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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 14 Issue: 11
(November 2016)


The World Anti-Doping Agency (‘WADA’) published its Independent Observer Team Report for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games anti-doping programme on 27 October 2016, which identified ‘some impressive advances’ as well as ‘a number of serious failings’ with aspects of the anti-doping programme carried out at the Rio Games. / read more

UK Sport and Sport England published a new Code for Sports Governance on 31 October 2016, which sets out the transparency, accountability and financial integrity requirements to be met by organisations seeking public funding for sport and physical activity from the UK Government and National Lottery from April 2017. The new Code aims to set ‘gold standards of governance,’ which it is hoped will be considered among the most advanced in the world. / read more


Michele Bernasconi, Partner at Baer & Karrer AG, Zurich and member of the World Sports Advocate Editorial Board, provides a short review of a recent important Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) Award in re Galatasaray v. UEFA, CAS 2016/A/4492. / read more

The opening panel session at the Player Contracts Conference in October, organised by World Sports Advocate, provided a useful insight into the views of stakeholders and practitioners on the question of whether the current football transfer system, introduced by FIFA some 15 years ago, requires reform. The panel comprised senior representatives from the World Players’ Union, FIFPro, the European Professional Football Leagues (‘EPFL’) and the European Club Association (‘ECA’) as well as lawyers acting for clubs, players and intermediaries. Matthew Bennett, Partner at Centrefield LLP, who was a member of the Panel, provides an overview of FIFPro’s complaint to the EU Commission and a detailed analysis of the discussion had at Player Contracts. / read more

In February 2015, the International Olympic Committee (‘IOC’) announced proposals to relax Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter (‘Rule 40’) - one of its most controversial rules - in time for this summer’s Rio Olympic Games. While the wording of Rule 40 itself was not altered, the IOC issued new guidelines, which - according to the IOC - would relax the restrictions imposed on athletes at previous Olympic Games with regards to the management of their image during the course of the Olympic Games. In this article Mike Morgan and Donna Bartley of Morgan Sports Law LLP look at the history of Rule 40, why it is controversial and how the new guidelines to Rule 40 were applied for the Rio Olympic Games. Mike and Donna also assess what - if anything - has improved from the athletes’ perspective. / read more

eSports is a very fast growing market in Germany. Recently two Bundesliga clubs Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg entered the eSports world, setting up professional eSports teams. However despite the obvious enthusiasm one of the central concerns is that the eSports sector appears to lack uniform governance. The fragmentation of the scene has enabled the rapid growth of the market but at the same time has created challenges, such as relating to the acknowledgment of eSports as an official sport and match fixing, doping and other integrity issues. Dr André Soldner, Attorney-at-law at Klinkert Rechtsanwälte and Alexander Hettel, Trainee Attorney at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga, in this article provide an overview of some of the current opportunities and challenges for eSports in Germany. / read more

Tom Serby, Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, shares his views on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations and whether they are contrary to Europe’s competition laws, following a lively panel discussion on the matter at the Player Contracts Conference in October, organised by World Sports Advocate. / 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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