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A comparison of sports regulations on the use of wearable technology & data collection

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Friday, 09 February 2018 By Ani Ghazikhanian, Sean Cottrell

The increasing usage of wearable technology in sport has raised many interesting regulatory and legal issues, as governing bodies and leagues scramble to adapt to the rapidly developing industry. Teams ideally want to collect as much biophysical data about their players as possible. However, players are becoming increasingly wary of allowing their personal information to be recorded and harvested, and are asking more questions about who owns the data and how it can be used (a tension reflected in the negotiations of collective bargaining agreements).

To help bring some clarity to the space, this LawInSport reference resource provides a general overview of how different sports organisations currently approach the regulation of wearable technology. Please note that, given that this is a rapidly evolving area, regulations may well change, evolve and/or be supplemented to over time. We will endeavour to keep this resource as up-to-date as possible; and please do contact us if you have any comments and/or additional information.

This article covers the regulations of the following organisations:


  • Australian Football League (AFL)
  • Aviva Rugby Premiership (England)
  • British Horse Industry Confederation (equestrian, including dressage, jumping, and eventing)
  • International Fencing Federation (FIE)
  • Federation of International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
  • Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
  • Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG)
  • Federation International Ski (FIS)
  • Federation International de Snowboarding
  • Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)
  • Federation International de Volleyball - Volleyball (Indoor) (FIVB)
  • International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
  • International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF)
  • International Tennis Federation (ITF)
  • International Triathlon Union
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Major League Basketball (MLB)
  • Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
  • United States Golf Association (USGA)
  • World Archery
  • World Badminton Federation (WBF)
  • World Curling Federation
  • World Karate Federation
  • World Rowing Federation, Federation Internationale des Societes d'Aviron (FISA)
  • World Rugby

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Sean Cottrell

Sean Cottrell

Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport. Founded in 2010, LawInSport has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world.

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Ani Ghazikhanian

Ani Ghazikhanian

Ani Ghazikhanian is a staff attorney at Jones Day and guides clients in the resolution of commercial disputes in business and tort litigation. She currently works on the representation of Experian, one of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies, in individual consumer credit litigation brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2019, Ani served as a legal intern with the Minnesota Vikings Football organization as well as with LawInSport, a leading online international sports law publication.

Comments (1)

  • Medik Ghazikhanian

    • 10 February 2018 at 01:23
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    Very Well written article. Excellent penmanship!


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