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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 13 Issue: 3
(March 2015)


The UCI (the Union Cycliste Internationale) announced a number of measures on 13 March to strengthen anti-doping and governance following the publication of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission’s (CIRC) report on 9 March. The CIRC, which was established by the UCI in January 2014 to carry out an independent investigation into the causes of doping within cycling and the allegations that the UCI was implicated in such wrongdoing, in its report confirms that the UCI was covering up doping at the highest levels, allowing certain star athletes to live by different rules, and puts forward recommendations for change, including complete transparency and a greater attention to proper implementation of doping protocols. / read more

FIFA’s Regulations on Working with Intermediaries, which de-regulate the current system of licensing football agents and instead require FIFA member associations to implement a registration system for intermediaries and makes them responsible for ensuring that the intermediary has an ‘impeccable reputation’, come into force on 1 April. / read more

The legal challenge concerning speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein “endangers the international effectiveness and the harmony of the decisions rendered in disciplinary matters related to sport,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement issued on the Appeals Court of Munich’s (Oberlandesgericht München) January ruling in the case between Claudia Pechstein and the International Skating Union (ISU) on 27 March. / read more


Antonio Rigozzi, Founding Partner and Head of the Sports Law and Arbitration practice at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, a law firm specialising in international arbitration, and Professor of Sports Law and Arbitration at the Law School of the University of Neuchâtel, provides an analysis of the legal framework of the CIRC and discusses the significance of the CIRC Report for the future of anti-doping. / read more

Whether it be huge transfer fees, large broadcasting deals or the financial fair play rules, football and finance is rarely out of the news. The latest issue to rear its head is third party ownership of football players. Stephen Hornsby and Chris Smith of Goodman Derrick LLP set out the background to FIFA’s move to prohibit third party ownership and discuss in detail whether FIFA’s ban breaches EU law. / read more

Tessa Lorimer, Special Counsel in the Tax Investigations team and Roberto Moruzzi, a Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration team, both at Withers LLP, provide analysis of the UK tax investigations involving current and former footballers and the developments that have resulted in an increase in investors seeking redress in the Courts. / read more

Ticket touting is still a huge business, despite efforts to curb it. Prior to the Brazil World Cup, FIFA was very public in its efforts to deter illegal ticket sales. However, the discovery by Brazilian Police of a ticket touting scandal involving the illegal sale of World Cup tickets has raised questions about FIFA’s ability to prevent ticket touting and, indeed, whether FIFA’s involvement has aided touts, as Patricia Leonard, a Barrister at 7BR, explains. / read more

On 4 March 2015, Major League Soccer (‘MLS’) and the Major League Soccer Players’ Union (‘MLSPU’) announced that they had reached a last minute, tentative deal on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (‘CBA’). The deal, reached just 48 hours before the start of the 2015 MLS season, avoided a work stoppage that could have compromised a rise in MLS popularity two decades in the making. Jennifer O’Sullivan, Partner and Head of the Sports & Entertainment Practice at Hand, Baldachin & Amburgey LLP, explains in this article the unique structure of MLS and the various differences in the US and European professional soccer models that are critical to understanding the details of the new MLS/MLSPU labour agreement and the effects they will have on the game and the players in the US. / 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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