German court will hear challenge to IOC’s sponsor exclusivity Rule 40

PALM DESERT, October 30, 2017 – Very few athletes can quote chapter and verse from the Olympic Charter, the rulebook of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Movement.

But a lot of them can tell you about the restrictions of Rule 40, which severely constrains what non-IOC sponsors can do related to the Olympic Games during the Games period. Now an arm of the German government is planning to take the National Olympic Committee of Germany to court to challenge whether the regulations are “too restrictive.”

What’s in Rule 40, anyway? How much is at stake here? Who can resolve these issues? Get the details in our Lane One commentary, plus:

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