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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 9 Issue: 12
(December 2011)


UEFA is to investigate the impact that third-party finance has on compliance with its Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, after the English Premier League (EPL) notified UEFA that its prohibition on third party involvement in transfers puts its clubs at a disadvantage. / read more

In a 6 December release, FIFA stated its 'commitment' to publishing details about whether FIFA officials accepted illicit payments from its former marketing partner ISMM/ISL in return for granting World Cup TV contracts. / read more

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) told WSLR that "no decision has been taken so far" on whether it will set up its own international anti-doping tribunal, and has refused to comment further. / read more


Argentinean sports lawyer Ariel Reck and Daniel Geey of Field Fisher Waterhouse explain how Premier League clubs are likely to be at a disadvantage in UEFA competitions, due to rules banning any third-party ownership of players. / read more

Perhaps understandably, gambling operators were opposed when France decided to enshrine the right of sporting organisations to sell a 'right to offer bets' into national legislation. However, as Victoriano Melero, a Lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP explains, French and European courts are now supporting the principle, which could be rolled out across Europe. / read more

The Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) replaced the Football Licensing Authority (FLA) from 1 November. Chris Connolly, a Solicitor in the Sports Law Unit at A&L Goodbody, examines the history of the FLA, why the change has been made and the role and functions of the SGSA. / read more

Most European eyes will be turned east next summer, when Poland and the Ukraine host Euro 2012. Oleksandr Mamunya and Yulia Chyzhova, of Vasil Kisil & Partners, explain the processes by which the Ukraine protects sport from counterfeit products. / read more

UEFA's Financial Fair Play Regulations have put pressure on English clubs - who have not traditionally sold naming rights - to re-brand their stadiums. Charles Maurice, a Solicitor with Macfarlanes, examines key considerations for a lawyer when attempting to sell naming rights to iconic venues. / read more

Great Britain's Gambling Commission has recently launched a consultation on 'Integrity in Sports Betting', which includes reference to the use and misuse of 'inside information', including a standard definition of what constitutes 'inside information'. Paul Scotney of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) examines issues caused by the lack of a clear definition in sport for what constitutes 'inside information' and examines the responsibilities of sport governing bodies to police use of 'inside information' in order to protect sport's integrity. Scotney is the BHA's Director of Integrity Services, Compliance and Licensing and a member of the Sports Betting Group established by the UK Government's 2010 Parry Review. / 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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