Employment and Labour Relations Law in the Premier League, NBA and International Rugby Union, (PDF) studies the employment arrangements of professional athletes in the the National Basketball Association competition, Premier League football competition and rugby union played at an international level. It defines the organisation and regulatory frameworks of these three professional team sports and emphasizes the legal, economic and regulatory factors that impact the final form of an athlete’s working conditions.
It offers a comparative analysis between the sports on issues like the role of collective bargaining, wage regulation, nationality restrictions, salary caps, player movement, eligibility and the acquisition of a player’s intellectual property. It discusses the approaches accepted in each sport for balancing the interests of labour and management, the difficulty of controlling private regulatory power in professional sport, and studies the extent to which government or legal intervention is required in an athlete’s employment relationship.
National law can help players in a domestic league to secure an involvement in the determination of working conditions but it has a more restricted effect in a competition organised by an international governing body. This ebook argues that social regulation through soft law processes at an international level may assist consumers, athletes and sport globally. It offers a useful case example for comparison with the organization of other professional team sports in North America, Europe and Australasia.
This ebook is important reading for practitioners and scholars in the fields of international sports law, employment law, European law, competition law and human rights law. It is also highly suggested for students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels taking courses and modules in Sports Law or Sports Business Management.
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