Sports Law Ledger - Monday 20 July 2020

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Catchup on some of the latest sports law and integrity updates from Australia, New Zealand & around the world (copyright remains the property of respective owners):


Integrity - Rugby League: Appeals committee to determine fate of NRL's biggest manager

The future of Isaac Moses will be determined by the NRL appeals committee next month after the powerful player agent was granted leave to appeal his deregistration. NRL appeals committee chief and High Court Justice Ian Callinan determined that Moses had sufficient grounds to proceed to a de novo hearing, at which witnesses can be called and evidence tested.

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Integrity - Rugby League: Bulldogs pair get back pay as bans lifted over schoolgirl sex scandal

Bulldogs players Corey Harawira-Naera and Jayden Okunbor will be owed tens of thousands of dollars, and are free to resurrect their NRL careers, under a ruling from an independent body which left the governing body "disappointed".

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Integrity - Rugby League: Dragons to ask NRL to review no-fault stand-down policy

St George Illawarra will approach the NRL in the coming weeks to ask the governing body to reconsider its position on Jack de Belin and how the no-fault stand down policy is applied. The Dragons are hopeful the NRL will at least give consideration to allowing De Belin to play in 2020 as the lock forward’s time out of the game goes past 18 months.

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Ethics - Sports rorts: Queensland club with no adult women's team given grant for female change-room

Redcliffe Dolphins rugby league club received a $500,000 community sport infrastructure grant (CSIG) for female facilities, despite not offering women’s teams above the under 12s division. According to a leaked version of Sport Australia’s assessment, the project in the Queensland marginal seat of Petrie received a score of 65, below the cut-off of 74.

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Governance - Equestrian: Liquidation of Equestrian Australia avoided as creditors approve reform

Equestrian Australia will live to ride another day, as the embattled body narrowly avoided going into liquidation on Tuesday after its creditors voted to support administrator KordaMentha’s proposal to reform the sport. They agreed the administrators’ proposal, endorsed by Sport Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee and the international equestrian body, was the organisation’s best shot at having funding reinstated.

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Governance - Olympic Sports: Overgoverned and underfunded - the bind strangling Olympic sports

Outdated corporate governance in many of the key sports where Australia has won Olympic gold medals has resulted in excessive amounts spent on state and federal administration and has undermined revenue-raising opportunities.

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Governance - Olympic Sports: John Coates re-elected as IOC vice-president

John Coates has rejoined the influential executive board of the International Olympic Committee for a four-year period that will overlap with the process to select the host of the 2032 Summer Olympic Games. Mr Coates' re-election as IOC vice-president marks his final stint on the 104-member body, as well as his last on the global sporting organisation's peak decision-making group of 15.

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Governance, League Management - Rugby Union: New Zealand Rugby ditches SANZAAR: Australia, South Africa respond

Two of New Zealand's closest rivals have responded to their decision to part ways with Sanzaar, in the hope of establishing a new Super Rugby competition. NZR has revealed plans to ditch the current tournament structure - as well as the governing body - from 2021, following the three-month Aratipu review.

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Governance, League Management - Rugby Union: Australia to stand firm on five Super teams

The Rugby Australia board will meet on Monday and New Zealand's Super Rugby invitation is high on the agenda.

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Governance, Commercial - Rugby League: NRL in talks about potential $1 billion equity deal

The NRL has begun due diligence on a bid by private investors to take a stake in the NRL that could bring between $500 million and $1 billion into the game. Melbourne Storm chairman Matt Tripp is helping to facilitate a private-equity bid involving Oakwell Sports Advisory. Significantly, the NRL acknowledged that the opportunity is worth pursuing and has begun a process to examine the feasibility of private investment.

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Governance, Commercial - Cricket: Fresh Cricket Australia grants offer rejected by states

Australian cricket's state associations have knocked back a revised offer for annual grants from Cricket Australia, sending the chairman Earl Eddings and interim chief executive Nick Hockley back to the drawing board in terms of their calculations.

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Governance, Wagering - The regulation of fantasy sports in Australia and why law reform is required

Once a niche hobby for the sports-obsessed, fantasy sports have become an increasingly popular form of entertainment. Fantasy sports may give participants a seat in the virtual coaches’ box, but they also present a challenge for the law, just as real as traditional sports betting and online gambling.

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Contracts - Rugby League: Paul Green steps down as Cowboys Coach

Paul Green has parted ways with the NRL's North Queensland Cowboys with 18 months to run on his contract, effective immediately.

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Contracts - Rugby League: Bulldogs and Pay part ways immediately

Dean Pay and the Canterbury Bulldogs have mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately, with the two parties finalising a financial deal to end the club legend's tenure as coach.

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Commercial, Sponsorships - Football/Soccer: Destination NSW announced as new partner for Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season

The partnership will amplify Destination NSW’s dedicated tourism marketing campaign Love NSW, which encourages people to stay and spend locally in Sydney and NSW.

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M&A - Cycling: How Gerry Ryan stopped the sale of GreenEdge to Spain

Having left negotiations with the would-be new naming-rights sponsors to the team’s long-time Europe-based general manager Shayne Bannan and financial director Alvaro Crespi, it was only when Gerry Ryan looked at the heads of agreement paperwork between the two parties he realised the deal involved the foundation taking over the licence next year and shipping the team from its home in Italy to the south of Spain.

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Venues - New Zealand’s Eden Park Stadium Set To House New Esports Facility

Guinevere Capital, an investment firm that works within the esports space, has announced plans to open a new esports facility in the Eden Park stadium in New Zealand, the home of the All Blacks. 

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