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A Roadmap for Athletes in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Roadmap for Athletes in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Panagiota Betty Angelis Tufariello, Esq. & Marios Christos Sfantos, Esq. The COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented, unexpected and presenting unique challenges, obstacles, and vicissitudes that no one has ever faced before and – as is evident from looking at contracts of every kind across all industries – clearly few had the good sense to anticipate. Every facet of life has been massively affected – health, travel, education, social life, business and entertainment – and though we always expected that sports would…

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Interview with the Vice President of FIFPro-Europe, Mr. Spyros Neophytides

Interview with the Vice President of FIFPro-Europe, Mr. Spyros Neophytides

Question: List and explain the most important issues faced by footballers as they near retirement. Answer: As they near retirement, footballers come across a series of different issues. One of the primary and most important issues they face is their future financial sustainability and the huge danger to have limited to almost no income when they stop playing football. Apart from that, lack of education can create huge stress, as it creates uncertainty regarding their future professional steps. In addition,…

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A tribute to Kobe Bryant: The Entrepreneur and Basketball Legend

A tribute to Kobe Bryant: The Entrepreneur and Basketball Legend

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd I was wrong to think I could write this article without crying, while going through research material about the Legend of Kobe Bryant that I had witnessed in person, as a basketball player in the NCAA, during Kobe’s prime years with the Lakers. He was on our daily discussion agenda in the locker room, about his performance, his attitude, his approach to the Game, whether or not he was better than Jordan and…

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Interview with Brian Roberts, Academy Director of Performance, Advisory and Support services – Chicago Fire Soccer Academy

Interview with Brian Roberts, Academy Director of Performance, Advisory and Support services – Chicago Fire Soccer Academy

Question:  Can you briefly go over the development model utilized by the Chicago Fire FC Academy? Answer:  The vision of our academy is for the ‘academy players to be the soul of our club’.  In other words, we strive for our players, who have developed within the academy, to one day have an impact on the first team both as players AND as people. With this in mind, we created PASS (an acronym for Performance, Advisory and Support Service) to…

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A Decade in Comparison – Men and Women football: Apples or Pears

A Decade in Comparison – Men and Women football: Apples or Pears

By Mary Kok-Willemsen 2019 closed with a record beating fancrowd, media attention and commercial value at the Women World Cup in France.  No doubt lots of boys, girls, men and women, got somehow inspired by watching their favourite teams and players perform during the World Cup. But still it was not at the same level… as in men’s football.  In 2006, I started as a Manager at FC Twente in Holland by announcing the launching of the professional women football…

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Cross border Taxation – How Professional Athletes are taxed in the U.S.

Cross border Taxation – How Professional Athletes are taxed in the U.S.

Our guest blogger for November is Jonathan Miller, CPA (www.millerjcpa.com) and through an interview, he has given the Money Smart Athlete an overview and insights on how taxes work for athletes in the United States.  Jonathan is the co-founder and president of the Sports Financial Advisors Association in the United States and his CPA practice in Arizona has been advising a number of athletes for more than 30 years. MSA:  How are professional athletes taxed in the US for salary…

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Social Implications of Social Media Misuse in the Sports Industry

Social Implications of Social Media Misuse in the Sports Industry

By Dr  Antonis Alexopoulos, Ph.D. in Sport Sociology The relationship between Sports and Media is long-lasting, and symbiotic with mutual benefits on both sides. Arguably, the vast development and exposure of sports has been due to the role of traditional media, that serve as a vehicle to deliver sports ‘products’ to the consumer. In return sports, with the great social power of attracting the interest of consumers, have created revenue streams for the media outlets in the form of advertisements…

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Interview with Vladimiros Tziortzis, Formula 3 & 4 driver

Interview with Vladimiros Tziortzis, Formula 3 & 4 driver

1. Discuss the transition from amateur driving to professionalism. Describe in brief your weekly/monthly routine as a professional race driver, the challenges faced and the sacrifices required in your personal life and the life away from your home country. To begin with, from the age of 2-3, I remember my father taking me on rallies, in Cyprus. At the age of 5, he asked me if I wanted to go with him at a racing truck in Larnaca to watch a…

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Creating long term wealth for the money smart athlete

Creating long term wealth for the money smart athlete

By Beth Buckley Morgan– Family Business Wealth Wayne Gretzky said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Being able to do this requires vision, an understanding of your sport and the ability to fast forward in the action to a future point in the game. Learning this skill is tremendously valuable in sports because you put yourself/your team in a better position to score and win….

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Is Top Athletic Performance a Prerequisite for a Strong Athletic Brand? The Colin Kaepernick Case

Is Top Athletic Performance a Prerequisite for a Strong Athletic Brand? The Colin Kaepernick Case

By Ioakim Thrasyvoulou, FCCA /Director at APC Image Rights Advisors Ltd – www.sportsimagerightsexpert.com The common perception is that athletic performance is directly linked with the brand strength of the athlete and top athletic performance is considered to be a necessary component of the athletic brand equity.  How true is this perception though?  In this article, I would like to go over the circumstances under which athletes may cultivate a strong brand even if they have not achieved top athletic performance,…

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