February 7, 2013
The study on the economic and legal aspects of transfers of players, which was launched in January 2012, has been finalised and is now publicly available.
The Commission noted in its 2011 Communication on ‘Developing the European Dimension in Sport’ that transfers of players regularly came to public attention because of concerns about the legality of the acts and about the transparency of financial flows involved. The Commission also stated that the time was ripe for an overall evaluation of transfer rules in professional sport in Europe.
The study, launched in this context, has as its primary objective to inform the Commission and to provide a detailed overview of the economic and legal aspects of the transfer systems in the most relevant team sports in Europe, focusing on football and basketball. It was carried out by a consortium composed of KEA European Affairs and CDES (Centre de Droit et Economie du Sport).
The study highlights that: