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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 12 Issue: 4
(April 2014)


The Spanish Association of Basketball Clubs (ACB) has called for Spanish basketball to amend its quotas on locally trained players, after the European Commission issued a ‘Reasoned Opinion’ that such rules amounted to indirect discrimination towards players from other Member States. 'The ACB invites the ABP [Association of Basketball Professionals] and the FEB [Spanish Basketball Federation] to discuss and seek a new framework that is legally unquestionable,' read a 16 April ACB statement. / read more

Sweden’s Gambling Authority has told the Stockholm Marathon that its sponsorship agreement with Unibet may infringe its Lotteries Act, which prevents the promotion of overseas bookmakers. “We are awaiting legal clarification from our lawyers, and expect to announce a final decision on Friday [2 May]”, said a spokesperson from Sweden’s gambling authority, the Lotteri Inspektionen. / read more

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him US$2.5 million, after two websites released recordings of a person, allegedly Sterling, making racist comments. “I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organisation or the NBA,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a 29 April press conference. “Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices. He may not be present at any Clippers facility, and he may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings or participating in any other league activity. I am also fining Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution.” / read more

England's Football Association (FA) has fined Wigan Athletic £40,000 and has warned agent Willie McKay, after FA Agent Regulations were breached during the signing of Marc-Antoine Fortune. The club admitted that FA Agents Regulation C10(a)(i) was breached, which prevents Agents from acting for the same player at different clubs; either during the player's previous transfer, or during the two previous transfer windows. / read more

The International Ice-Hockey Federation (IIHF) has disqualified and relegated Great Britain from the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division 1, Group B for using an ineligible player. Defenceman Adam Jones played for Great Britain during the IIHF World Championship event held at Dumfries Ice Bowl, 9-15 December 2013. / read more


In March, FIFA issued sanctions against four South American clubs for their involvement in ‘bridge transfers.’ Ariel Reck, a South American sports lawyer, explains the different types of bridge transfers, how bridge transfers can be utilised, examines the case in point and FIFA’s lack of regulations in this area. / read more

FIFA recently sanctioned FC Barcelona and the Spanish Football Association for registering minor players. Jose Carlos Páez Romero, a former FIFA Legal Counsel, examines the potential reasoning behind the decision and possible avenues of appeal. / read more

Registration as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) enables amateur sporting clubs to benefit from relief from UK taxation and to claim Gift Aid on donations. Richard Baldwin, an independent tax consultant who has campaigned for the government to extend and support the CASC scheme as a legacy for amateur sport from London 2012, explains whether government changes introduced to the scheme have helped or hindered it. / read more

Golf’s Rory McIlroy has recently set up his own sports management company, and is suing his former agency Horizon Sports Management, alleging that his agreement with them was unfair. Patrick Conliffe, a Solicitor and FA registered lawyer, explains the duties owed by an agent to his client that need to be covered to secure a watertight representation contract, and covers previous case law in this area which may apply to the McIlroy case. / 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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