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A Guide For Sports Organisations To Partnering With A Cryptocurrency Provider

One of the most noticeable trends in the sporting world since the emergence of COVID is the increased prominence of cryptocurrency brands in the world of sports sponsorship. Acc...

How The EFL Championship’s Profitability & Sustainability Rules Have Changed In 2022

On 17 February 2022, the English Football League (EFL) Championship clubs approved several changes[1] to the division’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (P&S Rules). T...

Top 10 Tips For Launching An ‘Independent Review’ In Sport

When the ever-growing lists of sports organisations being subject ‘Independent Reviews’ following allegations of ethical violations, financial misconduct, discrimination, mental...
Jump Jockeys

Bullying In The Weighing Room – Will Bryony Frost's Case Mark A Sea Change For Sports?

The willingness and capability of sports governing bodies (SGBs) to tackle discrimination and harassment in sport has long been topical. The case of English National Hunt jockey...
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The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete – Negotiating Sponsorship & Endorsements Deals

This blog in our series for international athletes explains the key points to consider when entering into sponsorship and endorsement deals or merchandising agreements.&nbs...

The Independent Mali Basketball Abuse Investigation – Important Lessons For International Sport

On 10 June 2021, a New York Times reporter sent an email to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), indicating that the New York Times was in the process of investigatin...
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Negotiating & Drafting Of Media Rights Agreements - An International Perspective

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues changing the world of sport, the way media rights agreements are negotiated, and which provisions are of key importance, changes as well. Whil...
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The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete - Dealing With Branding And Image Rights

This blog in our series for international athletes explains the key legal points on image rights and trade marks to consider when coming to compete in the UK. For athletes and ...
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Force Majeure: How The Obligation To Use ‘Reasonable Endeavours’ Affects The Sports Sector

In the wake of the Ukraine crisis and the resulting sanctions imposed on Russia, the sports sector has been particularly affected with a number of sports organisations and bodie...
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The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete - Navigating The UK Property Market

Wherever you wish to buy or rent a home, signing any contract relating to property is a risky business and the UK is no exception. In this blog in our series for overseas athle...
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How To Raise Your Legal Profile Through Writing Articles

This is a summary of an “AMA” (ask me anything) session with LawInSport's CEO, Sean Cottrell and Director of Editorial, Chris Bond that was held to offer tips and advice to...
Doping Vials

The Okagbare/Lira Doping Case - First Prosecution Under The Rodchenkov Act

On July 30, 2021, Nigerian sprinter and long jumper Blessing Okagbare was suspended from the Tokyo Olympics. Okagbare, who had won the opening heat in the women’s 100m race was ...
Athlete Crossing Line

Crossing The Line - Reflections On The Salazar, Brown & Nike Oregon Project Scandal

As a teenage runner growing up in Portland, Oregon, Nike and its Swoosh trademark were a source of immense Oregonian pride for me. The company – started by legendary University ...
Footballers Arguing

How CAS Deals With ‘Lis Pendens’ (Cases Filed Simultaneously In A National Court)

What happens if the same legal issue, involving the same parties, are simultaneously filed in both a sports arbitral court and a national civil court?  Generally, this lega...
Upset Footballer

Staying On Track: How To Protect Athletes From The Impact Of Family Breakdown

The impact of relationship difficulties or breakdown on the well-being of sports professionals is often overlooked.  It can take a significant toll on mental health and, in...
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Why Did The Royal Spanish Football Federation Get Fined For Releasing A Zoom Recording?

On February 16th, 2022, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (“Federation” or “the RFEF”) has been found guilty of breaking the European Regulation (EU) 2016/679 regarding the ...
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A new dawn? How India Is Regulating Online Gaming & Fantasy Sports

According to a report released by KPMG, gamechilling, a trend has seen a significant rise in India with lockdowns and work from home models.[1] The Indian online gaming market s...
Steve Bainbridge

Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight: Steve Bainbridge

For this week’s edition of Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight, we interviewed Steve Bainbridge who is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs’ Dubai office. He has a wide sports practice r...
Basketball Dunking

Key Principles On Player Contracts From The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (Part 1 – Formation)

Unlike FIFA, with its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has been reluctant to directly regulate the employment re...
Sad Footballer

EFL Clubs To Report Non-Payment Of Wages: Why, How & What Happens?

On 17 February 2022[1], at an Extraordinary General Meeting, the English Football League (EFL), through its member clubs (namely clubs in the EFL Championship, League 1 and Leag...
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How To Approach ‘ESG Criteria’ When Hosting Major Sports Events

At the launch of the ‘We Love 2023 Tour’ in Paris, Rugby World Cup France 2023 CEO Claude Atcher declared:  “France 2023 has embraced a vision: to have a positive impact f...
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A Guide To Using young people's data in sport

Over the last two decades, there has been an industry wide acceleration, in sports, towards collecting and processing athlete personal data. This trend shows no signs of slowing...

A guide to the legal due diligence process when buying a football club

At the time of writing the bidding process for Chelsea, following the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich, is ongoing. An important element of that process is the due diligenc...

How FIFA Tribunals Are Assessing Covid-19 Force Majeure Disputes (Hiddink v Maldives F.A.)

The Players’ Status Chamber of the FIFA Football Tribunal (the FIFA Tribunal) has handed down its decision in Hiddink v Football Association of Maldives,[1] entering judgment in...
Womens soccer

Why Challenges Remain For US Women’s Soccer After Equal Pay Deal

On February 22, 2022, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) (the national governing body for soccer in the United States), announced the settlement of its long-running equal pay dis...

Value-Ad - How Cryptoasset Promotion Is Regulated In UK Sport

Whilst you could be forgiven for believing that revenue from ticket sales remained vital at the elite level of the sports industry, it has now quite clearly evolved into a much ...
Mark Howell

Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight: Mark Hovell

For this week’s edition on Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight, we sat down with Mark Hovell, who is a partner at Mills & Reeve and heads up their sports practice. He specialises...

The FA V Marc Bola – Dealing With Historical Aggravated Breaches

An earlier article published on LawInSport by John Shea titled ‘New Precedent Set For Withholding/Editing Content From Regulatory Decisions? - The FA V Marc Bola’ considered a l...
Stamford Bridge

Not So 'Carefree' - How UK Sanctions On Russia Affect Chelsea Football Club

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, the UK has imposed ‘sanctions’ on over 1000 entities and individuals, pursuant to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations...
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Sports Lawyer In Spotlight: Christopher Chase

For this week’s edition of Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight, we interviewed Christopher Chase who is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and founder of the firm’s Sport...

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