20 years after Bosman

20 years after Bosman

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To understand the legacy of the Bosman ruling it is necessary to consider not only the judgment itself but also the more or less contemporaneous development of the pay-TV market. This injected a lot of new money into the “business” of football, starting in the 1990s and developing at a considerable pace ever since.

Of course, in addition to the emergence of pay-TV, you can now add the appearance of many new “investors”, not only of the more traditional kind (local business magnates such as Jack Walker at Blackburn Rovers) but also owners of US sports franchises, Russian oligarchs, Oil States like Qatar and Abu Dhabi, various businesses from the Far East and beyond.

Some of the new investors probably want to make money, some perhaps have other motivations, maybe glamour,...

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