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.
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.
Beaten to the Premier League title in rather convincing fashion by their neighbours Manchester United and never wanting to be outdone, Manchester City recently laid claim to a new franchise across the Atlantic. In partnership with one of sport’s most renowned institutions, the New York Yankees, a deal was brokered to create the newest franchise in America’s Major League Soccer (‘MLS’ or ‘the League’); New York City Football Club.
Here’s a hypothetical question: Do I, as a Tottenham Hotspur fan, want to see Andre Villas-Boas ‘resting’ Gareth Bale and other key players in a game against Tranmere Rovers in an early round of the Capital One Cup? The answer to that question is, yes. The reason for this answer is simple: it is crucial that the club can squad rotate for more important competitions (and I happen to be a Rovers fan as well!).
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.
One of the biggest sporting events of this past summer was the quadrennial British & Irish Lions rugby tour to Australia. As ever this was not without controversy in the form of allegations of stamping made against the Australian captain James Horwill and the protracted disciplinary process which followed. In this article Kevin Carpenter analyses the two hearings and the ramifications for the future of the rugby union disciplinary process.
Since the start of the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1917, the league has consistently attracted the best and most talented players from around the world. While the NHL has long been the premier hockey league in the world, they are cognizant of the fact that other leagues have been gaining momentum and popularity throughout the world. In an effort to ensure that NHL clubs retain the most talented players, the NHL recently extended the club exclusive rights period for European players who are selected in the NHL draft.
Leading football clubs are big business – but they are more than that. Most clubs have strong local roots and they attract huge publicity throughout Europe. Particularly in the United Kingdom, that has generated huge television revenues and has attracted investors from around the world. The consequences for spectators and for smaller clubs have caused widespread public concern and has led to calls for regulation of the industry.