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|First Monday in October Might be Big Day for College Athletes|
Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 7, 2016No, the First Monday in October is not when the first poll for the College Football Playoffs is released. And it is not the day of an important college football match-up. However, it still might be an important day for college athletes-and the NCAA.
|Minor League Baseball Players Strike Out in Attempt to Certify Class for Wage Claims|
Brent Michael Douglas; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 9, 2016In 2014, a group of minor league players sued Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner, former commissioner Bud Selig, and three MLB franchises alleging numerous violations of the federal minimum-wage law. Some minor league players reportedly received $3,000 to $7,000 over a five-month...
|Welcome Back: New York State Gaming Commission Issues Temporary Permits to Five Daily Fantasy Operators|
Kelly L. Frey; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 7, 2016The New York State Gaming Commission issued temporary permits to five major daily fantasy sports operators on August 22, 2016, allowing DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, FantasyDraft, and Draft to resume operations in the state of New York. The timing is key as this occurs before NFL season kickoff and...
|Taking a Page Out of the Olympic Playbook: A Spotlight on National Collegiate Anti-Doping Policies|
Julia B. Drafahl, Amanda N. Pickens; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 15, 2016, previously published on September 13, 2016With the increase in athletic competition often comes an increase in methods to find a competitive edge. Prior to this year’s Olympic games in Rio, several international athletes tested positive for performance enhancing drugs by doping. As a result, the International Olympic Committee, the...
|New York: Fantasy Sports Legislation Expected to Raise $4 Million for Education Aid|
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 31, 2016, previously published on August 8, 2016On August 3, 2016, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill S8153 into law. The measure establishes that Interactive Fantasy Sports (IFS) does not constitute gambling, clearing the way for the institution of a taxation and regulatory structure. Thus, effective on August 3, 2016,...
|When to Update Your Bylaws; A Process|
Fred L. Somers Jr. P.C.;
August 18, 2016Bylaws are not immutable. They do and will require amendment. However, some boards act precipitously before annual member meetings and paste together a bylaw amendment not thought through carefully nor vetted by legal counsel. To amend bylaws, the amendment drafter(s) should be alert to potential...
|Private Club Membership Redemption Rights Revisited|
Fred L. Somers Jr. P.C.;
August 18, 2016Some private clubs formed in the last three decades of the 20th Century were formed by developers using redeemable or refundable deposits or initiation fees to assist in the clubs’ working capital funding or to recapture the developers’ investment. Regrettably, this technique has...
|Colorado Supreme Court Holds Inherent Risk of Skiing Includes an In-Bounds Avalanche|
Joan S. Allgaier; Hall & Evans, LLC;
August 10, 2016, previously published on June 9, 2016The Colorado Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of whether an in-bounds avalanche at a ski resort was included in the definition of “inherent dangers and risks of skiing.” In Fleury v. IntraWest Winter Park Operations Corp., 2016 CO 41 (Colo. May 31, 2016), the Court answered...
|Raffles: The Difference between Fundraising and Gambling in Illinois|
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016Raffles are often used by organizations for fundraising purposes. However, Illinois law suggests that unless the raffle is licensed and operated in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, 230 ILCS § 15/0.01 et seq., (Raffles Act) and applicable local laws, raffles are illegal gambling...
|U.S. State Department Selects FY 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
July 20, 2016, previously published on May 5, 2016The U.S. State Department has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can visit the official Entrant Status Check website to learn whether they were selected to submit an application for permanent residence.