Category Archive: Sports Regulatory

Sports betting does not require a German gambling license in North Rhine-Westphalia at the moment

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann The Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia (OVG NRW) ruled in a recent decision that sports betting intermediation by an EU-licensed provider does not require a(n additional) German gambling license in North Rhine-Westphalia at the moment. With this decision the court takes a very liberal stance. Yet, this …

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Casinos Given Green Light in Japan

On December 15th 2016, the National Diet officially opened Japan’s doors to Casino gambling by passing the ‘Integrated Resort Promotion Act’, which lays the groundwork for the legalization of Casinos in Japan. If the process continues smoothly, casinos will be operating in Japan after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Share this

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German Federal High Court: Clubs can pass on fines to rioting fans

A ruling handed down by the German Federal High Court in November determined for the first time that penalties imposed on a football club by the DFB based on a fan’s misbehavior can be passed on to the injuring party. Therefore, rioting fans could now be facing large claims for compensations. The fan’s liability is based on …

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Unlawful prohibition of sports betting in Germany

The Federal Administrative Court of Germany (BVerwG) ruled in a recent decision that if the state monopoly for sports betting persists an administrative prohibition of sports betting without a German sports betting concession would be unlawful. This decision ties in with a recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). There the ECJ ruled …

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New gambling law for Germany

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann A few days after the prime minister conference decided on the amendment of the State Treaty on Gambling Germany has informed the EU commission about the proposed legislative changes. The draft of the “Second State Treaty Amending the State Treaty on Gambling” provides for a few changes of …

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Valencian Football Clubs have to pay back more than EUR 30 million of state aid. Professional sport clubs should be aware of the European State aid rules!

On November 04 the European Commission published the full text of its Decision on incompatible State aid to Valencian football clubs (SA.36387, an appeal has been filed). The Commission concluded that public support measures in the form of loan guarantees by the regional government of Valencia in favour of the football clubs FC Valencia, Hercules …

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Prime minister conference: amendment of the German State Treaty on Gambling

By Dr. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and Christoph Engelmann Last week the German prime ministers reached an agreement on the amendment of the German State Treaty on Gambling (GlueStV). They decided to cancel the limitation of concessions for sports betting. With the 2012 GlueStV the German states wanted to allow up to 20 licenses for private sports …

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German Federal Court declares unlawfulness of penalty initiated by FIFA

German football club SV Wilhelmshaven (SVW) won a case before the German Federal Court (BGH) today concerning the lawfulness of a penalty based on FIFA. Due to the non-payment of training compensations for an international transfer of a player, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee had decided on the enforced relegation of the SVW. After the CAS …

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FIFA Appeals Committee upholds transfer bans for Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid

FIFA’s Appeal Committee has rejected the appeals by the Spanish football clubs “Atlético de Madrid” and “Real Madrid” for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. Share this

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Audiovisual Rights on Sports Events: Towards a Disruptive Reform?

The Italian regime for the assignment of audiovisual rights on sports events could dramatically change in the next future. Share this

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