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Wrestling For Control of athletes' trademarks: What can sports learn from WWE's trademark ownership?

In the U.S., trademark[1] rights attach when a word, phrase, or symbol is used in commerce to identify its goods or services, and to indicate the source of the goods or services...
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Expanding The NRL: Corporate Structure And Profit Sharing (Part 2)

Despite negotiations slowing in the wake of a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia, the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) remains committed to adding a new club to expan...
Rugby Player

Expanding the NRL: financial and legal challenges (Part 1)

For any rugby league fan in Australia, whispers of expanding the national first grade competition[1], the National Rugby League (NRL), brings great interest and debate. In recen...
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Football Index Collapse: Blurring The Lines Between Gambling & Investment

This article was originally published 3 June 2021 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Football Index, the trading name of BetI...
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The Future Of Sports Broadcasting In UAE: Reimagining Rights Agreements & Collaborating With The Competition

Like many market sectors in the past year and a half, sports broadcasting has suffered unprecedented chaos as a result of the pandemic.  Premium live sports events have bee...
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Creating better pathways for young female football players in USA: Olivia Moultrie v NWSL

In recent years, women’s soccer has gained momentum and popularity in the United States.  The success of the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) and its fight for e...

What is the "black-out" rule in football and is it lawful?

This article was originally published on 19 December 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Article 48 of the UEFA Statutes, othe...
Footballer Heading Ball In Goal

FIFA, UEFA And ESL Clubs: Walking The Tightrope Between Discipline, Financial Stability And Competitive Balance

This article was originally published on 9 July 2021 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. While much has been said and written about...
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The role of the EFL’s Player Related Dispute Commission in disputes between clubs and players

The League Appeals Committee of the English Football League (EFL) has recently published the decision in the case of Club A -v- Player B,[1] which considered whether an employee...
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Trade Mark Infringement: How UK’s New Sentencing Guidelines Benefit Sports Organisations

The Trade Marks Act 1994[1] (TMA) is the relevant legislation in England and Wales in respect of civil and criminal infringements of a registered trade mark. The Sentencing Coun...

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