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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 8
(August 2009)


The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) has amended its rules to ban all bodysuits from swimming from 2010, after world records were broken using new generation non-permeable swimsuits which critics allege provide an unfair advantage by aiding buoyancy. Records set using bodysuits will stand. As well as mandating that all swimsuits shall be 'constituted only by textile fabric', the 28 July FINA Bureau decision bans all male swimsuits extending 'above the navel' or 'below the knee', and for women 'shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below knee'. / read more

Five tennis players are seeking compensation from the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and online gambling operator Interwetten, alleging that their suspension for online gambling was engineered to satisfy public and media concerns over corruption in tennis. The players also allege that Interwetten's ability to sponsor future tennis events was conditional on it providing information about the betting activities of players to the ATP. / read more

The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) has yet to decide whether it will pursue statutory damages, after it won the right to claim them from YouTube for broadcasting its live games. In a 7 July ruling, a US district court said that FAPL could claim statutory damages under the 'live broadcast exemption' of the Copyright Act. The exemption entitles FAPL to claim up to $150,000 per work infringed. / read more


Traditionally, the health and fitness industry has looked to the United States for its leadership. Based in Boston, USA, the International Health and Racquet Sportsclub Association1 (IHRSA) has led the industry for over 25 years with its programme of business education, networking and advocacy. / read more

Formula One has proposed a cap of £40 million on team budgets from 2010, a move initially opposed by its teams. Elizabeth Mehdevy, a Partner with Field Seymour Parkes, examines the economic reasons for the cap, the damage that the threat of a breakaway series has already done to the sport and whether the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile could ban drivers from competing in any rival series, should it be launched. / read more

The Hellenic Football Federation has accepted an argument raised before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that a rule requiring six players in second division squads to be eligible for the national team contravenes EU law. Dr. Gregory Ioannidis, who acted as Counsel for the Appellant at the CAS, outlines the arguments raised at the CAS against the rule, and examines the implications for similar restrictions, such as FIFA's '6+5' rule. / read more

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) told four former Bath players to appear before an RFU disciplinary panel, where they will be charged with 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game', following allegations that they took prohibited substances and refused to take drug tests. Stephen Farrow, an Associate at Norton Rose, examines the legal obligations for clubs wishing to test employees for drugs outside of World Anti Doping Agency procedure. / read more

Poland has introduced a number of legislative changes designed to prepare the country for its joint hosting of Euro 2012 with Ukraine. Piotr Majer, a Senior Associate with Laszczuk and Partners, examines the special legal status of projects, the legal status of special purpose vehicles relating to Euro 2012, why the European Commission objected to proposed changes in its public procurement legislation and proposals to levy an extra tax on gambling to finance Euro 2012. / read more

A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panel rules that Official Tickets' use of club trademarks in connection with 'official tickets' in domains creates a likelihood of confusion that the websites are authorised by the clubs. Rohan Massey, a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, analyses WIPO's decision to allow a consolidated complaint. / read more

Ofcom intends to require BSkyB to wholesale pay-TV content at regulated prices to all. Stephen Hornsby, a Partner with Davenport Lyons, examines the plans, the Premier League's objection that Ofcom's proposal would undermine competition for its rights, the regulation difficulties that Ofcom may face in implementing its plans and possible delays to them. / read more

Football is not only the world's favourite game, but also the world's most lucrative sport. In fact, it is actually a product in its own right according to Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA. Therein lies its success and also the seeds of its potential downfall, if it loses touch with its sporting objectives and also its constituents. / 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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