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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 2 Issue: 1
(February 2004)


News

The British Horse Board (BHB) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) are believed to have come to an agreement about the future of the racing industry which will secure the future of smaller race courses. / read more

The notice to terminate the ten year deal that attheraces negotiated in 2001 with representatives of 49 English racecourses for broadcasting and interactive rights has highlighted once again the risks associated with these deals for both media and sports organisation. / read more

Data Protection managers and their advisors are concerned that the December 8 Court of Appeal decision in the case of Durant v The Financial Services Authority and the subsequent Guidance from the Information Commissioner (‘IC’) on Subject Access has confused rather than clarified company and public sector obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. / read more


Features

The period since the late 1970s and early 1980s has witnessed the march of professionalism, increasing standards and increasing stakes both on and off the field with one common product: an increase in the amount of money involved in sport. And as the stakes increased, both sporting and economic, so did the potential for dispute. In a field of law where technical, highly specialised disputes with cross border jurisdictional issues required to be resolved in days and weeks as opposed to months and years, it is easy to identify that lengthy, expensive litigation in the ordinary courts was not ideally suited. Against that background, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was born. This article will consider the organisation and workings of the court from a practical point of view before considering a worked example - the appeal by the Scottish skier Alain Baxter against the sanction handed down by the Federation Internationale de Ski during the last Winter Olympics. / read more

With the development and growth of the sponsorship industry, it has become harder and harder for sponsors to achieve ‘cut-through’ in their activities. The environment is increasingly cluttered with branding, and official partners face the risk not just of ambush marketing but also of finding their event sponsorships undermined by rivals’ activities with different but related properties. This article looks at some of the contractual provisions that sponsors can use to reduce these risks. / read more

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations came into force in the UK on 11 December 2003. These Regulations represent a complete u-turn in the law applicable to direct marketing by electronic means and regulate the use of cookies and location-based services for the first time. / read more

A recent spate of lawsuits in France and in the US has put the way in which some major search engines sell search-related online advertising under potential threat. This article considers the practice of selling keywords as search terms and the disputes in France and the US. / read more

On 3 February the Office of the Information Commissioner published revised guidance which goes to the heart of businesses’ data protection obligations. This follows a landmark ruling last December in which the Court of Appeal took a restrictive approach to the scope of ‘personal data’ under the Data Protection Act (“DPA”). This article looks at the implications of the guidance. / read more

The notice to terminate the ten year deal that Attheraces negotiated in 2001 with representatives of 49 English racecourses for broadcasting and interactive rights has highlighted once again the risks associated with these deals for both media and sports organisation. This article examines the backgound to the termination and possible outcomes. / 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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