eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike

eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike As the eSports juggernaut continues to gather momentum during 2017, one question that will be on the minds of both rights holders and broadcasters...

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Protecting the Crown Jewels For many companies in Asia Pacific buying sports rights from rights holders such as the FA Premier League ("FAPL"), those rights represent the crown jewels in a rights...

For club or country? Joel Matip vs. FECAFOOT

The FIFA Regulations FIFA has issued detailed regulations requiring clubs to release players for international duty on demand, which are set out at Annex 1 of the FIFA Regulation on the Status...
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Swimming against the stream: preventing live streaming of sporting events

When the umpire gave signal for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to start what was dubbed the "Fight of the Century" on 2 May 2015, viewers at home sat down to...

Skin betting from a Czech gambling law perspective

The Czech Republic is set to modernise its gambling regulation and open its gambling market to EU and EEA residents, by adopting the new Act No. 186/2016 Coll., on Gambling. It represents...

‘Compensation’ versus ‘punishment’ in Polish copyright – a major court ruling ahead

Copyright enforcement laws specify the remedies that rights holders can demand in cases of copyright infringement. These include demands to cease the infringement, to compensate for the loss, and to apologise....

Repositioning the goalposts: practical aspects of changes to the Hungarian Sports Act

On 1 January 2017, the new amendments to the Hungarian Sports Act will come into force. Sports stakeholders should be ready for these changes and take the appropriate steps to comply...

English Premier League wins latest round in battle over satellite decoder cards

The state of play In the Murphy pub landlady case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that EU free movement rules prohibited contractual provisions which prevented viewers in...

eSports betting: the UK Gambling Commission provides some insight and flexes its muscles

Some months ago, we took a look at the rapid rise of the skin betting, the phenomenon by which players of online computer games win and trade in-game items, and then...

Advertising Sports Betting Products: Key Issues Part II

In Part I of this article, we covered some of the common issues facing gambling operators advertising sports betting products from an advertising-regulatory perspective. This mainly focused on compliance with the...

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