Private Equity Trends

An analysis of the trends of private equity investment in sport

With the news that Liverpool FC has been put up for sale by its owners (or at the least ready to take on new shareholders (and with Redbird capital already a shareholder)), this...
Ecuadorian Footballer

Ecuador’s World Cup Player Eligibility Fight – A Review Of The Byron Castillo Case

The FIFA Men’s World Cup got underway on Sunday 20 November 2022, when Ecuador beat the host nation, Qatar, in the opening fixture. However, the Ecuadorian Football Association...
Substances of abuse

What are the key changes to WADA’s Prohibited List 2023?

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee approved the 2023 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (Prohibited List) on 23 September 2022[1], which comes into...
Rugby Climate

How sport can use the UN Climate Change Framework to achieve a geener future

Climate change is an immensely important issue for our generation. Sports organisations (such as clubs, governing bodies and leagues) and individual athletes have the abili...
Celebrating Athlete

The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete – Protecting Your Reputation

The reputation of an athlete is a precious but fragile thing. It is usually established, at least initially, largely on the basis of performance – you succeed and you are lauded...
Education City Stadium

FIFA Intellectual Property Rights Guidelines on the FIFA World Cup 2022®

The FIFA World Cup is the world’s largest single sport event and one of the most watched competitions worldwide. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022® will be taking place from November 20...
Brazillian Football Boy

Investing In Brazilian Football – Opportunities & Risks Under The New Legal Regime

Brazil, “o país do futebol”, is arguably the country most synonymous with football. Yet despite the national team’s continuous success, and some of the largest, most ardent, fan...

Why BrewDog’s ‘Anti-Sponsoring’ World Cup Campaign May Land Them In Trouble

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup now less than a week away, the minds of the football-watching public are turning to Qatar.  Given Qatar's human rights record and various other...
Football match

Amendments to the FIFA RSTP: Regulations Introduced For Trials Of Footballers

Clubs will no doubt be aware of the recently circulated October 2022 amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status of Transfer of Players (RSTP)1 which come into force on 16 ...
Fans celebrating

World Cup Qatar 2022 - Why The UK Government’s Advice To LGBT+ Fans Could Put Them At Risk

In under a week, Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As English and Welsh football fans prepare to travel to Qatar to support their team, the UK Government is failing to gi...

How Have The Pitch Invasions At Everton & Manchester City Been Dealt By The FA?

In June the author wrote an article on LawInSport[1] exploring the Football Association’s (The FA) regulations in relation to pitch invasions, the options The FA had in relation...

A Introduction To Japanese Law On NFTs & The Metaverse

Major changes in people’s lives and economic activities may happen in the near future due to the development of the metaverse, which is attracting global attention and investmen...
Spanish cyclists going up a hill

Fighting Doping In Sport: How Spain's Bureaucracy Is Undermining The Athlete Biological Passport

The introduction of World-Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) has been a significant tool in the fight against doping in sport. The ABP which was introdu...
Sportsperson running over the running track

The difficulties of athlete selection appeals: Key Considerations For Governing Bodies

The first part of this article, available here, considered selection appeals from the perspective of the athlete and sought to offer some practical advice to athletes finding th...
Man hand wrapped in boxing bandages

The Difficulties Of Selection, De-Selection And Selection Appeals: Key Considerations For Athletes

No matter the sport, the vast majority of professional athletes share a version of the same goal: to perform at their best at the highest level. For those at the pinnacle of the...
Cricket ball in hand

ECB Racism Disciplinary Proceedings To Be Held In Public: Open Justice In Sports Disputes

On 3 November 2022, the BBC announced that in an “unprecedented” move the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (‘ECB’) disciplinary proceedings arising from racism allegations at Y...

How Are Bridge Transfers Being Regulated In Football Now?

I had previously written an article on LawInSport discussing bridge transfers. As a long time has passed and a lot has happened in terms of case law and at regulatory level. The...
Football Player

CAS rules on retrospective application of solidarity regulations (Cagliari v Club A)

With the very recent award CAS 2021/A/8238, issued on 8 September 2022 (CAS Decision), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appears to have finally resolved a jurisprudentia...
Cyclist with inhaler

Therapeutic Use Exemptions: Can WADA Strike A Fairer Balance Between Prospective & Retroactive Applications?

Therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) allow athletes who use medications or methods prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for the treatment of an illness or medical cond...
Usain Bolt

Trademarked For Success – What Can Athletes Learn From Usain Bolt’s Legendary Victory Celebration?

All of us who watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics will remember a few standout snapshots of Usain Bolt’s 100m final: a cheeky turn to see the abyss opening up between him and his ...
Womens Football

Improving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion In Sport – Lessons From Australia & UAE

During Australia’s 2022 National Rugby League season, seven players from the Manly Sea Eagles, a team in the National Rugby League competition, refused to play in a jersey that ...

Key Principles On Player Contracts From The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (Part 3 – Compensation For Wrongful Termination)

This is the third and final article in a series that explains the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal’s (BAT) jurisprudence on basketball employment contracts1. Part 3 focuses ...
Ukrainian Football Fan

Pitch In For Ukraine: How Charitable NFT Projects Work & The Role Of The Fiscal Sponsor

The authors were instructed by the project coordinator of the Pitch In For Ukraine1 programme and campaigns in relation to rights licensing agreements with Ukrainian Premier Lea...
Football Scene

Determining Compensation For Out Of Contract Footballers: The Nathan Ferguson & Luca Murphy cases

By way of short update to the article entitled “Determining The Level Of Compensation For Out Of Contract Football Players”1 published on this platform in August 2021, we though...
Gymnast exercise on bar

The Whyte Review Into British Gymnastics: Key Safeguarding Lessons For Sports Governing Bodies

On 16 June 2022, Anne Whyte KC published her final review1 into British Gymnastics. This review followed an interim report that was published in February 2021 that highlighted s...
NCAA Basketball Court

Navigating Name, Image & Likeness - Tips For College Athletes, Brands & Universities

For decades, universities made millions of dollars off college sports, while student athletes were prohibited from being paid for endorsements, camps, meet and greets, autograph...
Employment Agreement

Can Football Contracts Be Changed Or Varied Mid-Term? If So, What Can Players Do About It?

In 2020, Barcelona and Frenkie De Jong agreed a contract renewal which included an additional two-year contract extension that would keep the Barcelona player at the Nou Camp un...
Luxembourg Football

The FC Swift Hesperange Complaint – A Further Challenge To UEFAs Rules On New Competitions

At the end of July 2022, the Luxembourg football club Swift Hesperange – at the time of writing 2nd in the top national league (BGL Ligue) – filed a complaint1 against the Luxem...

The Harsh Reality Of Selection Disputes: Lessons From The Sebastian Temesi Commonwealth Games Case

Representing their country at a major international event is what many athletes dream of doing when they decide to pursue sport as an elite (international) athlete. When an athl...

NFTs As Expressive Works? Does The US First Amendment Protect Against Trademark & Copyright Concerns

As non-fungible tokens (NFTs) become more commonplace, their legal treatment raises several issues. One area taking shape is intellectual property (IP), specifically trademarks ...

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