A FIFA Working Group is reportedly considering whether, in response to COVID-19, the FIFA Regs on the Status and Transfer of Players should be amended.  A number of “guiding principles” for national FAs and stakeholders have been mooted, with the current situation viewed as a force majeure issue for FIFA / football.  It’s important to […]

Coronavirus, Force Majeure and Frustration

Tim Lowles - Sunday 15 March, 2020

The unprecedented events of the last 7 days, caused by the spread of COVID-19, have led to nearly all elite level sport being cancelled for at least the next two weeks with no Premiership football, Formula One, Six Nations rugby, NBA or PGA golf going ahead. In the world of professional sport, contracts are king. […]

BASL Conference 2020

Dan Harrington - Friday 24 January, 2020

The 27th Annual BASL (British Association for Sport and Law) conference is being held at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 27th February 2020. Panel members will participate in topical discussions including Disrupting Sport, Piracy and Media, and Balancing Human Rights in Sport.  Speakers include: Alice Wonnacott, Head of Commercial Affairs, TEAM Stephen Ridgway, Vice President and Head of Legal, […]

Diego Maradona has prevailed in his court action against Dolce & Gabbana, following the high-end fashion house’s use of the football legend’s name on t-shirts modelled at a show in Milan last year, which were based on the iconic Napoli kit worn by Maradona in the 1980s.  Despite the fact that the t-shirts were never […]

Dan Harrington, Level, and Eric Solomon, Harvard Law School Context and Background:  This case concerned a US competition law complaint filed against FINA by a class of plaintiffs, including world renowned swimmers and the promoter of a privately-run event, the International Swimming League, Ltd (ISL) in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.  FINA is the […]

On 12 December 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) launched a public consultation on intellectual property and AI.  The full consultation document can be downloaded here.  Interested parties are invited to submit their comments to ai2ip@wipo.int by February 14, 2020. Among the many questions upon which WIPO is inviting responses, some of the most interesting relate to […]

Practitioners, companies and investors in cryptoassets and smart contracts will welcome the findings of a leading group of jurists from the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Law Society’s Lawtech Delivery Panel.  Following a recent consultation, they have delivered a statement on the legal status of cryptoassets (including cryto-currencies) and smart contracts. The taskforce considered the […]

Key Finding:  Rights owners, broadcasters and operators of digital content services will need to consider adjusting their standard acquisition and/or licensing agreements following Brexit. Background:  The EU Portability Regulation is a fairly recent addition to copyright law in the EU, and allows consumers across the EEA to access online content services to which they subscribe (such as Sky Go […]

New Balance v Liverpool Football Club

Tim Lowles - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

On Friday, the High Court handed down its judgment in the case of New Balance Athletics, Inc v Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited [2019] EWHC 2837 (Comm) (judgment attached) a case that concerned the matching right clause in New Balance’s (“NB”) existing kit sponsorship agreement with LFC. Facts NB are the current kit suppliers of LFC. […]