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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 5 Issue: 4
(April 2007)


News

International Rugby Board (IRB) Chairman, Dr. Syd Millar and Chief Executive, Mike Miller, met with representatives from the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) on 23 April and will meet with Premier Rugby Limited (PRL) on 28 April in London, after the LNR and PRL clubs announced a 'formal alliance' following their agreed boycott of next year's Heineken Cup, European rugby union's elite club competition. / read more

Leading UK sports and arts administrators are calling for a Commons debate on the Government's plans to divert an additional £675 million from the National Lottery fund for the revised Olympic £9.3 billion construction budget. / read more

Major UK racecourses have appealed to competition authorities over the television coverage of live horseracing in betting shops of leading bookmakers. / read more


Features

Following disagreement over the running of European club rugby competitions the LNR and Premier Rugby, which represent the interests of professional rugby union clubs in France and England, have decided not to take part in next year's European competitions. Sophie Dion-Loye, a senior associate in the Paris office of Gide Loyrette Nouel, looks at the decision and its implications. / read more

Following the recent High Court battle between the RFU and Premiership clubs over the release of England players for internationals, the decision by the LNR and Premier Rugby not to take part in next year's European rugby competitions represents the latest development over control of the game. Elizabeth Mehdevy, an associate at Hextalls LLP, sets out the recent developments and the possible legal implications. / read more

South African broadcaster Supersport threatened to take legal action after the New Zealand Rugby Union decided to withdraw key players from the Super 14 tournament, in a case that could have implications for English and French clubs following their withdrawal from the Heineken Cup. Steve Cornelius, professor in law at the University of Johannesburg, examines the duty of sporting organisations to field their best players and if such a duty did exist, would a breach lead to liability in contract or in tort. / read more

With player transfers commanding higher fees and becoming increasingly international, the rules and regulations governing a transfer become more complex. In this article, Carol Couse, a senior solicitor at Brabners Chaffe Street LLP, examines the key issues to be addressed when conducting a transfer, examining two recent transfers which have tested current regulations. / read more

The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 is designed to protect official sponsors of the London 2012 Games from counterfeit products and 'ambush marketing'. Hugh Tebay and Stefanie Slapke, of Rouse & Co. International, explain the difficulties of striking a balance between protecting the commercial interests of the Games from those who wish to profit through an implied association. / read more

The 2007 Spring Budget, announced on 21 March, provided an opportunity for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, to promote and support sport. Richard Baldwin, an independent tax consultant and chair of the Community Amateur Sports Club Development Forum, examines the Budget's provisions for sport. / 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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