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Reselling Tickets: Another Attempt at Enforcement

Last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released a report into the reselling of tickets for events such as theatre, live music and sport, issuing recommendations to the Government to tighten consumer protection around this area. Whilst there are already relatively stringent restrictions in place for certain sporting events, such as the Olympics, Paralympics […]

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In conversation with Dave Coupland: European Tour golfer

Phil Parkinson, Partner and Head of Commercial Law at Blacks, in conversation with Dave Coupland, European Tour golfer. Dave’s story is a great one; a tale of persistence and hard work, working towards the dream. In November 2019, Dave came through the very tough Q School to be one of only 25 players from the […]

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Battle for the Blades: Sheffield United’s Shareholder Scrap

Sheffield United’s shareholders Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mossad Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (a Saudi royal), have recently been in the High Court in relation to a dispute concerning control of the side. The Case in question has served to highlight the importance of getting legal advice in order to correctly purchase shares from fellow […]

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A Different Kind of Fitness Test

Bury FC fans will still be recovering from the shock and upset of their club’s recent demise. The Club, bought by Steve Dale for £1 late last year, had been known for its past financial struggles. However, matters soon spiralled out of control when rumours arose that debts were increasing and employees’ wages had been […]

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Gambling on the Number 32

Wayne Rooney has been a household name for many years and now, after a stint in America, Rooney is returning to English soil to play for Championship Club Derby County. However, this hasn’t come without criticism, particularly in relation to how Rooney will be reimbursed. Around the same time as Rooney was announced as the […]

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Gambling Advertisements: Betting with the Future?

This month, GambleAware published an interim report into how gambling is marketed, and advertised, and in particular how this affects children, young people and vulnerable adults. Their findings concluded that, unsurprisingly, sporting events are a significant channel for gambling advertisements (with spending increasing around big sporting events such as last year’s football World Cup and […]

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Sink or Swim: Bolton Wanderers in Administration

If relegation from the 2018/19 EFL Championship wasn’t bad enough for Bolton Wanderers’ fans, then starting next season in League One with a 12-point deduction will be. That is the consequence Wanderers will have to face though, having appointed administrators on Monday 13 May 2019 following the presentation of a Winding-Up Petition by HMRC. However, […]

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Ambush Marketing: Official Sponsors Beware!

As summer approaches our attention turns to the many sporting events to be held including the Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon, the Champions League final and the Rugby World Cup. However it’s not just sports fanatics who can feel the excitement, as companies look forward to their brand being marketed as part of their sponsorship agreements. […]

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On tour with England’s Women’s Cricket team

After an extensive period in the indoor school at Loughborough it’s been brilliant to get outdoors, compete, and pull on the 3 Lions! After initially arriving in Mumbai, where we were greeted with an Indian welcome of flowers and Bindi dots, we received a warm Indian welcome on the pitch. Having lost the first two […]

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Galey’s views on the new season

As the preseason draws to a close, another season is set to start. This is my 17th pre-season with Yorkshire and things have changed hugely in that time. I remember going to Grenada on my first tour which was over three weeks long. It was a massive culture shock to me – I thought professional […]

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Rugby Union doing a ‘Neymar’

There has been something in the water this summer, in the parallel transfer markets of rugby union and football. In the latter, Neymar Jr. transferred to PSG in a deal worth an eye-watering £370m, a sum of money inconceivable within world rugby. For context, Sunderland A.F.C, currently have their entire football club for sale, including […]

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Is now the time for the Aviva Premiership to be ‘ring-fenced’ – Part II?

Richmond RFC will make a welcome return to the Championship following their catastrophic demise in 1999 when millionaire backer Ashley Levett pulled his cash and the club went into administration and was sent crashing to the ninth tier of English rugby. Richmond RFC has come out publicly to state that next season no ‘professional players’ […]

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