Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Sports Law and Policy

Edited by Jack Anderson, Richard Parrish and Borja García

The EU’s influence on sport has traditionally focused on the socio-economic and cultural impact. This Research Handbook on EU Sports Law explores the development of the 'European dimension' in sport, and the concomitant legal issues including, competition law, state aid and free movement of persons. The application of such areas of EU law to sport and the influence of EU law on key policy issues such as, doping, match-fixing and governance, are detailed in this comprehensive collection. The topical chapters by experts in their field, also touch upon the future evolution of EU sports law.
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Chapter 11: Harmonisation and diversity: trends and challenges in European sports image rights law

Corinna Coors

Abstract

License fees and royalties are a valuable source of income for many sports personalities and clubs in Europe. Despite the immense economic value of sports image rights and an increasing number of international and cross-border transactions, there is currently only piecemeal regulation across the European Union. After the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 (Brexit), the legal situation has become even more uncertain. This chapter discusses the recent trends and challenges of sports image rights protection in Europe, including the implications of Brexit on the protection of athletes against false endorsement. It provides an overview of image rights legislation and relevant case law of selected EU Member States, highlighting the complexities of bridging the gap between common law and civil law and the search for a common framework.

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