Last updated 7 December 2016

pdf_downloadStructure of Sporting Organisations
Promotion and Ownership of Sporting Events
Dispute Resolution in Sport
Drugs in Sport
Gambling and Match-fixing in Sporting Events
Intellectual Property and Broadcasting of Sporting Events
Privacy of Sportspeople
Insurance in Sport
Sport and Duty of Care
Contracting Out of a Duty of Care in Sport
Sport and Liability in Criminal Law

The professionalisation and commercialisation of sport has meant that many organisations that previously were amateur and driven by principles of recreation are now components of an industry and have to consider their legal and commercial position. Many suburban sporting clubs now employ full-time management staff, as well as other part-time staff, in order to operate the organisation. While volunteerism in local sporting organisations is still critical, there is increasing dependence on professional management.

A range of different entities organise sporting activities. The type of entity a club or organisation chooses to form will depend on a number of factors including:

  • financial resources
  • human resources
  • protection of the organisation’s assets and members from claims by other people
  • contracts the organisation has with other parties
  • the type of sport the organisation is involved with.