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Use one of the link below to read the script of the interview:

https://medium.com/@cryptoroyals09/sports-d3-ama-recap-93db22dbb613

 
 

About ‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’) | www. SportsD3.com

‘Sports D³’ is a trade name used by D-Cubed Ventures OÜ, a financial and sports technology company developing  a regulatory-compliant tokenization platform and digital assets exchange for the global sports industry with mid-2021 as a target completion and official launch date. SD³ platform enables crowd-formation of capital from millions of fan-investors and provides professional sports clubs and athletes with access to alternative sources of debt/equity financing via Security Tokens Offerings (STOs) on a public blockchain. ‘Sports D³’ solution stands at the intersection of the sports industry, financial markets, blockchain technology, and millions of sports fan-investors.

This project is led by a team of seasoned professionals, recent graduates from the world’s top-ranking Executive MBA  program at Kellogg School of Management (USA), and supported by an international panel of advisors. With 15,000 users from 50+ countries pre-registered on the platform, strategic collaboration agreements in place with FC Shakhtar and other European clubs, SD³ strives to instill more democratic practices, as it relates to finances within the global sports industry.

Registered in Estonia #14773533 on July 29, 2019, operating under FIU license #FVT000159, issued on 14-Sept-2020.


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Децентрализованная финансовая платформа для спортивной индустрии. Глобальная торговая площадка, объединяющая клубы и спортсменов со спортивными фанатами и инвесторами со всего мира.

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conducted by “IN THE GAME” – A podcast providing disruptive analysis about the business of sport.

Use one of the links below to listen to the interview:

Link #1: https://share.transistor.fm/s/77d23b71

Link #2: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/interview-with-gene-swinton-ceo-of-sports-d/id1529546801?i=1000517726244

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In The Game is a weekly podcast covering the business of sports.

Hosted by Vladimir Bosanac and Anand Panjabi, they analyze everything from data analytics to broadcast rights, from digital innovation to billion-dollar buyouts.  If you love sports and business, In The Game has got you covered.

Talk to us online:

 
 

About ‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’) | www. SportsD3.com

‘Sports D³’ is a trade name used by D-Cubed Ventures OÜ, a financial and sports technology company developing  a regulatory-compliant tokenization platform and digital assets exchange for the global sports industry with mid-2021 as a target completion and official launch date. SD³ platform enables crowd-formation of capital from millions of fan-investors and provides professional sports clubs and athletes with access to alternative sources of debt/equity financing via Security Tokens Offerings (STOs) on a public blockchain. ‘Sports D³’ solution stands at the intersection of the sports industry, financial markets, blockchain technology, and millions of sports fan-investors.

This project is led by a team of seasoned professionals, recent graduates from the world’s top-ranking Executive MBA  program at Kellogg School of Management (USA), and supported by an international panel of advisors. With 15,000 users from 50+ countries pre-registered on the platform, strategic collaboration agreements in place with FC Shakhtar and other European clubs, SD³ strives to instill more democratic practices, as it relates to finances within the global sports industry.

Registered in Estonia #14773533 on July 29, 2019, operating under FIU license #FVT000159, issued on 14-Sept-2020.


Related Links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/sportsd3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sports_D3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sports_d3/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SportsD3/
Telegram: https://telegram.org/SportsD3
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqAlWgtvLS8VRprFCE5uhg
Medium: https://medium.com/@sportsd3


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‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’) Digital Assets Exchange Secures Operating License in the EU

For Immediate Release

TALLINN, ESTONIA — ‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’),  a tokenization platform and digital assets exchange for the global sports industry, is pleased to announce that it has been granted an operating crypto-license by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Estonia.

‘Sports D³’ provides professional sports teams with an innovative alternative to raising funds by facilitating crowd-formation of capital on its DLT-powered platform, where clubs are able to digitize, securitize and sell their assets to fan-investors in the form of Security Token Offerings (STO).

With the approval of a Virtual Currency Exchange and a Virtual Currency Wallet License, ‘Sports D³’ is now a fully regulated digital assets exchange, with the capability to deliver its solutions to sports clubs and their fans in 27 European jurisdictions. This milestone marks the next step in ‘Sports D³’ development and paves the way for securing the financial intermediary status and expanding into other continents.

Gene Swinton, Founder & CEO of ‘Sports D³’ said: “There are over 400 million football fans in Europe, who are not only among the most devoted fans in the world but who also happen to score higher in their ability to invest. We are delighted to be granted this license, as it will provide fan-investors with a simple, low-cost, fiat-to-crypto ON-ramp and enable their investment activities on the SD³ platform”.

“We will continue on our mission to democratize finances in the global sports industry, starting with the European football space. By providing professional football clubs in Europe with access to capital crowd-sourced from millions of fan-investors, SD³ heralds a new era for crowd-capital and its prominent role in the development of football” concluded Mr. Swinton.

To learn more about the ‘Sports D³’ solution or pre-register for early access to the platform,  click here. For investor and media inquiries email us at info@SportsD3.com


About ‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’) | www. SportsD3.com

‘Sports D³’ is a trade name used by D-Cubed Ventures OÜ, a financial and sports technology company developing  a regulatory-compliant tokenization platform and digital assets exchange for the global sports industry with mid-2021 as a target completion and official launch date. SD³ platform enables crowd-formation of capital from millions of fan-investors and provides professional sports clubs and athletes with access to alternative sources of debt/equity financing via Security Tokens Offerings (STOs) on a public blockchain. ‘Sports D³’ solution stands at the intersection of the sports industry, financial markets, blockchain technology, and millions of sports fan-investors.

This project is led by a team of seasoned professionals, recent graduates from the world’s top-ranking Executive MBA  program at Kellogg School of Management (USA), and supported by an international panel of advisors. With 15,000 users from 50+ countries pre-registered on the platform, strategic collaboration agreements in place with FC Shakhtar and other European clubs, SD³ strives to instill more democratic practices, as it relates to finances within the global sports industry.

Registered in Estonia #14773533 on July 29, 2019, operating under FIU license #FVT000159, issued on 14-Sept-2020.


Related Links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/sportsd3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sports_D3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sports_d3/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SportsD3/
Telegram: https://telegram.org/SportsD3
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqAlWgtvLS8VRprFCE5uhg
Medium: https://medium.com/@sportsd3


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#football #soccer #sports #sportsdemocracy #faninvestors #footballfinance #footballbusiness #fintech #investments #crowdfunding #blockchain #dlt #crypto #digitalassets #tokenization #digitalsecurities #securitytoken #sto #sportsd3 #shakhtar

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Gene Swinton, CEO of Sports D³ commentary instigated by today’s story in BBC News about Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich.

Among 100s of messages that I receive every week, there’s always at least one asking about how to view the Sports D³ platform in the context of the Third-Party Ownership (TPO) restrictions … and this means it’s time for a thread.

In instances such as the one reported today by BBC News: “FinCEN Files: Roman Abramovich had secret stakes in rival players”, the Third-Party Ownership (TPO) DOES cast a shadow of distrust and may affect the integrity of the game.

However, we at SD³ believe that drawing investors and their capital into the world of football is a good thing. We also wish for ALL clubs and ALL the investors to have equal and indiscriminate access to financing opportunities. The current reality provides an unfair advantage to the elite clubs and their billionaire-owners.

For this reason, we view TPO as an issue ONLY when the ownership of “economic rights” of a player is heavily concentrated in the hands of select few rich investors, who are able to exercise excessive control over the performance of an asset, undermines the integrity of the game.

We believe that preventing billions of sports fans & investors from direct participation in the sports economy (such as the Transfer Market) is not only unfair to 100s of non-elite football clubs & their fans but is also a violation of the European principle of “freedom of enterprise”.

Current distortions in the industry and unequal access to resources can not be solved through the “Central Planning” function of FIFA alone (the system of Solidarity Payments) similar to how the central planning function failed the Soviets in the last century.

Our mission at Sports D³ is quite the opposite: we strive to dismantle the existing asymmetry of power & abusive industry verticals. We empower smaller fan-investors to hold a direct economic interest in their favorite team or players WITHOUT exerting influence on their performance in the field. We facilitate crowd-formation of capital to provide clubs with new funding alternatives WITHOUT interfering in their sporting affairs.

The key reason why we chose DLT (blockchain) as underlying technology is to ensure (in the spirit of TPO) the widely-distributed nature of the ownership structure of an asset. Among other reasons, of course, were its decentralized tamper-proof nature, its transparency, and better consensus-based governance.

Page 16 of the FIFA manual on TPO, section “Regarding the compatibility of article 18bis with European Union Law” it reads:

“It also does not violate the freedom to provide services (in this case, financial or investment services for football clubs) within the European market, because such services can be freely provided so long as they do not lead to the investor or funder gaining unlawful influence on the football club in question.”

With a widely distributed ownership structure in place for each asset initiated on the SD³ platform and no majority shareholder influence, the SD³ platform follows the original noble intentions of the TPO regulation. We achieve this by setting a maximum cap of TPO ownership of an asset in the range of 25-45% with no single investor holding stake greater than 5-10% at any given time.

The “Zero-influence” principle is further reinforced via the issuance of non-voting class shares or debt when structuring the offering to the investors.

Simply put, in terms of influence & control, the capital raised on the SD³ platform resembles more of a credit line from a traditional bank [than the scenario described in the above mentioned BBC article], where the only expectation from the bank as a creditor is to receive back loan principal amount + certain % interest as a profit. The influence on the sporting strategy of a club is neither intended nor it is possible.

Sports D³ delivers fairness, equal access to opportunities, and better governance that are so needed in the industry today for the ultimate benefit of the game we all love.

In fact, SD³ is the 1st platform to enable true democracy in the flow of capital in the sports industry and to uphold the European principle of “freedom of enterprise”…. all for the benefit of the smaller football clubs which are NOT owned by a billionaire.

SD³ = #SportsDemocracy!


#SportsDemocracy #FanInvestors #FIFA #UEFA #Sports #Football #soccer #SportsD3 #SD3 #digitalassets #tokenization #TPO #FootballBusiness #FootballLaw #FootballFinance

‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’) is the leader in sports democracy. SD³ is a regulatory-compliant digital marketplace for assets in the sports industry. Join with many other sports fans, pro athletes, and clubs by signing up at www.SportsD3.com

If you have questions or interest in this subject matter we will be happy to hear from you. Please send us a direct email to feedback@SportsD3.com

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Harvard research paper on FIFA and the European football industry

Harvard University: “Fix the Money – Fix the Football!”

Sports D³: “Absence of direct mass-participation of football fans in sports economy (incl. the transfer market) perpetuates disparities & inequality between the few elite billionaire-owned clubs and the rest of the industry”.

Click here to download and read the full research paper >>> https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/cid/publications/faculty-working-papers/pitch


About ‘Sports D³’ (‘D-Cubed Ventures OÜ’) | www. SportsD3.com

‘Sports D³’ is a trade name used by D-Cubed Ventures OÜ, a financial and sports technology company developing  a regulatory-compliant tokenization platform and digital assets exchange for the global sports industry with mid-2021 as a target completion and official launch date. SD³ platform enables crowd-formation of capital from millions of fan-investors and provides professional sports clubs and athletes with access to alternative sources of debt/equity financing via Security Tokens Offerings (STOs) on a public blockchain. ‘Sports D³’ solution stands at the intersection of the sports industry, financial markets, blockchain technology, and millions of sports fan-investors.

This project is led by a team of seasoned professionals, recent graduates from the world’s top-ranking Executive MBA  program at Kellogg School of Management (USA), and supported by an international panel of advisors. With 15,000 users from 50+ countries pre-registered on the platform, strategic collaboration agreements in place with FC Shakhtar and other European clubs, SD³ strives to instill more democratic practices, as it relates to finances within the global sports industry.

Registered in Estonia #14773533 on July 29, 2019, operating under FIU license #FVT000159, issued on 14-Sept-2020.


Related Links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/sportsd3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sports_D3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sports_d3/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SportsD3/
Telegram: https://telegram.org/SportsD3
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqAlWgtvLS8VRprFCE5uhg
Medium: https://medium.com/@sportsd3


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#football #soccer #sports #sportsdemocracy #faninvestors #footballfinance #footballbusiness #fintech #investments #crowdfunding #blockchain #dlt #crypto #digitalassets #tokenization #digitalsecurities #securitytoken #sto #sportsd3 #shakhtar

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Commentary by Gene Swinton, ‘Sports D³’ Founder & CEO on the video published by FIFA’s Emilio Silvero on the subject of Third-Party Ownership (TPO) regulation.

Source: https://youtu.be/xXZGB__wr6M

This turned out to be a more elaborate version of Nick’s article in ‘Football Legal’ last year, which I found to be the best piece on TPO so far not just from legal prospective, but commercial too. Thank you for sharing! Many important points were raised indeed, also glad to see the prospects of changes.

However, my main concern about the current status quo remains. The very last comment in the Q&A section about “socialism vs. capitalism” was the closest it got to my area of concern.

The role of regulator in any industry is to ensure purity and fairness of competition, … unless it is a natural monopoly. What I find fundamentally wrong with TPO regulation in it’s current form is that FIFA, as a regulator, is mistakenly treating football industry (specifically flow of capital) as a natural monopoly. As a result FIFA’s manual ”central planning” approach to allocation/redistribution/flow of resources creates distortions (repeatedly) within various layers of the industry.

The solution to existing assymetries/distortions can be found within the economic theory’s Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH), and to a smaller extent in the regulation of the industry. We do need ground rules, but excessive centralization/over-regulation will only create unneccessary burdens both for FIFA and the industry without yielding results.

In my opinion (shared by clubs across continents), EMH can be achieved in football/soccer industry by inviting the OPEN MARKET FORCES into the industry and specifically into the Transfer Market, i.e. adapt regulatory framework to invite BILLIONS OF FOOTBALL FANS to participate economically in this market side-by-side with billionaires and financial conglomerates (who we traditionally tend to focus on in conversations re TPO).

Democratic formation & flow of capital can deliver the purity of competition that we all wish to achieve and eliminate the existing distortions, all w/o violating the integrity of the game or creating external influence on internal policies.

The last person in the video to ask the question just barely touched on the tip of what can be done to DEMOCRATIZE the soccer industry. This subject matter is very complex – anyone interested feel free to message me directly to have a bigger conversation.

#SportsDemocracy #freemarket #FanInvestors #FIFA #UEFA #Sports #Football #soccer #SportsD3 #SD3 #digitalassets #tokenization #DeFi

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Distortion #2: Regulatory restrictions limit club’s choices in search of capital & resources.

This is really amusing, ‘cos it comes only 2 days after my write-up where I draw parallels between football and politics.


“Lavrov noted that a grand football club in Europe had to revoke its request for assistance from a Russian non-governmental organisation that is helping with medical supplies amid the pandemic after being discouraged from receiving Russian help”.

Russian: https://bit.ly/2KBIfER
English: https://lnkd.in/dV5je3Y


Wouldn’t it be great if that undisclosed ”grand football club in Europe” could just turn to millions of their loyal football fans and crowd-fund the required capital/resources, skipping the entire need to play the game of politics and rather focus on what they do best – playing the game of football?

Football (soccer) is full of economic distortions resulting in consistently unpredictable side-effects.

Very curious to hear more about this story to validate my early assumptions.

#SportsDemocracy #freemarket #FanInvestors #FIFA #UEFA #Sports #Football #soccer #SportsD3 #SD3 #digitalassets #tokenization #DeFi

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Distortion #1: Excess of regulatory participation in the industry puts FIFA in the shoes of a micro-manager.

Do you find football and geo-/politics to have a lot in common? In both cases ‘politicians’ tend to destroy the economic value. Let’s recap key points from today’s article in “Independent”. Mr. O’Neill:

  • complains about the drain of young talent to the Republic from N. Ireland
  • yet, not willing or able to “make an offer they can’t refuse” to keep young talent in N. Ireland
  • admits that “ultimately the choice belongs to the individual”
  • yet, is asking FIFA/UEFA to come in heavy-handed to use regulatory powers to prevent young athletes from choosing the other side.

If FIFA/UEFA follows through intervene and impose, to regulate and micromanage every little aspect, the industry as a whole would resemble China under CCP leadership rather than a free market.

We already have a ‘passport regime’ prescribed by Sec. 7 of RSTP Reg. with ‘visa stamps’ by FIFA to authorize player’s club affiliation. What’s next? … If a player is artificially restricted in his/her choice of economic terms of employment, it’s no freedom – it’s slavery & total control. This practice is even more worrisome since young athletes are involved.

Without relying on open market forces to self-regulate the industry we will continue to witness these distortions in resource allocations. Football is over-regulated already. If anything, it needs more democracy to attract smart capital to the right corners of the industry, to empower best-managed clubs retain their best talent, and unleash the full potential of the industry.

#SportsDemocracy #freemarket #FanInvestors #FIFA #UEFA #Sports #Football #soccer #SportsD3 #SD3 #digitalassets #tokenization #DeFi

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Quote #1:

Representative Warren Davidson acknowledged that the “capital is fleeing the US to jurisdictions with legislative certainty”. He also admitted: “there are lots of securities laws I’d like to change”.

Commentary: What a refreshing, positive, open-minded and promising attitude in contrast to “ban and outlaw” posture of Representative Brad Sherman of California last week.

Quote #2:

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce found it to be “candidly depressing to see that lots of activity moving offshore” due to sluggish steps to define regulatory frameworks for crypto in the US. She is “worried that we will be missing the way to attract innovation”.

Commentary: Great to see this level of self-awareness from SEC as well as their announcement to launch FinHUB as the 1st step in addressing the issue https://lnkd.in/dzWBsjz.

 

Quote #3:

Amy Kim, Chief Policy Officer at Chamber of Digital Commerce mentioned a legitimate dilemma as to “how to manage global currency while applying local rules”, announced some changes to Global AML compliance and introduced a new term VASP or “Virtual Asset Service Provider” (https://lnkd.in/dRRWFeR)

Commentary: I once wrote my opinion in “Crypto-Geopolitics” article in May 2018 (https://lnkd.in/dMJKmuC), that in crypto-economy there will be limits to the US ability to export regulatory influence on other jurisdictions. Unfortunately, I still see an effort to shoehorn old fiat practices into a new reality. In my opinion friction and antagonism followed by loss of power to a certain degree is inevitable. Once these limitations are fully understood, a natural urge to “ban and outlaw” follows as a reaction, just as Representative Brad Sherman of California demonstrated last week.

 

 

… and a bonus, a good quote from Deloitte Principal Tim Davis:

“If you overly emphasize ‘blockchain’ when marketing your project, chances are high you will face a great deal of skepticism”.

#crypto #cryptoregulations #geopolitics #digitalassets #digitalsecurities #TokenTaxonomyAct #crypto #geopolitics #decentralization #consensus2019 #compliance #kyc #congress#sec #deloitte #tokenization #blockchain #sto #geneswinton #smartsherpas

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You can reach me with questions or comments on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/geneswinton/

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