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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 1
(January 2012)


The Executive Board of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is to meet 'at the earliest opportunity' to decide what action to take, after receiving an International Olympic Committee (IOC) letter confirming that Dow Chemical would continue to be involved with the Olympic movement. / read more

The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) is to resume action against publicans screening unauthorised foreign satellite broadcasts of its games, after the High Court ruled on 3 February that such broadcasts infringe the FAPL's copyrights. / read more

The European Parliament passed its 'Resolution on the European Dimension in Sport' on 2 February, which makes recommendations on doping, match-fixing, corruption, player agents and more. / read more


The UK government and organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have been keen to stress how the world's biggest sporting event will revitalise sport in the UK. Richard Baldwin, an independent sports tax consultant, explains how recent tax changes have actually made things financially harder for sport; community sport in particular. In this article, he explains how sport doesn't receive VAT relief and national governing bodies don't receive tax relief, unlike in other countries; how income tax rules push UK athletes overseas; how the Finance Act 2011 further taxes professional athletes; how our taxation of foreign athletes discourages them from competing here; how abolition of tax relief for improving stadium safety discourages investment; how VAT cost for amateur sports facilities discourages investment; and more. / read more

We asked members of World Sports Law Report's editorial board to highlight what they think will be the main sports law issues during 2012. In this article, they set out their responses. / read more

On 15 December 2011, Advocate General (AG) Mengozzi issued an Opinion that only the form in which data is presented can be protected under the Database Directive (96/9/EC), not the creation of data itself. He said that questions referred to him about the creation of fixture lists in the Football DataCo case (C-604/10) concerned the creation of data and therefore, those fixture lists cannot be protected under the Directive. Ian De Freitas and Gavin Llewellyn, of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, examine the arguments on both sides and the implications for sport should the Court of Justice of the European Union decide to follow the AG's reasoning. / read more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently cancelled an appeal filed on behalf of Caroline Maher against her two-year suspension for doping, after the World Taekwondo Federation unconditionally withdrew the sanction. Paul J. Greene, an Attorney with Preti Flaherty who was due to represent Maher before the CAS, examines the unique circumstances of the case and explains the damage that incorrect sanctions can do to anti-doping efforts. / read more

New Jersey approved a referendum that would permit sports betting on 8 November 2011. The subsequent bill was signed by the state's governor on 17 January 2012. Ryan M. Rodenberg, an Assistant Professor of Sports Law Analytics at Florida State University, explains US sport's traditional opposition to legalised sports betting and why it may be changing. / read more

Two alleged instances of racism on the field of play took place in October 2011, distinguished by the fact that one was dealt with by the football authorities, whilst the other has attracted the attention of the police. Kevin Carpenter, a Trainee Solicitor at SJ Berwin LLP and a contributor to, examines the charges faced by John Terry under criminal law, his possible defences and potential consequences for his football career once the case has run its course. / 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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