The story of Frederick E. Bouchat is one of a man determined to strike gold from a simple drawing of a Raven logo that he designed in late 1995. That simple drawing has been the centre of controversy and fierce copyright litigation over the last 15 years between Mr. Bouchat, the National Football League’s (“NFL”) Baltimore Ravens and a number of other parties.
For twenty years parachute payments have been awarded by the Premier League to cushion the landing for those clubs relegated into the Championship. Over this period there has been an on-going concern that this additional income would distort competition and lead to a yo-yo culture of the same clubs moving between the top two divisions.
On 9 May 2013, AGCM, the Italian antitrust authority, rejected the claims of RTI, a company belonging to Mediaset group, which alleged that SKY Italia abused its dominant position with reference to the acquisition of media rights to the UEFA Champions League tournament (from 2012 to 2015) and to the World Cup tournament in 2010 and 2014.
Over the past two weeks I have been fortunate to have been involved with three prestigious sports law conferences in different parts of the world. All of which focussed solely on or covered the hot topic of match-fixing. This two-part blog is a reflection on the themes and issues which arose out of the three conferences.
A few weeks ago, for the first time, a professional American sportsman from one of the four major team sports in the US (basketball, baseball, American football and ice hockey) publicly announced that he is gay. Jason Collins, an NBA basketball player, said in a recent interview: “I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay”1. It is fair to say that the reaction to this news has not been unequivocally supportive.
The break-even requirement, the cornerstone of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations, will first apply to clubs in UEFA competitions for the 2013/14 season. As a product of the football family’s consensus for change, it primarily aims to help European clubs achieve amore sustainable balance between their costs and revenues.
After two decades on the basketball court, Michael Jordan, one the greatest basketball players of all time, is currently learning the rules of defence and offence in a different game: the Chinese legal system. Qiaodan Sports Company Limited (“Qiaodan Sports“), a Chinese sportswear company, are throwing their legal dispute with him back into his court.