Sports anti-siphoning laws and the controversy of sports broadcasting: A case study of Pakistan

Abbas, Muhammad Zaheer & Riaz, Shamreeza (2015) Sports anti-siphoning laws and the controversy of sports broadcasting: A case study of Pakistan. Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 10(9), pp. 687-692.

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Controversies between private and public broadcasters over the broadcasting of live sports, especially cricket, during important sports events have emerged as a serious legal issue in Pakistan. Controversy between Geo Super and Pakistan Television over live telecast of the ICC Cricket World Cup is a typical example of such controversies. An aggressive legal battle, during a most important cricketing event, not only hampered the enjoyment of cricket viewers across the country but also gave Pakistan a bad name across the globe.

This article discusses in detail this controversy and highlights lacunas in the existing sports broadcasting regime of Pakistan. There are no clear and well defined sports broadcasting laws in Pakistan. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) rules are of general nature. Secondly, PEMRA rules are not comprehensive and explicit enough to provide clear guidelines about sports broadcasting. This may be a possible reason why sports broadcasting controversies reach the highest court in Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Despite these ugly battles between broadcasters, the government of Pakistan has never given due importance to this issue and no efforts have been made at any level to come up with legislation on sports broadcasting to avoid such controversies or to resolve them amicably in the light of well-defined laws on this subject. The purpose of this article is to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards this important issue because in future more such controversies may be expected in the absence of a sports broadcasting regime in the country.

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ID Code: 87541
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sports, Anti Siphoning Laws, Controversy of sports broadcasting, Intellectual Propert Law, Pakistan Case study
DOI: 10.1093/jiplp/jpv100
ISSN: 1747-1540
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2015 23:10
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2015 23:05

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