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:
Jack Anderson, Professor and Director of Sports Law Studies at the University of Melbourne @sportslawMELB
Mark James, Professor of Sports Law at Manchester Metropolitan University @prof_mark_james
Tim O'Connor, Barrister at the Irish Bar @timoconnorbl
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.