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Two-Day National Seminar on Legal, Ethical and Contractual Issues in Sports

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About the courses/programs

Sports and Athletics encompass the favourite pass time of several millennial. Commercial Exploitation of this indulgence has paved way to the creation of numerous sporting events or games, in the frame and form of Franchises, Endorsements, Public Appearances, including but not limited to Branding, Image-Building, etc. This wide-spread, growth in Sporting Activities makes its regulation and governance imperative.

The term Sports Law, is a conundrum that which by virtue of itself, is a mere non-existential terminology, but which when looked in through the lens of various applicable laws, Civil, Criminal and Commercial, provides a paradigm shift. The need for this paradigmatic approach was imperative on account of illegal and unethical practices that were purported to be committed by the persons engaged in the Sporting Events or games, including but not limited to actions such as Match-fixing, use of performance enhancing drugs, substance abuse, breach of trust, misrepresentations unethical practices of sports management companies to poach players, indemnity, unreasonable terms, issues of Public Policy in ticket sales, transparency and accountancy of federations and associations and nodal agencies, broader implication of the conflict of interest rule, issues on abuse of dominance and anticompetitive behaviour, etc.

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With the advent of media and the commercialisation of sports activities globally, the scope of application of the general law of the land is increasing and necessary. Insurance companies have extended the Risk Coverage from mere physical or mental accidents of Sports Players, to coverage of their Brand Value. Youngsters found to be talented in a particular game, are suddenly thrown into the limelight of endorsements which gives rise to the legal question of the capacity of minors penning contracts and the extent of scope and validity of their guardians and legal representatives to sign on their behalf. The sprouting of Sports Management Companies with their own set of contractual obligations has given rise to questions of enforceability, jurisdiction and extent of validity. The Challenges in regulation of Private Professional Competition Events, Leagues, requires that a comparative analysis of multiple jurisdictions gains significance.

Sports Law, is thus said to have emerged to be a reality, in its very conundrum, and like all other times where a new field or subject of law emerges with the changing times from traditional legal spheres, questions of law, at times even constitutional in nature, emerges, which whence brought before the Judiciary and under the scrutiny of judicial review, a new jurisprudence evolves.

The emergence of Sports law, has involved questions of Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional Law, and even Insurance and other niche areas of Contracts such as endorsements, public policy, moral and ethical conduct of players, Image rights, etc. contested widely with diverging views. The Rights of a player vis-a-vis the Franchise/Club/ League in respect of the rights of Endorsement are issues that require deliberation. The matters imperative for consideration inter alia is the submission and challenges faced in Disputes Resolution through Court or Arbitration for Sports, and the Implications of Minor Contracts in matters of Sports.

There is a growing need for the strengthening of the governing/nodal bodies and on the regulatory bodies to develop a robust mechanism that allows for the growth of Sporting Events and activities, with flexibility and agility, as that of the Athletes. This course aims to delve into each of these divergent areas within the ambit of Sports Law in India, to enable the participants to understand and plethora of legal, ethical and commercial issues that arise and the manner in which the government and the judiciary have taken cognizance of the same. The profound attempt like in the past, where Certificate Programmes where conducted will be to provide a comprehensive structure of the Sports Law in India, in the rule books, as well as the game.

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The Seminar will invite presentations and papers on the following themes:

  • Contract Management by Sports Management companies
  • Branding and Image Rights of Sportspersons
  • Recent Trends in Insurance & Risk Management in Sporting Events
  • Broadcast Rights of Stakeholders of Sporting Events, including Sportspersons, Management Companies, Franchises
  • Law on Doping & Unethical Practices in Sports: A Comparative Analysis
  • “Arbitration and Courts”: The Third Umpire in Sports Dispute Resolution
  • Challenges to regulation of Private Professional Competition Events, Leagues
  • Endorsement Rights: Player v. Franchise/Club/League
  • Implication to Minors in Sports Contracts
  • Abuse of Dominance and Competition Issues in Sports

Who may attend the seminar ?

  • Lawyers, Academicians and Law Students
  • Sports Persons & Industry Professionals, including Managers of Sporting Events
  • Representatives from Sports Management Companies and other Institutions
  • Representatives of Governing and Regulatory Bodies

Important Dates :

  • Abstract Submission: July 1, 2019
  • Last Date for Registration: July 5, 2019
  • Submission of Full-Length Papers: July 20, 2019
  • Communication for Acceptance of Abstract: July 2, 2019

Submissions - Details and Guidelines:

  • Abstracts of not more than 500 words, for original research papers on the above-mentioned  themes are invited, submitted as Word documents, with a covering letter containing the name and designation of the author(s).
  • There can be maximum only two Authors for each Abstract/Paper.
  • Authors of shortlisted abstracts shall be required to send their full-length papers who would have the privilege of presenting their paper at this seminar.
  • The full-length research papers in case of short articles should be 3500 – 5000 words (inclusive of foot notes), and around 8000 words (inclusive of foot notes) in case of long
    articles.
  • Potential contributors are required to adhere to a uniform mode of citation (20th edition of
    The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is recommended).
  • All Abstracts to be sent via e-mail to Mr Rohith Kamath at rohithkamath@nls.ac.in on or before July 1, 2019.

The selected papers shall be compiled and published in the upcoming Online Legal Journal “Sports- Law & Justice” edited by CEERA, NLSIU, would be published on www.nlspub.ac.in.

Registration Fee :

For Each Participant: INR 2,500/- [Non-Residential]

Registration fees may be paid by DD drawn in favour of National Law School of India University and sent along with the Registration Form attached herewith or through NEFT transfer, as per the bank details given below. Once the NEFT is done, the participant(s) must send the BANK TRASNACTION ID to susheela@nls.ac.in

The fee covers the Registration, lunch, tea/coffee during the Breaks for the Two-Day Event. Participants will need to make their own arrangements for boarding/lodging.

Last Date for Registration: July 5, 2019

Accommodation
Accommodation on campus is available, on first come first serve basis, and on a nominal charge, as per the University Rules. The charges for the same, if availed are exclusive of the Registration Fees.
Towards booking accommodation, please write to Mr M. Gururaj on mgururaj@nls.ac.in.

National Seminar on Legal, Ethical & Contractual Issues in Sports

Registration Form
PART-A: Details of Participant

*UNDERTAKING THAT ABSTRACT AND FULL PAPER WILL BE DULY SENT
*REGITRATION FEES : INR 2500/- per Participant

PART-B: Send Nominations Along With Payment Details

Kindly send a scanned copy of the Registration Form and NEFT Transaction ID to Ms. Susheela at email id: susheela@nls.ac.in.

The original document of the Registration Form shall be send via courier/post to:
Ms. Susheela
CEERA, NLSIU
PO Bag 7201, National Law School of India University,
Nagarbhavi, Bengaluru 560 072

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