I am working on a Harry Potter-based mystery, in which sports teams and their behind-the-scenes administration is key. The problem? I know nothing about sports.
The story is set approximately 2023, but I would like it to be as close to modern rules as possible for sports (with some leeway), and it takes place in the UK.
What I'm wondering is if a player (a relatively famous Keeper) can be traded without initially knowing it. Essentially, I want a trade to be in the process of being commissioned when the owner/manager gets killed. Is it possible that the owner/manager could begin negotiating a trade without the Keeper giving his consent/even knowing it? It doesn't have to happen normally (in fact, it would almost be better if it was a rare occurance), but really all I need to know is if it's ever happened in modern sports.
Another question has to do with team ownership. Should the owner be murdered, how do they handle the ownership of the team? Would it be treated like any other property (ie: passed on through will or family blood), or does it go to a second string team manager or someone of that ilk? Are there boards of trustees involved in team ownership? If so, what on earth goes on with them? Here, any information on what would happen should an owner meet an untimely demise would be appreciated, as it is the formative basis for a lot of the plot of the story. ^^;;
I've been basing the business end of Quidditch mostly off of American hockey, but I'll accept any sports information (especially since I hear that Quidditch has a close relationship to Cricket). I had a source that I typically asked these things of, but she hasn't been online lately -- and when she was, she gave me answers that contradicted what my mother-in-law said. ^^;;
Past that, I searched under variations of "sports" "trade" "player" "rules" "ownership" "commission," but just got a bunch of information on fantasy sports, and on who exactly was traded on/owned various sports teams, instead of how.
Thanks in advance, you guys.