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    16.12.2022
    EU, UK

    European Su­per League suf­fers dam­aging blow in latest round of leg­al chal­lenge

    The proposed European Super League (ESL) needs little introduction – when announced in April 2021, the plans to launch a breakaway league involving some of Europe’s biggest clubs received a severe bashing in the court of public opinion, with impassioned reactions across society, from fans to national governments. The project has now reached the highest European court, following a referral from the Spanish courts in an action brought on competition law grounds by the promotors of the project against UEFA and FIFA, in light of the response of football’s governing bodies to the plans....
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    22.11.2022
    United Kingdom

    The UK gov­ern­ment will re­view the broad­cast rules on lis­ted sport­ing events

    On 15 November 2022, the UK government launched the Listed Events: Digital Rights Review (the “Review”) (press release here) which will consider whether the government’s free-to-air listed events regime should be reformed so that public service broadcasters (“PSBs”) – including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - are guaranteed the opportunity to show certain major sporting events of national importance on their digital platforms, rather than just focusing on traditional linear TV broadcasting as is currently the case. What is the listed events regime? The...
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    14.09.2022
    International

    Avoid an ad­vert­ising red card: Middle East­ern con­sid­er­a­tions for your Qatar ‘22 cam­paign

    As the 2022 Football World Cup in Qatar draws nearer, all eyes are on the Middle East, with this being the first time that the tournament has been hosted in the region. Brands around the world will undoubtedly be gearing up to get into the football spirit and roll out football-themed campaigns, promotions and other activations. However, brands will need to take care to ensure that their forthcoming campaigns do not fall foul of local Qatari laws, FIFA rules and guidelines and the FIFA Media and Marketing Regulations as well as other regional laws and regulations. To avoid a red card, please check...
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    07.06.2022
    Slovenia

    The im­pacts of lib­er­al­ising Slov­e­nia’s Gambling Mar­ket - At centre stage: Epis­ode #5

    The fifth episode of At centre stage considers the Slovenian gambling market. The new bill on gambling, which will somewhat liberalise the betting industry in Slovenia, was tabled in Parliament at the beginning of March. Primož Bohinc, an economist with a proven track record in the gambling industry, including casinos, and Gašper Hajdu, an associate at CMS Slovenia with expertise advising gambling clients, discuss the current state of the aforementioned market in Slovenia and the envisaged regulatory changes. Click here to watch the video, listen to the podcast or read the transcript...
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    30.05.2022
    United Kingdom

    Broad­cast­ing White Pa­per: The Gov­ern­ment’s Vis­ion for a “New Golden Age”

    On 28 April 2022, the government released its long-anticipated broadcasting white paper setting out its vision for the future of the broadcasting sector and its plan for ushering in a “new golden age of British TV”. The paper follows recent recommendations by Ofcom that the government radically overhaul laws relating to public service media, as well as a series of public consultations in 2021. It addresses a multitude of proposed reforms, including: Revised prominence regulations for public service broadcasters (“PSBs”) New regulations for video-on-demand services Changes...
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    12.04.2022
    United Kingdom

    Does Eng­lish foot­ball need an in­de­pend­ent reg­u­lat­or –  a sum­mary of some ar­gu­ments against the re­forms

    Background In our previous article, we examined the report published by the independent fan-led review into football governance, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, which set out 47 recommendations to safeguard the future of English football (the “Report”). Chief amongst these recommendations was the introduction of a new independent regulator for English football (“IREF”) which underpins all other recommendations in the Report. The industry has now had some time to digest the content of the Report and amongst the praise from a number of stakeholders[1], a counternarrative criticising...
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