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|Massachusetts: Officials Grapple with Daily Fantasy Sports|
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 5, 2015“After experiencing unprecedented popularity and financial success throughout the summer and fall, the daily fantasy sports industry, it could be said, is no longer having its moment in the sun,” opined a Sports Illustrated columnist in a recent article. The author was referring to the...
|Congress Eyes Fantasy Sports Sites|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015Even before a New York Times article that said an employee of the fantasy sports website DraftKings may have engaged in betting with insider information on a rival site - FanDuel - a bet that won him $350,000, the largely unregulated industry was facing scrutiny from some members of Congress. Since...
|NLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction Over College Football Players' Petition|
Brian Smith; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on Fall 2015College athletics, particularly college football, is a major source of revenue for many colleges and universities. Recently, Northwestern University has been in the spotlight as some of its football players have sought to unionize. In the 2012-2013 academic year, Northwestern University generated...
|Daily Fantasy: Meteoric Rise, Legal Questions, and Unfolding “Scandal”|
Lynne Levin Kaufman; Cooper Levenson, P.A.;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 6, 2015Now that we are into the second month of the football season - what is the biggest story of the season? Well, if you have a television, computer, or smart phone, you know that the answer is DAILY FANTASY. And that was before the “scandal” (to be discussed later) that unfolded just as I...
|Federal Appeals Court Rejects Payments To College Athletes|
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 9, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015This morning, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NCAA is subject to antitrust laws and that its payment rules are too restrictive in attempting to maintain amateurism. However, in what can only be deemed a victory for the NCAA, the court also ruled that antitrust law requires only that...
|NCAA Play for Pay? Ninth Circuit Rules Antitrust Rule of Reason Does Not Require Payments for ‘Name, Image, or Likeness’|
John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
October 6, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015On September 30, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that the amateurism rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violate federal antitrust laws. The Ninth Circuit panel considering the NCAA’s appeal rejected one dramatic change...
|Forming Your Esports Organization|
Timothy Heggem, Richard K. Zepfel; Payne & Fears LLP;
September 21, 2015, previously published on September 16, 2015In 2014 over 27 million people watched the League of Legends World Championships on Twitch and ESPN3. This viewership exceeds that of Game 7 of the World Series or the NBA Finals games. Esports is exploding, and consequently, the number of esports organizations and the legal issues related to them...
|“Deflategate” in Context|
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
September 18, 2015, previously published on September 14, 2015You probably already know the background, but you may have missed the details. To understand the recent decision by the federal court to overturn Brady’s suspension, the details are crucial. This case also presents the issues many employers encounter when attempting to discipline unionized...
|Three Americans in Paris-a Tale of Heroism and Fashion|
Alan Behr; Phillips Nizer LLP;
September 9, 2015, previously published on September 1, 2015Among all the words written about the three young Americans who charged and subdued a heavily armed terrorist aboard a high-speed train in France, preventing what could have been a massive loss of life, was the fact that each received the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration given by France,...
|What Casino Owners Should Know About New Jersey Dram Shop Law|
Cooper Levenson P.A.;
September 3, 2015, previously published on September 1, 2015When someone is injured as the result of a drunk person's negligence, the victim may choose to file a dram shop claim against the vendor that sold the alcohol. At Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law, we know how New Jersey handles such claims and seek to help casino owners understand the laws.