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.