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  • 1.

    What is the regulatory governance structure in professional sport in your jurisdiction?

  • 2.

    To what extent are participants protected from liability for their on-field actions under civil and criminal law?

  • 3.

    What is the regulatory framework for doping matters in your jurisdiction? Is there also potential secondary liability for doping offences under civil or criminal law?

  • 4.

    What financial controls exist for participant organisations within professional sport?

  • 5.

    Who has jurisdiction over the resolution of professional sport disputes in your jurisdiction, and how is this determined?

  • 6.

    How are decisions of domestic professional sports regulatory bodies enforced?

  • 7.

    Can the decisions of professional sports regulatory bodies be challenged or enforced in the national courts?

  • 8.

    Is the concept of an individual’s image right legally recognised in your jurisdiction?

  • 9.

    What are the key legal considerations for the commercialisation and protection of individuals’ image rights?

  • 10.

    How are image rights used commercially by professional organisations within sport?

  • 11.

    How can morality clauses be drafted, and are they enforceable?

  • 12.

    Are there any restrictions on sponsorship or marketing in professional sport?

  • 13.

    How can sports organisations protect their brand value?

  • 14.

    How can individuals protect their brands?

  • 15.

    How can sports brands and individuals prevent cybersquatting?

  • 16.

    How can individuals and organisations protect against adverse media coverage?

  • 17.

    Which broadcasting regulations are particularly relevant to professional sports?

  • 18.

    What means are available to restrict illegal broadcasting of professional sports events?

  • 19.

    What are the key regulatory issues for venue hire and event organisation?

  • 20.

    What protections exist against ambush marketing for events?

  • 21.

    Can restrictions be imposed on ticket sale and resale?

  • 22.

    What is the process for clubs to obtain work permits or visas for foreign professional athletes, and coaching and administrative staff?

  • 23.

    What is the position regarding work permits or visas for foreign professional athletes, and coaching and administrative staff, temporarily competing in your jurisdiction?

  • 24.

    What residency requirements must foreign professional athletes, and coaching and administrative staff, satisfy to remain in your jurisdiction long term or permanently?

  • 25.

    Do the family members of foreign professional athletes, and coaching and administrative staff, legally resident in your jurisdiction have the same residency rights?

  • 26.

    How are professional sporting unions incorporated and regulated?

  • 27.

    Can professional sports bodies and clubs restrict union membership?

  • 28.

    Are there any restrictions on professional sports unions taking strike action?

  • 29.

    What is the legal framework for individual transfers? What restrictions can be placed on individuals moving between clubs?

  • 30.

    Can individuals buy their way out of their contractual obligations to professional sports clubs?

  • 31.

    What are the key athlete welfare obligations for employers?

  • 32.

    Are there restrictions on the employment and transfer of young athletes?

  • 33.

    What are the key child protection rules and safeguarding considerations?

  • 34.

    What employment relationship issues arise when athletes represent both club and country?

  • 35.

    How are selection and eligibility disputes dealt with by national bodies?

  • 36.

    What are the key taxation issues for foreign athletes competing in your jurisdiction to be aware of?

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