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Getting Fit… Legally – How to Manage Your Legal Risk as a Fitness Business Owner By Fiona Brown May 18, 2017 It is no surprise that there are many challenges to running a fitness business. One aspect which often troubles fitness business owners is how to go about ensuring compliance with all the different legal requirements that come with having employees and customers. As a client service industry, a f...

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A&B Lawyer Invited to the Vatican to Participate in Global Conference on Sport and Humanity Sep 21, 2016 Paige Backman, a partner with the firm's Corporate/Commercial Group and Co-Chair of the Sports & Media Team, has been invited to the Vatican to participate in the first global conference on "Sport at the Service of Humanity." Paige is a former member of Canada's national water polo team, is a...

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Russian Cyber Spy Group Hacks World Anti-Doping Agency, Releases Private Medical Information on Olympic Athletes By Paige Backman Sep 14, 2016 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed yesterday that a Russian cyber espionage group broke into WADA's anti-doping database and accessed athlete data, including confidential medical data, and subsequently released some of that data, including information on various athletes' use of medica...

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Canadian Leads IOC Consensus Statement on Abuse in Sports By Paige Backman Jul 21, 2016 Dr. Margo Mountjoy, one of Canada's highest ranking international sports representatives, with an impressive resume that includes being a member of the IOC Medical Commission Games Group, WADA Health Medicine and Research Committee Group, FINA Bureau and the Chairman of ASOIF Medical Consultative...

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David vs. Goliath: Never Underestimate the PR Implications of Enforcing your Legal Rights By Aaron Baer Jul 21, 2016 In a recent twist on the classic David vs. Goliath story, the sportswear giant Nike filed a lawsuit against Boris Berian, the indoor 800-meter world champion. Nike alleged that the 23-year-old violated his endorsement deal with Nike when he agreed to a sponsorship with New Balance. Nike had the r...

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Anti-Doping and Privacy By Paige Backman Jul 14, 2016 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) fights a sophisticated war against athletes and those around them who attempt to artificially manipulate the athlete's body to enhance training and performance. It is a challenging fight, requiring highly-sophisticated testing and extensive resources to try to ...

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Sports Organizations and Good Governance - More than Just Policies By Paige Backman Jun 13, 2016 Euro 2016 started last week and the International Olympic Committee is presenting the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in less than two months. We have seen unprecedented investigations involving international sports organizations, including charges laid against top FIFA officials, pervasive and systemi...

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Rio 2016 - What High-Performance Coaches Are Doing to Prepare By Paige Backman May 24, 2016 Paige Backman, a Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and Co-Chair of the firm's Sports and Media Team, interviewed Mr. Dragan Jovanovic, Executive Director of the World Water Polo Coaches Association, to discuss what high-performance coaches are doing to prepare their athletes for Rio 2016. Prior to...

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Sports Programming: PVR/DVR Proof! By Stephen Zolf Jan 07, 2016 It was with much fanfare in the Fall of 2013 that Rogers scooped the NHL's Canadian national broadcast rights from Bell Media, for the tidy sum of $5.2 billion over 12 years (starting in the 2014-15 NHL season). Following Rogers' marquee rights purchase, many had predicted that Rogers Sportsnet s...

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The Competition Bureau Concludes (for now!) That the Rogers-NHL Agreement is Not Anti-Competitive By Stephen Zolf Jan 06, 2016 The Competition Bureau has found that the Rogers-NHL 12-year broadcast agreement has not, "at this time," resulted in a substantial lessening of competition (SLC). The 2013 agreement marked the first time that one party (Rogers) has held exclusive rights to broadcast all the national NHL games. P...
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