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World Sports Law Report

Current Issue (August 2015)

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The monthly law journal 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

August's issue of World Sports Law Report

Proceedings against NFL superstar Tom Brady are approaching a judicial decision seven months into the incident that involved the deflation of footballs for a competitive advantage. The player has repeatedly denied any responsibility and has challenged the NFL’s four-match suspension, tackling the organisation and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, in the process. In the United States, Nick Symmonds, elite distance runner, has confronted USA Track & Field head on and has challenged their current sponsorship policies involving Nike and the use of official apparel in team functions, a stand that saw him disbarred of the American team competing in this month’s World Championships to take place in Beijing, China.

Additional news in July’s issue includes the election of Olympian and former Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the new President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (‘IAAF’).

Featured this month is an extended analysis, prepared by Dr. Seema Patel, an expert in eligibility in competitive sport, of the recent Court of Arbitration for Sport decision suspending the IAAF Hyperandrogenism Regulations. Seema's article poses relevant questions on the categorisation of sport based on a binary gender criteria.

Also included in August’s issue is an exclusive analysis of the recent IAAF doping allegations and the potential consequences these may have on the future of self-regulation of doping; a study of the BBC and ITV’s successful joint bid to secure the Six Nations Championships broadcasting rights; and a discussion on how current FIFA sponsors could be protected from the recent allegations on corruption involving officials of this federation.

August also marks the beginning of a new Premier League season and the end of the football summer transfer window. David Winnie, Head of Sports at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, discusses the reasons behind the diminishing participation of English players in the Premier League and suggests the recent regulatory changes proposed by the English Football Association may not address completely the heart and soul of the problem. Alfredo Garzon and Juan Prieto of Senn Ferrro Sports & Entertainment review the current trend of transfer agreements that include compulsory purchase options.

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