Meat contamination & what it means for athletes: A review of the BWF v Intanon case

Last week, former world champion badminton player Ratchanok Intanon was cleared of doping after an independent Ethics Hearing Panel found that Ms Intanton’s positive test for clenbuterol (a banned substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List known for increasing muscle mass whilst reducing body fat) was the result of meat contamination. Phil Hutchinson considers the impact of this case.

Court order shuts down access to illegal Nintendo Switch kits and software

Nintendo’s popular Switch game console is credited with turning around the fortunes of the Japanese consumer electronics giant. Strong sales of both hardware and games followed its 2017 launch, with some 36 million consoles sold to date. However, threats from developers of kits and software to circumvent copy-protection remain an issue for the ongoing success of the product. Our Laura Canham explains.

The SportsTech Ten: No.1 - the Studio Guy

The SportsTech Ten is Mills & Reeve’s new series of ten question interviews with some of the most important stakeholders and disruptors in the domestic SportsTech ecosystem. This will include investors, start-ups and purchasers of cutting-edge technology utilised in the sports industry, all of whom are clients or good friends of the firm.

In our first interview, Julian Moore sat down with Andre Tegner (founder of the London-based start-up studio, Studio 54, former head of investment at Aser and board member of Leeds United FC) to talk funding gaps, ideal investors and Championship football.

Bovril and betting: protecting exclusivity in sports data rights

Unless you are a fan of either team, Hull City’s early season home Championship fixture against Reading probably passed you by. The game itself was unremarkable. However, it will be a match though that a Hull season ticket holder, Daniel Mawer, will remember for a while. During half-time, Daniel was texting his girlfriend, partly to pass comment on Hull striker Tom Eaves’ new summer haircut. As he did so, he was approached by unmarked stadium security and warned to stop texting, failing which he would be ejected from the ground. Our Julian Moore takes a look at what happened.

Stopping Formula One in its tracks - the harsh reality facing British Motorsport after Brexit

With 7 out of the 10 Formula 1 teams based in “Motorsport Valley” (an area covering the Midlands and Oxfordshire), the heart of F1 is well and truly embedded in Britain. However, with Britain’s exit from the European Union fast approaching, is this niche industry under threat and does Britain risk losing the jewel in the F1 crown to other countries?

Sports technology and media

2019 is shaping up to be a highly significant year off the pitch, particularly in the worlds of sports technology and media. A number of key future developments will have massive implications on the manner in which audiences consume sport, and how industry revenues will be generated. We asked a wide range of clients, industry friends and colleagues to gaze into the future and predict what lies ahead for the remainder of the year. This is what they see…

2018 Year in Review

We wish our readers a happy New Year, and best wishes for a prosperous 2019. 

For our first post of the new year, we wanted to take a quick look back at the highlights of 2018 - a busy and eventful year for the Mills & Reeve sports team. 

Disability in football: Colour blindness?

Colour blindness is defined as “the inability to distinguish the differences between certain colours”. It affects 1 in 12 men, therefore it is highly likely that each Premier League starting XI (let alone squad) will include at least one player that is affected. The FA recently published a 78 page article addressing the matter. Our Matt Knowles takes a look at what clubs can do by way of best practice to assist their players.

The latest developments in Chinese football – well thought-out or void of any logic?

On 2 October 2018, the CFA announced that 55 Chinese players who fall in the “Under 25” age category and playing in the CSL would be mandated to attend a two month, military style training camp. This news, which came entirely out of the blue, means that the majority of clubs in the top two divisions will be missing key players for crucial matches at the end of the season; including domestic cup semi-final and final matches as well as key relegation battles. Our Phil Hutchinson takes a look.