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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 12 Issue: 11
(November 2014)


The Fédération Internationale de Ski has annulled the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic results of classical violinist Vanessa Mae, after it found a qualifying competition had been manipulated to ensure that Mae qualified. On 18 November, following a 6 November FIS Hearing Panel decision, the FIS Council applied Article 8.4 of the FIS Betting and Other Anti-Corruption Rules to cancel the results of all four giant slalom races that took place on 17-19 January 2014 in Krvavec, Slovenia. / read more

The UK's telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, opened an investigation into how the FA Premier League (PL) sells its TV rights on 18 November, in response to a complaint from Virgin Media that the 'collective' sale of live UK TV rights breaches competition law. Ofcom will examine whether 'the object or effect (actual or potential) of the joint selling arrangements of the PL for live UK audio-visual media rights to Premier League matches is the restriction or distortion of competition in the UK and/or the European Union in breach of the Competition Act 1988 and/or Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union'. / read more

FIFA has lodged a criminal complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland concerning ‘possible misconduct of individual persons’ involving ‘international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland […] which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities.’ The allegations concern the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee report into the awarding of the hosting rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, which has been handed to the Attorney General’s office. / read more


The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 came into force on 1 November 2014, requiring every operator advertising in Great Britain to hold a licence from the British Gambling Commission. James Earl, a Partner with Pinsent Masons, explains the position regarding offshore operators advertising with sports teams based in Great Britain, but who have no intention of offering gambling services in Great Britain. He also examines whether the Gambling Commission considers blocking British customers sufficient. / read more

The Sport Ireland Bill, once enacted, will make significant changes to anti-doping in Ireland and, potentially, to the sponsorship of sport. Adam Finlay, a Solicitor with McCann FitzGerald, examines how the proposed changes clear up certain inconsistencies with doping and data protection law. He also explains how Sport Ireland may be prevented from entering into any sponsorship agreement deemed inconsistent with government policy, and how Sport Ireland will be subject to service level obligations. / read more

On 20 October, US sporting leagues and associations filed a complaint seeking to prevent New Jersey from allowing sports betting. Linda J. Shorey and Anthony R. Holtzman, of K&L Gates, examine the background to the complaint, what will happen next and potential outcomes. / read more

FIFA’s new Regulations on Working With Intermediaries will come into force on 1 April 2015, regulating the player contract itself rather than the person conducting it, an approach that is arguably consistent with its Transfer Matching System. John Mehrzad, a Barrister at Littleton Chambers and Udo Onwere, an Associate Solicitor at Farrer & Co LLP, explain the current situation regarding regulation of agents, the planned future approach and how this could impact disputes involving player agents. Mehrzad has acted on behalf of several agents in disputes before domestic courts, the FIFA Player Status Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Onwere is a former professional footballer who now advises individuals both in and outside the sporting world on all aspects of tax and estate planning. / read more

In April, the Gaelic Athletic Association concluded a major TV deal with BSkyB, which includes a pay-per-view option for overseas viewers. Patrick Conliffe of Fuze Sports Management and Shane Darcy, of Dublin City University, assess the impact that the deal could have on the fiercely protected amateur status of Gaelic sports. / read more

About World Sports Advocate

The monthly law publication providing guidance on all aspects of sports law, including licensing and sports data, anti-doping and doping sanctions, TV and broadcasting rights, sport technology, players agents, disciplinary measures, sports integrity, sports betting, player contracts, intellectual property, transfer regulations, sports sponsorship and marketing, and governance, as well as coverage of key legal cases, sporting regulations and governing bodies including the IOC, UEFA and FIFA and sporting events such as London 2012. / read more

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