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|Protect Yourself: Are You Prepared for a Personal Lawsuit?|
Dana Drew Shaw, Bennett H. Speyer; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
April 10, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015Head coaches are subject to personal lawsuits for a variety of reasons, and these cases are probably more common than you think. Many times the situation is swept away quietly without public knowledge; however, the recent suit filed against the University of Oregon and its men’s head...
|Are You an E-Athlete?|
Chinh H. Pham; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015Video games were once associated with couch potatoes, but today there is growing legitimacy, especially around what is known as “eSports.” This type of professional competitive gaming is gaining popularity in the U.S., and eSports is breaking into the mainstream world - emerging...
|Video Gaming Bill Reintroduced in Pennsylvania|
Adam Berger, Frank A. DiGiacomo, Eric D. Frank, Christopher L. Soriano; Duane Morris LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015Pennsylvania House Bill 808, introduced this week, would authorize video gaming machines for video poker, bingo, keno and other games in establishments with valid liquor licenses, such as restaurants, bars, taverns, hotels or clubs, in Pennsylvania. In addition to providing an overview of the...
|Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association To Implement Background Checks For Officials|
Shawn N. Butte; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 9, 2015Closing one of the last gaps in ensuring the safety of students from school workers in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has approved an initiative requiring all high school referees to undergo criminal background checks by a unanimous vote of the board of...
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Settle Cheerleaders’ Wage-and-Hour Class Action|
Benjamin A. Tulis; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by its cheerleaders on May 19, 2014. Pierre-Val v. Buccaneers Ltd. Partnership, No. 14-cv-01182 (M.D. Fla.). The Buccaneers agreed to pay $825,000, with $264,000 of the settlement allocated to attorney’s fees. As a...
|The Top Five Immigration Mistakes Made By Foreign Athletes|
Davis C. Bae, Gregg E. Clifton; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015In 2014, opening day rosters in the National Basketball Association listed 101 players born outside the United States, Major League Baseball boasted 224 players from countries such as Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Japan, Cuba, and Mexico, not to mention the many players from other...
|Law Professors Raise Concerns With Title IX Procedures|
Anne E. Selinger; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015Do certain Title IX procedures abridge the due process rights of the accused for the sake of Title IX compliance? The University of Pennsylvania Law School has become the second law school in recent months to provoke a public response from law professors arguing the University’s new...
|Proposed Connecticut Law Would Empower Certain Student-Athletes to Unionize|
Gregg E. Clifton; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 31, 2015, previously published on February 11, 2015A bill has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly that would define certain collegiate athletes at public colleges and universities within the state as employees. The proposed law would permit eligible student-athlete employees to join unions and bargain collectively. If the bill is...
|Major League Baseball Players Association Amends Agent Regulations To Require Written Exams For Applicants|
Gregg E. Clifton; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015For the first time since October 1, 2010, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has enacted a series of amendments to its regulations governing player agents. Approved during the MLBPA’s recent annual Executive Board meeting in Orlando, the amendments address the union’s...
|Women’s World Cup Turf-War Is Over|
Alacoque Hinga Nevitt; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2015This summer’s Women’s World Cup will be played on artificial surfaces, rather than natural grass, after a group of international women’s soccer stars withdrew their gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association.