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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 10
(October 2008)


An increase in the maximum two-year ban applicable to athletes found guilty of intentional doping to four years from 1 January - under the revised World Anti-Doping Code - will not affect any athletes found guilty of doping following the retesting of samples collected at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. "Article 25.2 of the 2009 Code prevents retroactive application of the four-year ban", said Mike Morgan, a Solicitor with Hammonds. / read more

UEFA is considering adopting a tougher approach to policing the way in which national associations issue club licences, as part of a review that will strengthen its licensing criteria for its club competitions. / read more

FC Lyn Olso is 'optimistic' it will reach a settlement with Chelsea, after the Premier League club launched a High Court action to reclaim a £16 million transfer fee it paid the Norwegian club for John Mikel Obi. / read more


The financial downturn has indirectly affected football, in that the sponsors of a number of Premier League clubs have either been threatened with bankruptcy, or have declared insolvency. James Hennigan, a Senior Associate with Hammonds LLP, examines how correctly drafting a sponsorship agreement to allow sporting clubs to terminate sponsorship agreements in the event of sponsor administration or insolvency has taken on a new level of importance. He also highlights the importance of taking into account the regulations in other countries where a sporting club might compete, or a sponsor is based. / read more

Ofcom recently published its second consultation document concerning its investigation into the way that Premier League football is distributed to consumers in the UK. Daniel Geey and Victoria Ross, in the competition and EU regulatory team at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, examine Ofcom's main concerns that Sky could have an interest in limiting the distribution of premium content, and that it could set its prices at a level as to make carrying the content uneconomical for its competitors. / read more

V8 Supercars in Australia announced its Racing Green Program in 2007, claiming that planting 10,000 native trees would offset carbon emissions from the V8 Championship Series. Claude Harran, a Lawyer at Kelly Hazel, examines concerns raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that the claim was inaccurate and misleading under Section 52 of the Trade Practices Act (TPA). / read more

The Indian Premier League (IPL) and Indian Cricket League (ICL) are currently under investigation by the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) for restrictions placed on players. Hitesh Jain, a Partner with ALMT Legal, discusses how these restrictions have prevented Mohammad Yousuf from playing in either tournament, the proposed introduction of a transfer system to both tournaments, and potential issues this could involve. / read more

Since its introduction in 2002, the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme has allowed clubs to receive cash benefits of almost £50 million. As the 5,000th club has now registered, Richard Baldwin, Chairman of the CASC Development Forum, outlines the major tax relief benefits of registering as a CASC, as well as providing guidelines on how to do this. / read more

On 18 September, an independent tribunal found that West Ham United should compensate Sheffield United for its relegation from the FA Premier League (FAPL) as West Ham had profitted from breaking FAPL rules in bringing Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to the club - ensuring its survival. Elizabeth Mehdevy, an Associate at Hextalls LLP, discusses the potential of players' claims for compensation due to Sheffield United's relegation. / 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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