In this 2 part series, Ben Sigler examines the different regulatory frameworks of Mixed Martial Arts ("MMA") in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. In Part 1 Ben outlines the rules, regulations and licensing frameworks in the US and UK and explains the aims of two organisations, SAFE MMA and UKMMAF, that may be instrumental to regulation of the sport in the UK.
In January 2013, the world learned of the physical and mental abuse suffered by 15 female judoka under the watch of the Japanese Olympic women's head coach Ryuji Sonoda. The revelations came just a month after the suicide of a 17-year old high-school basketball captain in Osaka who was punished during training by his coach the day before.
On the 4 February 2013 Europol held a press conference in which it announced the results of Joint Investigation Team on match-fixing in football. More than 380 professional football matches played in Europe between 2008 and 2011 are suspect of being fixed, among which are matches from the most prestige competitions such as the UEFA Champions League.1
Danish Kaneria was an, at times unplayable, leg spin and googly bowler.1 He quickly became, and remains, the leading spin wicket-taker in Pakistan. However, when an allegation was made, during Mervyn Westfield’s 2012 trial for corruption2, that Kaneria had arranged ‘spot fixing’, working in conjunction with illegal bookmakers during the 2009 county one-day season, a series of decisions were set in motion which resulted in Kaneria receiving a lifetime ban from all forms of cricket in England & Wales; a ban that is recognized and reciprocated by other national cricket boards around the world.
In this 2 part series, Ben Sigler outlines the stark difference in the regulatory frameworks of Mixed Martial Arts (“MMA”) in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. In the second part of this series Ben examines the potential legal risks that arise from the lack of regulation and effective licencing in the UK. The implication of which could impacts the commercial viability of the sport and, more importantly, athletes’ welfare and safety in the UK.
The Premier League Financial Fair Play Regulations (“FFP”) were ratified on 11 April 2013. The new rules, that have full effect this season, aim to prevent clubs from sustaining huge losses in the pursuit of glory1. This article will look at FFP, designed to curb excessive spending, and compare the practical and legal implications to the salary cap mechanisms in MLS, NBA and the Rugby Premiership.
The doping investigation into Essendon Football Club, the Australian Football League (AFL) team, by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has brought into sharpe focus some of the difficulties in constructing effective and fair anti-doping policy. In this article Paul Horvath, an Australian sports lawyer, discusses the penalities under the World Anti-Doping Code, reductions for substantial assistance and the ASADA bill with reference to the Essendon investigation.
In this 3 part series Canadian entertainment and sports lawyer Len Glickman and his colleagues Michael Alvaro, Evan Eliason and Jonathan Sherman examine a number of sports-related trademark issues. In part 1 of this Trademarks in Sports trilogy, Len and Jonathan discuss trademark issues around individual athlete names, catch phrases, nicknames, mascots and controversial team names.