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The NBA Lockout

By Nandan Kamath Introduction On the 137th day of the National Basketball Association (NBA) labour lockout, the players finally decided to dissolve the National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA), after attempts to carve an amicable Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) to between the franchise owners and the NBPA proved...

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Government Regulation of Sport

By Roshan Gopalakrishna Introduction Last month, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) released the revised National Sports (Development) Bill, 2011 (Bill). As compared to its previous form (reviewed previously "A Review of the Draft National Sports (Development) Bill, 2011"), the Bill sees 14 changes, the most...

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Freedom of Movement for Athletes

By Nandan Kamath Introduction Right to free movement, including free movement of workers, is one of the most important rights guaranteed by the European Union (‘EU’). Every citizen of the EU has a right to move and reside freely in the territory of the member states and...

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Sentence Construction – Recent case on doping bans

By Roshan Gopalakrishna Case review: United States Olympic Committee v. International Olympic Committee (CAS 2011/O/2422) Introduction On October 6 2011, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) held that the International Olympic Committee (‘IOC’) rule prohibiting athletes suspended for more than six months for doping related violations from participating...

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Player Bans in Sport

By Vidya Narayanaswamy Introduction A player ban is a form of sanction imposed on a player for breaching sporting rules or regulations or any other general code of conduct or ethics applicable to the player. The length of the ban varies based on the seriousness of the...

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Regulation of Sports Agents

By Nandan Kamath Introduction A sports agent is a person authorized to act for a professional athlete or sports organisation when dealing with third parties. In theory, a sports agent is merely an intermediary tasked with ensuring that the supply and demand for labour within sport and...

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Government ‘Interference’ in Sport

By Roshan Gopalakrishna Introduction The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has included a few provisions in the new draft sports bill which effectively gives the government the power to regulate sports federations and also intervene in their operations if the government feels that they are being...

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