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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 9
(September 2012)


English and French clubs are planning a restructure of European rugby union competitions, fuelled by the £152 million contract agreed between British Telecom and Premier Rugby on 12 September for broadcasting rights to England’s Aviva Premiership and any club’s participation in European competition. / read more

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has confirmed that it will submit its evidence for sanctioning Lance Armstrong for doping offences to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on 15 October. However, it refuted UCI claims of no contact between the two bodies. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has made a number of recommendations regarding the Olympic Games anti-doping programme, through its Report of the Independent Observers on the London 2012 Olympics, released 25 September. / read more


The United States Anti-Doping Agency decided to sanction retired cyclist Lance Armstrong for doping offences on 24 August, despite regulations requiring it to submit evidence to the UCI for review. Gregory Ioannidis, Barrister, Head of Sports at GGV & Co. LLC and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Buckingham, explains how the case illustrates a lack of definition of power between stakeholders in regulating sport. He also examines who has jurisdiction to sanction Armstrong under the regulations in place. / read more

Methylhexaneamine (MHA) features on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and appears in sports supplements under a variety of different names. Graham Arthur, Director of Legal at UK Anti-Doping, explains that while the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s decision to ban products containing MHA is helpful, the risk to athletes of inadvertent doping through supplement use remains. / read more

Oscar Pistorius shocked many when claiming that Alan Oliveira had beaten him to gold in the T-44 200 metres due to inadequate International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Regulations on the height of prosthetic legs. There have also been complaints that the British Paralympic team managed to win so many medals due to investment in technology that is not available to poorer countries, and that this contravenes the spirit of the IPC Regulations. Professor Ian Blackshaw, of the TMC Asser Instituut International Sports Law Centre, examines whether there is a case to answer. / read more

New measures introduced by the Argentinean government seek to establish a tax regime for player transfers in football. The regulations introduced will record those involved in player transfers, including who owns the economic rights to players. Ramón Moyano and Santiago Montezanti, of Edstudio Beccar Varela, explain the new regulations, including how they apply to players joining overseas clubs. / read more

UEFA recently withheld prize money from a number of clubs who had qualified for UEFA competitions, but had overdue debts. Daniel Geey, an Associate with Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, explains how these sanctions fit in with UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations. / read more

New Jersey has announced that sports betting will be permitted from the end of this year. The US sports leagues have filed a lawsuit against New Jersey’s plans alleging that they violate the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, seeking a preliminary injunction that New Jersey stop sports betting at once. Martin D. Owens, an Attorney specialising in internet and interactive gaming law, explains how they could find it difficult to succeed. / 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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