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The Score: Sports law update - May 2014

5 May 2014

The Score brings you the sports team's latest published articles, exploring current legal issues in sport.


  • Best practice provisions and considerations for sports merchandising agreements

Merchandising, in its simplest form, is the practice of using the branding or imagery of one ‘product’ in connection with the sale of another (often unconnected) product or service. In a sporting context, opportunities to exploit the commercial potential of a sporting brand are rife, with merchandising opportunities almost endless. (click here to read more)

  • Could Wayne Rooney and Yohan Cabaye "buy out" their contracts?

A sports lawyer's notes from the January transfer window including "buy out clauses" and the structure of player contracts. (click here to read more)

  • Does extreme sport equate to extreme liability for sponsors?

With over 750,000 tickets sold worldwide to date, Nitro Circus is the latest example illustrating that extreme sports no longer operate in the fringes for those who like motor oil with their morning coffee and who still think Newton really did bang on about this notion of ‘gravity’ far too much. (click here to read more)

  • Advertising: Humorous advertising, defamation and passing off

Kevin Pietersen recently settled a dispute with optician Specsavers, over a humorous advert which implied that Pietersen had tampered with his bat during The Ashes in order to deceive Hot Spot, a thermal imaging system used to detect ‘edges’ in cricket. Duncan Lamont and Hannah Haynes explain the case and examine in what circumstances it can be worth pursuing an action against advertisers. (click here to read more)

  • Barcelona transfer ban explained

On 2 April 2014, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (“FDC”) imposed a transfer ban on FC Barcelona for two transfer windows as a result of Barcelona’s actions regarding the registration of 10 young players. The FDC also fined Barcelona and sanctioned the Spanish FA. This article focuses on the transfer ban and the FIFA Appeals Committee (“FAC”) decision on 23 April 2014 to stay the ban. (click here to read more)

If you have any feedback or queries on the issues raised, please contact the author of the relevant article or Jon Walters, Editor.