Category Archive: Sport Regulatory

New Football Rules: Revision of Laws will apply to UEFA EURO 2016

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) as the guardian of the Laws of the Game has approved the most comprehensive revision in the IFAB´s 130 year history. The changes are effective as from 1 June 2016 and therefore will already apply to the upcoming UEFA EURO 2016 in France. In addition to several changes with …

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Australia: Out of Bounds on the Full for Hird? An important case on defence costs coverage in regulatory actions

James Hird was on the losing end of a Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding against Chubb Insurance Company of Australia Ltd this week, where he sought indemnification of legal costs (of around AUD$692,000) under a D&O liability policy. The costs in question were in connection with Hird’s unsuccessful 2014 Federal Court challenge (at both trial …

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Fair Play! New Draft Legislation Punishing Sports Betting Fraud and the Manipulation of Professional Competitions

The German Federal Government has proposed changes to the Strafgesetzbuch (German Criminal Code “GCC”) to effectively combat sports betting fraud and manipulation of professional competitions. German Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, emphasized: “The current sanctions are insufficient. Fraud and manipulation must be combatted by the means of criminal law!” Share this

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AUSTRALIA: Review of Interactive Gambling Act & In-Play Betting

The Australian Government has commissioned a review of Australia’s online gambling laws. The review will be led by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and focus on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth). The terms of reference for the review have not been finalised but the review will examine topics such as live-sports betting, the regulation …

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AUSTRALIA: National Rugby League launches assistance for players who sustain catastrophic injuries.

The National Rugby League (NRL) has launched a “whole of game” Foundation that provides support for players who incur catastrophic injuries whilst playing rugby league. The Foundation supports players at all levels from grassroots junior football through to the NRL and will provide assistance for players who suffer severe functional disabilities (e.g. brain or spinal …

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AUSTRALIA: WADA v Essendon CAS Proceedings

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing for the World Anti-Doping Authority’s (WADA) appeal against the decision of the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal clearing the players involved in the Essendon supplements saga has been set down for October. The appeal will be heard in Sydney, Australia. The panel of arbitrators has been appointed, as follows: …

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Racing Queensland Boards Abolished & Greyhound Racing Industry Report

The Queensland State government has announced a restructure of the racing industry in light of an inquiry into the greyhound racing industry. The Report published by inquiry commissioner Alan MacSporran was highly critical of the greyhound racing industry, noting that: “public confidence may have been dealt an almost terminal blow by the exposure of what is …

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Italian Competition Authority Investigation on the Sale of Serie A TV Rights

On May 13, 2015 the Italian Competition Authority (“AGCM”) issued a Resolution (see here) opening an official investigation (“Investigation”) on the sale of Serie A TV rights for the 3-year period 2015-2018 (for more details please see here our previous post on the matter). Share this

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USA: Lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao

Lawsuits have been filed against Manny Pacquiao, his manager (Michael Koncz) and his promoter (Top Rank Inc.), alleging amongst other things, fraud and perjury. The lawsuits seek damages for the alleged concealment of Pacquiao’s shoulder injury during the “Fight of the Century” between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. The class action lawsuit alleges that “the defendants had full knowledge and …

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Australia: WADA Appeals Essendon Anti-Doping case

The World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) has released a statement announcing their decision to appeal the Australian Football League (AFL) Anti-Doping Tribunal’s decision to clear 34 past and present AFL players for alleged doping offences. The appeal will be heard by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). Share this

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