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Legal experts’ opinions on the Fan Led Review of Football Governance

There has been much discussion and debate following the publication of the 'Fan-Led Review of Football Governance: securing the game’s future'(Revi...
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Op-Ed: Why college athletes’ decision to opt-out of play-offs games should be respected?

On Monday night, January 10, 2022, the University of Georgia will face off against the University of Alabama in the forty-fourth postseason game of the college football season. ...
Horse Rider

Can Sports Federations Retroactively Cancel Olympic Qualifying Competitions? A Review Of Karlsson V FEI

For most of us, the idea of taking part in the Olympics is just an unattainable dream. For the few who have a real chance of becoming an Olympic athlete, it often becomes the hi...
What to watch 2022 - Central & South America

Sports Law in 2022 – Key issues to watch in Central & South America

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2022 from Central and South America from the LawInSport Editorial Board.  Contributors: Pedro Henrique Mendo...
What to watch 2022 - North America

Sports Law in 2022 – Key issues to watch in North America

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2022 in North America from the LawInSport Editorial Board.  Contributors: Jodi S Balsam, Associate Professor Of C...
What to watch 2022 - Europe

Sports Law in 2022 – Key issues to watch in Europe

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2022 in Europe from the LawInSport Editorial Board.  Contributors: Marc Peltier, Associate Professor Of Law, Univ...
What to watch 2022 - Asia, Africa, Oceania

Sports Law in 2022 – Key issues to watch in Asia, Africa & Oceania

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2022 in Africa, Asia and Oceania from the LawInSport Editorial Board.  Contributors: Prof Jack Anderson, Universi...
What to watch 2022 - UK & Ireland

Sports Law in 2022 – Key issues to watch in UK & Ireland

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2022 from the UK and Ireland from the LawInSport Editorial Board.  Contributors: Prof Mark James, Manchester Law ...
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How FIFA's International Call-Up Rules Are Being Applied During the Pandemic

The release of professional football players from their clubs to their respective national teams has always been a subject of discussions and disputes, as a result of an already...
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A Summary Of 2021’s Key Sports Law Cases From The CAS & SFT

This delayed Olympic year led to a high number of cases that were decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Ad Hoc Division in Tokyo.  However, the...
Festive Compilation - Europe

Key Sports Law Cases & Developments Of 2021 – Europe

As we come to the end of a turbulent and challenging year, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the important legal cases and developments from the worl...
Festive Compilation - Asia, Africa & Oceania

Key Sports Law Cases And Developments Of 2021 – Asia, Africa & Oceania

As we come to the end of a turbulent and challenging year, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the important legal cases and developments from the worl...
Festive Compilation - Central & South America

Key Sports Law Cases And Developments Of 2021 – Central & South America

As we come to the end of a turbulent and challenging year, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the important legal cases and developments from the worl...
Festive Compilation - UK & Ireland

Key Sports Law Cases And Developments Of 2021 – UK & Ireland

As we come to the end of a turbulent and challenging year, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the important legal cases and developments from the worl...
Festive Compilation - North America

Key Sports Law Cases And Developments Of 2021 – North America

As we come to the end of a turbulent and challenging year, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the important legal cases and developments from the worl...

Can athletes successfully challenge COVID-19 vaccine mandates? A case study from the Australian Open 2022

The participation of some of the world’s best tennis players at the 2022 Australian Open is uncertain.  The Federal government has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone ...
Fans Celebrating

An Overview Of The Fan-Led Review Of Football Governance

Following their initial interim findings in July[1], the independent fan-led review into football governance, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, have now published their final report[...
Football

Football Club Financing: Why 'Mini-Bonds' Are In Trend

With football clubs looking for new ways to raise funds through debt and equity financing (see LawInSport article series by Michael Savva and Stuart Bolton[2]), there has b...
Swimming

Does the Shayna Jack CAS Appeal decision give hope to innocent athletes in contamination cases?

Perhaps the most devastating and destructive allegation that can be made against a professional athlete is of being a cheat, and a drugs cheat at that. In June 2019, Shayna Jack...
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Nigerian Women’s Football & Basketball Teams Fight For Equal Pay

Gender Equality has remained a critical issue of public discourse[1]for decades and is gradually getting accepted and recognized in different parts of the world. One major issue...
Sports Betting App

Gambling Operator Ordered To Pay-Out 1.7m Despite Game Defects Reaffirms Why Clear T&C’s Matter

In April 2021, the High Court granted summary judgment in favour of Mr Green, a customer of Betfred who sought recovery of £1.7m in winnings to which he claimed to be entitled.[...
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FIFA’s New Football Tribunal – Key Changes & Practical Issues For Practitioners

In May 2021, the FIFA Congress approved various amendments to the FIFA Statutes and Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes. Key among these amendments included th...
Esports

Esports in Italy: Key Labour Issues & why a uniform legal framework is vital for its success

The Covid-19 pandemic which affected and somehow continues to affect most of the countries all over the world, led to a dramatic monetary crisis in several economic sectors. The...
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The uncertain future of the NCAA post Alston – Federal v State Legislation v Conference Guidelines

This article provides background on the development of amateurism in college athletics, the constraints imposed by the Alston decision, and potential ramifications for the regul...
Bitcoin

Bitcoin Payments In Sport - The Opportunities And Risks For Clubs And Players

Bitcoin was first introduced to the world on 31 October 2008 through the ‘White Paper’[1] published online by its pseudonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. On 22 May 2010, Laszlo ...
Runners on starting blocks

A guide to the regulation of transgender athlete participation in sport

As our understanding of the human body and mind advances, society has begun to question and debate more the distinction between sex and gender and the traditional binary classif...
Spilled medication next to a football

No Significant Fault: Andre Onana Returns After Falling Foul Of UEFA's Anti-Doping Regulations

Andre Onana, the first team goalkeeper for AFC Ajax (“Ajax”) and the Cameroon national team, played his first competitive match for over nine months on 13 November 2021, wh...
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Results & Evaluation of Pro Bono Legal Services at the Tokyo 2020 Games

During the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which held between July and September 2021, the Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation Service for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic a...
Cricket ball resting on a bat

The Azeem Rafiq Case: How Sports Can Better Tackle Player Discrimination

Fans defacing player murals, sexist comments from coaches, racist locker-room remarks: discrimination in sport can, unfortunately, take many forms. The difficult task of reducin...
Soccer Ball and South African Flag

Automatic Promotion Dispute: The curious case of Polokwane City v South African Football Association

In this case, a South African club playing in the second tier of South African football was sanctioned for not including a minimum of five U-23 players eligible to play for Sout...
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How Will FIFA's New Maternity Benefits Rules Impact U.S. Women's Soccer?

This article examines the new FIFA regulations on maternity benefits available to women soccer players across the world and compares it with the benefits that the US Women’s Nat...

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