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.
Louise Millington-Roberts, Sport, Media & Entertainment Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP considers whether the most recent recommendations by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse go far enough to tackle ticket touting.
In this article, Yama Otung explores the adequacy of the law surrounding threatening communications to sports stars via social media websites, and asks whether a regulator, such as Ofcom, is better placed than statute and the courts to keep pace with the phenomenon.
With Wimbledon just around the corner, UK tennis will soon be in the world spotlight again. In the search for the next Andy Murray, difficult decisions have to be made about which aspiring players should receive the benefit of funding and support.
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.
Against the backdrop of the scrutiny of football’s finances, UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations (“FFP”) and last year’s all-German Champions League final, Germany’s Bundesliga has been touted as both the “best” league and governance model.
The football world has recently seen numerous examples of disputes between a club and a player concerning the content of what is commonly referred to as a buy-out clause.
Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights, US Supreme Court rules – coming impact for streaming and cloud services
The United States Supreme Court has held1 that online video startup Aereo Inc. infringes broadcasters’ copyrights in on-air programming when Aereo transmits the programs to its Internet subscribers.
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  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.
Despite the increasingly globalised nature of football, many young footballers seeking to ply their trade in England will likely find it increasingly difficult to secure the necessary work permit to do so.1
Often, football clubs or players want to know if they can appeal a final decision in a domestic dispute rendered by their respective national federation (FA) to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).1
This article considers the decisions rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Ad Hoc Division at the recent 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
The recent row over Richard Scudamore’s comments relating to sexist emails sent from his work address has again highlighted equality issues in football. In this article, Elaine Banton, examines whether positive action may have a role in tackling diversity issues off the pitch in football.