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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 8 Issue: 6
(June 2010)


The Football Association Premier League has said that it will "robustly defend" a challenge to its Football Creditors rule, which requires debts within football to be settled in full in the event of insolvency. Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) filed a writ with the High Court of England and Wales on 18 May. The Premier League must respond by 17 June. / read more

The Financial Fair Play Regulations approved by UEFA's Executive Committee on 27 May will give Europe's football clubs three years to reduce annual losses to under €5 million, unless they have a wealthy benefactor. Clubs with benefactors will be allowed to exceed this limit, but only for a limited time. / read more

The medical team responsible for examining gender verification tests conducted on South African athlete Caster Semenya has failed to deliver a full report to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), forcing the cancellation of a Ministry of Sport & Recreation press conference to discuss her return to competition. / read more


The recent case of Football Dataco v Stan James provided hope for UK sporting bodies keen to protect and commercialise their data, as the High Court found that database copyright exists under the Database Directive for English and Scottish football fixture lists. Nick Fitzpatrick and John Cloke, of DLA Piper UK LLP, examine the history of copyright protection for sporting data and the implications of this latest ruling, exploring whether organisers of sporting events still need better protection from those that profit by 'piggy-backing' on the investment made in sporting data and sporting events as a whole. / read more

Investors often employ financial advisers when looking to acquire sporting clubs. Advisers commonly bargain for a 'success fee' should the takeover be successful. Sohrab Daneshku, an Associate with Lewis Silkin LLP, examines a recent case where the 'success fee' was disputed, Seymour Pierce Limited v Grandtop International Holdings Limited. / read more

The City of Vancouver made a number of regulatory changes in order to ease its hosting of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the first instalment of a two-part article, Paul Henderson, City of Vancouver Director of Olympic and Paralympic Operations, outlines the main regulatory provisions made. This article accompanied a presentation at Ithaca College's 'Conference on Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement' on 13-14 May. / read more

BSkyB and Ofcom have reached an agreement that postpones the UK communications regulator's requirement that BSkyB supply its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels to competitors at a reduced price. Stephen Hornsby, Head of Sports Group at Davenport Lyons, explains that although Ofcom's return to its interventionist approach doesn't sit comfortably with competition law, BSkyB's appeal is unlikely to succeed due to case law history in this area. He also examines the impact that the failure of its appeal could have on sports TV rights. / read more

World snooker's highest ranked player, John Higgins, recently said that he agreed to lose frames in future snooker events with undercover reporters as he suspected them to be part of the mafia, and therefore a danger to him. Kelly Hudson and Rod Findlay, of McDaniel & Co. Solicitors, examine whether this defence for his actions could reduce sanctions against him. / 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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