Doncaster Rovers: Image rights issue continues

Louis Tomlinson is intent on buying Rovers along with John Ryan
Louis Tomlinson is intent on buying Rovers along with John Ryan
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Complicated negotiations are continuing over the image rights dispute which has held up the John Ryan–Louis Tomlinson takeover of Rovers.

The Star understands the management team of Tomlinson and his One Direction bandmates are exploring whether they would be due royalties from any profits made by Rovers’ potential association with the 22-year-old.

The management team own the image rights to the Bessacarr-born star which means they are entitled to funds for any use of his name or image.

It is understood they believe that should Tomlinson complete his takeover of Rovers, the club will see an upturn in interest which will see an increase in merchandise and ticket sales.

And the management team are looking to see whether they would be entitled to royalties, which has had the knock on effect of causing the hold up in the Rovers takeover process.

Tomlinson is understood to have left negotiations to his legal representatives while he continues with One Direction’s world tour, which has dates in Denmark and France this week.

Rovers’ major shareholders Dick Watson and Terry Bramall have agreed to sell their respective 24 per cent stakes to Tomlinson and former Rovers chairman John Ryan.

It is also understood David Blunt – who owns a nine per cent stake in the club – has also agreed to sell his shareholding to the pair.

With Ryan’s existing major stake, the pair would then own almost 82 per cent of the club