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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 4
(April 2008)


The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) will take its case against the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) refusal to register three Indian Cricket League (ICL) players for County Cricket to the High Court if an internal appeal, to be heard on 30 April, fails. / read more

UEFA President Michel Platini has lent his support to the idea of a merged Belgian and Netherlands league in a meeting with Alain Courtois, a Belgian politician leading the Benelux 2018 World Cup bid, Courtois told Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper. / read more

The European Parliament and the seven main European team sport federations have asked the European Commission to clarify the legal status of sport, ahead of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the 27 EU Member States, due to take place this year. / read more


The Indian Premier League is arguably the biggest new sporting concept launched since the restructure of European football club competitions into the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup during the 1990s. Chris Walsh, a Solicitor with OnSide Law, examines various models of operating sports leagues, the genesis of the IPL and the key legal issues facing - and the commercial structure of - franchise-based sporting competitions. / read more

Next year, the High Court is due to decide on whether Iestyn Harris breached the terms of a contract termination agreement with Leeds Rhinos when he signed for the Bradford Bulls on his return to Rugby League from Rugby Union. Matt McCahearty, an Assistant Solicitor with Macfarlanes, examines the arguments put forward in the case so far and assesses the potential implications for player contracts in all sports. / read more

Following alleged human rights abuses by China in Tibet, many governments and national Olympic committees (NOCs) have been considering boycotting the Beijing Olympic Games in protest. Alexandre Mestre of PLMJ Associados examines how the Olympic Charter protects against governments using sport to make a political standpoint, and presents ten legal, sporting and commercial reasons why NOCs should not boycott the Games. / read more

Ebbsfleet United football club was taken over by an internet-based fans' community, MyFootballClub, in what is seen as a ground-breaking model for future ownership of sporting clubs. Sam Hollis, a Solicitor with Couchman Harrington Associates, examines the club's ownership model, its legal structure, possible issues that could arise with this structure and similar 'fan ownership' models around the world. / read more

UEFA's decision to award the 2010 Champions League final to Madrid rather than London brought into focus the fact that the UK is one of the few countries that requires foreign athletes to pay local tax. Richard Baldwin, an Independent Tax Consultant and Chair of the Community Amateur Sports Club Development Forum, highlights how this could end up embarrassing it ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games. / 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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