March 4, 2018
Muckle LLP, the only law firm in the North to be currently recognised for sport in the Legal 500 ratings, is celebrating after assisting and advising CPL Limited on another successful year running its high-profile Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament (CPLT20).
Statistics recently published by CPL for the 2017 tournament show a marked increase in spectators and television viewers from around the world, attracting new high-profile sponsors and supporters, as its economic impact continues to grow with its global popularity and appeal.
The CPLT20 annual cricket league is held mainly in the Caribbean, and over the past four years has revolutionised the limited-overs game.
CPL Limited’s latest tournament again attracted world-class cricket players from around the globe including Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Brendon McCullum. Matches in 2017 were played in Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Guyana and Lauderhill, Florida, in the United States.
Newcastle-based independent law firm Muckle has assisted CPL Limited in renewing and establishing a wide-range of tournament-specific agreements, including players’ contracts, media rights agreements and third party sponsorship and partnership agreements.
Anthony Coultas, solicitor in Muckle LLP’s sports team, says: “We have been working with and advising CPL Limited for the last four years and it is very pleasing to see such a successful and entertaining cricket tournament go from strength to strength, this year reaching an even greater global audience around the world.
“The CPLT20 has certainly grown its profile and reputation across the world in recent years and it is fantastic for a business like Muckle to be associated with such a high-profile client and sporting tournament.
“It’s certainly been a busy year for our sports and employment teams supporting existing and new commercial agreements and partnerships and we are looking forward to working with CPL Limited as it develops and grows further in the future.”
CPL’s CEO, Damien O’Donohoe, adds: “We are proud to see further evidence of the rising international stature of the CPLT20 around the world. From the tournament’s inception back in 2013, we were determined to showcase the very best of what the Caribbean has to offer, both on and off the field.
“We are immensely proud of the huge steps that the tournament has made and we strongly believe that there is even more to come in 2018. We are grateful to Muckle LLP for their support over that period, which has helped us to achieve the successes we have had with the CPLT20 to date.
“Muckle’s continued legal support and guidance to us is commercially-focused and timely, which is just what we need when running a major sporting event like the CPLT20.”
The multidisciplinary law firm also provides CPL with specialist advice on a variety of other matters, including competitive tender procurement, image rights, international TV broadcasting rights, merchandising, sponsorship and disputes.
Muckle has niche sports sector experience and a long-established track record advising sports clubs, from grassroots to professional level. It recently signed a three-year partnership with Durham County Cricket Club as legal advisers and sponsors and also advises the Premier League, the Guinness Premiership and Super League and the FA, among other high profile sports clients.