It has been a year of sporting controversy – from match-fixing and illicit betting to on-field violence and the end of the Heineken Cup as we know it.
The year ahead promises to be huge – the World Cup in Brazil and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are two of the stand-out events – and there are sure to be a wide range of issues along the way.
The second annual Sports Law Conference, hosted by the Law Society of Northern Ireland in association with the Northern Ireland Sports Forum, will address a wide range of sporting issues.
The event – which takes place at Law Society House, 96 Victoria Street, Belfast tomorrow – was a huge success last year.
This time the focus will be on reviewing a number of important and emerging areas which have considerable legal implications.
These include corruption, fraud and match fixing; child protection in sport; and commercialisation of sport.
Each of the themes relate to issues which have received widespread media attention and the conference will provide an analysis of each with an update on what has been happening.
The possibility that sports at an amateur level will require participants to have insurance will be examined.
Increasingly sports are being defined by the environments they now operate in and that means they are becoming more litigious, another issue to be analysed.
Presenters include Keith McGarry, who is an expert in sports law, a practising solicitor and a former rugby international.