Sports Law in Switzerland
Sports Law in SwitzerlandUpdated on Thursday 16th June 2016
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Sports activities, performed at a professional level, are regulated by a set of laws, stipulating the rights and obligations of the institutions involved in this industry, as well as of the persons performing such activities. Those who are interested in the sport industry in Switzerland should know that the country is the main location in which international sports bodies have established their headquarters. Some of the most important institutions set out here are the International Olympic Committee and of the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA). Our team of Swiss lawyers can provide an extensive presentation on the applicable law in this domain.
Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sport
Sports activities are well developed in Switzerland, as they are encouraged by the local authorities. Citizens of the country enjoy spending time performing various sports - many of them winter sports, such as skiing, mountaineering, ice hockey, but football is also very popular here.
Professional sport activities are very well represented on the local market and issues which can arise in this domain are regulated by the Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is also seen as the main court to which international sports bodies can address to; our team of Swiss attorneys can offer more details on the attributions of the court.
Swiss broadcasting rights in sports
Most of the sport events taking place in Switzerland are broadcasted through various media channels, such as television, radio or internet.
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to which Switzerland is a member-state, the broadcasters have a set of legal rights, as follows:
• the safeguarding of the of the televised sporting events;
• reward the efforts of the broadcasting organisations;
• reward the efforts of the above mentioned organizations for the distribution of information and culture.
An important aspect, set out under the rules of the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations, the broadcasters are allowed to re-run for a period of 20 years their initial broadcasting. The broadcasters have an exclusive right for this period of time.
Persons who are interested to receive more details on the sports law applicable in Switzerland can address to our Swiss law firm for assistance.