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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 12 Issue: 3
(March 2014)


News

A scientific research project examining the extent of match-fixing in sport will present guiding principles to governments, international organisations and the sporting industry at a 15 May meeting in Paris. The research project, ‘Fighting Against the Manipulation of Sports Competitions’, examines the current state and evolution of match-fixing in sport and the role that sports betting plays in this. / read more

Spain’s new professional sports law will mandate the collective sale of TV rights to professional sports competitions, including football. The ‘law on professional sports’ will be put to the vote in late spring or early summer, and Spain’s Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) expects it to be adopted before the end of summer. It will be a new law, not an amendment to Spain’s existing sports law (Ley Deporte, 10/1990). / read more

Over 230 delegates from over 25 countries will arrive at Wembley Stadium on 19-20 March for Tackling Doping in Sport 2014, the seventh edition of the annual conference organised by World Sports Law Report and supported by UK Anti-Doping. The programme includes new sessions on innovation versus legal scrutiny in anti-doping; analysis of the role of the accredited laboratory; an expanded session on athlete perspectives; plus analysis of key developing anti-doping issues. / read more


Features

Football clubs Manchester City and Liverpool are considering implementing an element of performance-related pay to their wage structure. Performance-related pay is not new in many individual sports, in which athletes rely on funding from their governing body in order to continue to be able to compete. Charles Maurice and Sophie Wilkinson, of Macfarlanes LLP, examine whether funding agreements conditional on competitive performance are fair, and whether there is room for legal challenge under the law. / read more

Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom was banned shortly before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics ice-hockey final between Canada and Sweden, after taking Zyrtec-D, an allergy medicine he had been taking for the last seven years. Backstrom plays in the US National Hockey League, which is not a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, so has different anti-doping regulations. Jon Heshka, an Associate Dean at Thompson Rivers University in Canada, examines the duties of the doctors administering the medicine to Backstrom and assesses the culpability of the NHL for not putting in place programmes to assist athletes travelling to the Olympics. / read more

On 13 November last year, Argentina passed Law 26912, aimed at preventing doping in sport. Rodrigo Ortega Sanchez, an Abogado with Estudio Beccar Varela in Buenos Aires, examines the provisions of the new law, assessing whether they are suited to its aims. / read more

As the internet has become more prevalent in everyday lives, ticket touting has moved away from standing outside of stadiums into the online arena. Traditionally, sport has tackled touting by securing High Court injunctions against unauthorised sellers, including shutting down unauthorised websites. Tim Buckhingham, Adam Berry and Natalie Clay, of Eversheds LLP, examine the feasibility of an alternative approach - targeting the touts’ payment facilities. / 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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