AN alarming earthquake may have postponed its launch, but there’s no stopping Laws for Sports and the Sporty: a handbook on Philippine Sports Law from becoming a guide for people involved in sports about the legal aspects of the particular sport they’re into.
Atty. Mickey Ingles proudly unveiled the book on Monday, holding a makeshift presscon at a coffee shop hours after the scheduled book launch supposedly at nearby Ateneo Law School was shelved following an evacuation due to the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked the metro.
The former Ateneo football team captain and United Football League winger who topped the 2012 bar exams and now a law firm associate and Ateneo Law School professor introduced the book that Rex Bookstore published.
“It’s a groundbreaking book,” Ingles said with a smile hours after the earthquake – probably with pun intended. “Pero I’m just really happy na it’s out and the people will be able to read our work. I really hope it helps people – athletes, coaches, team managers.”
“The goal for them and for me is - this is the law, this is what I can know, and where can I go now knowing my rights,” the lawyer added, describing his new book as a “bird’s eye view on how sports law works is in the Philippines.”
What makes this book unique is its layman’s terms and the pictures that are rare for law books to make it easy to understand.
“Kasi we’re really catering it to non-lawyers eh,” Ingles said. “It’s conversational. It’s a Q-and-A thing na kunwari nag-uusap yung isang athlete with a lawyer. There are chapters there na kunwari an athlete coming up to a lawyer with his endorsement contract, parang, ‘How do I read this?’ And a lawyer’s going to help: ‘Look at this clause first.’ So it’s not for lawyers talaga.”
Ingles said he wrote the book for one year and a half and among the topics contained in it are about college eligibility problems, player contracts, and the endless debate on the question: “Should student-athletes be paid like pros?” There’s even a topic on issues that sports reporters might get involved in.
Asked if the book will draw enemy lines between player and management, Ingles answered in the negative.
“No naman. I write it both on the side of the manager and the players, kasi everyone has rights naman eh,” Ingles said. “You want to balance those rights. May mga stuff dyan about data privacy – those are both for the angle of the player and the team, kasi as a player, you want to know your data privacy rights; as a team, you want to protect it also. Dapat talaga walang away eh.”
“I hope it helps a lot of athletes, kasi a lot of athletes that I’ve met or talked to, and mga coaches, people who run sports schools, they don’t know talaga kung ano yung legal aspects of what they are doing. Eh lahat yan may legal implications. So hopefully this helps them as a guide and then when they realize na, ‘ah, ito pala yun’ they can consult a lawyer,” he concluded.