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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 5 Issue: 11
(November 2007)


News

The FA Premier League is considering tightening its rules on third party ownership of player contracts, which it considers is taking money out of the game, however it will ascertain the impact of a FIFA rule change before it makes any decision. / read more

The International Cricket Council has instructed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to investigate Marlon Samuels, after Indian police recorded a conversation between the cricketer and a bookmaker in February. The ICC AntiCorruption and Security Unit reported that Samuels breached ICC Code of Conduct Regulations C 4 (ix) and C 4 (xiv), which involve receiving rewards for activities that could bring cricket into disrepute. The WICB must report findings to an 'Official Enquiry' by 31 January, which will ratify any proposed sanctions. / read more

A US court has denied Madison Square Garden, L.P.'s (MSG) claim that the National Hockey League (NHL) has become an 'illegal cartel', by 'seizing' control of New York Rangers' website, which MSG owns, violating antitrust laws. / read more


Features

There is no doubt that Marion Jones was a truly majestic athlete; a traditional sprinter who also excelled in the long jump; a well-spoken, media-friendly superstar. In 2000, in Sydney, she dominated an Olympic Games in a way that few other track athletes have. During her career she had relationships with two fellow athletes. In each case, her partner has been banned from the sport for drugs offences. All three of them shared a common coach and a common proximity to the now infamous BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) laboratories. / read more

The Real Federación Española de Fútbol has recently been forced to remove its restrictions on the number of African, Caribbean and Pacific players that football clubs are allowed to field, after clubs successfully argued that the Cotonou Agreement allowed these players the same rights as EU citizens. Manuel J. Martin Dominguez, of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, explains the Cotonou Agreement's application to sport and argues that other EU countries could be forced to follow suit. / read more

The Olympic Charter is a legal text combining general principles with technical rules governing the organisation of the Olympic Games. Alexandre Mestre, a sports lawyer with PLMJ and a member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Olympic Academy, discusses how a document issued by a Swiss private corporation has assumed the attributes of an international treaty. / read more

A recent case involving the transfer of Dmitry Sychev from Spartak Moscow to Lokomotiv Moscow brought conflicts between Russia's Labour Code and FIFA's Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players into the public eye for the first time. Daria Gorlova, in-house lawyer for Lokomotiv Moscow, examines these irregularities and if pressure will result in change before Sochi's hosting of Russia's first Winter Olympics in 2014. / read more

The English Football Association's new Football Agents Regulations came into force on 1 September 2007. Mel Stein, a consultant with Clintons and chairman of the Association of Football Agents, comments that consultation with the Football Association could resolve the remaining issues, which include rules outlawing dual representation, rules governing agents' commercial agreements and rules governing who makes payments to whom. / read more

The termination of the contracts of a number of football managers this season, after an often short run of bad results, has led commentators to question whether manager employment contracts are worth the paper they are written on. Matt McCahearty, an assistant solicitor at Macfarlanes, attempts to answer this question by examining the employment regulations that govern a manager's relationship with his club. / read more

In an attempt to force football clubs to invest in developing the skills of youngsters, FIFA, football's governing body, has announced that it intends to limit the number of overseas players that professional football clubs can sign. International sports lawyer Ian Blackshaw comments on whether FIFA will be able to introduce such a rule without contravening EU law, and on whether FIFA's move would achieve its sporting objectives. / 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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