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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 14 Issue: 2
(February 2016)


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on 5 February that the organisation will be extending the ‘Rooney Rule’ in order to interview more women for executive positions in the League. The Rooney Rule was initially incorporated in 2003 to ensure that African Americans and other minority groups are considered for coaching positions in the NFL. Goodell is now applying this criteria to enhance the participation of women in official positions within the NFL, which it is understood will eventually promote the hiring of women for managerial and coaching positions within teams once the Rule is agreed by all franchises. / read more

The International Olympic Committee (‘IOC’) announced on 25 January new guidelines that will allow transgender athletes to compete in the upcoming Olympic games without having undergone gender reassignment surgery. According to the new guidelines athletes transitioning from female to male will be eligible to compete in the male category without restriction, however testosterone levels will remain as an eligibility threshold for athletes transitioning from male to female and these standards will need to be demonstrated prior to competition and throughout the eligibility period. / read more

A report by The Guardian published on 9 February has revealed that two tennis umpires have been banned from officiating in tennis matches for delaying the input of scores for the benefit of gamblers, while another four match officials are still under investigation. The report also poses questions about the handling of cases of alleged corruption by the Tennis Integrity Unit, an anti-corruption unit incorporated by tennis authorities to curb betting-related corruption, for refraining to reveal the identities of those sanctioned. / read more


In this second instalment of a two part article, Amrut Joshi Founder of GameChanger Law Advisors and member of the World Sports Law Report editorial board, dissects the recommended reforms contained within the Lodha Committee’s latest Report in response to the corrupt practices identified within the Board of Control for Cricket in India and highlights the significance of the recommendations made stressing the need for change and strengthened accountability in Indian cricket. / read more

The effective execution of an arbitral award issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) is an essential aspect of the football justice system. However, in 2011 FIFA introduced an amendment to Article 64 of the Disciplinary Code that restricted the enforcement of CAS decisions through the FIFA disciplinary system exclusively to those issued in an appeal proceeding. Lucas Ferrer, Partner at Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle, and Ornella Desirée Bellia, Legal Affairs Manager at the European Professional Football Leagues, review this amendment and propose an alternative, which would see arbitral awards from ordinary proceedings enforced by national associations. / read more

Major League Soccer (‘MLS’) has strict regulations regarding salary caps, Designated Players and Homegrown talent. Whilst development of the league has been positive, the surge of investment from non-traditional leagues, such as the Chinese football league, has put pressure on the MLS to retain talent, attract rising stars and improve the quality of the game. Michael Rueda, a member of Withers’ Sports Law Team, discusses the introduction of targeted funds aimed at reinforcing the starting eleven of MLS teams and reviews changes made to Homegrown Player rules to foster the development of youth players and help retain local talent. / read more

Restructuring Russian sport should be done from the inside / read more

The Financial Fair Play (‘FFP’) regulations were enacted as a recourse to guarantee the sustainability of European football. Although their impact is seen as positive for football finances in Europe, their interpretation and application has been subject to scrutiny. Juan de Dios Crespo and Paolo Torchetti of Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Abogados, review FFP jurisprudence from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) and discuss the interpretation of CAS on matters such as jurisdiction, the referral to domestic regulations and the concept of reporting perimeter. / 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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