Friday, May 15, 2009

Sports Law Weekly Round Up: 15 May

There have been plenty of interesting articles this week regarding the Premier League’s 30-page plan to reform its business model in response to calls from the government for the competition to reassess its relationship with money, including its decision to implement a home-grown players quota.
It appeared to be a week for big news, such as Ferrari’s threat to withdraw from Formula One in protest against new rules capping team budgets at £40 million. More should be known next week following a team meeting today between the teams and the Fédération Internationale de Automobile. Analysis of the new rules will appear in a future edition of World Sports Law Report.
In other news;

• Senior football figures in Argentina and Brazil are lobbying FIFA to introduce regulations banning third-party ownership of players, reports The Guardian.

• Authorities leading the investigation into corruption in football will bring and end to the inquiry in September, reports The Guardian.

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has adopted a revised version of its International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPP), after the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said it does not ensure an adequate level of data protection, reported DataGuidance, World Sports Law Report’s sister publication. The Guardian reports that the reason for the revision is that Governments threatened to cut WADA’s funding if it continued to fight European data protection legislation. WADA has also made it clear that FIFA will not have a concession from the whereabouts requirements.

• FIFA is to push ahead with its ‘6+5’ proposal at its congress in June, reports Soccer Investor.

• Video games have reared their head again. Former quarterback Sam Keller is suing the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) and its video game partner, EA Sports, claiming that they are unfairly creating players within games that resemble real players, reports USA Today. You guessed it – college players are prevented from sharing in the profits.

• An interesting case is developing around the transfer of Jonas Gutierrez to Newcastle United, after the Magpies were ordered to pay £5 million to his former club as compensation, reports Sky Sports. It appears that Real Mallorca decided to resolve the case in Spanish courts rather than resort to FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It is not yet known if Newcastle will appeal, as Gutierrez claimed to have legitimately left the Spanish club under FIFA’s Article 17, which allows players to terminate their contract outside of the ‘protected period’, if the contract is unspecific with regard to compensation for unilateral termination of a player contract.

If you would like a chat on any of the issues above, please get in touch. Best regards for the weekend;

Andy Brown



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