The Sports Law is the another field of my expertise next to the Labor Law. Nowadays the Sports Law has become an emphasized branch of business and industry. Thus this phenomenon needs to be followed by the hungarian law and legal system through their provisions. The Sports Law is a relatively young area of the law, although today the sport is regulated by the third Sports Act (Act I. of 2004 on the Sport), this field of the law still has not yet become completely independent. The Sports Law is the kind of mixed field of law, because its duality is shown, that next to the Hungarian Constitution some other laws, government regulations, decrees, EU decrees and directions regulates it. For example without the need for completeness: Civil Code, Civil Procedure Code, Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, General Public Administration Procedures Code, the Code of Administrative Litigation, the Act of the Rules of Taxation, the Act of the Tax Administration and Regulation of Tax Administration, the Act of the Personal Income Tax, the Act of the Corporate Tax and Dividend Tax, Government Decree on Anti-Doping Activity, etc.
The Sports Law can be divided into two areas: sport public law and sport private law. The part of the sport public law regulates the public institutions of the sport (for example: Ministry of the Human Resources, State Secretary of the Sport Affairs, etc.), other institution (for example: public organizations within this public bodies: Hungarian Olympic Committee, etc.), the certain levels of the state management responsible for sport and the system of the public procurement for sport. In one word the sport public law is the sport public administration law which is also include the sport public administration procedure law. The sport private law includes the legal status of the athletes, the insurance and liability of damages of the athletes and other private legal relationships (for example: personality rights of the athletes).
In the Sports Law heading I discuss the international organizations which are working in the sport. For example without the need for completeness: International Olympic Committee, International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA, their motto is ,,play true”), etc. Considering the above-mentioned facts, the Sports Law regulates a very large area, so it is very important that this area of the law has to be highly regulated.

The Act I of 2004 on the Sport (Sports Act) has been amended!

As a member of the SPORTJUS Hungarian Association of the Sport Law and as a Sports Lawyer, I am committed to inform every single athlete about the recent past amendment of the Sports Act, based on the information of the SPORTJUS. The Hungarian Assembly submitted the government’s bill No. T/3371. on 10th December 2018. which is amended the Act I of 2004 on the Sport (Sports Act).

The government’s bill has already been submitted and published since more than 4 months, but I could not present it in the recent past period because of the temporary out of service of my website and its following renovation. If someone was not  informed about the December amendment of the Sports Act, it can be viewed at down below of my article in PDF format.

The amended Sports Act contains some new interesting legal institutions. I will list some of them for instance: the new sports academic system, the registered leisure athletes. Next to the aforementioned legal institutions, new rules have also been introduced. Such a new rules are for instance: the rules of the data processing of the athletes, the State aid for TAO (Corporation Tax) and the State aid for the spectacle (sight) team sport, State aid for Sport, Olympic life annuity, the provisions of the security of the events for Sports, the organizer of the Sports events, the data for the system of the sports information, the rules related to the annuity for the trainers and the amended rules and its supplements for the anti-doping, etc.

It is very important for the sport experts, especially to the sports organizers and the professional leaders the interpretation about these new rules and provisions of the Sports Act, because they are necessary to their everyday work. In case of any further questions, they can ask for help from a sports lawyer expert.

You can find down below the government’s bill No. T/3371 in PDF format. The document is available in Hungarian.

30th April 2019. at Budapest

Best regards,

Zoltán Ferenc Samkó J.D.
Sports Lawyer