Monthly Archives: June 2015

The FIFA Bribery Scandal and the Applicability of the United States’ RICO Act Abroad: Possible Implications for Private Global Governance Bodies

The governance of the global sport industry has thus far remained in private hands. Practically all major sport events including the Olympics have been regulated by private associations registered under domestic law (Swiss law being the most accommodating). Fearing the adverse consequences of intervention, governments refrained from attempting to discipline that industry, despite continuing accusations of mismanagement, corruption, and infringements of the rights of athletes – a classic example of a collective action failure.

But persistent allegations of corruption at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ultimately provoked states’ reaction.

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