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Volume: 16 Issue: 4
(April 2018)

opinion why fapl tv rights decline natural inevitable although time publication final two football association premier league (‘fapl match packages

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Opinion: Why the FAPL TV rights decline was natural and inevitable

Although at the time of publication, the final two Football Association Premier League (‘FAPL’) match packages for the 2018/19 season are still yet to be sold, the stagnating value of broadcasting rights for FAPL matches and the reported lack of interest by digital bidders has been surprising to many. In this article however, Stephen Hornsby, Partner at Goodman Derrick LLP, provides insight into how, in his opinion, the actions of big market players and the supposed threat of digital platforms has rather inevitably led to a decline in the valuation of FAPL broadcasting rights, and discusses the concerns these changes in the market might raise for football clubs.

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