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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 1 Issue: 2
(October 2003)


The implementation of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) into UK law leaves companies until December 11 to prepare their marketing programmes for compliance. / read more

The Rugby World Cup 2003 is putting into practice its plans to block ambush marketing in and around this month’s championship in Australia. Steps have been taken to provide protection to the events commercial partners. / read more

The Football League has voted to introduce a 10 point penalty for clubs entering administration from the start of the 2004/2005 season.

At an EGM at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium, clubs also voted in favour of new regulations governing the activities of agents and a new management structure for The Football League. / read more


The European Commission is a force to be reckoned with in sport. This article looks at the approach of the Commission - and the European Competition law that underpins its authority - to the issues of the collective selling of TV rights and the thorny subject of salary caps. / read more

A new era is dawning in the world of control of performance enhancing substances in sport. The World Anti-Doping Code (“WADA Code”) is emerging 01 January 2004. The current fading era began its modern day development when doping control emerged as an issue at the Albertville Winter Olympics in 1968. The early rudimentary efforts to ensure a level playing field have evolved into a sophisticated, complex and perhaps unsupportable regime known today as the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code. (“OMAC”). Originally the preserve of the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) Medical Commission soon to be the exclusive preserve of WADA. This article examines the evolution of the new regime. / read more

In the absence of player transfer activity between now and the New Year, the media spotlight at the start of the season is increasingly shifting towards the Managers. Just over a month into the new season, Glenn Hoddle became the first scalp of ever more demanding Boardroom expectations and a bloodthirsty Press. But what are the financial implications to the Clubs when they dismiss a Manager, and how can they be minimised? / read more

A single red card in the Catania-Siena match earlier this year launched a series of events which has shaken Italian football to its foundations. This article examines how the interpretation and application of a one-match suspension of a player resulted in a fierce dispute between two rival Clubs; how this dispute became a national and bitter imbroglio involving all the Clubs of two leagues, with courts across the nation issuing conflicting judgments, and finally how the national government attempted to repair an irreparable problem. Ultimately the dispute reflected an erosion of the goodwill between the owners of the Clubs which is essential to the continued vitality of the sport. The whole sorry story is almost a case study of how a breakdown of goodwill and a lack of legal clarity can lead a sport to near disaster. / read more

The Asian sporting world has many government plans for investment and development of home grown sport. This article argues that if these plans are to provide the kick start that is required to create an alternative focus to the imported sports product which dominates the Asian TV channels, a legal framework for sport and national sporting institutions must be created. / 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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