Each UEFA EURO 2012 match attracts a larger audience than the American Superbowl. This is a great event not only for Poland and Ukraine hosting such a large sports event for the first time, but also for all football fans worldwide.An unusual mixture of ambition, competitiveness, hopes and huge amounts of money in international sport creates an environment particularly vulnerable to disputes and requires specific types of resolving such disputes. Huge emotions – both of the heroes on the pitch and those crossing fingers for them – can be seen with the naked eye, especially for the inhabitants of Warsaw, Kiev and six other cities in which Euro 2012 matches are played. Even the skeptics, who do not treat his football fever seriously, must admit that sport is a contemporary phenomenon. Nowadays sport generates huge business and money. The value of financial matters associated with international sport is estimated at 3 – 6% of international trade.
The scale and specifics of sport make it necessary to develop certain tools for dispute resolution. The best known international sport dispute solution institution is the Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS/CAS). TAS was established in 1984 under the auspices of ICAS (International Council of Arbitration for Sport) in Lausanne (Switzerland).
For the needs of the third largest sport event in the world, the UEFA EURO, TAS created individual arbitration regulations (Arbitration Rules for the UEFA Euro 2012 Final Round) and the tools and environment to quickly and effectively settle disputes (CAS Ad Hoc Division). A similar specific system of dispute resolution will serve to settle disputes during the forthcoming Olympic games in London.
What is particularly characteristic for the CAS Ad Hoc Division is the duration of the proceedings. The disputes are solved within 48 hours of the time of filing a motion. It obviously requires the establishment of a team of flexible and experienced arbitrators and special solutions in the regulations. The ability to quickly think and react has always been highly valued in the legal profession. In this case, it can be said half jokingly that this virtue has been raised to champion level, if not Olympic level!