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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 13 Issue: 7
(July 2015)


The FIFA Executive Committee announced on 20 July a range of reforms to be submitted to the FIFA Congress in February 2016, which according to FIFA underline the governing body’s commitment to better governance and greater accountability in the wake of the ongoing investigation into alleged corruption at FIFA. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) handed down a ruling on 16 July rejecting the referral brought about by the Brussels Court of First Instance that the CJEU adjudicate on the dispute brought about by agent Daniele Striani against UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (‘FFP’) rules. / read more

The Lodha Committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India, which suspended two Indian Premier League (‘IPL’) franchises, Chennai Super Kings (‘CSK’) and Rajasthan Royals (‘RR’), from the IPL for two years on 14 July for their involvement in betting and spot-fixing, is set to issue governance and reform recommendations for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (‘BCCI’) following the betting scandal. / read more


Following the recent influx of doping accusations concerning distance running coach Alberto Salazar of the Nike Oregon Project and consequently Olympic athletes Galen Rupp and Mo Farah, Ryan J. Stevens, Managing Partner at Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, discusses the very public allegations being made, the public’s perception of the sport going forward and how distance running may be able to avoid the dark years that brought cycling down - as a result of doping - in the not too distant past. / read more

Like the majority of other major international sporting events in recent years, the XX Commonwealth Games, which took place in Glasgow and Scotland from 23 July to 3 August 2014, brought with them specific regulation which governed what business could and could not do in relation to the Games. A year after the event, Jamie Watt, Partner at Harper Macleod LLP, discusses the regulation surrounding the Games, which through a combination of bespoke legislation, community engagement, and close working across advisors, saw the Organising Committee, and other relevant parties, successfully protect the Games from a major brand incident. / read more

Twitter launched Periscope - a live-streaming app - in March; the app enables anyone that downloads it to broadcast live video to the world. Some examples of videos streamed via Periscope include the well-publicised Periscoping of HBO’s coverage of the Floyd Mayweather/Danny Pacquiao boxing match in May. Obviously, Periscope presents new legal challenges, but if it is the unauthorised dissemination of broadcast sports events that is of concern, the UK courts already have tools to enforce broadcasters’ rights. Chloe Taylor, an IP specialist at Waterfront Solicitors LLP, explores the legal framework that applies to individuals Periscoping live sports events and the enforcement mechanisms available to broadcasters in the UK. / read more

On 13 May, the Italian Competition Authority (‘AGCM’) passed a resolution to begin an investigation into alleged antitrust violations in connection with the sale of TV rights for the Serie A football seasons for 2015/2016, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. The sale of Serie A football rights is worth nearly €1 billion for the three seasons. The investigation involves Sky Italia S.r.l. (‘Sky Italia’), Reti Televisive Italiane S.p.A. (‘Mediaset’), Infront Italy S.r.l. (‘Infront’), and the Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A (‘the League’). AGCM seeks to establish whether a collusive allocation agreement existed between Sky Italia and Mediaset that altered the outcome of the acquisition of the audiovisual rights. AGCM authorised the investigation through its authority under Article 14 of Italian Law No. 287/901, in order to verify the alleged antitrust violations of Article 101 TFEU2. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (‘WADA’) adopted the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information in May 2009 to address concerns about the treatment of sensitive athlete information. Today concerns over the adequacy of the protection of personal information legislation in Quebec have, according to reports, led to requests that WADA’s headquarters be transferred from Quebec to Europe. To address such concerns Canada’s federal government is seeking to extend the applicability of its federal data protection law to WADA as Macdonald Allen of WeirFoulds LLP explains. / read more

Digital media offers a wealth of opportunities for both sponsors and rightsholders and has the potential to dramatically change sports sponsorship as we know it. Digital media offers sponsors the opportunity to approach potential customers in a highly targeted way and create content that directly engages with fans. Dr. Joseph Fesenmair, Partner at Bird & Bird LLP, provides detailed analysis of the opportunities presented by digital media in the context of sports sponsorship, with a particular focus on social media and virtual advertising. / 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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