What are the obligations on footballers to conduct media activities? Comparing the rules in UK, USA, Spain, Belgium & Italy
Following this summer’s news of Newcastle United footballers going on “media strike”1 as part of a dispute with the club over bonuses, this article compares and contrasts the legal obligations on footballers to conduct media activities in the UK, USA, Spain and Belgium.
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- Tags: Belgian Code of Economic Law | Belgium | Football | La Liga | Major League Soccer | Major League Soccer Collective Bargaining Agreement | Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) | Premier League | Premier League Handbook | Pro League | Royal Decree 1006_1985 | Spain | Spanish Sports Act 10_1990 | United Kingdom (UK) | United States of America (USA)
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About the Author
Stella is a senior associate in the sports & entertainment team of Withers. Her practice focuses on both international commercial contracts and a wide range of sports law matters - in respect of which she specialises in advising athletes, agents, coaches, clubs, leagues and agencies on contractual and regulatory issues as well as representing in international sports arbitration proceedings. She is a member of the Italian Ice Sports Association’s Judicial Panel and sits on the Sports Law Commission of the Milan Bar and on the Lombardia Commission of the Italian Sports Lawyers Association.
Michael Rueda is the US Head of Sports and Entertainment at Withers.. Michael advises athletes, coaches, agents and companies on playing contracts, coaching contracts, and international player transfers; and sponsorship, endorsement, licensing and merchandising contracts. Michael was a member of the University of Connecticut 2000 National Championship Men's soccer team and continues to play soccer and compete in triathlons.
Alistair McHenry, Director, Walker Morris LLP
Alistair is a director in our Sports / Finance Litigation department. He has extensive experience of sporting disputes, arbitration and general commercial litigation. He advises Premier League clubs, Football League clubs, sporting organisations and individuals on all types of disputes and appeals, including under the Premier League, Football League and Football Association Rules. Alistair has also successfully advised clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court and before the RFU Disciplinary Panel.
Gauthier Bouchat, Associate, Altius
Gauthier advices a wide range of Belgian and international clients on all aspects of sports law, including employment-related disputes, disciplinary proceedings and regulatory matters.
Josep is an independent lawyer with extensive experience in international sports law. During the last ten years his practice has entirely focused in representing athletes, clubs, national associations, agents and coaches in front of the different dispute resolution bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (Switzerland). He also advises his clients on a regular basis in contract drafting and negotiations.
Trainee, Withers (Milan)
Tommaso is a trainee in the corporate team. He is involved in matters related to the fields of sports and media, dealing with clients like football players, agents and companies, by providing assistance on a contractual and regulatory perspective. In addition, he is currently advising entrepreneurs on data privacy issues.