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Games of Skill in India

Participation and engagement in gaming is a universally practiced and pursued recreational and social activity offering opportunities for consumer engagement, brand promotion, fan engagement and interest. Games can be in the form of crossword puzzles or quizzes or in more advanced and interactive forms such...

The SLPC Policy Brief 2016

We are pleased to present to you the first edition of the Sports Law and Policy Centre’s Policy Brief titled, “Lessons for India from the Rio Olympics and Paralympics Performances”. We launched this on December 16, 2016 in association with, our partners, the GoSports Foundation at the...

FAQs on Sports Agents for Indian Athletes

By Nandan Kamath 1. Who is a sports agent? An agent is a person employed to do any act for another or to represent another in dealing with third persons. The person for whom such act is done, or who is so represented, is called the "principal". A...

Keeping Fans in the Dark: Sports Event Blackout Regulations

By Shibumi Raje Introduction In broadcasting parlance, the term “blackout” refers to limitation placed on the broadcasters to televise a certain event in certain regions and/or on certain television channels at a given time. Although blackout restrictions can apply to any event, more often than not, it...

The Anatomy of a Sports Sponsorship Agreement

By Nandan Kamath While the primary role of a sponsorship agreement is to document the ‘deal’ arrived at, the process of negotiating and finalising the agreement sometimes also irons out the parties’ understandings, which may have previously been inaccurate or incomplete. Therefore, a well conceived negotiation process...

Ambush Marketing and Indian Law – Learning Module

In this learning module, we describe and summarise the current state of Indian law on “ambush marketing”, analysing the applicability and adequacy of available remedies with respect to such “ambush marketing.” Trademark Law Under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, a trade mark may be registered or unregistered....

The Anatomy of an Endorsement Agreement

By Roshan Gopalakrishna Introduction Over a period of time, celebrity endorsements have been viewed as an effective and prominent marketing tool by many companies. Typically, a public figure would appear in advertisements and promotional material marketing the products or services of a company. However, the past couple of...

The Anatomy of a Sports Business Franchise Agreement

By Nandan Kamath Introduction Franchising has gained increasing credence as a viable model for companies to expand their business in domestic and international markets. In simple terms, franchising is the practice of starting up a business based upon the intellectual property rights and business methods adopted by...

Nutmegging the Game? Third Party Player Ownership in Football

By Seshank Shekar Introduction The practice of third party player ownership (“TPPO”) in football has been the subject of huge debate and controversy over the past few months following a spate of high profile transfers of players all across the top leagues in Europe. Some notable examples...

The Anatomy of a Sports Licensing and Merchandising Agreement

By Roshan Gopalakrishna Background Sport has undergone such a revolutionary change over the past decade that today it constitutes a fascinating industry with the potential to generate substantial revenue for those involved in it. Much of this revenue is generated through the organisation of sports events, sale...

Turf Wars: Professional Sport and Anti Trust Law

By Abhinav Shrivastava Introduction The emergence of anti-trust concerns in relation to the operations of sports bodies correlates with the rise of the commercial aspect of professional sporting engagement. Anti-trust as a species of law is concerned with the development of a market economy and concurrent limitation or...

Advocate General’s Opinion on Free to air Broadcasting of Sports in the EU

By Seshank Shekar Introduction On December 12, 2012, Advocate General Niilo Jääskinen delivered a non-binding opinion on the arguments put to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in respect of a long standing dispute between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) and...

Hands-off my Database: Case Comment on Football Dataco v. SportsRadar

By Abhinav Shrivastava Introduction On October 18, 2012, the European Court of Justice (“Court”), through its opinion in Football Dataco v. Sportradar (Case C-173/11 of the Court of Justice of the European Union), recognised the rights of sporting bodies to control access to and limit the utilisation...