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Volume: 16 Issue: 2
(February 2018)

admissibility fixed-term employment contracts german professional football january 2018 german federal labour court handed down first decision1 legal

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The admissibility of fixed-term employment contracts in German professional football

In January 2018, the German Federal Labour Court handed down its first decision1 on the legal issue of admissibility of fixed-term employment contracts in German professional football. The decision is a landmark ruling - overturning the first instance ruling - for German and European professional football and team sports in general. Caroline Dressel and Simon Karlin of Lentze Stopper Rechtsanwälte place a spotlight on this crucial case, highlighting the legal premises of the temporary limitation of employment contracts under German and European law and the importance of the decision for professional football in Germany and beyond.

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