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Unearthing the Pitch-side Mole: How to Protect Confidential Information in Sport

The importance of keeping certain information confidential in sport should not be underestimated. Knowledge of even the smallest piece of information relating to an opposing club or rival’s team selection, tactics, recruitment targets or commercial arrangements can give the club in receipt of such information a significant advantage both on and off the pitch.… Continue Reading

The Boston Red Sox steal a ‘Sign’and break the ‘Code’.

Most sports have rules or guidelines of varying complexity which are written down and interpreted by teams, umpires, players and fans (according to their respective affiliations).  Inevitably there is always a sense of ambiguity to the interpretation of these rules (for example, see the differences in how northern and southern hemisphere rugby referees, and/ or … Continue Reading

RFU announces Arscott decision and deems tactical leak to be “Inside Information”

Last month, Sports Shorts considered Tom Arscott’s sacking by the Aviva Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks.  Not only was this a fairly novel occurrence of a member of a sports team being sacked by their current employer for a breach of confidentiality, it also served to highlight, in a broader employment context, the obligations of … Continue Reading

Leaked line-out codes and duties of confidentiality

Confidential leaks and allegations of espionage have abounded in recent months in both sporting and political contexts, whether that be the furore surrounding alleged hacking relating to the US presidential election or the shadowy Fancy Bears gaining access to the databases of both the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. And now … Continue Reading
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