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Adobe PDFSay it Ain't So Barry:" A Brief Commentary on United States v. Barry Lamar Bonds
Moses Luski; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on Autumn 2015
More so than the other major sports, the sport of baseball has an especially rich lore which covers a wide range from the noble, to the comic and fabulous, with a strong dose of scandal and depravity in between. For a sublime moment, consider for example, Babe Ruth’s called shot in the 1932...

 

HTMLStill No NCAA Pay for Play-9th Circuit Denies O’Bannon v. NCAA Rehearing En Banc
John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 4, 2016, previously published on December 16, 2015
On December 16, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that it would not rehear its earlier decision in a high-profile case on payments that can be made to student-athletes. Nearly three months earlier, a panel of the Ninth Circuit had upheld a lower court’s ruling that the...

 

HTMLMassachusetts: Officials Grapple with Daily Fantasy Sports
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
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...

 

HTMLNLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction Over College Football Players' Petition
Brian Smith; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on Fall 2015
College 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...

 

Adobe PDFDaily Fantasy: Meteoric Rise, Legal Questions, and Unfolding “Scandal”
Lynne Levin Kaufman; Cooper Levenson, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 6, 2015
Now 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...

 

HTMLCongress Eyes Fantasy Sports Sites
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015
Even 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...

 

HTMLFederal Appeals Court Rejects Payments To College Athletes
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 9, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015
This 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...

 

HTMLNCAA 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.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 6, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015
On 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...

 

Adobe PDFForming Your Esports Organization
Timothy Heggem, Richard K. Zepfel; Payne & Fears LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 21, 2015, previously published on September 16, 2015
In 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...

 

HTML“Deflategate” in Context
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2015, previously published on September 14, 2015
You 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...

 


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