Sports Law Ledger - Monday 22 June 2020

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

‪Catchup on the latest sports law, integrity, and commercial news, updates, and alerts (copyright remains the property of respective owners):


Integrity, Member Protection - Netball Australia announces intent to join National Redress Scheme

Netball Australia has become the largest national sporting organisation to announce its intent to join the National Redress Scheme, ensuring survivors of institutional child sexual abuse under Netball Australia’s jurisdiction are acknowledged, recognised and supported.

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Integrity, Gambling - Rugby League: A new account was opened. It tried to win $68k on single Dally M bet

A range of new betting accounts were used solely to orchestrate a plunge on last year's Dally M trifecta, including one attempt to win almost $70,000 with a single bet on the little known novelty option. NSW Police have broadened an investigation into suspicious betting on last year's awards.

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Integrity - NRL rules on player agent Isaac Moses

The NRL on Tuesday announced the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings against Isaac Moses in relation to his accreditation as an NRL player agent. Following the conclusion of this process the league has determined that Moses' accreditation as an NRL player agent should be cancelled. 

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Governance - Cricket Australia seeks new direction and clarity after Kevin Roberts exit

Kevin Roberts this week departed as Cricket Australia’s chief executive, having lost the confidence of the board, the states, the players and the staff at Jolimont over his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Where leadership calls for cool heads in a crisis, Roberts jumped at the shadows cast by Covid-19 and lost his in a panic that will define his legacy.

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Governance - Cricket Australia still faces discord with state organisations despite Kevin Roberts' departure as CEO

NSW Cricket chairman John Knox has confirmed his state has "no intention" of making cuts to staff as the national body calls for savings to be made.

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Governance - Australian Olympic Committee sends warning to Equestrian Australia to lift their game

The Australian Olympic Committee has threatened to permanently withdraw Equestrian Australia’s accreditation and block sending a team to the Olympic Games unless the embattled body meets a list of demands to improve the sport’s governance. AOC president John Coates branded the collapse an “unprecedented disaster”. He said athletes could be nominated for the Olympics only by a sporting body and not by an administrator or the Australian Institute of Sport.

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Governance - Australian Rules Football: AFL bans contact training for large groups

The AFL has banned contact training in large groups for the next four weeks in the wake of the positive COVID-19 test to Essendon's Conor McKenna.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Suncorp Super Netball player pay update

Players will receive at least 80% of their equivalent full salary during the extended 14 month contract period through to November 30, while many will receive their full salary or above.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Australia's Olympians urged to take stance on 'embarrassing' IOC protest restrictions

A leading human rights lawyer has urged Australia's Olympians to refuse to sign athlete agreements with the AOC unless rules banning protesting at Tokyo 2021 are relaxed, clarified or scrapped by the International Olympic Committee. Nikki Dryden, a former Olympic swimmer for Canada and now Sydney-based lawyer, said athletes held unprecedented power to roll back the IOC's contentious Rule 50, which forbids any form of protest at the Games.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Rugby Union: Wallabies coach Rennie cautious about scrapping 'Giteau Law'

Incoming Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is cautious about scrapping Australia’s ‘Giteau Law’, which limits selection of overseas-based players to those with 60 test caps or more, fearing it may lead to an exodus of talent and harm the domestic game.

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Governance, Intellectual Property - Australian Rules Football: Port Adelaide prison bar guernsey push referred to AFL legal department, Eddie McGuire says

The battle over the Port Adelaide Football Club's "prison bar" guernsey has again intensified, with Collingwood president Eddie McGuire saying he has referred the matter to the AFL's legal department. "The AFL own the copyright, I've referred it now to the AFL chairman and to the CEO and to the legal department of the AFL. They must defend the copyright … otherwise they will be in breach of their own copyright and the constitution of the AFL".

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Commercial, Disputes - Cricket: Starc turns to video in bid to claim $1.5m payout

Game-day footage supplied by Mitchell Starc in a bid to prove he was injured and deserves an insurance pay out of $1.53 million for his lost Indian Premier League contract has become the centre of the latest dispute between opposing lawyers.

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Competition Management - Football/Soccer: A-League set for winter switch after securing new Fox Sports deal

The A-League is on track for a change from summer to winter after clinching a new broadcast deal with Fox Sports to ensure coverage for not only the rest of the current season, but the 2020-21 campaign as well.

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Contracts - Football/Soccer: Carpenter makes Lyon move to rival Sam Kerr's European switch

The Matildas defender, Ellie Carpenter, has signed for the best women’s club on the planet in arguably the most significant move ever by an Australian.

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Contracts - Rugby League: Warriors end Kearney's tenure after heavy defeat

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has been dumped with two years remaining on his contract with assistant coach Todd Payten to take charge of the club in an interim capacity.

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Contracts - Rugby Union: Beale to exit Waratahs before Super Rugby AU kick-off

Kurtley Beale has likely played his last game for the Waratahs after being granted an early exit from his contract ahead of the Super Rugby AU competition. News emerged on Sunday morning that Beale has released from his Waratahs and Rugby Australia contract early, ahead of an impending move to Paris.

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M&A - Basketball: Hawks Set to Soar as New Owners Take Charge

The NBL has announced it has awarded the licence for the Illawarra Hawks to a syndicate of local and overseas investors to lead the foundation club into an exciting new era. The syndicate includes Australian entrepreneur and former co-owner of the Sydney Kings, Dorry Kordahi, prominent former NBA executive Bryan Colangelo and US businessman and basketball influencer Michael Proctor.

Read NBL statement

Media Rights - Football/Soccer: PFA welcomes Fox deal, onus on clubs, FFA to boost A-League

The soccer players' union, the PFA, says the onus is on Football Federation Australia and club owners to improve the A-League now that the competition's short-term broadcasting future has been secured.

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Gambling - Sportsbet made to refund customer who created account despite being on 'self-exclusion' list

In a rare decision in favour of a gambler, online betting company Sportsbet has been ordered to refund losses of $93,082.04 to a man who "self-exclud