Monthly Roundup - November 2021

LawInSport November Roundup
Thursday, 09 December 2021

Welcome to LawInSport’s Roundup for November 2021. We have curated a selection of recent articles and podcasts from our content that reflect contemporary issues and popularity. An excerpt from each article is set out below, and the full article is accessible via the hyperlink. We have also included updates on events, jobs and new members of LawInSport.     

Please enjoy, and if you have any related questions or feedback then please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to write for LawInSport on any particular topics, please do get in contact and email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chris Bond, Editorial Director and Manan Agrawal, Editor

Moot Competition

SLAM is a unique initiative, with the objective of providing a world-class moot competition that promotes greater knowledge of the values and rules of international sports arbitration, a key dispute resolution mechanism in the sector.

We are proud to announce that we have over 40 teams registered for the global sports law moot competition, SLAM. We have already extended the deadline for registrations once, however, we have been inundated with requests for a further extension.

LawInSport’s CEO, Sean Cottrell, said “It is heartwarming to see several sports lawyers and firms in this sector supporting this endeavour and even looking to sponsor teams themselves in order to ensure that students are not deprived of an opportunity to participate. Therefore, we are extending the timeline further in order to allow students some more time to form their team and register for the competition.”

The deadline for registrations for SLAM has been extended till 24 December 2021. For other changes to the timeline of the competition, please see below. For further information on SLAM, please see here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out more here.

Articles 

Intellectual Property Law
Cultivating Culture Through Commoditisation: Why NFTs Present An Unparalleled Opportunity For The Sports Sector

What is an NFT and the key considerations for stakeholders in the sports industry looking to get involved in the NFT market…read more

Written By Mark Galli, Associate, Armstrong Teasdale

Athlete Welfare
The Azeem Rafiq Case: How Sports Can Better Tackle Player Discrimination

The unfolding developments between Azeem Rafiq and Yorkshire County Cricket Club is an apt example of the importance of tackling potential discrimination issues sooner rather than late...read more

Written By Seth Roe, Partner, Wiggin LLP and Ellie Sargeant, Associate, Wiggin LLP 

Cryptocurrency
Fan Tokens And The Sport Industry: Key Legal And Commercial Risks

What do the Caribbean Premier League, FC Barcelona, Everton FC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team all have in common?...read more

Written By Joshua Kay, Commercial and Regulatory Lawyer, Wiggin LLP

Dispute Resolution
Incomplete, Unclear & Contradictory...How CAS & The Swiss Federal Tribunal Approach Pathological Arbitration Clauses

Pathological arbitration clauses arise from incomplete, unclear, or contradictory provisions in arbitration...read more

Written By Maciej Balazinski & Karolina Letniowska, Kancelaria Prawna Maciej Bałaziński i Współpracownicy

Sponsorship
Athlete Brand Ambassadors: Do's And Don'ts For Sponsors

This article outlines key areas of consideration for a brand looking to engage with an athlete as a brand ambassador...read more

Written By Simon Casinader, Senior Associate, K & L Gates and Niall Lavery, Associate, K&L Gates

Intellectual Property Law, Football
Sega’s Battle Against Man Utd In Football Manager Trade Mark Case Ends In Settlement

In August 2018, Manchester United FC brought trade mark infringement proceedings against Sega and Sports Interactive, in relation to the Football Manager video game series which has now been settled after 3 years...read more

Written By Jeremy Drew, Partner & Head of RPC’s Commercial Group, Samuel Coppard, Associate, RPC and Harvey Briggs, Trainee Solicitor, RPC

Media Rights
Beating Sport Broadcast Piracy - Saving The Shots Vs Removing The Goal

This article explains the current commonplace legal solutions to combatting piracy, before considering whether it could be significantly diminished by focusing on addressing AdTech...read more

Written By Toby Hill, Paralegal and Law Graduate from the University of Reading

Gambling Law
A New Dawn? How India Is Regulating Online Gaming & Fantasy Sports

Several Indian states are now looking to regulate/prohibit the advent of online gaming and fantasy sports which has led to a spate of litigation...read more

Written By Eashwari Nair, Lawyer, Koo

Football
Player Contracts, Liquidated Damages & The Principle Of Reciprocity At FIFA & CAS

The adjudicatory bodies of FIFA and CAS have taken divergent approaches to the enforcement of Article 17 of the RSTP and liquidated damages clauses in cases where the amount of compensation agreed by the parties is not reciprocal...read more

Written By Siddharth Gosain, Sports Lawyer, Muñoz and Arias Sports Lawyers and Alejandro Campos, Associate (Outsourced), Muñoz and Arias Sports Lawyers

United States
Name Image & Likeness - How Laws Are Evolving For NCAA Athletes’ Compensation

With over half of the states in the United States enacting laws allowing college athletes to receive compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness, and over a dozen states with legislation in the works, a new era for college athletes has emerged...read more

Written By Joshua Levey, Attorney, Vela Wood

United States
How Will FIFA's New Maternity Benefits Rules Impact U.S. Women's Soccer?

This article examines the new FIFA regulations on maternity benefits available to women soccer players across the world and compares it with the benefits that the US Women’s National Team provides its players with…read more

Written By Andrew Visnovsky, Founding Member, Ad Victoriam Sports Group & Manali Kulkarni

Athlete Welfare
Protecting Filipino Athletes Abroad: Labor Registration & Visa Requirements

 While the demand for Filipino athletic talent is surging, sports agents and teams must be mindful of the legal requirements for Filipinos to work abroad as foreign imports or employees...read more

Written By Mickey Ingles, Lawyer & Professor, Ingles Laurel Calderon & Ateneo de Manila University

Football
Player Loans Turned Transfers: How Changes To FIFA RSTP Impacted Solidarity Payments

Last Summer, FIFA issued a new decision that has clarified once and for all the application of FIFA’s Solidarity Contribution to national transfers…read more

Written By Álvaro Gómez de la Vega, Sports Legal Manager, RCD Espanyol de Barcelona S.A.D

Athlete Welfare
Results & Evaluation Of Pro Bono Legal Services At The Tokyo 2020 Games

During the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation Service was provided by lawyers in Japan…read more

Written By Shoichi Sugiyama, Field R-Law Offices

Football, Dispute Resolution
Automatic Promotion Dispute: The Curious Case Of Polokwane City V South African Football Association

A South African club playing in the second tier of South African football was sanctioned for not including a minimum of five U-23 players eligible to play for South Africa in their match day squad…read more

Written By Hlonela Mayosi, Candidate Attorney, Norton Rose Fulbright

Podcasts

Tackling Online Abuse In Sport - Nick Iliffe, Senior Integrity Manager, Stats Perform & Jonathan Hirshler, CEO, Signify - E123

In this podcast Sean talks to Stats Perform Senior Integrity Manager Nick Iliffe and Signify CEO Jonathan Hirshler to discuss the aim of their partnership, tackling online abuse and what we all can do to stop discrimination in sport…listen here

Membership

 New Member Organisations

  • English Football League (EFL)
  • British Horseracing Authority (BHA)

Renewing Members

  • City Football Group
  • Freshfields
  • 11KBW
  • Northridge Law
  • Kellherhals Carrard
  • Law Firm of Ingles Laurel Calderon

You can find further information about becoming a Corporate or Academic member of LawInSport here.

Career Opportunities

To stay up to date with the latest opportunities in sport, visit our Jobs Board here. If you have any enquiries for job listings on our Jobs Board, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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