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The commercialisation and professionalisation of sport has made questions of sports law increasingly more relevant. For you - as an individual athlete or an association, agency, sports company, club or media company - it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect or enforce your rights and interests without outside help.

We can draw on many years of experience in all areas of sports law: Our experts can provide competent legal advice when it comes to drafting and negotiating contracts, enforcing claims in court or marketing sports rights and developing innovative marketing concept.

Sport is big business: Many of the parties involved have conflicting interests in this area, interests which they also wish to uphold. Sports law balance these different interests and provide the legal framework in which the stakeholders can resolve their conflicts. Experts well versed in sports law, assisted by the expertise of worldwide 4,500 CMS lawyers from other practice areas, will advise you in your legal matter, ensuring you receive cross-sectoral and cross-practice support for your concern.

We support sports clubs, sports-related limited companies and individual athletes, planning and arranging sports events and also helping them to protect their rights vis a vis their contractual partners. Moreover, we advise copyright holders on the protection of intellectual property rights and copyright. We can assist you in sports rights marketing area, whether your concern is sports broadcasting contracts, the centralised marketing of sports events by associations, or sports equipment and sponsorship contracts.


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30/07/2021
EDPB is­sues draft Guidelines on codes of con­duct for data trans­fers
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) is­sued its draft Guidelines 04/2021 on the codes of con­duct to be used as a tool for fa­cil­it­at­ing data trans­fers. These guidelines are the second in a series...
23/07/2021
GDPR 3 years on – The greatest hits (and misses)
More than three years have passed since the GDPR ap­plied and a lot has happened in the world of data pro­tec­tion dur­ing that time – fines, class ac­tions, court chal­lenges and more. We give our “playl­ist”...
30/06/2021
EU Na­tion­al Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­it­ies pub­lish joint pa­per on Di­git­al Mar­kets...
The de­bate about the draft Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) – the European Com­mis­sion's flag­ship pro­ject in the di­git­al sec­tor – is in­tensi­fy­ing. In May, the self-pro­claimed "Friends of an Ef­fect­ive DMA"...
25/06/2021
Double pat­ent­ing: leg­al fact or fic­tion? (G4/19)
The En­larged Board of Ap­peal (EBA) has this week re­leased its de­cision re­gard­ing the is­sue of double pat­ent­ing. The concept of double pat­ent­ing will be fa­mil­i­ar to those work­ing in the pat­ent field. It...
16/06/2021
EDPB ap­proves first EU GDPR Code of Con­duct for Cloud Ser­vice Pro­viders
Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion by the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity, on May 19 the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ap­proved the EU Cloud Code of Con­duct with sub­sequent fi­nal ap­prov­al by the Bel­gian...
15/06/2021
New GDPR Code of Con­duct ap­proved for Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) and the French Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (CNIL) ap­proved the CISPE Data Pro­tec­tion Code of Con­duct of Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders in Europe (CISPE...
11/06/2021
EDPB is­sues Re­com­mend­a­tion on cred­it card data stor­age for one-click pay­ments
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) has ad­op­ted a new re­com­mend­a­tion on the leg­al basis for the stor­age of cred­it card data by e-com­merce mer­chants for the pur­pose of one-click pay­ment of fur­ther...
11/06/2021
European Com­mis­sion’s IoT Sec­tor In­quiry: Pre­lim­in­ary Re­port pub­lished,...
On 9 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its Pre­lim­in­ary Re­port on the con­sumer In­ter­net of Things (the “IoT”) Sec­tor In­quiry which it launched last sum­mer (see press re­lease here and Q&As...
08/06/2021
European Com­mis­sion moves ahead with pro­posed 'Data Act' reg­u­lat­ing ac­cess...
On 28 May, the European Com­mis­sion launched an ini­tial con­sulta­tion on its plans for a ‘Data Act’, which would – if ad­op­ted – in­tro­duce rules for ac­cess to and use of data, both in busi­ness-to...
08/06/2021
European Par­lia­ment's 'Schwab Re­port' pro­poses sig­ni­fic­ant changes to DMA
On 15 Decem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion sub­mit­ted its pro­pos­al for a Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) to es­tab­lish dos and don’ts for "gate­keep­ers" in di­git­al mar­kets and en­sure that gate­keep­ers con­duct...
04/06/2021
Video­con­fer­ence or­al pro­ceed­ings be­fore The European Pat­ent Of­fice (G1/21)
The European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) was due to hear the re­fer­ral in G1/21 on Fri­day 28 May 2021 con­cern­ing the ques­tion of wheth­er the con­duct of or­al pro­ceed­ings in the form of a video­con­fer­ence is com­pat­ible...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...