Law and Sports in India
Mukul Mudgal Lexisnexis Butterworths Wadhwa
Rs995, pp 900
This book is the first endeavour to elucidate the anomalies in the sports industry in India. It's a must-have for every sports lover, sportsperson, sports administrator and anyone connected with the sports industry, as it seeks to create legal awareness on the vital issues in sports.
Justice Mukul Mudgal takes incidents and decisions in the sporting sector from across the world and puts them in a legal perspective. He manages to derive a paradigm for sports in India, which should form the legal framework for the sports industry. The book deals with many issues ranging from the very meaning of sports to matters pertaining to the State's role in regulating sporting activities. It seeks to highlight the importance of the intellectual property rights to sporting entities while discussing the aspects and the impact of the Sports Broadcasting Act 2007. Disputes in sports are many and their nature differs from other commercial disputes. Mudgal discusses the importance of their speedy and cost-effective resolutions by experts and also suggests ways to resolve them.
There is an interesting analysis on the nature of betting in sports and its legality. Mudgal makes an effort to segregate the concept of sports betting from the concept of gambling, arguing that the former is essentially a game of skill and, so, outside the purview
of legislations that govern games of chance. On a lighter note, some of the incidents that have got the rule-making bodies of various sports in a twist have been mentioned and duly analysed, for example, switch-hit and offside among many others.
Rahul Mehra is a Supreme Court lawyer and a sports-activist.