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World Sports Law Report

Current Issue (May 2016)

Volume: 14 Issue: 5



About World Sports Law Report

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

May's issue of World Sports Law Report!

Following the World Anti-Doping Agency’s recent issuance of a Notice to stakeholders on meldonium, Claude Ramoni, Partner at Libra Law, provides detailed analysis of the ambiguities concerning the excretion of the substance from the body and the application of strict liability provisions that could potentially result in disproportionate sanctions.

Also featured in this month’s issue of World Sports Law Report, Peter Finding of Withers LLP looks at the circumstances surrounding the unfair treatment of footballer Jonas Gutierrez and the legal implications for players, clubs and the sporting community at large in the context of employment law; and an article by Anastasia Fowle, Partner at Shoosmiths LLP, who discusses the court ruling in England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd and Sky UK Ltd v. Tixdaq Ltd and Fanatix Ltd [2016] 575 EWHC (Ch), which involved an app that allows users to upload short clips of cricket matches, which was found to infringe the copyright of the broadcaster.  

Moreover, in light of global revelations concerning corruption, J. Tyrone Marcus, Senior Legal Officer at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of the West Indies discusses the steps towards good governance in Caribbean sport. Lastly, with Brexit becoming an increasingly contentious issue, Andrew Osborne, Partner at Lewis Silkin LLP, studies the potential effect of a Brexit on UK football, looking closely at the ability of UK teams to recruit European talent.

In the news, with the eSports market growing exceptionally quickly, the formation of the World eSports Association (‘WESA’) hopes to garner support and professionalise an industry, which has been only sporadically touched upon by government policy. Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of eSports organisation Fnatic and member of the Executive Board at WESA, Diane Mullenex and Guillaume Bellmont of Pinset Masons LLP and Anna Baumann, academic in EU Law and advocate for player rights and best practices in eSports, provide perspective as to WESA’s creation, alongside insights into how it is likely to meet expectations and create progress in a market with various complex nuances.

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