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Sports Law News Roundtable - rugby concussion litigation -E2

Sports Law News Roundtable - rugby concussion litigation -E2
Wednesday, 16 December 2020


For this second LawInSport Sports Law News Roundtable our guests discuss the legal implications of the reported potential litigation from retired rugby players against the governing bodies in England & Wales; and, compare the similarities and differences between this situation and the NFL case and the potential legal issues the case presents.

Our guests are:

  1. Jack Anderson, Professor and Director of Sports Law Studies at the University of Melbourne @sportslawMELB

  2. Mark James, Professor of Sports Law at Manchester Metropolitan University  @prof_mark_james

  3. Tim O'Connor, Barrister at the Irish Bar @timoconnorbl

  4. Host Sean Cottrell, CEO of LawInSport @spcott

1:41 - How does a reported rugby case differ from the NFL and NCAA American football cases?

12:48 - What are the potential legal arguments that could be brought by the players; who will be bringing the case and who will be brought against?

17:45 - Is there a distinction between the regulation of injuries in competitive matches and training?

19:30 - How the scientific research may be interpreted and used in litigation?

27:00 - How does the culture of a sport play a part in historical cases?

33:19 - What impact could a successful litigation have on sport worldwide?

38:42 - What are the possible outcomes for the rugby governing bodies and player unions - Is it likely that the money set aside by unions for player development will grow and will former and current players get the right medical cover?

47:20 - What could this case mean for other sports?

We thoroughly enjoyed the interview and took a lot away from it. We hope you do the same. 

The host is Sean Cottrell (@spcott), founder and CEO of LawInSport.


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