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Insightful, enlightening and thought-provoking, leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey lifts the lid on the inner workings of modern football. Whether it is a manager being sacked, the signing of a new star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Writt Insightful, enlightening and thought-provoking, leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey lifts the lid on the inner workings of modern football. Whether it is a manager being sacked, the signing of a new star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Written by leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey, who has dealt with all these incidents first hand, this highly accessible book explores the issues - from pitch to boardroom - that shape the modern game and how these impact leagues, clubs, players and fans. Featuring insider anecdotes and expert contributions, Done Deal provides football fans with a fresh and authoritative perspective on all off-field football matters.


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Insightful, enlightening and thought-provoking, leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey lifts the lid on the inner workings of modern football. Whether it is a manager being sacked, the signing of a new star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Writt Insightful, enlightening and thought-provoking, leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey lifts the lid on the inner workings of modern football. Whether it is a manager being sacked, the signing of a new star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Written by leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey, who has dealt with all these incidents first hand, this highly accessible book explores the issues - from pitch to boardroom - that shape the modern game and how these impact leagues, clubs, players and fans. Featuring insider anecdotes and expert contributions, Done Deal provides football fans with a fresh and authoritative perspective on all off-field football matters.

30 review for Done Deal: An Insider's Guide to Football Contracts, Multi-Million Pound Transfers and Premier League Big Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Francis

    A book that well covers the facts of the legal side of football but offers little else. For someone with 13 years of experience as a sports lawyer you would have hoped for some opinions or interesting anecdotes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aurel

    A fascinating insight into the laws and regulations that govern modern football. Daniel does an excellent job in breaking down some key concepts that drive decisions in modern day football.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ross

    This book - unlike its marketing blurb - was definitely written by a lawyer. Authoritative insights into the legal aspects of football. Feels at times as if you're reading a text book. Which might be useful for those who want to enter the business of football and need to pass exams to do so. But not so much for the general reader. Dry prose that 100% fails even begin to reflect the excitement that accompanies the deals and 'this is what happens' the author describes. If you're a lawyer, you'll l This book - unlike its marketing blurb - was definitely written by a lawyer. Authoritative insights into the legal aspects of football. Feels at times as if you're reading a text book. Which might be useful for those who want to enter the business of football and need to pass exams to do so. But not so much for the general reader. Dry prose that 100% fails even begin to reflect the excitement that accompanies the deals and 'this is what happens' the author describes. If you're a lawyer, you'll love it. If you're a dedicated follower of football, not so much.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vernes Bisic

    Brilliant overview of how football industry functions, helping fans of the game globally understand the role of players, managers, agents, clubs, owners, broadcasters, global brands associated with the game, national football associations, as well as international federations such as UEFA and FIFA. All of the stakeholders coexist in interdependent and very complex ecosystem insightfully explaining myriad of those complexities. It’s the ultimate behind the scenes of football view.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shoaib

    This book is presented as an explainer of the financial side of the beautiful game. In that respect, it is excellent, explaining in clear and concise terms everything from how a transfer is functionally conducted, to the various components of a takeover bid, to the reason why Sky and BT pay so much for their TV rights. As someone who keenly follows football both on and off the pitch, I felt that there was a good degree of information to enhance my understanding of Football and Finances.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Dineen

    Very insightful to the money and complexities to the modern game. Has some heavy moments of legal speak but coming from an author with a legal background, it gives it more credence to how intricate the business side of football really is. If you're looking for Geey's personal stories or experiences with the game, this isn't your read. He takes a very straightforward and expository approach. I recommend it. Very insightful to the money and complexities to the modern game. Has some heavy moments of legal speak but coming from an author with a legal background, it gives it more credence to how intricate the business side of football really is. If you're looking for Geey's personal stories or experiences with the game, this isn't your read. He takes a very straightforward and expository approach. I recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hawkins

    The book covers a lot of intricacies often overlooked in more “traditional” footballing books. It’s well written, explains things in an understandable and concise manner and flows well. However, don’t expect a lot of behind-the-scenes anecdotes or juicy gossip. This book provides an overview of the business aspect of football and little else. It does this very well, but don’t buy it expecting something it isn’t pretending to be.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Darragh Keogh

    Fantastic Reading As a premier league and football fanatic who hopes to work in the football industry one day, I found this book incredible. The detail and insights into so many different aspects of the inside football world made you learn so much. The references back to the incredible past of the premier league is what makes the book special. The Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano story along with the implications was my personal highlighg

  9. 5 out of 5

    Temisan

    Cha-ching! So many players play the game of football and get paid. This is a non-fiction book that explains the financial side of the Premier League. This book is really helped me understand this side of the Premier League. I've always wanted to play in the Premier League and I'm very young. So it gave me a better understanding. I reccomend this book to upcoming football stars that dream to play in Europe. Cha-ching! So many players play the game of football and get paid. This is a non-fiction book that explains the financial side of the Premier League. This book is really helped me understand this side of the Premier League. I've always wanted to play in the Premier League and I'm very young. So it gave me a better understanding. I reccomend this book to upcoming football stars that dream to play in Europe.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Edu Martínez

    This is a really good book, very insightful and well made for people to understand the overall football world. I recommend it for people that are just getting into the industry and wants to know more about it . If you are already savy its good to give it all a review but not very in depth in specifics if this is what you are looking for.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Garrick Infanger

    Geey knows the subject matter cold and walks through all the different economic aspects of modern football. This is very much 'inside baseball' from the financial point of view. But also fascinating and he presents--though does not opine--on many of the issues confronting the clubs and leagues going forward. Geey knows the subject matter cold and walks through all the different economic aspects of modern football. This is very much 'inside baseball' from the financial point of view. But also fascinating and he presents--though does not opine--on many of the issues confronting the clubs and leagues going forward.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MA Rickard

    Very insightful I am a keen football fan and follower of the game. This book is a great overview of where the game is now and the impact of various business and sporting bodies on the game. The subject is written by somebody with a love and passion for the game. If you want to know and understand better the business of football, this is the book for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Carlin

    Did you know that insurance payouts for footballers injured on international duty have a 28 day excess period and that the cover is limited to one year with a maximum pay out of €7.5m per player? I didn’t, but I probably did know almost everything else. The early chapters on player/transfer contracts and agents were genuinely interesting, the later ones just felt like filler at times.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Some heavier topics on football but written in an understandable manner. Particularly found the following topics of interest: - Club vs Country - Broadcasting Rights and the decline of live tv audiences - The role of agents - Image rights

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gökhan Bozkurt

    A good intro book to football business.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sze Chao

    Insight into the business side of things, behind the football matches we see on TV. Interesting read for any football fan. It can occasionally get a bit dry though, you've been warned! Insight into the business side of things, behind the football matches we see on TV. Interesting read for any football fan. It can occasionally get a bit dry though, you've been warned!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alliyana Riddell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Desert Sordid I did is

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Gulfam

    Some of the details are too boring and repetitive; however, a must read to get full insights into Soccer transfer market.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Umur

    I follow football since I was six and I haven't really read anything new in this book. I follow football since I was six and I haven't really read anything new in this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matty Benham

    Started off very promising. Ended up repetitive & boring, unfortunately.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joo Kee

    OK, not great but not bad either.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Addison Lewis

    Very good at showing the business behind much of football. Not quite Soccernomics level, but up there.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Reads much more like a dense football law textbook than a “guide to..” Would not recommend if you’re looking for a casual behind the scenes viewpoint of football transfers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fungisai

    As someone who really doesn’t follow football and purchased the book after hearing an interview on radio 4, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Had no idea football was so complex and had so many layers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Omar

    Decent book about contracts and football dealings (transfers, bonuses, tv rights and more). Rating: 3/5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Filip Olšovský

    Rich in the details, very week in its narrative and overall structure. A summary of stories you have probably already heard somewhere else with just a couple of new interesting insights. If the main point is how big of a business the Premier League has recently become, a book such as this one is a great example of how everyone is trying to earn a slice from this cake. If you want to read a much better book on the similar topic, go for The Club (2019), it is better on all accounts.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ali Kandil

    Great read. The author offers great insight into all the work that goes down behind behind every transfer. The book is well written and is easy to read. It is a must read for every football enthusiast who is interested in the business aspect of football. You will definitely learn a lot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Will Oxenham Babb

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  30. 4 out of 5

    Larry

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