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Sports Tv rights

13 & 14 October 2011

Nolot Seminars are delighted and proud to announce the launch of their 10th Annual Sports Law and Taxation Conference.

Chaired by Prof. Ian Blackshaw, this two-day Conference will be an update on and an in depth review of the subject, including the EU Competition Law aspects and Tendering Procedures, and Broadcast Sponsorship and Rights of First Refusal to Commercial Air Time surrounding the Broadcasts of Sports Events.

Uniquely, the Conference will also deal with the tax side and, in particular, on how to structure sports broadcasting deals and contracts, from a tax efficiency point of view, in order to mitigate the substantial tax that would otherwise be payable on the mega sums involved in the sale of these rights, which have been well described as ‘the oxygen of sport'!

The Conference will also cover the sports bodies' and rights' holders' side of the subject, as well as that of the broadcasters themselves. In particular, we will deal with the FIFA/UEFA 'Crown Jewels of Sport' cases, and critically analyse the outcomes of them so far, and also, based on the application of general principles, endeavour to predict the results of the pending appeals.

In the context of the Olympics in London in 2012, this is a very timely and must-attend Conference for Sports Lawyers, Administrators, Broadcasting Executives, Media Advisers and Marketers, Tax Advisers and all others involved - in any way - in the commercialisation, legal protection and tax sheltering of Sports Broadcasting Rights in Europe.

Topics covered will include:

Legal aspects

  • Who Owns Sports TV Rights?
  • Protection & Commercialisation of Sports TV Rights
  • Murphy/QC Leisure & FIFA/UEFA ‘Crown Jewels' of Sport Cases
  • Experience of sales process TV Right London Olympics
  • Collective Sale and Purchase of Sports TV Rights in the European Union


Tax aspects

Tax treatment of income from the sale of Sports TV right

  • Income from sublicensing agreements
  • VAT treatment
  • Subscription Fees
  • Tax Mitigation

Taxation of sponsorship income of Olympic Sports by the United Kingdom Tax Authorities


Mr. Xabi de Beristain Humphrey, DBW International Ltd, London
Mr. Luca Ferrari, CBA Studio Legale e Tributario, Milan/Padova
Mr. Thomas Hoehn, IP Research Center Imperial College Business School, London
Mr. Oliver Holland, Sky Sports, London/Middlesex
Mr. Pál Jalsovszky, Jalsovszky Law Firm, Budapest
Mr. Ángel Juarez, Juarez Asociados, Barcelona
Mr. Francois Petit, KPMG Luxembourg
Mr. Graeme Perry, Sykes Anderson LLP, London
Mr. Stephen Ridgway, SNR Denton, London

If you are interested in attending this Conference, please reserve your place and secure your early registration discount by e-mailing Erica@

Thursday October 13th
Location: The Hubworking Centre, 5 Wormwood Street, London EC2M 1RQ

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:00 Setting the scene: Opening Remarks: Ian Blackshaw
10:00 - 11:00 Who Owns TV Rights: Stephen Ridgway, SNR Denton
11:00 - 12:00 Protection and Commercialisation of Sports TV Rights: Ian Blackshaw
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30

Luxembourg: Taxation of exploitation of tv rights: Francois Petit, KPMG Luxembourg

14:30 -15:30

Hungary: Taxation of exploitation of tv rights: Pál Jalsovszky, Jalsovszky Law Firm

15:30 -16:00 Tea
16:00 - 17:00

Collective Selling of TV Rights: Luca Ferrari, CBA Studio Legale
e Tributario

17:00 Cocktail


Friday October 14th
Location: Withers LLP , 16 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EG

09:00  -09:30     


09:30 - 09:45 Opening by Withers LLP
09:45 - 10:00

Setting the scene: Opening Remarks: Ian Blackshaw

10:00 - 11.00

Murphy/QC Leisure & FIFA/UEFA ‘Crown Jewels' of Sport Cases:
Xabi de Beristain Humphrey

11:00 - 12:00
Exploiting new media platforms: Oliver Holland, Sky Sports Legal
12:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:30

International Tax issues in connection with exploitation of Sports TV Rights: Angel Juarez, Juarez Asociados

14:30 - 15:30

Impact of competition law and regulation of the value of TV Sports and TV Rights: Thomas Hoehn, IP Research Centre Imperial College Business School

15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00
Tax Olympics London 2012: Greame Perry, Sykes Anderson LLP (to be confirmed)


Registration fee

Registration before 23 September 2011: Registration from 23 September 2011:
GBP 1050,00 (excluding VAT) 2 Days GBP 1090,00 (excluding VAT) 2 Days
GBP 560,00 (excluding VAT) 1 Day GPB 590,00 (excluding VAT) 1 Day


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