The challenges of privatising Saudi Arabia’s football clubs - An update in 2018

Saudi Arabia Soccer Ball
Friday, 15 June 2018 By Steve Bainbridge, Andrew Moroney

Progress towards privatising the top 14 professional football clubs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (“KSA”) continues apace in light of a string of recent developments. This article considers these developments and the enormous potential of (and potential issues for) a privatised KSA football industry. It builds on the authors’ previous piece, available to read here.1 Specifically, it looks at:

  • Background

  • Recent developments

  • The structural potential of KSA football

  • Potential Challenges

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Steve Bainbridge

Steve Bainbridge

Steve Bainbridge is a partner in the Squire Patton Boggs Dubai office. 

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Andrew Moroney

Andrew Moroney

Andrew is a Senior Associate in Squire Patton Boggs’ global Sports & Entertainment Group, working out of the Dubai office.

Andrew has a wide array of experience advising clients in the sports, esports and events sectors on sponsorship, broadcasting, merchandising, ticketing, player contracts, intermediary issues, athlete endorsement, disciplinary issues, governance, regulatory matters and disputes. He regularly advises corporate entities, governing bodies, individuals and foreign law firms on matters spanning football, cycling, horseracing, motorsports, golf and tennis. Andrew has a particular interest in the esports industry, acting for publishers, tournament organisers and esports teams.

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