Sports Law Ledger - Monday 24 August 2020

Updated: Aug 25, 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, Member Protection - Australian Rules Football: AFL, St Kilda apologise to Robert Muir for 'disgraceful racism and disrespect'

The AFL and St Kilda have apologised to former player Robert Muir in the wake of "confronting" details about the racism he endured throughout his career being revealed.

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Integrity, Member Protection, Concussion - Teen Ice Star Who Fell Through The Cracks

The sad, lonely death of abandoned Aussie Olympian Katia Alexandrovskaya has exposed the dark secrets of world sport.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Horse Racing: Stables boss found with drugs, fake licence

He’s the boss of two prominent Sydney riding stables. But Peter Hoogland has found himself before a magistrate facing a plethora of allegations including alleged steroid possession.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Australian Rules Football: Bomber Thompson’s fresh claims over doping scandal

The former Essendon great and Geelong premiership coach, Mark "Bomber" Thompson opened up on the handling of the doping saga. He claimed former chief executive Ian Robson’s knowledge of the doping program went much deeper than what he let on.

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Integrity, Gambling - Horse Racing: Stewards hand down hefty penalty to Hyeronimus

Group 1-winning jockey Adam Hyeronimus plans to fight a three-year disqualification over a long-running betting scandal which threatens to end his career.

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Read NSW Reason for Decision

Integrity, Contracts - Rugby League: NRL investigates Pangai jnr third-party deals

Broncos star Tevita Pangai jnr will meet with officials from the NRL integrity unit on Zoom to discuss missing payments that have infuriated him and have the potential to cause problems for all those connected to his deal. Sources at the NRL say Pangai is driving the issue.

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Governance - Golf: In the bag: Sutherland wins Golf Australia top job

Former Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland will be Golf Australia's new chief executive. Sutherland, a keen golfer, left CA in October 2018 after 17 years in one of the highest sporting offices in the land. He has since joined the board of the Geelong Football Club, is a member of the Twenty20 World Cup organising committee and has become chairman of the newly created Live Entertainment Industry Forum – a coalition of major stadiums, venues and promoters across sport, music and theatre.

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Governance, Employment - Australian Rules Football: Brad Scott to head AFL Victoria as part of restructure of AFL

Former North Melbourne coach Brad Scott will become the new head of AFL Victoria as part of an AFL restructure that will see around 20 per cent of roles at headquarters directly affected. AFL staff were informed of the organisation's new structure on Monday morning.

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Governance, Gambling - Horse Racing: TAB NZ is established as the sole betting provider for racing and sports in New Zealand

On 1 August 2020 the main provisions of the Racing Industry Act 2020 (the Act) came into force. This represents the NZ Government’s final and main legislative response to the recommendations of the Messara Report. The new Act replaces the Racing Act 2003 and finalises the post-transition governance structure of the racing industry.

Read Dept of Internal Affairs (NZ) webpage

Governance, Funding - Sport NZ’s new $68 million community fund opens today

Applications are now open for Sport NZ’s new fund – Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa – for community-based programmes and projects targeting those tamariki and rangatahi (young people aged 5 to 18) at most risk of missing out or being less active.

Read Sport NZ statement

Governance, Contracts - Rugby League: Broncos Anthony Seibold Exit Deal, Club Fined $75,000 For Breaching COVID-19 Protocols

Head coach of the Brisbane Broncos, Anthony Seibold, is facing an alleged exit deal in excess of a million dollars to leave the club immediately, according to reports from Nine Network. In recent weeks, the Brisbane Broncos have been fined $75,000, with ten players facing individual sanctions for breaching the NRL’s COVID-19 biosecurity protocols.

The club and player fines total $140,000.

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Contracts - Rugby League: NRL set to stop players cashing in on broken contracts after Addo-Carr case

The ARL Commission is expected to be presented with a proposal from NRL salary cap auditor and interim chief financial officer Richard Gardham over the off-season that will address one of the biggest blights on the game.

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Commercial, Copyright - Aboriginal flag's absence from AFL's Indigenous Round highlights ongoing issues

The AFL will not be displaying the Aboriginal flag on its grounds during its Indigenous Round this weekend. A company not owned by Indigenous Australians, WAM Clothing, has exclusive rights to use the flag on clothing.

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Commercial, Sponsorship - Motor Sport: The naming rights sponsor for the Bathurst 1000 will change ahead of next year’s event

The naming rights sponsor for the Bathurst 1000 will change ahead of next year’s event with Genuine Parts Company subsidiary NAPA Auto Parts set to be announced as taking over the role.

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Read Supercars statement

Sports Tech, Fan Engagement - Football/Soccer: A-League Reports Record Digital Fan Engagement

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced the 2019/20 A-League season has reached record numbers of digital fan engagement. FFA head of leagues, Greg O’Rourke, said: “Year on year, the Hyundai A-League has seen a 30% growth in digital followers and a 15% increase in engagements also over that time".

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M&A, Gambling - Tabcorp seeks $600m as wagering falls

The capital-raising comes on the back of falling profits as Tabcorp has so far struggled to transition enough of its customers from retail to digital betting during the COVID-19 pandemic. The release of Tabcorp's annual report shows that its Lotteries and Keno business has grown while the Gaming, Wagering and Media arms are in decline.

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Broadcasting - The revolution will be digitised

What does the digital revolution mean for women’s sport? The changing relationship between digital platforms and women’s sport and its community.

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Broadcasting - NZ: 'We sold our souls for a few dollars': The shopping list of concerns about televising school sport

The debate over the future of school competitions as a commercial enterprise shapes as one of the defining moments in New Zealand sport's history.