A guide to LawInSport’s 5th Annual Conference Understand The Rules Of The Game 2019

On the 12th &13th September LawInSport will host our 5th Annual Conference - Understand The Rules Of The Game 2019TM. Whether you are attending or interested in attending we have put together a short guide to the topics that will be discussed at the conference:

  • eSports: recent and future changes to the rapidly changing eSports ecosystem
  • Diplomacy: exploring the relationship between sports, global politics and the law
  • Insurance: the impact of insurance on domestic and international sport
  • Anti-doping: exploring the different approaches to anti-doping regimes
  • Marketing: creating and managing data and sports marketing agreements
  • New leagues: balancing the legal and commercial requirements of creating new sports leagues
  • Media rights: licensing sports media rights and dealing with piracy
  • Integrity: is it time for a more holistic approach to sports integrity? (match-fixing/safeguarding/anti-doping)
  • In-house counsel forum: work development and effective practices
  • Education: how should we train the next generation of sports lawyers?
  • Talent management: how to approach talent & reputation management in 2019
  • Dispute resolution: an update on key cases & developments of the year
  • Refereeing: a comparison of how technology is used to assist refereeing decisions across sports 

eSports: recent and future changes to the rapidly changing eSports ecosystem

Over the last 4 years we have covered the rapid growth of the eSports industry, tracking its transition from new kid on the block to a major global player that sports organisations and international sponsors are increasingly embracing.

Alongside the opportunities, the boom has brought with it inevitable growing pains, be it contractual disputes between stakeholders, player welfare issues, or third parties (both good and bad) influencing the sector. This session will explore the challenges and developments of the current ecosystem, before looking ahead to what’s on the horizon for eSports in the next few years.

Speakers:

  • Chris Paget, Partner, Sheridans
  • Péter Rippel-Szabó, Attorney at law, Bird & Bird
  • Bobby Hacker, Attorney, Sports Media Consultant and President, Sports Lawyers Association
  • Anna Baumann, Managing Director and General Counsel at Rogue Sports Europe

 

Diplomacy: exploring the relationship between sports, global politics and the law

Given its modern global significance - be it socially, economically or politically - it is becoming increasingly important to understanding how sport is being used for diplomatic purposes. This ranges from international issues, such as achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to domestic ones, like engaging with hard to reach communities. The panel will explore key issues including: how sports diplomacy is influencing the development of sport; the extent to which sport, law and diplomacy overlap; and how lawyers can better understand how diplomacy can help improve the legal and regulatory structures of sport.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Simon Rofe, Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), SOAS
  • Dr. Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport, Cantebury Christ Church University
  • Steve Bainbridge, Partner, Head of Sports Law & Events Management, Al Tamimi & Company
  • Guo Cai, Founder & Practice Head, LexVeritas International Law and Sports Group, Jin Mao Law Firm
  • Dr, Andrea Cattaneo, Lecturer in Law, Edge Hill University
  • Antariksh Das, Head of Legal, Regulatory and Governance, All Indian Football Federation (AIFF)

 

Insurance: the impact of insurance on domestic and international sport

Insurance can have a significant impact on the ability for sports organisations and athletes to perform at all levels, be it managing the risk of establishing a new league or club, providing cover for investments into new stadia and players, or protecting the welfare and long term financial security of athletes.

Our panels of experts will draw on their experience in the sector to analyse the latest developments in the insurance markets and how they are influencing sport. We will focus on America and Europe and discuss their influence on other markets around the world.

Speakers:

  • Nina Goolamali QC, Barrister, 2 Temple Gardens
  • Sylvia Krainin, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
  • Jim D Edgeworth, Sports Insurance Broker, Edgeworth & Associates
  • James Hands, Joint Head of Special Risks, Miller Insurance
  • Victoria Curran, Partner, Browne Jacobson
  • Cody Edgeworth, Sports Insurance Broker, Edgeworth & Associates

 

Anti-doping: exploring the different approaches to anti-doping regimes

The role of anti-doping is now widely understood by sports fans, not least because of the sheer number of high-profile cases that have been brought against sports federations and governments in recent times. However, while the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the WADA Code are commonly known, there are other bodies, regulations and practices that have been adopted by certain sports organisations. This panel will examine the various different approaches to anti-doping and assess the pros and cons of each.

Speakers:

  • Louis Weston, Barrister, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., CEDS, JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Sam Fellows, Solicitor, Holland Beckett
  • Michele Verroken, Sporting Integrity

 

Marketing: creating and managing data and sports marketing agreements

The big money invested in sports comes from media rights - but why is this? The attraction of sport to media companies, and in turn advertisers, is its ability to command the attention of global audiences. Our panel of experts will examine how sports organisations and athletes agree to leverage their fan bases with sponsors, and identify the legal considerations that each should be aware of before entering into agreements with sponsors, marketing agencies and software providers.

Speakers:

  • Nick White, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Christopher Chase, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit

 

New leagues: balancing the legal and commercial requirements of creating new sports leagues

Recently, there has been growing coverage of breakaway events and new competitions in sports such as football, rugby, swimming, speed skating and American football, to name but a few. This begs the question: how do you approach establishing a new sporting competition, particularly if you are either in direct or indirect competition with existing ones? Our panel of experts will explore the issues involved and answer your questions. By way of a case study, you will get to hear from one of the people involved in the establishment of the new Historical Basketball League, which is looking to challenge the current U.S. collegiate model for sports and already has the support of hi-profile athletes from the NBA and NFL superstars.

Speakers:

  • Paul Shapiro, Managing Associate, Northridge
  • Ricky Volante, Chief Executive Officer at Historical Basketball League Enterprises, Inc.
  • Aahna Mehrotra, Founder, AM Sports Law & Management Co.
  • Richard Barham, Partner, Dentons

 

Media rights: licensing sports media rights and dealing with piracy

Not many people would argue that the big money in sport is derived from the sale of media rights. Therefore, what happens when your prize asset and main source of revenue is pirated and distributed at scale? Our panel of experts will examine how media companies and sports organisation deal with piracy across multiple different mediums, and the extent to which sports media licensing agreements are an important weapon in helping fight this global threat.

Speakers:

  • Sarah MacDonald, Partner, Wiggin
  • Stephen Ridgway, Vice President - Head of Legal and Business Affairs, BeIN Sports
  • Alex Slade, Head of Legal, Eleven Sports
  • Anish Dayal, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India
  • Tom Bullock, General Counsel, ATP Media

 

Integrity: is it time to take a more holistic approach to protecting sports integrity?

Doping, match-fixing, safeguarding, poor governance…..all have a fair claim to being the biggest single threat to the integrity of sport, and there are compelling arguments that can and have been made by different individuals and interest groups. Yet, despite all the efforts and improvements in recent times, systemic problems still remain. This begs the question: do we need a change of perspective on how best to protect the integrity of sport? Our panel of experts will try to identify the common characteristics to each of these integrity threats and examine whether a more holistic approach is required and, if so, what that might look like in practice.

Speakers:

  • Leigh Thompson, Policy Adviser, the Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Paul Greene, Founder, Global Sports Advocates
  • Brett Clothier, Head, Athletics Integrity Unit, Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU)
  • Danielle Sharkey, Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys

 

In-house counsel forum - work, developments and effective practices

Each year, one of our most interesting panels is hearing from in-house lawyers at sports organisations, learning about the work that they are doing, how they support their colleagues, and how they help facilitate the goals of the business. Our expert panel will discuss the recent developments and future plans of their respective organisations, and describe the modern roles that they are performing and how this supports their business. They will also provide tips on how to work effectively as an in-house lawyer and how outside counsel can better work with in-house lawyers and commercial or executive teams.

Speakers:

  • Ashley Ehlert, Legal Director, International Ice Hockey Federation
  • Alan Darfi, - Director of Projects and Legal, The Rugby Football League
  • Antariksh Das, Head of Legal, Regulatory and Governance, All Indian Football Federation (AIFF)
  • Norman Wain, General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field, Inc

 

Education: how should we train the next generation of sports lawyers?

Sports law is continuing to increase in popularity on a global scale, as more and more people become aware of the legal issues in sport and the significance that law and governance play in its operation. With the increasing popularity of sports law comes an increasing demand for high quality education and tuition on the topic. Our expert panel will discuss what best practice looks like when it comes to sports law education from both an academic and a practitioner’s perspective. 

Speakers:

  • Sean Cottrell, CEO & Founder, LawInSport
  • Carrie Donaghy, Head of Commercial Legal, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team
  • Maureen Weston, Professor of Law, Director, Entertainment Media & Sports Law Program, School of Law, Pepperdine University
  • Nick De Marco QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

 

Talent management: how to approach talent and reputation management in 2019

What is the best advice you can give to sports talent (athletes, coaches, executives, broadcasters etc) to grow their personal brand and maintain a good reputation? How does this advice apply in the digital environment, which rewards greater volumes of content and greater insights into people’s personal lives and opinions? How can you mitigate the increasing risk of making a bad judgement call and/or having to deal with misinformation? Our panel of experts will provide some clarity on the best approaches to address these concerns.

Speakers:

  • Karim Bouzidi, Partner, Clintons
  • Julian Pike, Partner, Farrer & Co

 

Dispute resolution: an update on key cases and major developments in 2019

Raj Parker and Nick De Marco QC will update us on the key sports law cases and the major developments in sports arbitration that will be of significance over the next year.

Speakers:

  • Nick De Marco QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers
  • Raj Parker, Arbitrator, Matrix Chambers

 

Refereeing: a comparison of how technology is used to assist refereeing decisions across sports

The introduction of Video Refereeing Assistant (VAR) in football has not come without its criticism and controversy, and there have been a number of challenges surrounding its introduction into different competitions. This presentation will analysis of some of these challenges and explain more broadly how technology is assisting refereeing decisions across sports and the issues it raises.

Speaker:

  • Kate Porter, International Arbitration and Sports Law Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

For further information including the full agenda and speaker list, and details of how to book your place click here. Please note tickets are on a first come first serve basis.

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