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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 12
(December 2008)


The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is to meet with 21 swimwear manufacturers to amend its regulations governing the composition of swimsuits, after swimming coaches raised concerns that advances in technology are damaging the sport. / read more

Sporting bodies are aiming to create a 'competition organiser's right', which would require gambling operators to pay event organisers before the start of a sporting event in order to be able to offer bets on that event. / read more

The German football league (DFL) said, on 12 December, that it will take "concrete steps" early next year on the number of football matches to be broadcast on free-to-air television channels accessible to a proportion of the viewing public before 8pm on Saturdays ­ as recommended by the German Federal Cartel Office (BKartA). / read more


England's Football Association recently closed its investigation into irregular betting patterns on a Norwich City v Derby County game, prompting concerns that match fixing may again be affecting English football. Oliver Gayner, an Associate at Olswang, examines UK and international approaches to tackling match-fixing and the difficulties that exist due to sport's requirement for instant results, compared to law's observance of due process, which takes time. / read more

Liverpool FC withdrew its application to register the 'Liver bird' as its trademark on 25 November, after the city of Liverpool expressed its discontent at the registering of the historic symbol. Matt McCahearty, an Associate Solicitor at Macfarlanes, examines the outcome of Liverpool's application had it been successful and the problems surrounding registering historic trademarks. / read more

As an eventful 2008 draws to a close, we asked members of our editorial board to present their views on what the key issues in sports law will be during 2009. The responses are set out in this article. / read more

Barnsley is considering taking legal action over a serious injury to one of its players, after England's Football Association said it could take no further action against the player responsible, who had been issued with a yellow card. Ian Felstead and Hatty Kingsley-Miller, of Olswang, examine the forms of legal action that seriously injured players can take against those responsible. / read more

The Portuguese Government approved a decree-law on 6 October to protect the names and symbols related to the II Lusophony Games 2009 from 'ambush marketing' - promotion of a brand by a non-official sponsor. Nuno Barbosa, a Partner of Abreu Advogados, examines the background of ambush marketing and the law put in place to protect the Games from it. / read more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently held that VAT should not be charged on affiliation fees paid by clubs to a national governing body for services supplied to sport. Richard Baldwin, an independent tax consultant, examines the application of VAT to voluntary sport in the UK, and the implications that rulings from the ECJ and other courts could have 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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