Soccer (or football as it’s called throughout most of the world) has long been described as "The Beautiful Game." The elegance of its passing, the precision of its goals, and the passion of its fans all contribute in no small part to its mass appeal. A well-played match is indeed a beautiful thing....
Soccer (or football as it’s called throughout most of the world) has long been described as "The Beautiful Game." The elegance of its passing, the precision of its goals, and the passion of its fans all contribute in no small part to its mass appeal. A well-played match is indeed a beautiful thing. But there is more to soccer than what transpires on the pitch. In fact, the behind-the-scenes machinations of lawyers, managers, owners, players, and the leagues themselves influence what we see to a degree we probably have never even considered.
On Level Terms: 10 Legal Battles that Tested and Shaped Soccer in the Modern Era gives readers an inside look at ten cases (in the United States and Europe) that have had a lasting influence on the game as we know it today. From the demise of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the rise of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States to prosecution of England captain John Terry for alleged racist conduct and Belgian journeyman Jean Marc Bosman’s quest to gain free agency for all players in Europe, On Level Terms is the first book of its kind to examine the world’s most popular sport from a legal perspective.
Whether you’re an ardent fan of the game or are simply interested in the legalities behind professional sports, On Level Terms is a major contribution to the growing library of literature about soccer that is destined to join the ranks of such best sellers as Soccernomics, How Soccer Explains the World, and Fever Pitch.
Praise for On Level Terms
"If you want to understand the game of soccer at its comprehensive best, watch the German national team. If you want to understand the legal and financial foundations of the world’s game, let Ted Philipakos explain. On Level Terms explores the ramifications of landmark cases like the Bosman ruling, deconstructs Major League Soccer’s single entity model, and addresses issues of race, injuries, and media. This book is an important addition to the bookshelves of industry professionals and inquisitive fans alike."
–Steven Goff, The Washington Post
-- "Ted Philipakos does a great job of making this accessible... This is pretty much an essential read to grasp the legal aspect of the game, an aspect seldom addressed in other books."
– Olivier Tremblay, co-host Coup Franc
TED PHILIPAKOS is an agent and consultant in the area of professional soccer who has worked with players and clubs around the world, most notably in the United States and Greece, over the last 10 years. He also serves as a part-time faculty member at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business.