Inside sports law: Blog

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.

The power struggle between sports federations and athletes under scrutiny: the ISU case continues

April 06, 2021

The International Skating Union’s (ISU) recent appeal to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) provides an opportunity to look at the key facts of this case and consider its significance.

Going full circle: FIFA’s plan to re-regulate football agents

February 19, 2021

With world football focused on the continuing disruption caused by COVID-19, attention has (for now) been diverted away from a series of regulatory reforms concerning football agents which were approved by the FIFA Council in October 2019.

US FTC sues event ticket brokers using bots

February 04, 2021

Many of us are looking forward to the end of the COVID-19 lockdown and the return to attending live sporting events, concerts, etc. Even though you will be able to attend events in person, chances are you will purchase your tickets online, or, if that fails, through a ticket broker.

Michael Jordan and Qiaodan Sports: Name rights infringement

February 02, 2021

According to the Shanghai Xinhua News Agency, the Shanghai Second Intermediate People’s Court handed down a first instance decision on 30 December 2020 in favour of Michael Jordan against Qiaodan Sports Company and Bairen Trading Company (both Chinese local companies) in respect of infringement of Michael Jordan’s name rights.