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BASL blog – Forthcoming 6th ‘Grayson Memorial Lecture’

Written by Simon Pentol Hits 96


Its that time of year (again) when we look forward to one of the event highlights of the BASL calendar – the forthcoming annual Edward Grayson memorial lecture. Breaking with tradition however, this year will not be a lecture in the sense of an address from single stellar performer but rather, a panel discussion featuring four highly acclaimed contributors from the worlds of law and sport who need little (if any) introduction.

An analysis of financial regs and salary caps in the Premier League, NBA and Premiership Rugby

Written by John Wallace Hits 8765

Thierry Henry of Red Bulls

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.

Sports disciplinary hearings get the arbitral treatment

Written by Anthony Jones Jude Bunting Hits 7920

Cricket Ball on Rope

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.

Regulation of MMA in the UK: a void that urgently needs filling – Part 1

Written by Ben Sigler Hits 4796

Female Fighter

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. 

Corporal punishment still has some support in Japanese sports, despite deaths; will the culture catch up to the law?

Written by Matt Rogers Hits 14790

Judo Uniform

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.