Rugby league and the law

Davies, Chris (2016) Rugby league and the law. James Cook University Law Review, 21. pp. 69-88.

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Rugby league has been played in Australia for over a hundred years. While some cases originate from when the sport was semi-professional, the rise of professional leagues over the last two decades has also seen an increase in the involvement of the law. It is suggested that rugby league has been involved in more litigation than any other sport in Australia, with there being legal cases in areas such as competition law, restraint of trade, torts, criminal law and copyright. It is also suggested that some of these cases could have been avoided with better governance and administration. The draft system once implemented by rugby league, for example, was poorly designed and inevitably successfully challenged. However, other cases could have happened in a number of other sports and, at other times, other sports were actually involved in the litigation. Thus, there are a number of reasons why rugby league has experienced more litigation than other Australian sports.

Item ID: 48166
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1321-1072
Keywords: rugby league, sports law
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 00:15
FoR Codes: 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4804 Law in context > 480414 Sports law @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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