As you watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup (“World Cup”) unfold in South Africa this month, ask this question: how does a legal dispute related to the tournament get resolved?
All athletes and teams have agreed to arbitrate all disputes related to the World Cup and cannot utilize the court system in seeking resolution.
Accordingly, the ultimate arbiter of all legal disputes “arising out of” the World Cup is the increasingly influential body known as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”), an international arbitration association that specializes in the resolution of sports disputes. The CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and its American arm, the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport, a division of the American Arbitration Association, also oversee all disputes related to the Olympic movement as well as those arising out of the Tour de France and nearly all the pro sports leagues around the world.
Friday, June 18, 2010
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