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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 8 Issue: 7
(July 2010)


Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Nike France have been found guilty of falsifying and hiding payments to players within image rights contracts by the 11ème Chambre du Tribunal Correctionnel de Paris on 30 June, but not guilty of falsifying contracts. Nike and PSG will decide whether to appeal the ruling by mid-July, as they insist that the payments examined were penalty clauses for breach of contract by PSG players. / read more

FIFA will work with other team sports federations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to find a solution to what it views as a common problem - that the international transfer market is damaging national teams. FIFA denied media reports that it has abandoned its proposal to require the starting 11 of any football club to contain six players eligible for the national team in which that club is based ('6+5'), claiming that other international federations are looking for a similar solution. / read more

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is establishing a working group to formulate a 'unified strategy' to tackle corruption caused by sports betting. "The IOC considers betting as one of the biggest threats to the integrity of sport after doping", said an IOC spokesperson. "Some federations have already put together structures to address the problem. It will now be up to the working group to propose a unified strategy." / read more


The federation of European professional player associations has entered into a ground breaking campaign with the betting industry to educate professional sportsmen and women about the issues surrounding sporting integrity and betting. / read more

In a unanimous opinion, the US Supreme Court decided that the National Football League should not be considered immune from antitrust scrutiny when licensing team logos, names and other trademarks. Ryan Rodenberg, an Assistant Professor at Florida State University and Pamela Lester, President of Lester Sports and Entertainment and former President of the Sports Lawyers Association, examine the case and its implications for merchandising conducted by single entity leagues in the US. Rodenberg and Lester both previously worked in the legal department of sports marketing company Octagon, at its Washington DC headquarters. / read more

The City of Vancouver made a number of regulatory changes in order to ease its hosting of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the first instalment of this two-part article, published in the June edition of World Sports Law Report, Paul Henderson, City of Vancouver Director of Olympic and Paralympic Operations, outlined the main regulatory provisions made. In this second instalment, he explains how the regulatory provisions were enforced. This article accompanied a presentation at Ithaca College's 'Conference on Law, Policy and the Olympic Movement' on 13-14 May. / read more

The recent damaging stories about John Terry, John Higgins and Lord Triesman have brought into the spotlight potential issues with press standards, in particular relating to privacy, methods used by the press to obtain stories and the effectiveness of the press self-regulatory system. These stories highlight that it is difficult to prevent a damaging story breaking and once the story is out, damage control is a difficult exercise. Matt Totman and Cecile Thote, of Baker & McKenzie LLP, examine these issues and the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on Press standards, privacy and libel, published in February 2010. / read more

A group of female ski jumpers took legal action against the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, alleging that its failure to include a women's ski jumping event amounted to a breach of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Seema Patel, a Lecturer in Sports Law and Management with Nottingham Trent University, examines the International Olympic Committee's criteria for inclusion in the Olympics, the exceptions that exist for traditional Olympic events and the current status of the appeal. / read more

A sub-commission of the Commission for Education in the Spanish Congress has recently approved a report urging the Government to enact a new Spanish Sports Act, which will allow stricter financial regulation of sport. Ricardo Gentzsch, an Abogado with Schiller Abogados, examines the reasons why a new Act is needed and the provisions it intends to introduce. / 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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