4 10 October 2006


  • World sports federations insist EU must not usurp their autonomy
  • World sport leaders, including the presidents of the International Olympic Committee and Fédération Internationale de Football Association, have told the European Commission that sports governance 'should be dealt with by sports themselves based on the principle of the autonomy of the sports movement'.

  • French clubs still waiting to go public
  • The legislation to allow French football clubs to list on a stock exchange is "unlikely to pass before the end of the year", said a French Senate spokesperson.

  • FIFA considers compensation and insurance funds for clubs
  • The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is to modify its Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players, and is considering insurance and compensation funds for clubs whose players are called up for international duty.


  • Opinion: Hackney v Nike: the value of branding
  • Hackney Council's legal victory over sportswear giant Nike has set public sector lawyers all over the UK into a spin, desperately trying to establish their organisation's Intellectual Property rights to their own brands. The Hackney v Nike case made legal history, as it was the first time a public sector body had tackled a corporate on IP issues and, although it didn't get to court and set a precedent, it has certainly made the sector think carefully about the value of its branding.

  • Club v Country: FIFA's transfer regulations: a change to a necessity
  • Historically, FIFA has argued that it does not need to compensate clubs for players injured on international duty, as it already provides a form of compensation through payments made to national associations who take part in its international competitions. FIFA's director of legal division, Heinz Tannler, defends FIFA's position that its player release rule is essential for protecting the integrity and income generated by these competitions, however recognises that FIFA needs to reform the regulation to take the interests of clubs into consideration.

  • Sponsorship: Online gambling: the impact of negative legislation on sport
  • Online gambling operators have had a traumatic summer, with arrests and legislative action in the US, as well as action by EU States. Mike Morgan and Mark Miller of Hammonds examine how the crackdowns have affected sport sponsorship deals, and examine what the future holds for the online gambling industry's support of sport.

  • Corruption: Football 'bungs': preventing an inherent problem
  • The media frenzy generated by the recent broadcast of BBC's Panorama programme and the interim report of the Stevens enquiry into corruption within the transfer market in English football has reopened the debate about the governance of the game. Mel Goldberg and Simon Pentol explain the financial background, examine the options and consider the legal ramifications that may flow from the perception that football has become a dirty business.

  • Data Control: Use of statistics by fantasy sports leagues
  • A US District Court has ruled that Major League Baseball cannot prevent operators of fantasy sports leagues from using names and statistics of players, even if the fantasy league does not ask for permission and is run for profit. Dennis Ehling, a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, considers the impact the case could have on the control of statistical data by sports governing bodies.

  • Stadia: Project financing: different approaches, differing success
  • The Emirates Stadium's early completion and Wembley's overrun illustrate the importance of forward planning to ensure a stadium is delivered on time and on budget. Max Cairnduff and Anna Cooklin, of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, examine the importance of considering future attendance, alternative usage, cost sustainability and project flexibility when drawing up stadium plans.

  • Football Ownership: Third party investment: investigating the concerns
  • Concern over third party investment in football players and clubs was one of the subjects the Independent European Sports Review was charged with tackling. Fay Goodman of George Davies Solicitors examines the history of third party investment in football, concerns over MSI's involvement with West Ham United and measures to tackle the perceived problem.

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