Much has already been written about the third party ownership of footballers ("TPO"), both positive and negative. Its prevalence has been a cause for concern in Europe, highlighted in the European Commission report on 'The Economic and Legal Aspects of the Transfers of Players'.
In terms of sporting mega events, 2014 promises to be quite a year. It begins in February with the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, is followed by the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in June and finishes with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, a spectacular schedule in terms of major global sporting festivals occurring so close together.
In view of the recent allegations of match fixing in English domestic leagues (which are dealt with well by Nick Di Marco here), it is worth considering what mechanisms the authorities may have for recovering the financial gains of sportsmen and the criminals involved in match fixing, spot fixing, or indeed any other manner of crime.