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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 15 Issue: 2
(February 2017)


A vote of no confidence in the Football Association’s (‘FA’) ability to reform itself was passed by MPs on 9 February 2017, following a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons intended to increase the pressure on the FA to reform its board and bring itself into line with the UK Government’s new Code for Sports Governance (the ‘Code’), whilst calling on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals on the matter. The FA states on its website that it ‘strongly rejects’ the allegation that it is not performing its duties, but accepts that governance within the Association needs be reformed and that it is working hard to meet the requirements of the Code. / read more

Major League Baseball’s (‘MLB’) Commissioner, Robert D. Manfred Jr., ordered the St Louis Cardinals’ (‘Cardinals’) top two picks in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft and $2 million in compensation to be awarded to the Houston Astros (‘Astros’) on 30 January 2017 following an investigation into the hacking of Astros’ email system and scouting database by former Cardinals executive Chris Correa. Correa pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorised access of a protected computer. / read more


Benoît Keane, Solicitor at Keane Legal and a leading EU sports lawyer who has acted in numerous sports cases before the EU Courts and European Commission, analyses the recent Diarra case in detail and explains why despite accounts to the contrary this case is not the next Bosman ruling. / read more

In 2015, the Electronic Sports League (‘ESL’) announced that it would begin testing competitive video gamers for performance enhancing drugs at its upcoming events in partnership with the World Anti- Doping Agency (‘WADA’). This is, and remains, eSports’ first and only anti-doping policy in effect. Lindsay S. Brandon of the Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs, provides her thoughts on eSports and its relationship with performance enhancing drugs, the recent developments coming out of the eSport Integrity Coalition and how the likely anti-doping cases of the future might occur in eSports. / read more

On 2 January 2017, the Supreme Court of India (‘Court’) rendered its final order (‘January 2017 Order’), in a series of orders since 20151, on the matter concerning the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committee Report on reforms to the structure, organisation and working of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (‘BCCI’). This order has dealt a body blow to the set of administrators who have governed Indian cricket for several years, and in some cases for several decades. At its core, this order reiterates that no administrator can be bigger than the game of cricket itself. Amrut Joshi, Founder of GameChanger Law Advisors, and Member of the World Sports Advocate Editorial Board discusses the Supreme Court’s order and what it means for cricket in India. / read more

Renaud Duchene, Legal Sport & Licensing Manager at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, provides a comparative analysis of the legal protections being brought in by some training clubs to protect talented young football players from the interest of other clubs and discusses the latest developments. / read more

Several years ago, María José López González, Lawyer at MJLG, wrote an article for the IUSPORT entitled ‘Women in Sport: Discrimination for Being a Mother,’ about the existence of unilateral termination clauses in athlete’s contracts that resulted in the contract being terminated without compensation when a sportswoman became pregnant. In this article María provides a passionate account of the discrimination that still faces sportswomen today and what must be done to ensure that actual effective equality between male and female professional athletes is achieved. / 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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