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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 1
(January 2008)


News

Tennis' governing bodies and its major events have appointed independent 'integrity experts' Jeffrey Rees and Ben Gunn to assess the threat that gambling poses to tennis, as the latest step towards creating a 'common set of integrity rules, procedures and sanctions', policed by an 'integrity unit', for the professional tennis industry. / read more

The board of the Football Association of Wales (FAW) was meeting, at time of press, to debate whether to allow Cardiff City, Swansea City and Wrexham AFC to field teams in the Welsh Premier League (PL), in addition to the teams they field in England's Football League. The winner of the Welsh PL qualifies for UEFA's Champions League, while the second placed club qualifies for the UEFA Cup. / read more

FA Premier League club Wigan Athletic has lost its High Court case against Greater Manchester Police (GMP) over the payment of matchday policing fees. / read more


Features

What is the legal basis for out-of-competition doping controls? In February 1999, at the end of the first World Conference on Doping in Sport attended by representatives from the sports organisations and governments from many countries, a motion to set up the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was adopted. / read more

Sport in Italy, especially football, has traditionally allowed its clubs to sell television and media rights individually. In November last year, the Italian government approved the 'Melandri Act', designed to improve competition between clubs by ensuring that sporting competitions sell their rights collectively, distributing a certain amount of revenue generated equally amongst clubs. Ernesto Apa and Yan Pecoraro, of Portolano Colella Cavallo Studio Legale, explain how the new rules return Italian sport to collective selling. / read more

As 2007 drew to a close, we asked members of our editorial board what they felt would be the key issues for 2008. In this article, they set out their views. / read more

The launch of Turf TV, a racing channel supported by the majority of the UK's racecourses which provides televised coverage to betting shops, has created a broadcast rights dispute between the courses and bookmakers who, through part ownership of 'Attheraces', previously enjoyed a monopoly on provision of that coverage. James Earl and Ben Harris, of the Clarke Wilmott Sports Team, set out the arguments and latest developments in a case which now includes the UK Government, which is required to set a levy after bookmakers and racecourses failed to agree on whether the cost of Turf TV should be factored into determining the percentage of profits that bookmakers should plough back into the sport. / read more

The Equality Act 2006, which became law last year, imposes duties on 'public authorities' to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity between men and women. Elizabeth Mehdevy, an associate at Hextalls, sets out the aims and obligations of the Act. / read more

UEFA and its national associations have differing rules govering club ownership, which can lead to conflicts of interest when clubs with the same owner meet in European competitions. In the second part of a two-part article, Daniel Geey and Victoria Ross of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP and Maja Rotkvic, of Jiménez de Parga Abogados, explain how conflicts between the differing rules of national associations and UEFA's overall rules could pose a threat to the integrity of football. / read more

Football is not only the 'world's favourite game', but is also the world's most lucrative sport. The sale of broadcasting rights and corporate sponsorships of major events, such as the FIFA World Cup, bring mega sums into its coffers. But is such wealth necessarily for the good of the game? In particular, how much trickles down to the 'grass roots' and do fans benefit from it? Or has the integrity - the essential values that have made football what it is and so popular - of the beautiful game suffered as a result? / 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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