Premier League clubs spent over £1 billion on players (http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37209664), with the highlight being the record transfer of Paul Pogba […]

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Given the horrific injury sustained by Ireland’s Seamus Coleman it is an appropriate time to consider the protections afforded to football clubs by the FIFA Club Protection Programme (“the CPP”). The CPP was designed to ameliorate the financial impact on professional football clubs of incapacitating injuries suffered by their players whilst on national duty and […]

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Read the full report Sport Report Videos AS A NATION WE’RE SPENDING BILLIONS BUT AS INDIVIDUALS WE’RE PARTICIPATING LESS IN SPORTS AND ACTIVITY: THE PHILIP LEE SPORT REPORT REVEALS THE CHALLENGES AHEAD “Since our first Philip Lee Sport Report in 2014 and following a steady return to growth in the economy, recovery in consumer spending […]

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The Calcutta Run takes place this week-end. It will raise funds for the Petter McVerry Trust and Goal and we are delighted to be a supporter firm this year. We wish all runners – especially the Philip Lee team – a great day for a great cause.      

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The compulsory introduction of transfer windows by FIFA in 2002-2003 significantly reduced worker mobility given that the effect of transfer windows on Europe’s domestic leagues is that transfers can only occur during the ‘close season’ and during the months of August and January.   However the validity of transfer windows (in terms of rules relating […]

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The FA v Jake Livermore The English Football Association brought a case under its Anti-Doping Regulations (which reflect the 2009 WADA Code) against Jake Livermore, the Hull City player, for an in-competition positive test for the prohibited substance, cocaine in April 2015.   The FA Regulatory Commission found in favour of Livermore, applying the proportionality […]

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Ambush marketing is a marketing strategy whereby a rival company attempts to create an association with an event that already has official sponsors, seeking to take advantage of the publicity value of a major event without financially contributing to the event through sponsorship.   What protection does the existing law provide to event holders in […]

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