The esports revolution: recognising and protecting the workforce

With huge international audiences, wide commercial engagement and astonishing revenue levels, esports is nothing short of a global phenomenon. In fact, competitive video gaming should now be viewed as a profession in...

Top of the league: How football clubs protect and exploit their brands in a...

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicked off on August 11th and the revenues of the league and its football clubs continue to go from strength to strength. Increased broadcasting revenues have already...

eSports and child protection – what should sports bodies be doing?

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Bird & Bird APAC Sports Update 2: Sports Stars and Image Rights in China

Michael Jordan has achieved a lot in his life. He is a six-time NBA champion, a 14-time NBA All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP and a double Olympic gold medallist. His "Jumpman"...

Will changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules impact the Media/Tech sectors?

The UK economy has recently been boosted by a number of media and technology businesses announcing that they will establish their main international headquarters in the UK. Indeed, Snap Inc, the...

eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike

eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike As the eSports juggernaut continues to gather momentum during 2017, one question that will be on the minds of both rights holders and broadcasters...

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For club or country? Joel Matip vs. FECAFOOT

The FIFA Regulations FIFA has issued detailed regulations requiring clubs to release players for international duty on demand, which are set out at Annex 1 of the FIFA Regulation on the Status...
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Swimming against the stream: preventing live streaming of sporting events

When the umpire gave signal for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to start what was dubbed the "Fight of the Century" on 2 May 2015, viewers at home sat down to...

Skin betting from a Czech gambling law perspective

The Czech Republic is set to modernise its gambling regulation and open its gambling market to EU and EEA residents, by adopting the new Act No. 186/2016 Coll., on Gambling. It represents...

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