Protecting the beautiful game: In search of sustainability
An influx of billionaire owners and private equity into the English Premier League has put club governance, and the financial sustainability of the wider game, under scrutiny in recent years.
As the Premier League season got underway amidst a plethora of disruptive transfers to Saudi Arabia, the UK government reported on its consultations with the professional football community on governance, following the publication of a White Paper earlier in the year. Could its proposals hold the answers?
Polly Botsford considers the issues with:
- James Montague, author of The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners
- Nick de Marco KC, sports law barrister and specialist in disputes in football
- Alex Phillips of the World Football Remission Fund, formerly Head of Governance and Compliance at UEFA.
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