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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.

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.

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.

No liability for cricket ball injury

February 01, 2021

Anyone who has studied the law of delict since 1951 is aware of the English case of Bolton v Stone which found that hitting a cricket ball out of a cricket ground is an incidence of the game and did not amount to negligence so that the passer-by injured by the ball could not sue for damages.

Impact of unfair terms on the sports industry: Changes on the horizon

December 17, 2020

A considerable number of fans, semi-professional organisations and sports businesses will have become, at the very least, familiar with the phrase ‘unfair contract term’ since new protections were introduced in July 2010 (UCT Protections).

Greater protection for athletes: Reforming the US Olympic system

November 10, 2020

Amidst the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, Senators Jerry Moran and Richard Blumenthal conducted an investigation into, among other things, the USA Gymnastics, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (the USOPC) and Michigan State University.

Athlete A and the role of “Me Too” investigations within sport

July 30, 2020

The release of Athlete A on Netflix has highlighted the impact of “Me Too” on the sport of gymnastics. In 2017, the world of gymnastics was rocked by the trial of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for sexual abuse.

Professional cyclist held not to be an employee or a worker

July 17, 2020

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) concluded that a professional cyclist was not an employee or a worker of the British Cycling Federation.

Australia’s National Sports Tribunal: a study in cycling

May 04, 2020

On 19 March 2020, the National Sports Tribunal (NST) was established by the National Sports Tribunal Act 2019 (the Act) to facilitate an independent, timely and cost-effective system of sports dispute resolution.