Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Liverpool FC has entered a legal dispute related to its £15 million training kit sponsorship with Gibraltar-based bookmaker BetVictor.Sports sponsorship agency Winlink has sued the Premier League leaders for a reported £1.1 million, stating that one of its senior executives had introduced club officials to the bookmaker.Winlink underlined that it was ‘heavily engaged over a number of years in securing a successful introduction’ – which led to BetVictor agreeing a £5 million per year sponsorship of Liverpool’s training kits between seasons 2016/17 and 2018/19.Liverpool have responded to the agency’s claims, stating that the lucrative sponsorship was conducted by their former Head of Global Partnerships Rafaella Valentino – a friend of BetVictor CEO Andreas Meinrad.In its statement, the Football Club refutes that Winlink’s introduction had any sway on the deal being executed.High Court hearings began on Monday, with Winlink represented by Andrew Sutcliffe QC, who highlighted the agency’s credentials specialising in ‘identifying and introducing betting companies to sports rights holders’.Pointing to Winlink’s track record, Sutcliffe noted that the agency had conducted successful introductions for Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus, to bookmakers in which the football clubs had paid commissions having secured deals.He said that Winlink had kept its relationship with Liverpool, arguing that the agency had to only fulfil two conditions in introducing club executives to bookmakers and that the bookmakers then sponsored the club.“Liverpool had not kept its side of the bargain,” Sutcliffe told the High Court.Meanwhile, Liverpool representative Robert Anderson QC argued that Winlink’s services had no influence in the sponsorship taking place.Liverpool said that the agency had introduced its executives two and a half years prior to negotiating its deal with BetVictor, and Winlink holds ‘no rights’ to claim compensation regardless of previous introductions.The trial will be heard by Judge Mark Pelling QC and is expected to last five days, with its final judgement reserved to a later date. Submit Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka’s consolation is place in golf’s star-studded top-five

first_imgA closing 74 spoiled his weekend, after rounds of 68, 69 and 67 put the 29-year-old in the hunt for the Claret Jug.Before Koepka’s feat, Jordan Spieth was the last man to achieve the full house of top-five finishes when he won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015 as well as enjoying strong runs at the Open and US PGA.Brooks Koepka becomes the 5th player to finish top-five in all four majors in a single seasonJordan Spieth/2015Rickie Fowler/2014Tiger Woods/2000/2005Jack Nicklaus/1971/1973— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) July 21, 2019Rickie Fowler, still yet to win a major, was a model of consistency in 2014, with two second places, a third and a fifth.Tiger Woods had three major wins in his 2000 season, plus a fifth place at the Masters, and in 2005 he triumphed at the Masters and Open Championship, while coming second at the U.S. Open and tying for fourth at the US PGA. Jack Nicklaus won the US PGA in 1971 and 1973, and in both seasons also bagged top-five finishes at the other majors.Despite joining such an elite club, Koepka was not impressed with his efforts at Portrush.”I don’t see much positive out of it,” he said after his final round. “If you don’t play good you’re not going to win. So it’s very simple. It’s disappointing, yes. I didn’t play the way I wanted to. And I’ve got to live with that.” Brooks Koepka’s Open challenge faded at Royal Portrush but the American still became just the fifth man to secure a top-five finish at every major in a single season.After finishing tied for second at the Masters, winning the US PGA Championship and claiming second outright at the U.S. Open, Koepka had to settle for a share of fourth on six under par in Northern Ireland, nine shots adrift of runaway winner Shane Lowry.last_img read more

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