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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 13 Issue: 8
(August 2015)


US District Judge Richard Berman heard, on 19 August, what may be the final arguments in the appeal filed by the NFL Players Association against the sanction imposed on Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, for his alleged participation in a scheme to use deflated footballs during the 2015 American Football Conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. / read more

US 800 meter National Competition champion, Nick Symmonds, was notified on 10 August of the decision of USA Track & Field (‘USATF’) to exclude him from the team participating in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships (‘WCs’), to take place in Beijing from 22 August, as a consequence of his refusal to accept the terms set forth by the American organisation regarding branded apparel. / read more

Two-time Olympic champion Sebastian Coe was elected on 19 August as the new President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (‘IAAF’). Coe takes on an organisation severely questioned by recent scandals involving accusations of widespread use of performance enhancing substances. Earlier in August, a report by The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WRD, reviewed the leaked test results of over 5,000 athletes and concluded that a total of 146 Olympic and World Championship medals, between 2001 and 2012, were won by athletes who recorded ‘abnormal’ results. / read more


Dr. Gregory Ioannidis, Senior Lecturer in Law at Sheffield Hallam University, Academic Associate at Kings Chambers, World Sports Law Report editorial board member and a sports lawyer with internationally recognised expertise in anti-doping litigation, discusses the allegations of suspected doping involving International Association of Athletics Federations (‘IAAF’) athletes and argues that the conclusion of this matter may determine not only the future of the IAAF and the International Olympic Committee (‘IOC’), but that of the self-regulatory regime of world anti-doping. / read more

That sponsors have a public, finger-wagging role to play in keeping the pressure on FIFA is undoubted, but what they can, and perhaps should, do contractually in response to recent revelations, has been given less attention. Alex Kelham and Frances Pollitzer of Lewis Silkin’s Sport Group analyse the alternatives sponsors may have to prevent incidents tainting an organisation from compromising their brand’s reputation focusing, in particular, on the recent FIFA related investigations. / read more

On 27 July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) delivered a landmark ruling on the regulation of gender in sport. The decision explores how the categorisation of sport on the basis of sex can be best reconciled with the “biological reality” that human sex cannot necessarily be divided so clearly. Dr. Seema Patel, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Deputy Director of the Centre for Sports Law and author of ‘Inclusion and Exclusion in Competitive Sport: Socio-Legal and Regulatory Perspectives,’ reviews the case and suggests that sport regulation must be cautious of traditional criteria to determine eligibility in sports. / read more

It has become a common occurrence to see rival broadcasters joining forces in an attempt to secure lucrative rights to broadcast major sporting events. Stephen Hornsby and Chris Smith of Goodman Derrick LLP analyse the BBC and ITV’s recent joint bid for the rights to broadcast the Six Nations Championships, assessing whether this practice may be beneficial for competition, consumers and, ultimately, sport. / read more

Financial Fair Play implications of this new trend / read more

Every season young football players making their way through the grass roots system encounter growing difficulties to secure playing time in England’s top football league. David Winnie, Head of the Sports Law Team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP reviews the new work permit rules approved by the Home Office and the changes proposed to home grown regulations in English football and proposes that the Premier League’s corporate model may be the key factor preventing a higher participation of youth players. / 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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