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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 14 Issue: 4
(April 2016)


News

On 3 April the biggest data leak in history came to the fore when the initial results of an investigation into 11.5 million confidential documents, dubbed the ‘Panama Papers’ were made public. The records obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung from an anonymous source and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (‘ICIJ’), reveal the dealings of Panama based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, and the myriad ways in which it helped individuals and companies organise and manage offshore tax regimes and shell companies. Only part of the information has been processed, but initial reports have identified politicians, former and current world leaders and public officials with the firm. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (‘WADA’) issued on 13 April a Notice to stakeholders on Meldonium which aims to provide clarification on the excretion time of Meldonium, a substance included in the banned substances list from 1 January and which has been reported in 172 positive anti-doping tests since the ban. / read more

The UK government launched an inquiry on 3 April into UKAD’s handling of an investigation into alleged doping activities by British doctor, Mark Bonar, regarding sustained doping involving UK athletes and football players, following a report by The Sunday Times. UKAD in a statement explained that their investigation was thwarted by the lack of jurisdiction on Dr. Bonar and the absence of evidence to refer the case to the corresponding medical board. / read more

Cricket Australia (‘CA’) announced on 11 May 2016 that it is considering allowing ‘concussion substitutes’ in domestic cricket and that the International Cricket Council (‘ICC’) is set to consider allowing such substitutes in first-class cricket at its next meeting on 31 May 2016. Such consideration by the ICC “could be the first step towards replacement players becoming part of international cricket,” believes David Galbally, Partner at Madgwicks. / read more


Features

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team, arguably the most successful women’s side in the sport, has recently rallied against the US Soccer Federation’s policies on player compensation that results in lower pay for female players. The discussion could have overarching implications for soccer not only in the United States but around the world. Frank Ryan, Harriet Lipkin, Kevin Harlow and Matthew Ganas of DLA Piper explain the origin of this confrontation, the proceedings initiated by each party and the potential consequences for the National Team’s participation in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. / read more

The growth of eSports has outpaced the development of commercial, legal and integrity structures. As often happens with technology driven business, eSports is several steps ahead of any attempt to regulate and organise the activity. Nick White and Daniel Alfreds of Couchmans LLP review the issues arising from the growth of eSports, particularly the need for an adequate league structure, and the integrity issues and conflicts of interest in this constantly changing arena. / read more

Article 12bis of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (‘FIFA Regulations’) came into force on 1 March 2015. The aim was to establish an efficient and effective mechanism with respect to overdue payables. Sébastien Ledure, Managing Partner of Koan Lorenz, and Wouter Janssens, Associate of Koan Lorenz and Assistant Professor of the University of Leuven, provide a breakdown of the published case law on overdue payables under Article 12bis. / read more

The development of wearable technology to collect live data from training and competition has opened a valuable information market in the sports industry. Leagues, teams, players, even agents and the media now demand a constant supply of intricate performance information. Brian Socolow, Partner at Loeb & Loeb in New York, discusses the recent evolution of the use of wearable technology in professional sports and raises important questions concerning the legal challenges that this new market represents. / read more

Amnesty International (‘AI’) has released a second report on the conditions of migrant workers participating in the construction of venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: The ugly side of the beautiful game: exploitation on a Qatar 2022 World Cup site. AI’s Director of Global Issues and Research, Audrey Gaughran spoke to World Sports Law Report about the role FIFA and member associations should play in monitoring working conditions in World Cup construction sites. / 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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