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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 5 Issue: 12
(December 2007)


UK Sport, which distributes National Lottery money to sport's national governing bodies (NGBs), plans to force them to accept the authority of its new, independent National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) over drug test management, either by government legislation, or through withdrawal of funding. / read more

FIFA, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) plus broadcast and sponsorship partners, will address Integrity In Sport: Contractual Risk Management, a World Sports Law Report event hosted at the London offices of Charles Russell LLP on 21 January. / read more

Football's governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA, have confirmed that they will not be investigating the Scottish Premier League's (SPL) decision to sanction postponement of a Rangers SPL match to allow extended preparation time for a UEFA Champions League qualifying match. / read more


The Australian Football League and Cricket Australia recently added their names to a list of sporting bodies that have attempted to restrict the way in which media organisations can report on sporting events. Claude Harran, of Dibbs Abbot Stillman, examines the legal basis for granting exclusive control of images and/or data to a single organisation, the restrictions that sporting bodies can place on media organisations and possible courses of action that the media can take in protest against onerous restrictions. / read more

Concerns over individuals owning shares in two or more competing football clubs have led to various national associations implementing rules to control this practice. Associations have to balance interests in fair competition, with laws concerning anti-competitive practices and freedom of establishment. In this article, Dr. Simon Weiler, Notar in Bamberg, examines the rules governing multiclub ownership in Germany and assesses their effectiveness. / read more

Recent investigations by sporting bodies into possible corruption caused by sports betting have led to calls from sports bodies for increased control or regulation of betting that takes place involving their sports, which led to concern about over-regulation from the sports betting industry. Mike Morgan and Chris Godwin of Hammonds outline the Gambling Commission's Policy Position concerning sports betting, responses from both the sport and gambling industry, and assess if the Policy Position adequately addresses their concerns. / read more

Norwich Pharmacal orders can be used to force third parties to disclose the identity of a wrongdoer, however only if certain conditions are met. Ashley Hurst of Olswang explains these conditions, and discusses how they were applied in two recent cases involving internet users that had posted potentially libellous comments anonymously on football fan websites. / read more

England's Rugby Football League decided to suspend Paul Cooke, after its Operational Rules Tribunal found that the player had broken its rules by approaching Hull Kingston Rovers while still under contract to local rivals Hull FC. Duncan Sandlant, an associate with Lewis Silkin, examines the Tribunal's ruling and whether it was appropriate, an argument that Hull KR dispute. Hull FC are considering a civil claim against Cooke, which KR also welcome, as it would bring the case into the open. / read more

Third party ownership of players, as highlighted by the Carlos Tevez affair and dual ownership of clubs, as highlighted by the 'Granada 74' case, have raised questions of sporting integrity in football. In the first instalment of a two-part article, Daniel Geey and Victoria Ross of Field Fisher Waterhouse and Maja Rotkvic, of Jiménez de Parga Abogados, explain how the Tevez issue has raised questions about how European football league rules on the ownership of clubs and players interact with the rules of FIFA and UEFA. / 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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