Sports Law Weekly Round Up: 1 May 2009
It has been an extremely busy week in the world of sports regulation, which perhaps explains why most of the sports lawyers I have spoken to this week have been rushed off their feet. In a new feature launched today by World Sports Law Report, here are some of the news articles that we found interesting.
• In cricket, county players have been warned against signing contracts for a new competition, the American Premier League, reports CricInfo. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has also offered an amnesty to all cricketers, umpires and support staff connected with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League, as long as they sever all ties with the competition. There will be more on this in the May edition of World Sports Law Report, to be published shortly.
• The Executive Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is to meet on 9 and 10 May in Montreal to discuss the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party’s opinion on WADA’s International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.
• The International Olympic Committee has announced that its retesting of samples taken during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has returned positive tests for six athletes, after new tests for CERA, a new type of EPO blood-boosting drug, became available after the Games.
• Formula One team McLaren Mercedes admitted five charges of breaching article 151c of the International Sporting Code relating to events at the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix, which resulted in a three-race suspension. Formula One has also implemented a cost-capping system, which will penalise teams that spend more than £40 million – it is hoped this will facilitate the entry of new teams into the competition.
• Six Football League clubs have begun negotiations with the Hero Global Football Fund to borrow money, reports The Times. The Fund was banned by the FA Premier League in January, and there will be more on their reaction to this in May’s World Sports Law Report.
• The Telegraph reports that Alain Bernard may be stripped of his 100m freestyle world record by the international swimming federation (FINA), which has yet to decide if such suits comply with its regulations. World Sports Law Report covered this issue in December 2008.
• The Rugby Football Union has warned players that if they are unable to guarantee their availability for the 2010 England tour to Australia, they face exclusion from the elite player squad this summer, reports The Guardian.
• The UK Government is planning to appoint a task force to tackle perceived issues around sport and gambling, Gerry Sutcliffe told The Guardian’s Owen Wilson in an interview. Further investigation revealed that this is an own-government initiative which will involve the appointment of a high profile figure to liaise with sports. Watch this space.
• And finally – bet you thought that we’d forgotten – Serie A clubs have voted to break away from Italy’s Lega Calcio, reports The Times. Serie A clubs currently share their TV revenue with Serie B clubs, and it is understood that the dispute relates to the distribution of that money.
That’s all folks – until next week. Please get in touch with me if you would like to discuss the issues raised by any of the above articles, or if you have other issues that you feel we should be exploring. I would be keen to discuss potential articles on any of the above subjects.