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Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in UK & Ireland

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Wednesday, 06 January 2021 By Chris Bond

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2021 from the UK and Ireland from the LawInSport Editorial Board. 


  • Louis Weston - Tackling corruption in sport.
  • Mark Hovell - Disputes around players’ image rights and data.
  • Prof. Mark James - Athlete Activism and Rule 50.
  • Leigh Thompson - Impact Brexit may have on the transfer of players and the review of public service broadcasting.
  • Alistair McHenry - Regulating gambling in sport and Newcastle United’s takeover.
  • Andrew Nixon - Sportradar v Football DataCo, Betgenius and Genius Sports Group
  • Daniel Geey - FIFA’s re-regulation of agents.
  • Debbie Nicholson - National governing bodies, clubs and organisations dealing with safeguarding cases.
  • Jon Walters - Athletes rights.
  • Andrew Smith - Impact of Brexit on transfers.
  • Robert McTernaghan - Regulating gambling in sport and concussions in rugby.
  • Alex Kelham - The use and exploitation of player stats and data and the IOC’s implementation of rules 40 and 50

We hope this proves useful not only in identifying specific cases and issues, but also in detecting broader themes and when read in conjunction with the contributions from other jurisdictions.

We would like to thank each member of our Editorial Board for taking the time out of their busy schedules to share their views with us, and also more broadly for their significant input into LawInSport over the course of the year. Thank you. 


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Chris Bond

Chris Bond


Chris is the Editor at LawInSport, and takes responsibility for the review of content in conjunction with the Editorial Board. Prior to joining LawInSport, Chris graduated from Nottingham University, and trained and worked as a litigation lawyer at King & Wood & Mallesons SJ Berwin.

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