Category: Sport

The disruptive effect of COVID-19 on the sports industry

Late last year, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, confirmed that the Australian Open would go ahead in 2021, albeit with a delayed start and strict new COVID-Safe guidelines for players and staff. With play commencing…

Cricket Australia’s bitter legal battle with Channel 7

Cricket Australia, the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia, is currently embroiled in a bitter and public legal battle with Channel 7 (also known as Seven West Media), over changes to their…

Managing event risks

As this year’s Bathurst 1000 has been run and won and the AFL and Rugby finals completed, our Commercial and Sports Law team reflect on the management of event risks.  Sven Burchartz, a long-time motorsport…

New approach to sponsorship deals is ‘An act of God’

The recent widespread fallout between sponsors and sporting codes is forcing a rethink of how events, such as a global pandemic and government intervention, are dealt with in future commercial contracts. According to Australian sports…

The King of the Mountain – with a twist

This weekend will see a new king of the mountain crowned as the winner of the coveted Bathurst 1000. However, this year will be different. It will be done without the normal crowds due to…

Integrity in Sport – A new horizon

The new national sports integrity body, Sports Integrity Australia (SIA), commenced operation on 1 July 2020. What does SIA do? SIA brings together the functions of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the National Integrity of…

Don’t get caught offside with the post COVID-19 return of sport

The return of sport at both the professional and community levels post the COVID-19 restrictions is a welcome return to a sense of normality.  However, life is not as we knew it (and might not…

An Inside View of Motorsport – Part 2

As published in Auto Action magazine, edition 1787, 5 June 2020, pages 40-41. After providing an introduction to the role that legal advice plays in motor sport today in part one of this far ranging…

Protecting your brand. Tips for your sponsorship agreements.

What happens when your brand ambassador goes rogue? Sponsorship arrangements can increase brand awareness and deliver a great return on investment for corporate sponsors. However, unsavoury behaviour by a brand ambassador can quickly tarnish the…

An inside view of Motorsport

In the first of a two-part series, Sven Burchartz was interviewed by Auto Action magazine on his unique involvement in the motor sport industry, his experiences from both on and off the track, as well…

Will the new National Sports Tribunal apply to you?

The new National Sports Tribunal (NST) may just be the forum that sports have been looking for to provide cost effective and independent dispute resolutions processes. The NST introduced by the Australian Government in response…

Sven Burchartz on Motorsport

Sven Burchartz has a unique personal understanding of motorsport and the automotive industry at all levels.  In addition to being part owner in racing teams, vehicle manufacture and restoration businesses, he has competed at various…