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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 4 Issue: 1
(January 2006)


The FA Premier League inquiry into alleged transfer bung payments is not expected to produce any firm result according to leading sports insiders. / read more

The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed in a 4 January judgment that Malta-based online horse betting operator Zeturf is not permitted to offer its betting services to consumers in French territories. / read more

Former world 100 meters record holder Tim Montgomery has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to annul his two-year doping ban because of a CAS arbitrator's alleged conflict of interest. / read more


The latest case in the BHB saga involving At The Races not only represents another blow to the BHB's funding strategies, but is significant in that a UK court has for the first time held that organisations, including sports governing bodies, can be guilty of abusing their dominant position under UK competition law. Neil Baylis and Martin King of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP examine the case and its implications. / read more

With the huge commercial and marketing value of this Summer's football World Cup, great importance is placed on the name of the event and who can use it. Olaf Gillert and Dr Frank Schiwek of Taylor Wessing, Dusseldorf, report on a recent German judgment where competition law was used instead of trade mark law to rule in favour of the plaintiff, FIFA. / read more

The London Olympics Bill, designed to protect the commercial interests of business partners to the Games, has caused considerable controversy since being published, particularly in its regulation of ambush marketing. Sam Hollis, a solicitor at Athletes1 Legal assesses the proposed legislation. / read more

The international dimension to sport and commerce means litigation can be expensive. The Arbitration and Mediation Centre of WIPO provides arbitration and mediation services which are cost and time effective alternatives to court actions. Ian Blackshaw examines the issues. / read more

For the first time internet and mobile phone rights will be included in the future broadcast packages for the FA Premier League. However, with Sky announcing its intention to move into both markets, there are concerns that its market dominance under the new regime may continue. Dominic Farnsworth and Dr Thomas Hays of Lewis Silkin examine the issues. / read more

In an action that reflects developments throughout the EU, where private operators are challenging state monoploies over the right to offer online gambling services, a French court has ruled in favour of the national operator. Thibault Verbiest of Ulys questions the 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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