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When do sport teams' initiation ceremonies cross legal boundaries? Part 1

Class of '92
Initiation rituals are commonly used to mark the arrival of a newcomer. From welcoming a new member to a college fraternity, to an academy player graduating to the first team at a football club, they are seen as a way of engendering team spirit, promoting camaraderie and invoking a sense of quasi-brotherhood. However, they also tend to take place behind closed doors and apparently some tend to fall outside society’s generally accepted rules and principles.


Sport- Law and Practice Third Edition
Book Review by Jeffery Benz - SPORT: LAW AND PRACTICE (THIRD EDITION 2014), by Adam Lewis, QC and Jonathan Taylor, published by Bloomsbury Professional, London, hardback, ISBN 978-1780431130 £235.00
Those of us of a certain vintage remember the first three episodes Star Wars, (later known as episodes 4 through 6).  The sequels, episodes 1 through 3, never quite cut it in comparison to our memories of episodes 4 through 6; such is the risk of sequels.  The sequels to legal texts face the same risks, especially when the prior version is so strong and they go through substantial revision.  Sport: Law and Practice (3rd ed. 2014), by Adam Lewis, QC (Blackstone Chambers, London) and Jonathan Taylor (Bird & Bird, London), and published by Bloomsbury Professional, is as solid a sequel as you can find in any field.

Boxing case underscores courts' reluctance to interfere in decisions of national sporting bodies

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In a recent bout in the High Court, the specificity of sporting disputes once again came to the fore. In Bruce Baker v British Boxing Board of Control [2014] EWHC 2074 (QB), 25 June 2014, Sir David Eady was faced with the old chestnut of a request for a court to interfere with a national sporting body’s decision to sanction one of its participants. One interim application later, and the BBBC was still standing.

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