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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 1
(January 2009)


England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) must approve cost cutting measures proposed by Premier Rugby Limited (PRL), which represents the 12 Guinness Premiership rugby union clubs, at an RFU Management Board meeting on 28 January for them to take effect. "As the national governing body, we are the ultimate sanctioning body for rugby", said an RFU spokesperson. / read more

World Sports Law Report is organising a Briefing on the implications that the credit crunch will have for sport, which will be hosted at the London offices of K&L Gates LLP on 25 February. / read more

FIFPro, the federation of football players' associations, said it is supporting an action launched by Belgian players' association ACV-Sporta, which argues that whereabouts requirements under the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) are a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. / read more


The Premier League has historically relied on an increase in the value of its rights packages in order to allow its clubs to keep pace with wage inflation and repay debt. However, in negotiating its next package for the 2010 to 2013 seasons, it faces new economic and regulatory challenges. David Geey, Barrister and Daniel Geey, Solicitor, examine how an ECJ ruling on whether EU competition law permits the use of decoders for Premier League broadcasters, an Ofcom consultation on competition in the UK pay-TV market and the economic downturn could undermine the principle of territorial broadcast exclusivity, which has enabled rights fees for football to continue to inflate in the UK. / read more

Footballer Jermain Defoe officially represented himself in his return transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, however reports have suggested that he was assisted by his mother - an unregistered 'close relation' potentially breaching the FA's Football Agents Regulations. Stephen Farrow, an Associate at Norton Rose LLP, examines how the Regulations apply to relatives, and how any potential breach could impact a former agent's claim for breach of their contract with Defoe. / read more

A revolution in the number and type of cricket leagues has created issues for national cricket associations, who are keen to retain their best players to compete in domestic competitions. Elizabeth Mehdevy, a Partner with Hextalls LLP, examines why the England & Wales Cricket Board moved from six month to 12-month contracts, and other contractual issues involving the new cricket leagues. / read more

A number of sporting organisations have begun to explore the idea of selling a 'right to offer bets' to gambling operators. Carl Rohsler and Marine Baudriller, of Hammonds, examine methods that have been used by sports organisations to try and establish ownership of event name and statistics - for example - in order to control who can offer bets, and whether granting the right to bet to one gambling operator might be detrimental, by removing competition in offering the best odds, thereby deterring the punter. / read more

National Football League (NFL) players, supported by the NFL Players Association, have succeeded in obtaining a court ruling preventing the NFL from banning the players for unintentionally taking a banned substance that masks the presence of steroids. Robert Raskopf and Evan Parness, of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP, examine whether the NFL had a fiduciary duty to warn the players that the supplements contained a banned substance once they became aware of this fact, and the implications for future NFL doping suspensions should the players' actions be successful. / read more

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided, in December 2008, against awarding the European Olympic broadcasting rights to the European Broadcasting Union, in an attempt to maximise the value of the rights. Andrew Danson, an Associate at Olswang, discusses whether the IOC's decision to move away from public service broadcaster coverage of the Olympics could discourage coverage of second and third tier sports, and increase the financial burden on the host cities. / 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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