Sport: Law and Practice, Third Edition

Published 11 February 2014

Sport- Law and Practice Third Edition

LawInSport readers can claim a 15% discount on this new edition.

Leading sports law duo publish new edition of unparalleled guide to key legal issues in the sports sector

Sport: Law and Practice, Third Edition identifies and comprehensively explains the central legal issues that arise in this field of law. The book gathers together in one place references to all of the diverse sources of sports law, including relevant UK and EC legislation and regulations, as well as the jurisprudence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Governance and regulation

On the governance side, Sport: Law and Practice explains the legal underpinnings of strong governance and regulations, and the grounds for challenging governing bodies’ actions and decisions. It also explains how to bring and defend disciplinary proceedings enforcing rules of sporting conduct.


The commercialisation of sport

On the commercial side, this authoritative guidebook explains in detail the legal issues relating to the successful creation, protection and exploitation of broadcasting, sponsorship, merchandising, hospitality and image rights.


New and updated content

The fully-revised third edition of this established text features brand new chapters on match-fixing, financial regulation, on-field misconduct and selection disputes. It also contains updated coverage of:

  • Specific areas of regulation including doping, financial irregularity and child protection
  • The conduct of disciplinary and anti-doping proceedings
  • Challenges to the actions of sports governing bodies before the courts and arbitral tribunals (including CAS)
  • EU law
  • Human rights and discrimination
  • Issues affecting individual athletes, such as contracts, transfers, selection, civil and criminal liability and tax
  • Relevant case law:
    • Rihanna v Arcadia Group
    • Football DataCo v Yahoo
    • Football DataCo v Stan James and SportRadar
    • FA Premier League v BskyB et al


Breadth of coverage

Structured to address all the key elements of sport law and practice, due consideration is given to:

  • The constitutional structure of the sports sector
  • Regulating integrity
  • Enforcing the rules
  • Challenges to the actions of sports governing bodies
  • Forum, procedure and remedies
  • European Union law and sport
  • Human rights and discrimination in sport
  • Player contracts and player liability
  • Commercialising sports properties


Who should buy this book?

This is a must-have title for solicitors and barristers practising in sports law, as well as governing bodies, sports agencies, clubs and commercial firms. Sports academics will also find this a helpful addition to their bookshelves.

About the authors

Adam Lewis QC is recognised as a leading expert in sports law. He regularly advises and appears for national and international sports governing bodies, clubs, individual players and commercial partners on a full range of sports law issues in the courts and arbitral tribunals (including CAS). His sports litigation in the last year includes UEFA v FA; WPBSA v Lee; USADA v Armstrong, Bruyneel; JOC, Murofushi v IOC; Pontypool v WRU; London Welsh v RFU, Newcastle; FLB v BBBC; Bin Hammam v FIFA; Fenerbahce v UEFA; BOA v WADA; Leyton v FAPL; Rooney v UEFA.

Jonathan Taylor is the head of the sports law practice at Bird & Bird LLP, and is recognised nationally and internationally as an expert in the field. He acts for public bodies (such as WADA and UK Anti-Doping), international and national sports governing bodies (such as the ICC, the ITF, the FEI and the Football League), event organisers (such as the organisers of the Six Nations Championship, the European Rugby Cup, and the British & Irish Lions tours), and broadcasters and sponsors active in the sector, advising on the commercial and regulatory issues they have to address, and representing them before various sports tribunals as well as before CAS.


ISBN: 978 1 78043 113 0

Pub date: January 2014

Format: Hardback

Price: £235 Extent: 2080pp

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