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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 3 Issue: 8
(August 2005)


Cricket’s growing popularity in the wake of the Ashes’ success has prompted UK Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell to suggest that the Government might reconsider the listing of Home Test matches so that they are free to view on terrestrial television. / read more

World Sports Law Report is organising two half-day Briefings in London which will address key business issues in the sports industry. / read more

European Union countries can still broadcast sports events sponsored by tobacco firms, despite legislation banning sponsorship and advertising deals between these firms and sports organisations. / read more


The Ashes 2005 series has transformed the perception of cricket in the UK. James Earl, a sports lawyer at Clarke Willmott looks at the commercial and legal challenges the rise and rise of cricket presents. / read more

The furore surrounding the FAPL ruling in “Cole-gate” has finally focussed attention upon the key issue of Restraint of Trade in Premiership football. Solicitor Mel Goldberg and barrister Simon Pentol examine the legal framework, the conflicting arguments and the repercussions that will flow from the ultimate resolution of this compelling issue. / read more

After the euphoria of clinching the race to host the Olympics in 2012, the tough task is already underway to ensure that London delivers on its promises to organise a Games of which Britain can be proud. Sam Hollis, solicitor at athletes1 Legal, assesses what we can expect from Lord Coe and his team. / read more

Branding conflicts are inevitable in sport. Ian Blackshaw, author of Sports Image Rights in Europe, looks at how such conflicts are addressed in European jurisdictions. / read more

Key provisions of the London Olympics Bill are aimed at blocking ambush marketing. James Hennigan, a solicitor at Hammonds, spells out the range of new powers that the Bill will create. / read more

The European Commission’s investigation of the sale of FA Premier League media rights has in recent months sprung back to life. With rumours that the Commission is aiming to cap Sky’s share of the rights to broadcast live Premiership matches at just 50%, the battle between the Commission and the Premier League is again hotting up. Will this end Sky’s monopoly of live matches? / read more

The removal of restrictions on the number of foreign players that could be picked per team has created obstacles that block the progress of local young players into the first team. UEFA’s proposed new rules are designed to encourage the development of home talent. Adrian Rubenstein, a solicitor with Couchman Harrington Associates, looks at how far UEFA’s plans are consistent with the Bosman judgment. / 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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