Sports Law News Recap – April - June 2018

Published 06 July 2018 | Authored by: Sean Cottrell

Every week at LawInSport we make time to read and discuss a broad range of sources (including press releases, articles, media outlets and social media) to try to stay on top of what we consider to be “live” sports law issues. We then discuss each topic to decide if it is worthy of further analysis or something we should continue to monitor.

Having discussed this process with several sports law academics and practitioners over the last few months, it has been suggested that it would be helpful for the LawInSport community to have access to this information. Therefore, on a weekly basis we will now publish a list of the news, articles, interviews, etc. that we have considered in the hope that it is of interest and use to the LawInSport community. For the first edition, we will include issues from April, May and June.

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JUNE 2018

Over 4000 pages in fraud case against ex-boss of Northern Ireland events company

A fraud case against the former boss of a failed public body set to attract top show business and sporting stars to Northern Ireland runs to more than 4,000 pages, a court heard today.

Lawyers for ex-NI Events Company chief executive Janice McAleese and a co-accused revealed they are seeking exceptional legal aid due to the volume and complexity of the proceedings.

Alan Erwin, 06 June 2018, belfasttelegraph.co.uk, https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/over-4000-pages-in-fraud-case-against-exboss-of-northern-ireland-events-company-36983155.html

CM Punk wins £3m defamation lawsuit against WWE doctor after three-year battle

Punk, real name Phil Brooks, and pro wrestler Colt Cabana, real name Scott Colton, were accused of defaming Amann during a podcast.

Punk, 39, complained over the lack of medical care he received while employed by WWE on Cabana’s “The Art of Wrestling” after he left the company in 2014.

Gary Stonehouse, 09 June 2018, thesun.co.uk, https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/6461051/cm-punk-wwe-doctor-court-case-verdict/

Amazon & BT Sport secure final Premier League rights

Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two broadcast packages, with BT Sport securing the additional remaining games.

The online streaming service has won the rights to show one round of midweek games and one round from a bank holiday schedule, with the matches set to be available to Amazon Prime members in the UK at no additional cost.

Sport Industry Group, 07 June 2018, sportindustry.biz, https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/amazon-bt-sport-secure-final-premier-league-rights

Swimming Canada supports recommendations by skiing abuse victims

Swimming Canada released a statement this week supporting athlete safety recommendations brought public by four abuse victims of a former ski coach.

Jared Anderson, 06 June 2018, swimswam.com, https://swimswam.com/swimming-canada-supports-recommendations-by-skiing-abuse-victims/

Richard Scudamore to stand down as Premier League executive chairman

Richard Scudamore is stepping down as the Premier League’s executive chairman after 20 years in charge of the organisation, with his resignation being compared to that of Sir Alex Ferguson leaving Manchester United.

Martha Kelner, 07 June 2018, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/07/richard-scudamore-stand-down-as-executive-chairman-of-the-premier-league-football

World Cup Referee Resigns After Accepting Money in Undercover Sting

A World Cup assistant referee resigned from duty after being caught taking a $600 cash payment in an undercover television sting.

Aden Range Marwa of Kenya told FIFA he would not go to Russia, the world soccer body said Thursday.

Associated Press, 07 June 2018, si.com, https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/06/07/world-cup-referee-kenya-resign-money-undercover-bbc-sting

Referees can abandon World cup matches in case of racism, says FIFA president

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says protocols are in place so that referees can abandon World Cup matches if there are incidents of racism. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says referees will have the power to abandon matches at the World Cup if there are incidents of racism.

Press Association, 07 June 2018, skysports.com https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12098/11396998/referees-can-abandon-world-cup-matches-in-case-of-racism-says-fifa-president

Interview with Gustavo Schmidt (CBMA)

President of the Brazilian Center of Mediation and Arbitration (CBMA), Gustavo Schmidt, spoke to Leaders League Brasil about recent developments at CBMA, the second anniversary of the New Civil Procedural Code and trends occurring in the constantly evolving sphere of Brazilian arbitration..

04 June 2018, leadersleague.com,

https://www.leadersleague.com/en/news/interview-with-gustavo-schmidt-cbma

Canoeing body call for "resolution" to feud with surfing over stand-up paddle

The ICF-organised event is due to take place in Esposende and Viana do Castelo over four days until September 2.

But the governing body are still locked in dispute with the ISA over who is the rightful controller of the discipline.

Nick Butler, 07 June 2018, insidethegames.biz,

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1065963/canoeing-body-call-for-resolution-to-feud-with-surfing-over-stand-up-paddle

UNODC conference gathers law enforcers to tackle sport corruption issues

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), speaking at the opening of a conference on safeguarding sport from corruption in Vienna emphasised that investing in fighting corruption in sport was an investment in our economic and social future.

08 June 2018, insideworldfootball.com,

https://www.insideworldfootball.com/2018/06/08/unodc-conference-gathers-law-enforcers-tackle-sport-corruption-issues/

Government "open" to safe-standing, says Sports Grounds Safety Authority

The government is still open to safe-standing despite rejecting West Brom's plans for rail seating, according to private emails seen by BBC Sport.

Alistair Magowan and Richard Conway, 08 June 2018, BBC Sport,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44414076

Betfair US Inks NJ, NY Sports Betting Deals; FanDuel "Very Likely" To Be Used As Primary Brand

As New Jersey sports betting neared reality on Thursday, a new deal came down that would impact both NJ and New York.

Dustin Gouker, 07 June 2018, legalsportsreport.com,

https://www.legalsportsreport.com/21046/betfair-nj-and-ny-sports-betting/

Stephen Lee: Banned snooker player avoids prison in Hong Kong

Lee, 43, was arrested in April and has been on bail since initially pleading not guilty to breaching the conditions of his tourist visa.

Dustin Gouker, 08 June 2018, BBC Sport,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/snooker/44409924

Editorial: Abuse victims' bravery deserves immediate action

Editorial: The "rule of two" — a policy under which no minor is left alone with a single adult — should be followed on sports teams, in daycares, in clubs and anywhere else where children are cared for outside their families.

08 June 2018, https://thestarphoenix.com,

https://thestarphoenix.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-abuse-victims-bravery-deserves-immediate-action

Nike Boycotts Iran’s World Cup Players, Citing US Sanctions

The world's largest footwear maker, U.S. apparel company Nike, says it will not provide shoes to players of Iran's national football team for the World Cup because of U.S. sanctions.

04 June 2018, www.voanews.com,

https://www.voanews.com/a/nike-boycotts-iran-world-cup-players-citing-us-sanctions/4424840.html

Sara Errani ban increased to 10 months after cancer drug showed up in failed test

Italy's former world number five Sara Errani's ban has been increased from two to 10 months after a cancer drug showed up in a failed test.

11 June 2018, BBC Sport,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/44440473

Andreas Perez: Teenage rider dies following accident at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Teenage rider Andreas Perez has died following an accident during Sunday's fourth round of the Moto3 Junior World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.

11 June 2018, BBC Sport,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/motorsport/44439851

Statement from Gary Hetherington regarding plans for changes to Super League format

Today’s announcement regarding plans for next season appear to be an absurd grab for power for the game by a small group of men who think they own the game.

Leeds Rhinos are not party to this and are totally against the creation of a separate Super League executive. Super League clubs voted 7 to 5 at our last meeting on some key issues related to promotion and relegation.

Phil Daly, 12 June 2018, therhinos.co.uk,

https://www.therhinos.co.uk/2018/06/12/statement-from-gary-hetherington-regarding-plans-for-changes-to-super-league-format/

Reggie Bush’s Trial Win vs. Rams Could Be Precedent for More Athletes Filing Injury Lawsuits

A jury in a St. Louis Circuit Court on Tuesday awarded former NFL running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million in damages for injuries he sustained as a result of slipping onto an uncovered—and slippery—concrete surface in St. Louis’s Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 1, 2015. The Los Angeles Rams, possibly along with its insurance companies, will be required to pay Bush. The St. Louis jury found that the team, which had moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, was solely responsible.

Michael McCann, 13 June 2018, Sports Illiustrated/,

https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/06/13/reggie-bush-rams-injury-lawsuit-edward-jones-dome

World Cup 2018: Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui two days before first match

World Cup 2018: Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui two days before first match

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year deal.

13 June 2018, BBC Sport,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44467548

Paris St-Germain need to sell 60m euros worth of players to meet FFP rules

Paris St-Germain need to sell 60m euros (£52.9m) worth of players by the end of June, to comply with financial fair play (FFP) rules.

They were cleared of breaching FFP rules, but the French club's transfer dealings from last summer onwards will remain "under close scrutiny".

13 Jun 2018 www.bbc.com,

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44474415

Mohamed Salah used for "political propaganda" by Ramzan Kadyrov, say gay rights and equality campaigners

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has questions to answer after he was used for "political propaganda" by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, gay rights and equality campaigners said on Wednesday.

Salah, who remains an injury doubt for Egypt's opening World Cup match against Uruguay on Friday, posed with Kadyrov at the Grozny stadium on his country's arrival at their base for the tournament.

Press Association, 13 June 2018 skysports.com,

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12098/11404005/mohamed-salah-used-for-political-propaganda-by-ramzan-kadyrov-say-gay-rights-and-equality-campaigners

Sport, Sponsorship and Human Rights - Guiding Questions

Sponsors have a responsibility, within their own operations and throughout their supply chains, to respect human rights. Sporting events are no different from any other business relationship in terms of needing to proactively take account of potential human rights risks.

13 June 2018, ihrb.org,

https://www.ihrb.org/focus-areas/mega-sporting-events/sport-sponsorship-and-human-rights-guiding-questions

Ex-Watford Chairman Raffaele Riva banned from football and fined £50,000 after submitting false bank letter ahead of Gino Pozzo’s takeover

Former Watford chairman Raffaele Riva has been banned indefinitely after admitting to forwarding inaccurate banking information to the Football League, which stated Gino Pozzo had the necessary funds to take over the club. The EFL's disciplinary commission found Riva guilty and he will be unable to seek a review of his suspension until at least November 2, 2026.

Nathan Salt For Mailonline, 15 June 2018, dailymail.co.uk,

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-5847499/Ex-Watford-chairman-Raffaele-Riva-banned-football-life.html

New Jersey Gov. Murphy places state's first legal sports bets after landmark Supreme Court ruling

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy kicked off a new era of gambling in the state, making the first official bets on Thursday morning at Monmouth Park, a racetrack near the Jersey shore.

He placed two $20 bets — one on Germany to win soccer's World Cup and another on the New Jersey Devils to win next year's Stanley Cup.

14 June 2018, nbcnews.com,

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/new-jersey-gov-murphy-places-state-s-first-legal-sports-n883121

Robert Smerdon appeals against life ban and $90,000 fine

Aquanita trainers Robert Smerdon and Stuart Webb have lodged appeals against their respective lifetime and four-year bans, opting to take their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The pair will appeal their guilty verdicts as well as the penalties handed out.

Smerdon will not only contest his life ban, but will also contest the $90,000 fine handed down to him. Webb will fight the four-year penalty he received

Glenn McFarlane, 15 June 2018, news.com.au,

https://www.news.com.au/sport/superracing/robert-smerdon-appeals-against-life-ban-and-90000-fine/news-story/d437c97121ee7065c2a938510c286976

Cristiano Ronaldo "agrees" two-year suspended jail sentence and €18.8m fine over tax evasion case

Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined €18.8m [£16.4m] after reaching a deal with Spanish authorities over a tax evasion case, according to reports in Spain.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported in Friday that Ronaldo, who is currently with the Portuguese national team at the World Cup in Russia, agreed to pay a large fine regarding four tax offences, as well as a two-year jail sentence

Jack de Menezes, 15 June 2018, Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/cristiano-ronaldo-jail-sentence-two-years-suspended-tax-evasion-case-fine-how-much-world-cup-2018-a8400631.html

NCAA concussion case settles three days into trial

For a half-dozen years, courts across the country have handled a series of concussion-related lawsuits filed by former players and their family members, who felt football caused irreparable damage, sometimes even leading to death. The cases have been either settled, dismissed or are still locked in some stage of legal dispute.

Rick Maese, 15 June 2018, Washington Post,

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/06/15/ncaa-concussion-case-settles-three-days-into-trial/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e2416d2666b4

FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after alleged homophobic chants by fans

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after fans used an alleged homophobic chant in Sunday's 1-0 win over Germany.

Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute.

18 June 2018, Sky Sports,

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/17254/11408852/fifa-opens-disciplinary-proceedings-against-mexico-after-alleged-homophobic-chants-by-fans

Caster Semenya files legal case against new testosterone rule - "I want to run naturally, the way I was born"

Caster Semenya is taking legal action against a new rule that will ban her from competing internationally unless she takes testosterone-lowering medication.

Earlier this year, the sport's governing body, the IAAF, announced the creation of a new female classification called Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development [DSDs], which includes women with hyperandrogenism like Semenya.

Ben Bloom, 18 June 2018, Telegraph,

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2018/06/18/caster-semenya-files-legal-case-against-new-testosterone-rule/

The world cup is being "illegally" broadcast by a major TV station, says Fifa

A major row has erupted over a TV station that Fifa claims is illegally showing World Cup matches.

The channel, known as BeoutQ, has been described as a "pirate" station and Fifa says that it has not given it the rights to broadcast any of the tournament. But it is continuing to show all 64 matches in Saudi Arabia, despite being warned not to.

Andrew Griffin, 15 June 2018, Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/world-cup-streaming-fifa-2018-free-pirate-broadcast-qatar-saudi-arabia-gulf-a8400891.html

L.A.'s Global Sports Venture Studio adds more partners

The Global Sports Venture Studio, the business incubator program created by the Los Angeles Dodgers and R/GA Ventures, has aligned with a series of top-tier sports entities that will become founding partners of the effort and give them access to early-stage technology startups.

Eric Fisher, 14 June 2018,  bizjournals.com,

https://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/news/2018/06/14/global-sports-venture-studio-adds-more-partners.html

Gatorade Remains The Sports Fuel Company After A Trademark Win On Fair Use Grounds

PepsiCo, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary The Gatorade Company is in no jeopardy of losing its registration or right to use its advertising slogan "Gatorade The Sports Fuel Company." An Illinois federal court judge has ruled that a trademark infringement action filed by SportFuel, Inc., owner of the registered trademark "SPORTFUEL," does not deserve the right to have its case originally filed in August 2016 heard in front of a jury, giving Gatorade a win at the summary judgment phase of the litigation.

Darren Heitner, 15 June 2018, Forbes,

https://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2018/06/15/gatorade-remains-the-sports-fuel-company-after-a-trademark-win-on-fair-use-grounds/#76412ef15992

ISSF vice-president Rossi files appeal over three-year ethics ban to Court of Arbitration for Sport

International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) vice-president Luciano Rossi has filed his appeal against his three-year ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Italian was suspended by the ISSF Ethics Committee for numerous ethics violations, a decision which rules him out of standing to replace Olegario Vázquez Raña as President when the longstanding Mexican official steps down in November.

Liam Morgan, 12 June 2018, Inside The Games,

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1066166/issf-vice-president-rossi-files-appeal-over-three-year-ethics-ban-to-court-of-arbitration-for-sport

Jack Anderson: Levelling the round robin playing field in GAA championships

For some inter-county teams, their summer has ended prematurely; others are preparing for a provincial final. This is as good a time as any to review what has happened so far and flag issues that could be tweaked for next year, starting this week with hurling.

The new hurling structures, and particularly the round-robin nature of the Leinster and Munster hurling championships have been deemed a success. This has been helped by the dramatic evenness in Munster.

Jack Anderson, 14 June 2018, Irish Examiner,

https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/columnists/jack-anderson/levelling-the-round-robin-playing-field-ingaa-championships-471833.html

Board discusses Guerrero, transfers, survey

FIFPro's board met the last two days to discuss a range of issues affecting professional footballers. The following is a summary of the main topics covered

07 June 2018, fifpro.org, https://www.fifpro.org/news/fifpro-board-meets-on/en

Plaintiffs in UFC Antitrust Lawsuit oppose sealing of documents

Plaintiffs in the UFC Antitrust Lawsuit are opposing a Motion to Seal brought by Zuffa to seal documents in Plaintiffs’ Motion to Seal Plaintiffs’ Reply in Support of Motion to Certify Class and Related Materials. The opposition is the first in this litigation which has gone without any challenges to the redaction and/or sealing of documents

Jason Cruz, 19 June 2018, https://mmapayout.com, https://mmapayout.com/2018/06/plaintiffs-in-ufc-antitrust-lawsuit-oppose-sealing-of-documents/

CDN failure compounded Optus' FIFA World Cup woes

Optus CEO Allen Lew has revealed that the telco has struck an agreement with SBS to have the broadcaster simulcast FIFA World Cup matches until the end of the group stages on 29 June.

The move comes in the wake of problems affecting Optus’ streaming Optus Sport service.

We as Optus have strived to deliver an exceptional viewer experience and we deeply regret that this has not been the case for all Australians,” Lew told a media briefing this afternoon.

Rohan Pearce, 20 June 2018, computerworld.com.au, https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/642717/cdn-failure-compounded-optus-fifa-world-cup-woes/

Player union blasts concussion management at World Cup

The impact to his head was so violent that Noureddine Amrabat can't remember the World Cup match at all, even though he was playing in it.

"Five, six hours, gone. Totally gone," the Morocco midfielder said of the concussion sustained in his team's opening match against Iran.

ROB HARRIS AND JOHN LEICESTER, 20 June 2018, abcnews.go.com, https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/player-union-blasts-concussion-management-world-cup-56038471

EGAA Launches Gambling and Integrity Panel

The Esports Games Association Australia (EGAA) today announced the establishment of its Gambling & Integrity Panel, led by Sports Integrity expert, Iain Roy, and Gambling Law specialist, Julian Hoskins

Sports Integrity, 22 June 2018, egaa.com.au, https://www.egaa.com.au/egaa-launches-gambling-and-integrity-panel

International Testing Agency begins operations in Lausanne

The body launched in the Olympic Capital after holding its second Foundation Board meeting.

Its creation was approved by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Executive Board in July of last year with anti-doping services available to International Federations (IFs) and major events which are willing to Register.

The ITA claims to act independently of any sports organisation or national interest with its establishment seen as a key step in the global fight for clean sport.

Dan Palmer, 22 June 2018, insidethegames.biz, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1066561/international-testing-ag

Man jailed for using someone else's London marathon number

A London marathon impostor who swiped a lost race number to see “a dream come true” has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Stanislaw Skupian crossed the finish line with legitimate runner Jake Halliday’s number after spotting it 300 metres from the end of the 26.2-mile race, Uxbridge magistrates court heard on Thursday.

The homeless 38-year-old was pictured celebrating with a finisher’s medal on 22 April.

By Press Association, 21 June 2018, theguardian, https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/21/man-jailed-someone-elses-london-marathon-number-stanislaw-skupian?__twitter_impression=true

Saudi minister and Uefa engage in Twitter dispute over BeoutQ

European football’s governing body Uefa has become embroiled in a spat with Turki Al Alshikh, head of Saudi government body the General Sports Authority, over the dispute between Qatar-based beIN Media Group and Saudi-based channel BeoutQ. The homeless 38-year-old was pictured celebrating with a finisher’s medal on 22 April.

By Tv Sports Markets, 22 June 2018, Sport Business, https://www.sportbusiness.com/sport-news/saudi-minister-and-uefa-engage-twitter-dispute-over-beoutq

White-Collar Duo With Fantasy Sports Ties Leaves Dentons for Arent Fox

A former leader of Dentons' U.S. white-collar practice also brings to Arent Fox a bustling business in advising fantasy sports companies, one that could become more lucrative after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

By Roy Strom, 19 June 2018, law, https://www.law.com/americanlawyer/2018/06/19/white-collar-duo-with-fantasy-sports-ties-leaves-dentons-for-arent-fox/?slreturn=20180603061312

FIFA opens disciplinary case against Switzerland over World Cup goal celebration

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened the case against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for their controversial celebrations of World Cup goals in the game against Serbia.

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for their goal celebration during the match Switzerland vs. Serbia," the FIFA Disciplinary committee said in a statement.

24 June 2018, tass, https://tass.com/sport/1010760

Four UK fans penalized for offences committed during World Cup in Russia — TV

Michael Herbert, 57, from Derby, was banned from football matches for five years following a police investigation into an anti-Semitic video posted on the internet. The video shows a Nazi salute performed in Volgograd, a 2018 FIFA World Cup host city that suffered great loss of life and was nearly razed to the ground by the Nazi Germany during the World War II.

24 June 2018, tass, https://tass.com/sport/1010758

FIFA opens disciplinary case against German officials accused of "rubbing it in"

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against two German team officials who stormed towards the Sweden bench gesticulating and clapping after the defending World Cup champions’ last-gasp Group F victory on Saturday.

Team media officer Ulrich Voigt and a German FA (DFB) employee in charge of the DFB office for the national team, Georg Behlau, charged towards the Sweden bench pumping their fists when Toni Kroos’ stoppage-time goal gave Germany a 2-1 victory.

By Reuters, 24 June 2018, today, https://www.today.ng/sport/football/fifa-opens-disciplinary-case-german-officials-accused-rubbing-126060

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Issues First Monthly Fantasy Sports Contests Revenue Report

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today posted on its web site the initial Fantasy Sports Contests revenue report. The report provides a breakdown on fees collected from the play of Pennsylvania participants, Fantasy Sports Contests operators' adjusted revenue, and the tax revenue due to the Commonwealth. The report can be found on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on its web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

By Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, 20 June 2018, prnewswire, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pennsylvania-gaming-control-board-issues-first-monthly-fantasy-sports-contests-revenue-report-300669466.html

Seven outstanding doping cases from 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, WADA report reveals

It has been revealed that seven outstanding doping cases are still being processed from the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang earlier this year.The figure was revealed in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Observers (IO) report analysing drug-testing procedures at the Games in March

By Nick Butler, 21 June 2018, insidethegames, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1066526/seven-outstanding-doping-cases-from-2018-winter-paralympic-games-wada-report-reveals

Conor McGregor UFC news: The Notorious continuing trademark battles over brand names

The UFC star has applied to trademark the term “The Green Back” across Europe but could face opposition as it also is a common slang term for US dollars, reports the Irish Times.McGregor posted a picture of himself online earlier this year referring to himself as a Green Back, although it has since been deleted.

By Eamon Doggett, 20 June 2018, irishmirror, https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/ufc/conor-mcgregor-ufc-news-notorious-12752275

The NFL Is Now Getting Its Hands Dirty On Sports Betting Policy At State Level

The Gaming Control Board published preliminary regulations for PA sports betting last month, and the 30-day public comment period is drawing a passionate response. Pretty much every stakeholder has taken the opportunity to weigh in.That includes the NFL, which hasn’t been especially vocal about sports betting in the past. The letter from league counsel is cosigned by the state’s two football teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

By Eric Ramsey, 22 June 2018, legalsportsreport, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/21440/nfl-pennsylvania-sports-betting/

Players want "proactive and all inclusive" reform for Ghana football

Professional footballers in Ghana have called for a “proactive and all-inclusive” approach in government’s efforts to reform the sport in the country.

Football in Ghana has ground to a halt over the past few weeks due to government’s reaction to an explosive undercover documentary on corruption in the game by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

By Eric Ramsey, 22 June 2018, Ghanaweb,

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Players-want-proactive-and-all-inclusive-reform-for-Ghana-football-663195

WADA publishes laboratory guidelines

The Guideline for Conducting and Reporting Subcontracted Analysis and Further Analysis for Doping Control, version 2.0, dated June 2018 has been developed to ensure a harmonized approach in the analysis and reporting of samples, which are shipped to another laboratory for subcontracted analyses or for further analysis of long-term stored samples [as described in the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)]. This Guideline also provides direction on several scenarios that may require that a sample be shipped between laboratories, including how to report the results into WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).

12 June 2018, wada-ama, https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2018-06/wada-publishes-laboratory-guidelines

Latest decisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in relation to third-party rules

At its recent meeting, the Disciplinary Committee decided that players are not to be considered a “third party” in the sense of definition 14 and art. 18ter of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP).

12 June 2018, FIFA, https://www.fifa.com/governance/news/y=2018/m=6/news=latest-decisions-of-the-fifa-disciplinary-committee-in-relation-to-third-party-r.html

Telefonica Seals LaLiga Broadcasting Rights For €3.4bn

Telefonica has seen off competition from Mediapro to secure the bulk of the broadcasting rights to Spanish football’s top flight, LaLiga, in an auction worth €3.4 billion (£3 billion). The three-year agreement, which gets underway in 2019, strengthens the Spanish telecoms company’s hold over the competition.

By Alex Hornall, 26 June 2018, isportconnect, https://www.isportconnect.com/telefonica-seals-laliga-broadcasting-rights-e3-4-billion/

CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber renders AC Milan decision

The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), chaired by José Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, has taken a decision in the case of the club AC Milan that had been referred to it by the CFCB Chief Investigator for the breach of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, in particular the break-even requirement.

By Alex Hornall, 27 June 2018, My Uefa, https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/about-uefa/news/newsid=2563654.html

IOC and GAISF to host Esports Forum

The international olympic committee (ioc) and the global association of international sports federations (gaisf) have announced the organisations will host an “esports forum” on 21 july at the olympic museum in lausanne.

26 June 2018, Olympic, olympic.org, https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-and-gaisf-to-host-esports-forum

7th Circuit Takes Step In The Wrong Direction With NCAA Transfer Rule Decision

On Monday, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago upheld a district court decision that protected the NCAA’s transfer rules from antitrust law. Specifically, the decision insulated from antitrust law’s reach the NCAA’s controversial residency rule.

By Thomas Baker, 28 June 2018, Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbaker/2018/06/28/7th-circuit-takes-step-in-the-wrong-direction-with-ncaa-transfer-rule-decision/#5b9cbce85be7

Cameroon – FECAFOOT: How FIFA threatens Cameroon and imposes the amendment of the Sports Law

The Government has just deposited in the National Assembly a Bill relating to the the organization and promotion of physical and sports activities. The text of thirty pages will be defended as of June 27, 2018 by Bidoung Mkpatt the Minister of Sports and Physical Education.

By Bidoung Mkpatt, 28 June 2018, Teles-relay, https://en.teles-relay.com/cameroon-fecafoot-how-fifa-threatens-cameroon-and-imposes-the-amendment-of-the-sports-law/

World Cup: SBS deal a disaster for Optus, but Christmas in July for football fans

It's a modern day version of Kerry Packer's sale of the Nine Network to Alan Bond for a billion dollars, only to buy it back three years later for less than a quarter of the price.

It was announced on Thursday that SBS Television, the spiritual home of football for the past 30 years, will now broadcast all of the FIFA World Cup matches from Russia after Optus ceded its exclusivity for many of the remaining games it had originally acquired from SBS.

By Tracey Holmes, 28 June 2018, ABC.NET, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/sbs-world-cup-deal-disaster-for-optus-gift-from-heaven-for-fans/9921848?pfmredir=sm&section=sport

49ers To Livestream Pre-Season Games

The San Francisco 49ers will become the first NFL franchise to live stream all four pre-season games with their local broadcast partner via the club’s website. KPIX 5 will air all of the August matches throughout the local Bay Area via 49ers.com and the 49ers Mobile App. The move follows

By Shantanu Srivastav, 29 June 2018, Isport connect, https://www.isportconnect.com/san-francisco-49ers-livestream-pre-season-games-via-website/

First draft of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code: Not so light of a review?

On 4 June 2018, WADA opened the second phase of the review process for the 2021 WADA Code (the "Code"), by circulating the first draft of the new Code, along with the outcomes of the preliminary stakeholder consultation and a document summarizing the major proposed changes. While WADA’s initial instructions to the drafting team were that the review should be of a “limited scope”, the first draft reflects a number of significant amendments, many of which will predictably generate debate.

By Wadc Commentary Team, 25 June 2018, Wadc-commentary, https://wadc-commentary.com/2021_WADC_first_draft/

Where Will John Tavares Go and How Much Money Will He Take Home?

When New York Islanders captain John Tavares becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the 27-year-old center will become the most coveted player on the market. Tavares, the number one pick in the 2009 NHL draft, scored 38 goals in the ‘17–‘18 season and has been named to five NHL All-Star teams over his nine seasons in the league. He is entering his prime years and should continue to excel into his 30s. Tavares is reportedly meeting this week with five teams: the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is also contemplating a return to the Islanders.

By Michael Mccann And Robert Raiola, 27 June 2018, Sports Ilustrated, https://amp.si.com/nhl/2018/06/27/john-tavares-islanders-free-agency-taxes-salary-contract?__twitter_impression=true

Telefonica purchases Champions League and Europa League rights

Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica has added to its Spanish soccer portfolio by acquiring the rights to broadcast the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League in the country from Mediapro in a deal worth more than €1 billion over the next three years.

By MICHAEL MCCANN AND ROBERT RAIOLA, 29 June 2018, soccerex, https://www.soccerex.com/insight/articles/2018/telefonica-purchases-champions-league-and-europa-league-rights

General Sports Authority reviews draft Sports Law

Shrajah24 – WAM: The UAE's General Authority for Sports held its fifth board meeting on Friday. The meeting was chaired by Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Sports, and attended by board members and the Authority's General Secretariat.

By Michael McCann and Robert Raiola, 30 June 2018, sharjah24, https://www.sharjah24.ae/en/sports/uae/331610-

Attorney: NLRB plans to file complaint against UFC in Leslie Smith case

Region 4 of the National Labor Relations Board has made a determination that her claims have merit and will be filing a complaint against the UFC barring a settlement, Smith’s attorney Lucas Middlebrook told MMA Fighting on Friday.

By Marc Raimondi, 29 June 2018, mmafighting, https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/6/29/17519328/attorney-nlrb-plans-to-file-complaint-against-ufc-in-leslie-smith-case

New U.S. Sports Betting Markets Have Started a Data War

The events of sports would seem to be immutable: a goal was scored, an ace was served, a shot was taken, a tackle was made. Who records that result into a data point, and how they do it, however, is a contentious issue now percolating through the burgeoning U.S. betting landscape.

29 June 2018, sporttechie, https://www.sporttechie.com/sports-betting-official-data-rights-mlb-nfl-nba-pga-nhl-ncaa/

A Second Candidate for WADA President

The events of sports would seem to be immutable: a goal was scored, an ace was served, a shot was taken, a tackle was made. Who records that result into a data point, and how they do it, however, is a contentious issue now percolating through the burgeoning U.S. betting landscape.

26 June 2018, sporttechie, https://www.sporttechie.com/sports-betting-official-data-rights-mlb-nfl-nba-pga-nhl-ncaa/

Spending more on boys' sports teams breaks law, schools told

The government has warned English schools that they are breaking the law if they spend more on boys’ sports teams than they do on girls’, in groundbreaking guidance supporters say could have a transformative impact on women’s sport.

By Alexandra Topping, 28 June 2018, theguardian, https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jun/28/spending-more-on-boys-sports-teams-breaks-law-schools-told

Gareth "Alfie" Thomas bids to outlaw homophobic chanting

Ex-Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has said he is amazed that football fans are still getting away with homophobic chanting at matches.

He described it as "alarming" and said some clubs were not stopping the abuse.

Thomas made 100 appearances for Wales and came out as gay in December 2009.

25 June 2018, bbc, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-44577213

Former GAA disputes official: Kildare have strong case against Croke Park

Former Disputes Resolution Authority secretary Jack Anderson believes Kildare have a strong case to contest the GAA’s decision to arrange their All-Ireland SFC qualifier for Croke Park instead of St Conleth’s Park.

On Twitter this morning, the Irish Examiner columnist outlined that the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) could be caught out by a rule in the GAA Official Guide pertaining to home venues for the opening three rounds of the backdoor matches in the competition

By John Fogart, 26 June 2018, irishexaminer, https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/gaa/former-gaa-disputes-official-kildare-have-strong-case-against-croke-park-851193.html

EU Athletes supports FNASS against the law change affecting professional athletes

EU Athletes supports FNASS (Fédération nationale des associations et syndicats de sportifs) and our French affiliates UNFP (football), SNB (basketball), PROVALE (rugby) and AJPH (handball), protesting the changes in the law which extends the duration of the first professional contract for athletes.

29 June 2018, euathletes, https://www.euathletes.org/eu-athletes-supports-fnass-law-change-affecting-professional-athletes/

Basketball Australia apologises for Boomers "unsavoury" brawl with Philippines, says players "bruised and battered"

Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore says the Boomers accept responsibility for their part in a disturbing brawl in their basketball World Cup qualifier in the Philippines.

2 July 2018, ABC, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-03/boomers-left-bruised-and-battered-after-brawl-in-philippines/9934478?pfmredir=sm&section=sport

MAY 2018

WADA appoints Sébastien Gillot as Director, European Regional Office

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sébastien Gillot as Director, European Regional Office and International Federation Relations. Mr. Gillot will assume the role, in Lausanne, Switzerland on 13 August 2018.

01 May 2018, Lawinsport, https://www.lawinsport.com/sports-law-news/item/wada-appoints-sebastien-gillot-as-director-european-regional-office

Russ Brandon resigns from Bills and Sabres

I have been contemplating transitioning out of my role for some time. My goal when the Pegula's purchased the franchise was to reach 20 years with the Bills in which I achieved this past November. Given where we are from a timing standpoint,

By Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press, 1 May 2018, Spectrum local news, https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2018/05/01/russ-brandon-buffalo-bills-sabres

Legal threat to RFU in-house hospitality that may derail project that is already £30m over budget

The RFU are facing the potential crisis of a multi-million-pound lawsuit that could derail their entire corporate hospitality project that is already £30million over budget.

By Charles Sales, 1 May 2018, Dailymail, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-5679653/CHARLES-SALE-SPORTS-AGENDA-Legal-threat-RFU-house-hospitality.html

Indian Football: Investigation into Minerva Punjab's match fixing allegations moving at snail's pace

All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Integrity Officer Javed Siraj on January 18, 2017, stressed on a zero-tolerance policy towards any match-fixing allegations after Ranjit Bajaj, owner of Minerva Punjab, took to social media to reveal that two of his players were approached.

2 May 2018, Goal, https://sports.yahoo.com/indian-football-investigation-minerva-punjab-030809302.html?src=rss

Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop "tested positive" for EPO

Asbel Kiprop, a three-times world and Olympic 1500m gold medallist, is understood to have tested positive for the banned blood-boosting drug EPO.It is understood that Kiprop believes there is an error with his sample and he is fighting his case..

By Sean Ingle, 2 May 2018, Chicago.suntimes, https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/battle-brewing-over-soldier-field-security-amid-charges-about-clouted-firm/

Fifa bans former El Salvador coach for two years for involvement in match-fixing case

The world governing body say Maradiaga did not disclose a meeting in which a third party offered "financial compensation" to his players to alter the result of a game with Canada.

By Sean Ingle, 2 May 2018, Chicago.suntimes, https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/battle-brewing-over-soldier-field-security-amid-charges-about-clouted-firm/

First official university esports body in the UK announced

National Student Esports (NSE), the new official body that aims to support the development of the university esports landscape, was revealed on Wednesday at an invitational event for student societies from across the UK.

By Sport Industry Group, 3 May 2018, Sportindustry, https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/first-official-university-esports-body-uk-announced?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sport%20Industry%20Daily%20-%203rd%20May&utm_content=Sport%20Industry%20Daily%20-%203rd%20May+CID_a0aff7245d1697978857f27b32807412&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software

IOC approves venue plan for 2020 Olympic Football Tournaments

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved the final venue plan for the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments Tokyo 2020.

2 May 2018, Fifa, https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/news/y=2018/m=5/news=ioc-approves-venue-plan-for-2020-olympic-football-tournaments.html

How Eric Reid Can Win His Collusion Grievance Against the NFL ... and How the NFL Can Win

First it was Colin Kaepernick. Now it is Kaepernick’s former San Francisco 49ers teammate, safety Eric Reid. On Wednesday, the NFLPA confirmed a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano that the 26-year-old Reid

By MICHAEL MCCANN, 02 May 2018, Sports Illustrated, https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/05/02/eric-reid-nfl-collusion-grievance

Team Canada goalkeeper shut out from playing for men’s soccer league

One of the world’s top female goalkeepers is being prevented from playing soccer for the Calgary Foothills FC men’s soccer team because of her gender.

By Colleen Schmidt, 3 May 2018, Calgary, https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/team-canada-goalkeeper-shut-out-from-playing-for-men-s-soccer-league-1.3913620

Safe standing campaigners make case to parliamentary football group

The campaign for safe standing in English football has been given a hearing at Parliament after the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) met a group of MPs on Tuesday.

By Mike Hewitt, 2 May 2018, ESPN, https://www.espn.in/football/english-premier-league/story/3480500/safe-standing-campaigners-make-case-to-parliamentary-football-group

Rio Ferdinand's trainer was "not surprised" BBBofC refused the footballer a licence

Rio Ferdinand's trainer says he is "not surprised" the former Manchester United and England defender was refused a professional boxing licence.

3 May 2018, BBC, https://www.bbc.com/sport/boxing/43994553

Halifax university spends $447K on legal fight over one football player

Saint Mary's University has spent almost $450,000 on legal fees since last fall in an attempt to prove a football player was eligible to suit up for the team last season — and the bill is growing.

By Richard Woodbury, 4 May 2018, cbc, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/saint-mary-s-university-archelaus-jack-eligibility-legal-fees-1.4645120

Quest secures EFL highlights

The English Football League (EFL) has confirmed a new partnership with free-to-air channel Quest, which will become the new home of its UK highlights for the next four seasons, as well as a producer of its new weekly Facebook show.

By: Sport Industry Group, 4 May 2018, sportindustry, https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/quest-secures-efl-highlights?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sport%20Industry%20informer%204th%20May
&utm_content=Sport%20Industry%20informer%204th%20May+CID_a6050a48f22b6677f1c2ac90955274a0&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software

Ben Morel steps down from NBA role

NBA has announced that Ben Morel will step down from his role as NBA senior vice president and managing director of Europe and the Middle East at the end of July.

By Sport Industry Group, 4 May 2018, Sport Industry, https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/ben-morel-steps-down-nba-role?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sport%20Industry%20informer%204th%20May&utm_content=Sport%20Industry%20informer%204th%20May+
CID_a6050a48f22b6677f1c2ac90955274a0&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software

PCA uncover widespread employment contract abuses

The Professional Cricketers’ Association has unearthed widespread employment contract abuses in the county game with 12 players found to be paid or offered terms below the national minimum wage and at least six counties using unapproved employment contracts in the past 12-months alone.

04 May 2018, thepca, https://www.thepca.co.uk/press-release/pca-uncover-widespread-employment-contract-abuses/

Russian Football Union sanctioned for discriminatory chants by fans

FIFA can today confirm that the Russian Football Union has been sanctioned with a fine of CHF 30,000 for discriminatory chants by fans during the international friendly match between Russia and France played in Saint Petersburg on 27 March 2018.

08 May 2018, fifa, https://www.fifa.com/governance/news/y=2018/m=5/news=russian-football-union-sanctioned-for-discriminatory-chants-by-fans.html

IOC says boxing still risks being removed from 2020 Olympics

The IOC says boxing still risks being kicked out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid concerns about the sport's governing body. The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, has been in financial turmoil, faced claims of fixed bouts at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, and now has an interim president linked to organized crime.

By Jean-Christophe Bott, 03 May 2018, wvnews, https://www.wvnews.com/sports/pro/ioc-says-boxing-still-risks-being-removed-from-olympics/article_886ab660-2fe9-5da8-b9f3-53c2fabb987b.html

Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020

To capture attention and build value, companies need to understand how local and global markets are impacted by the changing pace of the entertainment and media (E&M) industry.

By Pricewaterhousecoopers, pwc, https://www.pwc.com/outlook

Racial abuse at Chelsea: More former youth players emerge as victims

Three more former Chelsea youth footballers have come forward to claim they were subjected to racial abuse by their coach on a regular basis in the 1980s and 1990s.

By Enda Brady, 08 May 2018, skysports, https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11364172/racial-abuse-at-chelsea-more-former-youth-players-emerge-as-victims

Investigation into former Ohio State wrestling doctor expands to other sports

A former Ohio State University wrestling team physician who is at the center of a sexual misconduct investigation also treated student-athletes affiliated with at least seven other varsity sports during his tenure and worked at the student health center, Ohio State announced Thursday.

By Jennifer Smola, 03 May 2018, dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com/news/20180503/investigation-into-former-ohio-state-wrestling-doctor-expands-to-other-sports

Michigan State says crimes by Larry Nassar didn't violate NCAA rules

Michigan State told the NCAA last month that it does not believe the crimes committed by former university doctor Larry Nassar violated NCAA rules, and that the school and its athletic department were compliant with NCAA guidelines in how they handled the situation.

By Dan Murphy, 04 May 2018, ESPN, https://www.espn.in/college-sports/story/_/id/23393467/michigan-state-says-crimes-larry-nassar-violate-ncaa-rules

IAAF gender regulation change an affront to science and morality

Steve Cornelius should be South Africa’s hero of the week. If you don’t recognise the name, then know that the Tuks law professor formerly sat on the IAAF’s disciplinary tribunal, but resigned following the introduction of rules by the athletics’ world governing body that could fine or ban women who do not undergo testosterone-reducing treatment.

By Morgan Bolton, 04 May 2018, IOL, https://www.iol.co.za/sport/opinion/iaaf-gender-regulation-change-an-affront-to-science-and-morality-14784521

4 esports regulations to watch for in 2018

The rapid growth of the esports industry has increased the potential for corruption, match-fixing, doping, and other undesirable or illegal activities. Increased regulation is necessary for esports to maintain its legitimacy. Here are four regulatory pushes we might see more of this year:

By Aaron Swerdlow, 08 May 2018, venturebeat, https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/08/4-esports-regulations-to-watch-for-in-2018/

Ex-WADA chief calls for global sports integrity body

Athletics Integrity Unit chairman David Howman has called for a global body to stamp out corruption plaguing world sport, warning that without concerted action "the bad guys will win".

By Press Trust of India, 05 May 2018, sportskeeda, https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/ex-wada-chief-calls-for-global-sports-integrity-body

F1 drivers’ chief Alex Wurz hails "change in philosophy" on overtaking

Drivers are delighted by new regulations aimed at improving chances of "natural" overtaking and Wurz is optimistic about the sport’s future under new owners

By Giles Richards, 03 May 2018, theguardian, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/03/f1-drivers-overtaking-alexander-wurz

Lawsuit seeks to stop bare-knuckle card

A federal lawsuit filed here Tuesday is looking for an emergency injunction to stop an upcoming bare-knuckle fighting event at Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

By Jeremiah Johnke, 06 May 2018, wyosports, https://www.wyosports.net/other_sports/lawsuit-seeks-to-stop-bare-knuckle-card/article_a7472d72-50f0-11e8-a5c2-fb1a9a866bb3.html

F1 aero changes confirmed for 2019

Formula 1 cars are set to sport simpler wings next year as the F1 Commission has voted through some last-minute changes to the 2019 aerodynamic package, in a bid to aid overtaking..

By Staff Writer, 02 May 2018, autocarindia, https://www.autocarindia.com/motor-sports-news/f1-aero-changes-confirmed-for-2019-408237

Is Messi's blockchain interest a sign football is changing?

More recently, Video Assistant Referees (VAR) have emerged, while fan apps bring playing content and commercial products to supporters off the field of play.

Now the sport - if a little tentatively - is starting to dip its boots into the world of crypto-currency and its supporting blockchain technology.

By Bill Wilson, 04 May 2018, bbc, https://www.bbc.com/news/business-43113955

London calling: Yankees, Red Sox to play where soccer’s king

I walked through Trafalgar Square yesterday and saw a lot of Yankees hats,” the team owner told The Associated Press. “I don’t think it had anything to do with today.

Tuesday was launch day for Major League Baseball’s foray into Europe, with two games between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox set for June 2019 at London’s Olympic Stadium.

By Rob Harris, 09 May 2018, apnews, https://www.apnews.com/22e20418b3824557944ac4e27c3ebf62/Yankees-and-Red-Sox-to-play-in-London-in-2019?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP_Sports

Former Gold Coast Suns player set to launch bombshell case

FORMER Gold Coast Suns player Joel Wilkinson is preparing to sue the AFL over alleged racial vilification and sexual harassment during his playing career. Foundation Suns defender Wilkinson, who was delisted after playing 26 games in three seasons, last featured in the AFL in 2013.

By Rob Harris, 08 May 2018, news, https://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/report-former-gold-coast-suns-player-set-to-launch-bombshell-case/news-story/9430c75e5ff6cddaf7316019be4cf8ce

NRL to treat disclosure of concussion breaches on "case-by-case" basis

The NRL won't disclose if it has fined any clubs for concussion breaches since last year's early season crackdown for fear of running doctors out of the game.

League Central will further strengthen game-day protocols around head knocks by ensuring all clubs have two doctors on hand at each NRL game next year and will consider introducing independent spotters at all venues.

By Adam Pengilly, 09 May 2018, smh, https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-to-treat-disclosure-of-concussion-breaches-on-case-by-case-basis-20180509-p4zeaq.html

British Horse Society to take up Oliver Townend case with FEI

The British Horse Society (BHS) has announced it will be “raising its concerns” over Oliver Townend’s riding at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with the FEI.

By Lucy Elder, 09 May 2018, horseandhound, https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/british-horse-society-bhs-oliver-townend-badminton-fei-652452

New Zealand's national soccer teams get equal pay, working conditions

New Zealand's men and women soccer players will receive equal pay and working conditions under a new collective bargaining agreement.

New Zealand Football (NZF) and the New Zealand Professional Footballers' Association (NZPFA) announced on Tuesday a new three-year agreement had been reached which grants equality in four key areas for the All Whites and Football Ferns.

By Liam Hyslop, 09 May 2018, theage, https://amp.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/new-zealand-s-national-soccer-teams-get-equal-pay-working-conditions-20180509-p4ze6r.html

Rooney Rule: ECB to implement BAME policy after South Asian study

The England and Wales Cricket Board is to implement a 'Rooney Rule' for all coaching roles in the national men's, women's and disabled teams.

It means that at least one applicant from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will be interviewed for future jobs. That follows the biggest study the ECB has ever conducted into cricket in South Asian communities.

10 May 2018, bbc, https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/44058915

Kosovo barred from entering Serbia to compete at European Karate Championships

Kosovo's karate team were barred from entering Serbia as they arrived to compete at the European Championships in Novi Sad.

The delegation were prevented from crossing the border in Merdare and were turned away by police amid the ongoing political tension between the two countries after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. They were refused entry a second time by police after making another attempt to cross the border.

By Liam Morgan, 09 May 2018, insidethegames, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1064846/kosovo-barred-from-entering-serbia-to-compete-at-european-karate-championships

FIFpro reviews tournament proposals

FIFPro’s European members have met in the Serbian city of Novi Sad to discuss a wide range of issues in professional football including proposals to change the international match calendar and player transfer system.

By Alex Duff, 10 May 2018, fifpro, https://www.fifpro.org/news/fifpro-reviews-tournament-proposals/en/

CEOs: It isn’t YOUR job to grow the business

One thing that fascinates me as I build Proposify as a company is the difference between a startup and a scale-up, and how founders needs to level up their mindset when evolving into a “proper” CEO.

By Kyle Racki, 10 May 2018, kyleracki, https://blog.kyleracki.com/ceos-it-isnt-your-job-to-grow-the-business-a97a5d6e48f

IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship ref cams making impact with broadcasters

Copenhagen, Denmark – Broadcasters are constantly looking for new ways to bring fans closer to the action. Over the past few years, better camera technology has allowed rights holders to enhance their offering and transport fans into the middle of a game.

11 May 2018, infrontsports, https://www.infrontsports.com/blog-posts/2018/05/iihf-ice-hockey-world-championship-ref-cams-making-impact-with-broadcasters/

D Day for NISD as the EU's Network and Information Systems Directive (NISD) is implemented on May 9, 2018

Today marks the adoption by each Member State of the European Union of an important piece of EU legislation, the Network and Information Systems Directive (NISD). This legislation responded to a drive to develop a common approach across Europe to address the potential for socio-economic damage caused by attacks on the network and information systems of operators of essential services

09 May 2018, Bird & Bird, https://www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2018/global/d-day-for-nisd-as--the-eus-network-and-information-systems-directive-is-implemented-on-may-9-2018

Dual agent representation in doubt as Premier League puts issue on AGM agenda

Dual representation - the act in which an agent represents both a club and player in a transfer deal - could be outlawed by the Premier League clubs, Sky Sports News understands.

The practice, which results in teams paying an intermediary directly for both services, will be discussed when all 20 clubs meet at the Premier League's AGM on Thursday.

Sky Sports News, 06 May 2018, skysports.com, https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/11395350/dual-agent-representation-in-doubt-as-premier-league-puts-issue-on-agm-agenda

Alibaba's struggle with football fakes ahead of World Cup

China may not have made it to this year's World Cup, but in some form it will still have a presence in every stadium, at every game. Despite repeated pledges to fight fake goods, e-commerce giant Alibaba is set to be a major conduit for fake football jerseys ahead of this year’s tournament.

Nicholas Moore, 22 May 2018, news.cgtn.com, https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d514e774d6a4e77457a6333566d54/share_p.html

APRIL 2018

Sixteen teams confirmed after epic eClub World Cup qualifier weekend

After a non-stop weekend of online qualification, we now have our 16 confirmed teams for the first ever FIFA eClub World Cup, which will take place on 19 and 20 May in a soon to be revealed iconic and eSports-crazy European city.

24 Apr 2018, FIFA, https://www.fifa.com/fifaeworldcup/news/y=2018/m=4/news=sixteen-teams-confirmed-after-epic-eclub-world-cup-qualifier-weekend.html

FIFA and Football Technology experts come together

World football’s governing body invited representatives from more than 60 companies to Zurich

Technological trends and possible opportunities for the future of football were identified as part of a workshop

25 Apr 2018, FIFA, https://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2018/m=4/news=fifa-meets-with-football-industry-representatives-2944341.html

Tennis match-fixing: "Tsunami" of corruption at lower levels says report

A "tsunami" of match-fixing is plaguing lower-level tennis events, according to an investigator in a long-awaited report into corruption in the sport.

But the Independent Review Panel (IRP) found no evidence of a cover-up of these issues by governing bodies or the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).

By Alistair Magowan, 25th April 2018, BBC Sport, https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/43894806

Fifa secretary general reported to ethics chiefs over World Cup bid

Samoura, who was appointed secretary general of football's world governing body by its president Gianni Infantino in 2016, is accused of alleged breaches of its ethics code relating to "duty of disclosure, co-operation and reporting" and "conflicts of interest".

By Richard Conway, 25th April 2018, BBC Radio 5, https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/43885958 

Colin Kaepernick: NFL quarterback receives Amnesty award for race protests

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received Amnesty International's highest honour for his protests against racial injustice.

25th April 2018, BBC Sport, https://www.bbc.com/sport/american-football/43853097

CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber renders Panathinaikos FC decision

On 12 December 2017, the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), chaired by José Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, took a decision in the case of the club Panathinaikos FC (GRE) regarding overdue payables.

24th April 2018, UEFA, https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/disciplinary/news/newsid=2552500.html

FIFA holds talks with agents on possible revision of football intermediaries system

FIFA today held a consultative workshop in Zurich on working with intermediaries and agents in football. The Task Force Transfer System, established by the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee, has identified the topic of agents as a priority in the current review of the transfer system.

20th April 2018, FIFA, https://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2018/m=4/news=fifa-holds-talks-with-agents-on-possible-revision-of-football-intermediaries-sys.html

Semenya reign at the top threatened by new IAAF regulations

Caster Semenya’s dominance of women’s middle distance running is under threat following new regulations introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that will restrict the eligibility of female athletes with high testosterone levels

By Thomas Giles, 26th April 2018, Inside The Games, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1064384/semenya-reign-at-the-top-threatened-by-new-iaaf-regulations

Lionel Messi wins fight to register himself as trademark

A European court has ruled that Lionel Messi, the world's top earning footballer, can trademark his own name. The Barcelona and Argentina striker fought a seven-year fight to be able to use his name on sports goods.

26th April 2018, BBC, https://www.bbc.com/news/business-43904274

Caster Semenya may have to reduce hormone levels to compete at Olympics

Caster Semenya's middle distance dominance in women's track and field could come to an end as new eligibility regulations mean the South African may have to reduce her natural hormone levels if she is to be allowed to compete at Olympics and world championships.

By Aimee Lewis, 26th April 2018, CNN, https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/26/sport/caster-semenya-iaaf-new-eligibility-regulations-testosterone/index.html

Anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) report

This is the fourth year that WADA publishes the ADRVs Report. The Report illustrates doping offences committed under the World Anti-Doping Code in 2016.

By Aimee Lewis, 25th April 2018, WADA, https://www.wada-ama.org/sites/default/files/resources/files/2016_adrvs_report_web_release_april_2018_0.pdf

Review Finds "Tsunami" of Fixed Matches in Lower Levels of Tennis

Professional tennis has created an environment ripe for corruption at the sport’s lowest levels and needs reform to combat the problem, an independent task force reported on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.

By BEN ROTHENBERG and CHRISTOPHER CLAREY, 25th April 2018, Nytimes, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/sports/tennis/tennis-anti-corruption-report.html?smid=tw-nytsports&smtyp=cur

Stephen Lee: Banned snooker player denies charge of working illegally in Hong Kong

Lee, 43, pleaded not guilty to breaching the conditions of his tourist visa after being charged with teaching snooker without a work permit. The former world number five was banned for 12 years in 2013 after being found guilty of match-fixing charges. He has had to surrender his passport after being bailed until trial in June.

By Andrew Mullen, 27th April 2018, BBC Sport, https://www.bbc.com/sport/snooker/43894081

FICA Responds to ICC Media Statement following Kolkata Meetings

FICA commends the ICC on introducing T20I status for all member international teams. In line with FICA’s 2016 International Cricket Structural Review, FICA supports inclusiveness across the game and the view that T20 is one key vehicle to growing and globalising the game.

27th April 2018, The Fica, https://www.thefica.com/fica-responds-to-icc-media-statement-following-kolkata-meetings/

IAAF approves new rules that will affect Caster Semenya

Another massive outcry is expected in the sporting world as South Africa’s golden girl Caster Semenya will have to take medication to reduce her testosterone levels if she hopes to continue running in events from the 400m to the mile.

By ASHFAK MOHAMED, 26th April 2018, IOL,

https://www.iol.co.za/sport/athletics/iaaf-approves-new-rules-that-will-affect-caster-semenya-14660541

Analyzing Ploetz v. NCAA, the First Legal Battle Over CTE to Reach Trial

The nation’s first trial involving football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is fast approaching. On June 11, the widow of a former Division I college football player will appear in the Dallas courtroom of Judge Ken Molberg and argue that the NCAA is legally responsible for the death of her husband.

By MICHAEL MCCANN, 26th April 2018, SI, https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/04/26/greg-ploetz-ncaa-cte-concussion-lawsuit

Peter Norman to be recognised for role in 1968 Black Power salute

It doesn’t always happen but history usually squares the ledger sooner or later. In the case of the late Peter Norman, it has taken 50 years

By Andrew Webster, 27th April 2018, The Age, https://www.theage.com.au/sport/peter-norman-to-be-recognised-for-role-in-1968-black-power-salute-20180427-p4zc2y.html

Sport & gender: A history of bad science & "biological racism"

Having become the first Indian sprinter to reach a final at a global athletics event in 2013, the 18-year-old was already the national champion at 100m and 200m, and an Asian Games bronze medalist.

By Matt Slater, 28th April 2018, BBC, https://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/29446276

Corruption in sport: Researchers look into impact scandals are having on UK society

A researcher says "it is a good time to intensify the discussion" as she begins a study into the social impact of corruption in sport in Britain. Academics from Loughborough University have launched a survey to try to gauge the effects of recent scandals.

By Andrew Aloia, 27th April 2018, BBC, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/43898870?__twitter_impression=true

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We are in danger of losing ethical perspective of what sport is about

Participating in sport is generally seen as a good thing for society. It has health benefits, both physical and mental. It can be a sociable activity promoting a sense of belonging, identity and inclusion

By Jack Anderson, 26th April 2018, Irish examiner, https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/columnists/jack-anderson/we-are-in-danger-of-losing-ethical-perspective-of-what-sport-is-about-469898.html

IAAF Introduces New Eligibility Regulations For Female Classification

The IAAF this week issued new Eligibility Regulations [English | French] for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) for events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one mile races and combined events over the same distances (‘Restricted Events’).

26th April 2018, IAAF, https://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/eligibility-regulations-for-female-classifica

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah embroiled in "serious issue" over Egypt image rights

Salah's standalone image appears on the Egypt team plane, which is sponsored by mobile network WE. But the forward has his own sponsorship deal with rival network Vodafone and his representative Ramy Abbas, writing on Twitter, warned about the unauthorised use of Salah's image.

By Glenn Price, 23rd April 2018, ESPN, https://www.espn.co.uk/football/egypt/story/3468673/liverpools-mohamed-salah-embroiled-in-serious-issue-over-egypt-image-rights?platform=amp&__twitter_impression=true

Review Finds "Tsunami" of Fixed Matches in Lower Levels of Tennis

Professional tennis has created an environment ripe for corruption at the sport’s lowest levels and needs reform to combat the problem, an independent task force reported on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.

Ben Rothenberg and Christopher Clarey, 25th April 2018, Nytimes, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/sports/tennis/tennis-anti-corruption-report.html?smid=tw-nytsports&smtyp=cur

Our so-called conservative lawmakers slapped tax on college sports fans

Far too many times these days, we see something that Congress has done and we have to just shake our heads. What were they thinking? The bad ideas reached a true low point in December when Congress decided to hit college and professional sports with a massive tax increase.

By Tim Roberto, 27th April 2018. Knoxnews, https://www.knoxnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/04/26/opinion-our-so-called-conservative-lawmakers-slapped-tax-college-sports-fans/521562002/

A Blockchain Based Rising Platform in the Sports Industry Is Drawing More Talents to Join

With an aim to revolutionize the sports industry worldwide with the booming Blockchain Technology, SportX has proudly announced the launch of its all-new platform globally. Blockchain Technology is on a global rise and with the integration of this technology in sports industry, several real problems will be solved.

24th April 2018, Pilotonline, https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_8ee962e7-9a63-5260-a8bd-bbd3df4895e6.html

Ministry of Sports lays groundwork for federal sports policy

The Ministry of Sports in St. Kitts is carrying out a catalogue of sport-related resources, including intellectual property, as it pushes ahead with plans to formulate a Federal Sports Policy and Strategic Implementation Plan.

24th April 2018, The stkittsnevis observer, https://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/local-news/ministry-of-sports-lays-groundwork-for-federal-sports-policy/

Leagues, Player Unions Could Find Common Ground On Sports Betting, Prior Court Filing Reveals

Six sports leagues — the WNBA, NBA, NHL, NFL, NASCAR and PGA Tour — took a firm stance 12 years ago on the dividing line between free speech and making money off of data in the sports gaming context

By Ryan Rodenberg, 23th April 2018, Legalsportsreport, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/19958/leagues-player-unions-common-ground-sports-betting/

Weightlifting: Bulgarian federation seeks ex-champions' help to pay IWF fine

The Bulgarian weightlifting federation (BWF) has decided to seek help from the country’s former medal winners in an attempt to raise money to pay a fine imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for doping abuse

By Angel Krasimirov, 26th April 2018, Ca.Reuter, https://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCAKBN1HX2IK-OCASP

Female athletes dismayed at the sport's deepening relationship with Qatar

Athletics prides itself on being the most inclusive sport. But it has become embroiled in a love affair with Qatar that is embarrassing stars of track and field that blazed a trail for gender equality.

By Barney Cullum, 27th April 2018, Independent, https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/qatar-athletics-female-athletes-controversy-human-rights-diamond-league-a8325546.html

NCAA Bribery Prosecutors Win Cooperation From Team Director

The director of an amateur Massachusetts basketball team affiliated with Adidas AG agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors investigating an NCAA bribery scandal, according to a copy of the agreement made public Friday.

By Christian Berthelsen, 28th April 2018, Bloomberg, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-27/u-s-prosecutors-secure-guilty-plea-in-ncaa-bribery-case

Banned university cup team step back from legal action over final

The rugby team who were kicked out of a Welsh rugby cup final claim they received legal advice that could have stopped the game going ahead.

27th April 2018, BBC, https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/43898029

Middlesbrough begin legal action against Birmingham City and four backroom staff

Middlesbrough have started legal action against fellow Championship club Birmingham ity and four of Blues manager Garry Monk's backroom staff.

26th April 2018, BBC, https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/43906471

IMG and Leeds United owner's agency raided in EU sport cartel inquiry

IMG and Leeds United owner's agency raided in EU sport cartel inquiry

By Mark Sweney, 25th April 2018, Theguardian, https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/25/img-and-leeds-united-owners-agency-raided-in-eu-sport-cartel-inquiry

F1 trademark the "Shoey" to claim rights to Daniel Ricciardo’s famous podium celebration

The owners of Formula One have performed a daring manoeuvre which has handed them the rights to the word "Shoey" - the podium celebration of drinking champagne from a shoe.

By Christian Sylt, 1 May 2018, Independent, https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/formula1/f1-trademark-shoey-daniel-ricciardo-celebration-max-verstappen-red-bull-crash-latest-a8328896.html

Double Olympic taekwondo gold medallist and brother accused in American court of sexual abuse

Two-time Olympic taekwondo gold medallist Steven Lopez and his brother Jean, a former coach for USA Taekwondo, have both been accused of sexual abuse in a United States court. 

By Daniel Etchells, 30 April 2018, Insidethegames, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1064549/double-olympic-taekwondo-gold-medallist-and-brother-accused-in-american-court-of-sexual-abuse

FSG’s grand plan for Liverpool bears fruit on pitch and the streets

The US owners have transformed Anfield, healed rifts with the community and addressed blight but poverty remains stark.

By David Conn, 29 April 2018, Theguardian, https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/29/fsg-grand-plan-liverpool-anfield-poverty

Lionel Messi finally registers his name as a trade mark following long legal battle

Lionel Messi has, at last, joined the growing list of sporting celebrities (including Usain Bolt and rival, Cristiano Ronaldo) who have registered their name as a trade mark. More than 10 years after filing his trade mark application, "Lionel Messi"®, has been registered as an EU trade mark in classes 3, 9, 14, 16, 25 and 28 (covering a wide range of products including fragrances, jewellery, clothing and sports equipment).

By Gavin Stenton, 30 April 2018, Penningtons, https://www.penningtons.co.uk/news-publications/latest-news/2018/lionel-messi-finally-registers-his-name-as-a-trade-mark-following-long-legal-battle/

Kim Miale, Saquon Barkley’s agent, makes history at NFL Draft

Kim Miale saw yet another of her clients drafted into the NFL when Saquon Barkley heard his name called at No. 2. When the former Penn State running back was selected second overall in the 2018 draft, he became the highest drafted player to be represented by a female agent, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell

By John Ketchum, 26 April 2018, Sbnation, https://www-sbnation-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/2018/4/26/17288320/kim-miale-saquon-barkleys-history-nfl-draft

With 8 Law Firms and Other Nassar-Related Expenses, Michigan State Faces Soaring Costs

Even if Michigan State University manages to escape paying huge damages in civil suits brought by victims in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, the school still faces tens of millions of dollars in legal defense fees from at least eight law firms.

By Sue Reisinger, 26 April 2018, Law, https://www.law.com/americanlawyer/2018/04/26/with-8-law-firms-and-other-nassar-related-expenses-michigan-state-faces-soaring-costs/?slreturn=20180404053354

Analyzing Ploetz v. NCAA, the First Legal Battle Over CTE to Reach Trial

The nation’s first trial involving football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is fast approaching. On June 11, the widow of a former Division I college football player will appear in the Dallas courtroom of Judge Ken Molberg and argue that the NCAA is legally responsible for the death of her husband.

By Michael Mccann, 26 April 2018, SI, https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/04/26/greg-ploetz-ncaa-cte-concussion-lawsuit

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Has a Game Plan

Adam Silver is one of the longest-tenured team members in the National Basketball Association. But he doesn’t spend much time on the court. In more than 26 years, Silver, who briefly practiced law before joining the league in 1992, worked his way up from a role player into a key architect of the league’s expansive and successful strategy.

By Christopher Vollmer and Daniel Gross, 30 April 2018, strategy-business, https://www.strategy-business.com/article/NBA-Commissioner-Adam-Silver-Has-a-Game-Plan?gko=15bd9

AP Exclusive: Morocco World Cup bid masks homosexuality ban

A FIFA task force arrived in Morocco on Monday to inspect a World Cup bid that obscures one potential impediment to hosting the 2026 soccer showpiece: Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the north African country.

By Rob Harris, 16 April 2018, apnews, https://apnews.com/99fa19f7a87c423e9610dc4f85e93687

Scottish sporting starlets need a lesson in law from Usain Bolt

Gold medals are only part of the equation for young sports stars. Rosemary Gallagher finds out what they should think about in legal terms

By Brodies Llp, 20 April 2018, scotsman, https://www.scotsman.com/business/scottish-sporting-starlets-need-a-lesson-in-law-from-usain-bolt-1-4727459

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