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Let's Get the fax out of Football

The tension is mounting as the European transfer window starts to close and managers race to get their final few signings through. Our CRO Neil Hudspith has been delighted to see Manchester United have signed Juan Mata. He’s not so happy to hear Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still hoping to sign Dnipro's star winger Yevhen Konoplyanka though.

We’re sure a number of fans are going to keep watching the #deadlineday hashtag with scrutiny today.

Going behind the scenes

Go off the pitch and out of the public eye into the boardroom and managers have a different, less magical experience of Transfer Deadline Day. Why? For many it’s still an administrative nightmare. Managers are left pulling out what little hair they still possess as deals fall through. Sometimes teams even find themselves being swindled by entrepreneurial fraudsters.

Here at DocuSign we still can’t believe that European football is embracing technology on the pitch such as goal-line tech but they’ve not embraced new technology off the pitch?

Believe it or not clubs still have to dust off their fax machine every year in order to send these documents to their opposite number before the deadline closes. When clubs are rushing through a last minute contract any delays could mean a devastatingly costly failure, both in terms of the finances of the club as well as its performance during the football season.

It doesn’t have to be this way though, we need to go digital. DocuSigned documents are fully encrypted, easy to use and come with a tamper proof audit trail – the perfect hat trick.

Game, set and match

In the US, our DocuSign’s eSignatures have already been adopted by the NFL Player’s Association. Using a cloud-based eSignature platform allows players, teams, and all the businesses involved in sports to sign documents quickly and securely anytime, anywhere on their mobile device without the hassles of printing, faxing, scanning, or overnighting. It’s ridiculous to think that multi-million contracts are still being handled through a piece of outdated technology like the fax machine.

As Premier League clubs struggle to handle the administration involved in signing and selling players, DocuSign’s eSignature solution could prove invaluable. There is definite excitement for fans in hearing that a star player has signed to their team at the last minute. However, there can also be anger when they hear a deal has fallen through as paperwork has not been put through in time.

Come on, it’s time for someone to drag clubs kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Let’s get the fax out of football and focus on the beautiful game. 

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