Delhi Daredevils (DD), one of the prominent teams of the Indian Premier League (IPL), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jindal Global University’s (JGU) Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on April 3.Presided over by the Australian high commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu, the MoU underlines DD’s commitment to support the Sports Law and Governance programme at JGU. The ceremony was preceded by a public lecture by Melanie Jones, former Australian cricketer and IPL commentator on “Women in Sport” at JGU campus.
The MoU was signed by founding vice chancellor of Jindal Global University (JGU), Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Hemant Dua, CEO, Delhi Daredevils and Prof. Shaun Star, director of CIA.
Ricky Ponting, former Australian Cricket Captain and current Delhi Daredevils Coach was also present at the MoU signing.
The MoU encourages DD to actively participate and contribute in educating students and academics about sports law and governance issues that arise in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world – the IPL.
DD will assist by providing guest lectures for programmes run by the CIAS and facilitate tours and site visits to its facilities. In addition, DD will encourage interactions with team management and players as it is hoped that this will catalyse a more practical insight into the business and governance of sports from the perspective of a leading IPL franchise.
Speaking at the launch event, Sidhu said, “India and Australia share a longstanding relationship and have been constantly working together in sports, a field that is a natural fit between our two countries. This MoU will offer an opportunity to further expand sports partnership beyond the cricket field – allowing academics and students to work in this emerging area of collaboration. I hope that this partnership between Delhi Daredevils, the Centre for India Australia Studies and Jindal Global University will act as a stepping stone to help build stronger sporting ties between our nations.”
Prof. Raj Kumar pointed out that the association with DD will help in the exchange of knowledge in the field of sports law. Students and academics will be able to interact with the best in the business of sports and strengthen their awareness of significant issues that exist in practice.
“The MoU will provide insights into practical experiences of the sporting world to our university students. This is a significant step forward in building on the existing Sports Law and Governance course which we have at JGU. This will also help build and strengthen awareness and opportunity of key challenges and opportunities in the field of sport. The practice of sports law and governance is global, and while DD’s insights will I’m sure be invaluable, it is important that we also consider other sports and other jurisdictions when teaching our students about this area of law,” he said.
Commenting on the association, Delhi Daredevil’s CEO, Hemant Dua, said, “We are happy to partner and work with O.P. Jindal Global University and the Centre for India Australia Studies on closely understanding sports law and governance. As part of the partnership DD is to provide insights, guidance and hands-on experience of working with a Cricket franchise to promising lawyers. I am certain that this will be a great exchange programme which will lead to greater sharing of knowledge”.
Led by Prof. Star, the course aims to create better opportunities for students who want to pursue a career in this field.
The Sports Law and Governance course at JGU provides an overview of legal and policy issues that exist in professional sports. It focuses on the legal principles involved in the conduct, commercialisation and regulation of sports in India. The course draws on practitioner and case study perspectives to illustrate the operation of the law and business of sport in a global context. The key focus areas include the commercialisation of sport; dispute resolution in sport; tort law in sport; drugs in sport; corruption in sport; organised crime, match fixing and gambling; athlete, agent relationship and player contracting; sponsorship in sport; marketing, branding and intellectual property.
JGU and the CIAS’ association with Delhi Daredevils will create opportunities for students and faculty from India and Australia to gain a practical perspective of how sports law and governance work in the Indian Premier League, one of the largest sporting leagues in the world.