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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 2
(February 2009)


UK Sport's new national anti-doping organisation (NADO) - provisionally titled UK Anti-Doping - will allow sport's national governing bodies (NGBs) to retain independent management of anti-doping. / read more

The European Club Association (ECA) has said that Article 17 of FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players - which covers termination of a player contract without just cause - is in need of review. 'Our Association's assessment is that the Article goes too far in removing protection from clubs in their dealings with player transfers, and that greater clarity is needed around determining compensation levels', read a 10 February statement from the ECA, which represents Europe's football clubs. / read more

England cricketers, contracted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), are happy to pay 10% of their auction price to their county teams as compensation for loss of revenue whilst playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the 2009-10 season. / read more


The UK Serious Fraud Office recently launched an investigation into ticket agencies suspected of online ticket fraud relating to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Laura Acreman, a Trainee Solicitor at Bird & Bird, reviews the criminal legislation now being used by UK authorities to pursue ticket touts and outlines how the Fraud Act 2006 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 may benefit sports other than football - the traditional focus of anti-ticket touting measures. / read more

The unquestionable hero of the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps - who collected eight gold medals for his performances in the swimming pool - has admitted to 'regrettable behaviour', after the News of the World - a UK Sunday newspaper that specialises in exposing the rich and famous - published on 1 February a photograph of him apparently smoking cannabis. / read more

When sports clubs run as limited companies are unable to pay their debts or when their liabilities exceed their assets, they become subject to the Insolvency Act 1986. James Hennigan, a Senior Associate at Hammonds, examines the options for clubs facing insolvency. / read more

If reports about Kaka's potential wages had he joined Manchester City are to be believed, the economic downturn has not affected footballers, however concerns have again been raised that supporters may become disillusioned by ever-higher prices in the midst of such a downturn. One suggestion to combat this has been the introduction of a salary cap. Derek Stillie, a Trainee Solicitor with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and a former professional footballer, examines if US salary cap models could be adopted in Europe through a possible exemption to EU competition law, and potential issues that different salary cap models could introduce. / read more

The new World Anti-Doping Code, which came into effect on 1 January, introduced a new International Standard for Testing, which required athletes to provide 'whereabouts' information on their specific location for one hour of each day. Paul Horvath and Penny Lording, of SportsLawyer, examine the proportionality of the new requirements, and assess whether challenges to them could succeed under human rights and privacy grounds. / 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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