Sports Law Ledger - Monday 29 June 2020

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


Integrity - Sport Integrity Australia: your questions answered

What is Sport Integrity Australia? Prior to the commence of SIA on Wednesday 1 July 2020, ASADA has compiled some answers to key questions.

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Integrity, Member Protection - Australian Rules Football: Eddie Betts questions why he plays AFL after being subjected to racial abuse

During an interview on Fox Footy's 'AFL 360', Eddie Betts opened up about the impact of racial abuse that he has endured during his years playing AFL.

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Integrity, Member Protection - Australian Rules Football: Macaffer, Dawes back Lumumba over Collingwood nickname

Former Collingwood player Brent Macaffer says premiership teammate Heritier Lumumba was called "chimp" during his time at the Magpies and that the playing group was aware of the nickname.

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Integrity, Match Fixing - Tennis: Victoria Police cracks alleged international tennis fixing syndicate

The group allegedly responsible is headquartered in India, where operatives have worked to convince low-ranked players from Europe and South America to throw matches while associates placed bets with bookies on the other side of the world. Two men, Rajesh Kumar and Harsimrat Singh, of Point Cook, faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court this week charged with attempting to corruptly win up to $320,000 betting on fixed games.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Swimming: Olympic swimming champion says rampant doping in his sport means he 'can't trust' half of his opponents

Olympic swimming champion Kyle Chalmers has said widespread doping in the sport means he can't trust half of his competitors, and said he was inspired by teammate Mack Horton's stance against Sun Yang.

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Governance - How to succeed as the chief executive of an Australian sport

There’s a secret to succeeding as the chief executive of an Australian sport — a secret that may still be a mystery to at least three people. The sports bosses who have got it right, however, are the ones who have nurtured the relationships that are vital to their code’s success.

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Governance - Australian Rules Football: What the AFL can learn from Conor McKenna and Essendon's averted coronavirus crisis

The news that sent the AFL into a tailspin on Saturday afternoon has rather fizzled out, to everyone's great relief. There will be no league-wide shutdown, no forfeiture of Essendon matches, no mass breakout at the Hangar.

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Governance - Australian Rules Football: AFL in fixture scramble with Tigers refused entry to Queensland

The round five fixture is set to be flipped on its head with West Coast's clash with Richmond on Thursday night expected to be postponed due to a hardline stance from the Queensland government. 

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Governance - Horse Racing: TAB NZ comes into power from August but doesn't have chief executive

Horse racing has finally got the laws it needs to grow - now the search starts for the boss to implement them. The Racing Industry Bill has breezed through its second and third readings in Parliament and will become the law the industry is governed by on August 1.

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Governance - Cricket: 'Lost control of cricket': Heat rising on Cricket Australia board

State associations now agitating for major change to the role of governing body and the make-up of the board and it faces the possibility of being thrown out by its shareholders: the six states.

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Governance - Cricket: Leave it alone: Carter backs Cricket Australia board structure

The man who helped revolutionise Cricket Australia and drag it into a modern governance era has warned diversity and trust could be under threat should it turn back the clock and shed its independence. Governance expert Colin Carter, along with David Crawford, completed an extensive report in 2011 that prompted CA to end its century-old, state-based board of 14 directors and introduce a system of nine independent directors, although states are still able to nominate a candidate.

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Governance, Member Protection - Legal liability and your COVID-19 Safety Coordinator

In the case of COVID-19 Safety Coordinators, a lot of potential volunteers are not prepared to offer their services because of the complexity of the role and which in turn brings with it perceived potential legal liability issues.

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Governance, Disputes - Rugby League: Former player launches legal case against NSWRL after horrific injury

Kurt Drysdale, a promising footballer rendered a quadriplegic after a horrific spinal injury five years ago, has started legal action against NSW Rugby League. Drysdale was a rising hooker for Cronulla with ambitions of playing in the NRL until a catastrophic injury left him paralysed from the neck down.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Netball: Players demand consultation after "unacceptable" two-point announcement

Suncorp Super Netball players were shocked and disappointed to learn of the SSN Commission’s decision to trial a two-point “super shot” during the 2020 season, and are demanding to be consulted about any proposed rule changes. The Australian Netball Players' Association (ANPA) has been gathering feedback from board members and players since yesterday’s announcement.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Speaking freely in special clothing

Sport and politics don’t mix. Except when they do, which is often. With sport so integrated into society, it would be strange if political or religious speech didn’t seep into elite sport and seek amplification. It can be provocative and polemical, or humdrum and hokey. It can be actual speech or symbolic communication. But from anthems and military bands to gestures like “taking a knee” or kissing a crucifix, sporting events are suffused with sociopolitical expression.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Rugby Union: Costs hit rugby broadcast deal as players threaten pay revolt

As Victoria's COVID-19 case spike forced Rugby Australia and Melbourne to move the Rebels to Canberra with less than 48 hours' notice, a week out from next week's Super Rugby opener, the country's players were up in arms about being asked to take ongoing pay cuts.

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Governance, Commercial - Cricket: No cash lost on stocks, says CA boss

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings says the organisation has not lost any money on its investment in the stock market.

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Commercial - New Zealand and Australia in talks over lucrative cross-code rugby match

Currently, the All Blacks are scheduled to play the Wallabies in a four match Bledisloe Cup series in rugby union later this year, although there is doubt over whether the series will take place, with borders between the two countries currently closed.

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Commercial, Disputes - 'False public circus': Legal threat to proposed Roos-All Blacks clash