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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 2 Issue: 11
(November 2004)


Fans are suing, the police are threatening prosecutions and the NBA and the union are at loggerheads over suspensions that will cost Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest $5 million and mean nine players are banned from 140 games. / read more

Leading sports stars face the risk of massive damages claims in the event of a breach of contract according to Lord Brennan QC. Last month Chelsea Football Club indicated that it might sue sacked player Adrian Mutu in a bid to force him to pay the club compensation for the loss of his transfer value following his admission of drug taking. / read more

Leading sports orgnaisations, rights users and advisors will attend a half-day Emergency Briefing on Thursday 27 January in London, organised by World Sports Law Report in association with leading City law firm Nicholson Graham & Jones, focusing on the significance of the European Court of Justice decision in BHB v William Hill. / read more


The spectre of hooliganism has returned to modern professional sport. And for lawyers it presents a series of interesting issues. Not in the United Kingdom, however. Nor Europe. In unprecedented scenes the recent NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons descended into chaos as firstly players argued amongst themselves and then fought with the crowd. As one cartoon in a national newspaper saw it, “Courtside seat - $300, Beer at the game $5; Provoking an NBA player to slug you - Priceless (as injured supporter holds card marked lawsuit)”1. / read more

The European Court of Justice decision in British Horseracing Board and others v William Hill was a shock to for sports rights owners and their purchasers. Rachel Boothroyd, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, Technology and Sport at Nicholson Graham & Jones, examines the decision and its consequences. / read more

Last month Chelsea Football Club was reported to be considering a ground breaking case against sacked player Adrian Mutu in a bid to force him to pay the club compensation for the loss of his transfer value following his admission of drug taking.. In this article Lord Brennan QC considers the issues surrounding breach of contract. / read more

The American tennis star Andre Agassi won a striking victory against the Inland Revenue on November 19. Richard Baldwin, Lead Tax Partner, Sports Business Group, at Deloitte notes that while Agassi might have won the first set, the Inland Revenue might still go on to win the match. / read more

The future of Formula 1 is once again in the spotlight, with track owners, banks, team owners, lawyers and Bernie Ecclestone battling it out. Kevin Groome, a solicitor with Olswang, traces the conflicts and their likely outcome. / read more

Sporting Options, the UK betting exchange, has gone bust owing customers over £3.5 million. The issues raised are not limited to betting exchanges and highlight the need for better regulation. / read more

The Judgment of the Court of First Instance of 30 September 2004. Case T-313/02. Anti-Doping rules do not infringe the competition rules of the EC Treaty / 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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