Grassroots Football Financing – A Review of FIFA Training Compensation and Solidarity Payments

Grassroots Football Financing – A Review of FIFA Training Compensation and Solidarity Payments – Written By Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianaya (Associate Partner/Head – Sports, Entertainment and Tech Practice) Football clubs play a vital role in society, not only do they contribute immensely to organised sports and recreation support the social organization of the youth, by providing a…

Third Party Ownership in Football Explained

Third-party ownership in football – A publication of the Sports, Entertainment and Technology Practice at Olisa Agbakoba Legal Despite FIFA’s outright prohibition on third-party ownership football in 2015, to remove unethical practices and mitigate the controversy surrounding this type of investment in football, TPO, as it is more commonly known, remains a regular occurrence in…

The Interplay of Intellectual Property Rights and Sports: A Conduit of Commercial Opportunities For the Nigerian Sports Industry

Intellectual Property Rights and Sports: A Paper Presented by Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya, Sports & Entertainment Lawyer at the World Intellectual Property Organisation “Reach for Gold” Event Hosted by The Friends of the Creator Artistic Foundation – April 26, 2019, Lagos. Asides from Game of Thrones, I’m certain everyone here will agree with me that the Olympics,…

Minors in Football in Nigeria: Safeguarding their Rights and Preventing Exploitation

Minors in football in Nigeria are part of a global system that is often exploited. In the last two decades, the global appetite for cheap, promising young talented players in football has surged. Consequently, this has led to an increase in the mobility of minors domestically and internationally in pursuit of a professional football career.…