Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Editorial

Article excerpt

During this year the world of sports law has continued to evolve. Sports now generate more than $35 billion dollars per year in revenue world-wide. This figure alone assures sports a certain degree of influence and attention. However, in addition to this impressive figure, the profile of sports athletes, clubs and organizations remains high. This is not only due to the popularity of a particular sport, but also the endless encounters between sports and the law. Several key legal issues that affect the world of sports have made indelible marks this year on the sports law landscape. For example the Murphy case which addresses the correlation between free movement and broadcasting rights in Europe; the recent finding that the threat of a playing ban by FIFA against Matuzalem was contrary to public policy; the endless saga involving the doping allegations that span the career of Lance Armstrong and is having a rippling affect across the world of competitive cycling; the rise of national and European Union issues in sports that impact the area of competition law since the decentralization of competition law enforcement in 2004; and daily accounts of sports fraud particularly in the area of match-fixing which has been highlighted as a serious global issue in the world of sports. These important issues have been addressed by such tribunals as the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Swiss Supreme Court, and national courts, and will continue to have significant impact on sports and the law helping to contribute to the ever expanding area of sports law. …

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