Global Master in Sports Management and Legal Skills

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The Global Master in Sports Management & Legal Skills program provides foundational instruction about the sports industry, combined with specific training in sports management (accounting, finance, marketing, personnel management, and analytics) and law (intellectual property law and alternative dispute resolution).

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April (anually)

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1 year

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Online; six-day mandatory encounter in Barcelona at the end of the program


This Master in Sports Management & Legal Skills, by ISDE and FC Barcelona, has been designed for graduates in Business Administration, Law and Economics, as well as for professionals from other fields who wish to develop their careers in the world of sports; and professional athletes who, after having retired from the competition, aspire to continue in the sports field as managers.


  • International Federations
  • Olympic International Committee and Olympic International Academy
  • EU and sports organizations
  • Analysis of state structures

  • Clubs
  • Groups
  • National and territorial sports federations
  • Professional leagues
  • Companies
  • Foundations
  • Other entities
  • Financial structure (budget and budgetary control, insolvency)
  • Good governance in sports institutions / Corporate Social Responsibility
  • US system

  • Contractual legal structures
  • Financial structures
  • Management and exploitation of sports facilities

  • International regulations and their application
  • Comparative analysis

  • Regulations and comparative analysis

  • Regulation against doping in various countries: United States, Canada, Italy, France, Spain
  • W.A.D.A structure and organization, and The World Anti-Doping Code

  • Mediation and arbitration in sports
  • TAS: structure and function
  • International comparative study on arbitration tribunals (ECA, BAT, TAF, TEAD, etc.)

  • Contract models
  • Transfers and loans of players (national/international)
  • Influence of FIFA regulations (Statutes of players)
  • Training compensation / Solidarity mechanism

  • Concept and execution
  • Players’ agents/FIFA
  • European Agency contract model.  State examples
  • Minors

  • Sport and work in the EU
  • Professional athletes / amateur athletes
  • Comparative analysis of state regulations
  • Alterations in the development of the employment relationship: national teams
  • The free movement of workers vs. restriction clauses
  • EU rules on recognition of professional qualifications in the field of sport

  • Comparative analysis
  • Direct and indirect taxes
  • Tax benefits
  • Tax planning
  • Taxation of income from exploitation of image rights
  • Taxation of sponsorship

  • Players’ image rights
  • Brands and distinctive signs
  • Protection of sports broadcasting rights
  • Impact of the de-regulated markets on competitive balance in European Sports

  • Definition. Comparative Law practical analysis
  • The right to commercially exploit the image of athletes
  • Image rights contracts / Merchandising

  • Concept
  • Sports entities and sporting events marketing
  • Sports marketing and new technologies: social networks
  • Audiovisual rights: broadcasting of sports events

  • Liability in sports
  • Risk management
  • Sports insurance

  • Etical codes. Protection of sports values
  • Combating corruption in sports
  • Match-fixing and sports betting

  • Strategic planning
  • Management and financing of sports organizations
  • Human resources management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Management of international events
  • Exploitation of assets


After completing this Master, you will be able to work in the following areas:

  • Management of sports organizations
  • Law Offices
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Consulting
  • Sports Equipment Industry
  • Sports Centers
  • Federations
  • Leagues
  • Clubs and Associations
  • Training and education
  • Management in sports service companies
  • Organization of sporting events