The Pro League Business School constitutes a 5 Module Programme of 10 days in aggregate on good governance of Professional Football. The Programme has the law as backbone and covers all key legal aspects of professional football, with due attention for its economic and managerial context. It offers a serene teaching environment allowing fruitful discussions and interaction between professionals.

The Programme will be followed by at least 72 C-level club managers from professional football clubs from Belgium, in addition to peers from abroad.  

The 2023 Programme is as follows:

Module 1: The organisation of professional football

 6 February 2023

9:00

Welcome address and introduction to the course

Prof.dr. Robby Houben (University of Antwerp, BE) and Lorin Parys (CEO Belgian Pro League)

9:30

The football industry

Prof.dr. Benoit Senaux (Coventry University, UK)

11:45

Financial management: a testimony

Dirk Decorte (University of Antwerp, BE)

14:00

The football pyramid

Prof.dr. Richard Parrish (Edge Hill University, UK)

16:15

A leagues perspective on the football pyramid

Jacco Swart, CEO European Leagues

7 February 2023

9:00

Cha(lle)nging the model: Super League

Bernd Reichart, CEO A22 Sports (advisor and promoter of the European Super League)

11:15

The EU regulatory framework of pro football

Prof. dr. Ben Van Rompuy (University of Leiden, NL)

14:00

The European football competition model (under stress)

Prof. dr. Katarina Pijetlovic (Lisbon University, PR)

16:15

The (EU) policy regarding pro football

Antoine Manders, Member of European Parliament

17:00

La Liga's perspective

Javier Tebas (Chairman La Liga)

Module 2: Licensing and financial fair play

27 February 2023

9:00

Football club licensing

Jacqueline van den Bosch (Chairperson Dutch licensing commission)

11:15

Licensing: time for a change (?)

All participants

14:00

Club ownership

Prof.dr. Siniša Petrović (University of Zagreb, CRO)

16:15

Negotiation skills

Charles-Antoine Leunen (Partner, Linklaters)

28 February 2023

9:00

Managing clubs (directors & managers)

Prof.dr. Hallgeir Gammelsæter (Prof. Molde University College, NOR)

11:15

Leadership

Elke Geraerts (CEO Better minds at work)

14:00

Financial fair play

Christopher Flanagan (editor International Sports Law Journal)

16:15

The new Financial Stability Rules and outlook going forward

Andrea Traverso (Director Financial Sustainability and Research UEFA)

Module 3: Financing clubs

27 March 2023

9:00

The football club as media supplier: media rights

Prof.dr. Steve J Cornelius (University of Pretoria, SA)

11:15

Media rights in football: trends and outlook

François Godard (Senior Media & Telecoms Analyst bij Enders Analysis)

14:00

Tax treatment of professional football (players)

Prof.dr. Karolina Tetlak (University of Warsaw, POL)

16:15

Blockchain (financing) solutions in football

Daniel Maglietta (Commercial director of football @ Socios)

28 March 2023

9:00

The stadium as revenue generator

Prof.dr. Andrea Cattaneo (Edge Hill University, UK)

11:15

Alternative financing of football clubs

Michael Savva (Watson Farley & Williams, Dubai)

14:00

Listed football clubs

Prof.dr. Michiel De Muynck (University of Antwerp, BE)

16:15

Organizing football matches vs organizing concerts: learning from each other

Jan Van Esbroeck (CEO Sportpaleis)

Module 4: Football players

24 April 2023

9:00

Status of players and players’ rights

Prof. Michele Colucci

11:15

The perspective of FIFPRO

Roy Vermeer (FIFPRO)

14:00

Player transfers

Frans de Weger (Chair FIFA DRC)

16:15

The Real Madrid way: a testimony from an 'end user's' perspective

Alvaro Garcia-Alaman De la Calle (Real Madrid)

25 April 2023

9:00

Football agents

Prof.dr. Johan Lindholm

(Umeå University, SWE, Chief editor International Sports Law Journal)

11:15

Adding value: the lawyer and/or the agent ?

Wouter Janssens (Partner, Cresta)

14:00

The ECA perspective

José Luis Andrade

15:00

Sponsoring, commercial contracts and ticketing

Prof.dr. Shaun Star (O. P. Jindal Global University, IND)

16:15

Tax and social security in Belgium

Daan Buylaert and Sven Demeulemeester (lawyers Atfield)

Module 5: Dispute resolution, CSR & ESG

22 May 2023

9:00

Compliance and football

Prof.dr. Niels Appermont (Hasselt University, BE)

11:15

Anti-Money Laundering Legislation for clubs and agents in Belgium

Kris Meskens

(Secretary-General Financial Intelligence Processing Unit (CTIF - CFI))

14:00

Dispute resolution in professional football

Prof. Jacopo Tognon (University of Padova, IT)

16:15

Making CSR concrete for professional football clubs

Leon Vlemmings, de Waard€volle Club

23 May 2023

9:00

Football club’s social responsibility and ethics

Prof.dr. Annette Greenhow (Bond University, AUS)

11:15

Football organisation's (most) frequent dispute: competition law. A prosecutor's perspective

Bert Stulens (Competition Prosecutor Belgian Competition Authority)

14:00

The future of pro football

Round table and key note speaker moderated by Prof.dr. Robby Houben

16:15

Closing ceremony and reception

Minor changes to the Programme are possible in event of unforeseen circumstances, but are not expected.

The Programme is offered physically at the City Campus of the University of Antwerp, located in the heart of Antwerp.

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