Ted Philipakos is considered one of the country’s leading experts on the soccer business, and his new book, On Level Terms, is being called a “must-read” for fans of the world’s most popular sport.
Philipakos is an agent and consultant in the area of professional soccer and a professor at New York University’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. He is a frequent commentator on the American soccer business, having been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Vice, Forbes, ESPN, and many other major media outlets,
Based in New York, Philipakos’ representation work has been focused in the United States and Greece, with clients having played in both countries. His current clients include George John, who has been invited to both the U.S. and Greek national teams and is the only Greek-American player in Major League Soccer, and Stefanos Stamoulacatos, a U.S. youth national team player who recently completed a successful trial with Iraklis FC in Thessaloniki. Last summer, after the FIFA World Cup, Philipakos consulted for two Greek national team players in discussions with Major League Soccer clubs.
Ted’s brother, Peter, played professionally in Greece for nearly a decade — including two years at Olympiacos, where he won the Greek League and Greek Cup in 2004-05. Peter is the only Greek-American to ever play in a league match for Olympiacos.
The book On Level Terms — published by Ankerwycke, the American Bar Association’s new imprint — gives readers an inside look at 10 legal battles that have had a lasting influence on the sport. From the demise of the North American Soccer League and the rise of Major League Soccer in the United States to the prosecution of England captain John Terry for alleged racist conduct and the Belgian journeyman Jean Marc Bosman’s quest to gain free agency for players in Europe, On Level Terms is the first book of its kind.
The Washington Post’s Steven Goff called On Level Terms “an important addition to the bookshelves of industry professionals and inquisitive fans alike.” SB Nation’s Jeremiah Oshan called it “an absolute must-read if you care at all about the way economics work in the world of football.”
Philipakos is active on Twitter at @tphilipakos.