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2013 NHL Draft: SportsLaw101′s Collection of Mock Drafts
June 28th, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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...

US Senate May Pursue Ending Sports Leagues’ Tax-Exempt Status
May 29th, 2013 at 11:11 AM
While many bemoan the inflation of players salaries in the NFL and NHL, few know that both of these league operate as "tax-exempt" entities in the eyes of the IRS.  The NFL, NHL, PGA and MLL are all classified as 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations.  Senator Tom Coburn (OK-R) has proposed an...

A Closer Look at Derek Boogaard’s Family’s Suit Against NHL
May 17th, 2013 at 4:07 PM
Derek Boogaard's family has filed a lawsuit against the NHL, alleging that their oversights and failures permitted conditions which led to Derek's untimely death in 2011.  Derek's family has retained renowned Chicago trial attorneys Corboy & Demetrio to prosecute the case against the NHL in Cook County, Illinois.  Tom Demetrio also represents...

Jay-Z Becomes Sports Agent, Wades into Hockey?
May 2nd, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Earlier this month, Jay-Z  made it known that he had found a new business venture for himself:  a sports agency.  Partnering with premier sports and entertainment firm Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Jay-Z created Rock Nation Sports and signed elite second baseman Robinson Cano to his client roster after Cano had...

Calgary Flames: How They Might Have Lost the Jarome Iginla Trade
April 3rd, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Prior to this week's trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jarome Iginla had been a member of the Calgary Flames since 1996, and the team's captain since 2003.  To say he was the face of the franchise would be to do a disservice to his impact on the Flames and the...

Calgary Flames Unintentionally Avert Offer Sheet Disaster
March 6th, 2013 at 3:50 PM
At only 22 years old, Ryan O'Reilly is already considered to be one of the best two-way centers in the NHL.  His entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche expired after the 2011-12 season and he became a restricted free-agent.  During the lockout, the unsigned forward decided to play hockey with...

Vancouver Youth Hockey Coach Jailed for Tripping Child During Post-Game Handshake
February 28th, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Overly intense parent-coaches in youth sports are a frequently cited stereotype, often portrayed in movies and television.  Hockey in particular is often singled out as a sport containing an inordinate number of these parents.  Yesterday, Martin Tremblay, a Vancouver father and coach of his son's youth hockey team, was sentenced...

Lubomir Visnovsky Will Very, Very Reluctantly Report to the Islanders
January 16th, 2013 at 3:19 PM
It has been reported today that Lubomir Visnovsky, the last NHL player remaining in the KHL, will in fact report to the New York Islanders after attending to some "personal issues" (apparently, one of his children is ill and he wants to stay until his family is well enough to travel)....

Lockout Over: NHL and NHLPA Reach CBA Agreement
January 7th, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Early Sunday morning, the NHL and NHLPA struck a deal on a new ten-year CBA, with a mutual opt-out provision after eight years.  Some of the major provisions are as follows: - The players' revenue share will decrease from its current level of 57% to 50% for the duration of the agreement.  A...

What If Bain Capital Bought the NHL in 2005?
December 26th, 2012 at 3:43 PM
A fascinating article about a real-life hypothetical.  During the 2004-5 NHL lockout, the owners heard a pitch from Bain Capital to buy the ENTIRE LEAGUE for $3.5 billion.  The article then explains why the offer was turned down and how the league might have looked like if the league had in...

NHL Brings Lawsuit Against NHLPA: Legal Chaos Likely to Ensue
December 19th, 2012 at 1:38 PM
On Monday, the NHL filed a lawsuit against the players and NHLPA in a New York federal court.  In their suit, they seek a number of declarations from the court, essentially ruling that the lockout is legal, that the NHL is immune from anti-trust actions stemming from the lockout, and...

Groundhog Day? Talks Between NHL and NHLPA Fall Apart Again, Season in Jeopardy
December 13th, 2012 at 8:45 AM
The NHL and NHLPA met with federal mediators again this week and came away with nothing.  The NHL made an offer, and pulled it off of the table when the players tried to counter.  The standoff between the two sides continues, with the NHL claiming that the sides are still...

NHL Players and Owners to Sit Down Face to Face with Fehr, Bettman on the Bench
December 4th, 2012 at 8:27 AM
The NHL's owners and players have tried nearly every form of dispute resolution, and so far it has not lead the league any closer to operating again.  Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman's negotiations have failed.  Federal mediators could not bridge the gap between the two parties.  Now, both the league...

NHL and NHLPA Head to Mediation
November 29th, 2012 at 3:00 PM
The NHL and the NHLPA meet with mediators for six hours yesterday and are meeting again  today.  This is the first time the sides have formally communicated since the NHL rejected the NHLPA's most recent CBA offer last week.   The two sides chose Federal Medication and Conciliation Services (FMCS) to help...

Czech Fans Face Jail Time for Racial Taunts at NHLer Wayne Simmons
November 14th, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Racism in sport continue to rear its ugly head, this time surfacing in the Czech Republic.  Philadelphia Flyers' winger Wayne Simmons, an Black Canadian, has been playing hockey for the club LIberec of the Czech Extraligua during the NHL lockout.  During a recent game, he was serenaded with chants of...

NHL Refuses to Actually Negotiate with Players, Lockout Continues
October 19th, 2012 at 9:36 AM
It has been an interesting, but once again unproductive week in the NHL lockout. First, there was the Deadspin report, which uncovered that that NHL had hired infamous GOP consultant wordsmith Frank Luntz (the man who turned the "estate tax" into the "death tax" and "rich people" into "job creators", among others)...

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: the NHL Lockout Continues
October 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 PM
Many NHL fans are in the midst of the lockout blues, trying to cope with the recently canceled preseason games and inevitable cancelation of upcoming regular season games, watching their favorite players sign with clubs overseas, and force feeding themselves KHL highlights featuring a bevy of exported (some re-imported) NHL talent...

Parents of Deceased NHL Player Derek Boogaard File Lawsuit Against NHLPA
September 26th, 2012 at 9:05 AM
According to the New York Times, Derek Boogard's father Len has filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA seeking $9.8 million dollars in damages.  The suit seeks the $4.8 million he was set to receive in salary under his contract with the New York Rangers, as well as $5 million in...

NHL Teams Hand Out $200 Million in Player Contracts on Eve of Lockout
September 19th, 2012 at 9:53 AM
The NHL officially locked out its players at midnight on Saturday, September 15th.  One of the reasons for the lockout, as made clear by commissioner Gary Bettman, is that players salaries are too exorbitant and the league needs a larger share of the overall revenue to deal with rising operating...

NHLPA Considers Circumventing Lockout for Canadian Teams
September 12th, 2012 at 1:21 PM
The NHLPA has reportedly been considering pursuing a course of action that would potentially prevent Canadian NHL teams from locking their players out in the event that a new CBA cannot be reached by the upcoming deadline.  Therefore, these players would be able to use the team facilities and would...