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Sporting organisations are now sanctioning athletes for off-field conduct. This article considers the law on restraint of trade both at common law, and under the Trade Practices Act, and its relevance to sporting disputes. Specifically, it considers the legality of the suspension of prominent Australian Football League (AFL) player Ben Cousins and the legal issues surrounding the AFL Commission’s subsequent deliberations on whether or not to permit Cousins to re-enter the AFL.
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