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Is bigger always better? The commercial and legal challenges of expanding the NRL (Part II)

August 19, 2021

Despite negotiations slowing in the wake of a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia, the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) remains committed to adding a new club to expand the national first grade competition, the National Rugby League (NRL).

The US Supreme Court affirms restrictions on NCAA limits on education-related benefits

July 26, 2021

A unanimous Supreme Court of the United States (the Supreme Court) recently affirmed in National Collegiate Athletic Assn. (NCAA) v. Alston that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (the NCAA) rules restricting the provision of “education-related benefits” (e.g. rules limiting scholarships for graduate or vocational school, payments for academic tutoring or paid post-eligibility internships) to student-athletes violated antitrust laws. Although the decision was confined to the narrow issue of limits on education-related benefits, as opposed to the NCAA’s restrictions on compensation generally, it provides important guidance on the antitrust considerations surrounding such restrictions.

Is bigger always better? The commercial and legal challenges of expanding the NRL (Part I)

July 22, 2021

For any rugby league fan in Australia, whispers of expanding the national first grade competition, the National Rugby League (NRL), brings great interest and debate. In recent months, the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V'landys and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo have expressed concrete plans to add a second Brisbane-based club in 2023 and hope to introduce a further 18th club to the league by 2027.

The South African High Court brings an end to the highly contested debate of promotion to the top flight

July 21, 2021

In June 2021, Polokwane City FC (Polokwane City) brought an urgent review application before the Gauteng High Court.

Keeping possession: ownership trends in English Premier League Football

June 15, 2021

2020/2021 was a season unlike any other. With the Premier League having to react to COVID-19 restrictions and also respond to the “European Super League” fall-out, what become apparent was the resurgence of the power of the fans. We analyse this trend, and other ownership trends we have identified and we suggest how these trends can be used to predict what might come next for EPL clubs.

German football’s unique 50+1 ownership rule assessed as “unproblematic” from a competition law perspective

June 15, 2021

On 31 May 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) provided its preliminary assessment on German football’s so-called 50+1 rule.

To siphon or not to siphon? Has the fragmentation of the broadcasting market made the list redundant?

June 02, 2021

The launch of pay television during the 1990s created high levels of political concern that the general public of Australia would no longer be able to access major sporting events on free-to-air television.

The Olympic arena of ambush marketing

April 29, 2021

Ambush marketing is a strategy used by third parties to a major event in an attempt to associate themselves directly or indirectly with the event and reap the rewards without official authorization or sponsorship rights.

Prioritising consistency and compliance in Australian sport: The National Integrity Framework

April 28, 2021

Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) has been established pursuant to the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020 (Cth) and combines the former functions of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU).

Legal and regulatory efforts to combat match-fixing in esports

April 20, 2021

As previously discussed, esports gambling is a growing industry. Recently, Bill C-13: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (single event sport betting) (“Bill C-13”) was introduced.