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Football Agent Accused of Violating North Carolina Athlete Agent Act

October 10th, 2013 at 8:26 AM
By Darsh U. Patel

Georgia-based football agent Terry Watson  has been arrested and charged with violating N.C. Gen. Stat. 78C- 85-105, colloquially known as North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act (PDF available here). A grand jury in Orange County NC indicted the 39-year old head of Watson Sports Agency on 13 counts of athlete agent inducement and 1 count of obstruction of justice.

The alleged improprieties stem from Watson's 2010 interactions with 3 then-UNC, now-NFL players players Greg Little, Marvin Austin, and Robert Quinn. The State alleges Watson offered the former Tar Heels cash, airfare, lodging, and other benefits to induce them to sign an agency contract, which Section 78C-98 of the Act prohibits. ("An athlete agent, with intent to induce a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract, shall not: … (2) Furnish anything of value to a student-athlete before the student-athlete enters into an agency contract.") Watson was charged with obstruction of justice for refusing to provide financial records. If convicted, Watson faces probation or up to 15 months in prison, and civil fines up to $25,000 on the agent inducement charges, and up to 30 months on the obstruction charge.

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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 8:54 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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Betting on This Season’s Super Bowl

September 27th, 2013 at 1:26 PM
By Sports Media 101

The 2013/14 NFL season may have started now, but the Super Bowl is still some way in the distance for both fans and teams. However they don’t call them ‘futures’ bets for nothing, so people are already clamoring to get odds on the teams and deciding who to bet on, both to reach the final and to win the 2014 Super Bowl. There are already several teams ranked amongst the real contenders to win it, but the Broncos are the current hot favourites with the bookies.

They are unlikely to be particularly appealing at 4/1, unless you are a very unadventurous punter, but they could attract more interest at the 9/2 odds available at selected sports betting pages. Other teams that could be of real interest to those who don’t want to bet on one of the favourites, or a rank outsider, could be the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals (20/1), last season’s winners the Baltimore Ravens (39/1) or the New York Giants (50/1). Of course any of these will still be a major risk, especially so early in the season, so you may prefer to hold off on betting just now, when you can play the likes of $5 Million Touchdown instead.

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A Look at Two New 9th Circuit Opinions Involing EA Sports and the Right of Privacy

September 20th, 2013 at 2:54 PM
By Daniel Werly

 

Two recent 9th Circuit opinions — both with EA sports as a defendant to the litigation — ruled opposite ways with regards to the right of privacy concerns at issue.  The overarching issue in both cases is the balance between trademark and similar rights on one hand and First Amendment rights on the other.  

On July 31, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a case brought by former Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown against EA in Brown v. Electronic Arts Inc., No. 09-56675.  The 9th Circuit cited to another opinion involving EA released the same day, Keller v. Electronic. Arts Inc., No 10-15387.  In Keller — a former Division I quarterback at Arizona State University and, later, the University of Nebraska — brought a class action against EA for (among other things) allegedly violating his right of publicity under California law.

In coming to different conclusions, Court applied the so-called “Rogers test” in the Brown case and the “transformative-use” test in the Keller case. Read more about why in the full article published in the Akron Legal News.

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2013 NHL Draft: SportsLaw101′s Collection of Mock Drafts

June 28th, 2013 at 12:03 PM
By Matthew Heimlich

It's going to be hard to follow the chaos and unpredictability that was last night's NBA draft, but this Sunday beginning at 3pm EST, the NHL will give it a try with their 2013 draft.  Below are links to several 2013 NHL Draft resources to get you ready for Sunday's action:

Complete Draft Order (NHL.com)

Central Scouting Services' 2013 Prospect Rankings (NHL.com)

Adam Kimmelman's 2013 Mock Draft (NHL.com)

Mike Moreale's 2013 Mock Draft (NHL.com)

Steven Hoffner's 2013 Mock Draft (NHL.com)

Buzzing the Net NHL Draft Top 10 (Yahoo.com)

Buzzing the Net 2013 Mock Draft (Yahoo.com)

Bob McKenzie's 2013 Top Prospects (TSN.com)

Craig Button's 2013 Mock Draft (TSN.com)

 

There you have it.  Enjoy the action on Sunday!

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