The Future of Sports Law in the European Union: Beyond the EU Reform Treaty and the White Paper

Published 01 November 2009


This new collection of essays presents nine well-informed and insightful analyses of the ‘specificity’ debate from several distinct points of view. The book reprints the papers presented by outstanding academics as well as representatives of the sport world at a conference on the ‘Future of Sport in the European Union’ held at the Catholic University of Brussels in December 2007. The authors examine the legal and political issues related to the latest developments at the EU level, and their impact on the sport organisations, in order to better understand the future of sport and to answer the questions which will inevitably arise from the new situation.

Among the topics arising in the course of the presentations are the following:

  • pure ‘sporting interest’ vs. ‘economic activities’ within the overall meaning of Article 2 EC;
  • whether the EU legal order in fact applies to sport activities;
  • application of EC law to rules governing the composition of national sports teams, especially as defined in Bosman and Meca Medina cases;
  • relation of sport to freedom of association and the principle of subsidiarity;
  • initiatives to share use of financial gains from television rights;
  • role of bylaws and other regulations of federations at every level;
  • responsibility of sport organisations vis-à-vis the rules of public order;
  • freedom of labour and free movement of workers as applied to sportsmen and sportswomen;
  • the right to privacy, image included;
  • the ‘European sport model’;
  • protection of young sportsmen and sportswomen from commercial pressures; and
  • economic and social role of volunteering activities in sport.

As an analysis of the future directions of EU sport law, this book provides an in-depth assessment of the impact of current policy changes. At a time when a new European treaty is being drafted, and when new questions on sport are being referred to the European Court of Justice, these cogent analyses of European law applicable to professional sport will be of great value to professionals concerned with sport in any of its guises. 

Edited by Roger Blanpain, Michele Colucci & Frank Hendrickx 
July 2008, 391 pp., paperback 
ISBN: 978-90-411-27617 
Price: EUR 120.00/ USD 158.00 /GBP 82.00
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