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Football Agent Accused of Violating North Carolina Athlete Agent Act
October 10th, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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...

FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big
September 28th, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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,...

Betting on This Season’s Super Bowl
September 27th, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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,...

A Look at Two New 9th Circuit Opinions Involing EA Sports and the Right of Privacy
September 20th, 2013 at 2:54 PM
  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...

Sports Law Job Post – Assistant Counsel, National Football League
June 6th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
You can apply here.  More details: Education Requirements: Bachelors Degree from an accredited 4 year University or College and J.D. from an accredited law school 3-5 years of experience with strong background in complex commercial transactions Certification, Licenses, and Registration: Admitted and in good standing with one or more state bars Job Function: Review ownership...

Will NFL Retirees Accept Rights Usage Settlement in Dryer V. NFL?
June 5th, 2013 at 11:59 AM
***PHOTO1*** In 2009, Fred Dryer, as the named plaintiff in a class action against the National Football League, filed a suit on behalf of all retired NFL players for compensation for the use of their images by the League.  In March of this year, the NFL and plaintiffs agreed to a...

NFLPA and NFL Continuing to Develop HGH Testing Protocols, Could This Aid the Concussion Problem in the Future?
June 4th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Written by John Leppler: The NFL and the NFLPA continue to negotiate towards human growth hormone testing in place for the 2013 season. Although there is a significant impasse, one union source said the issue now is that the league’s proposal calls for testing to begin immediately. The samples would then...

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...

Does OSHA Have a Role in Giving Professional Athletes a Safe Work Environment?
May 22nd, 2013 at 9:48 AM
OSHA is a federal agency that regulates workplace safety.  However, when it comes to professional sports, they have generally taken a spectator's view of the safety issues affecting today's athletes. In a 2008 letter, OSHA indicated that they determine whether professional athletes are "employees or independent contractors" of their teams "on...

The Elvis Dumervil Fax Fiasco Explained
March 28th, 2013 at 8:35 AM
Elvis Dumervil,one of the NFL's premier pass rushers was all set to take a paycut in base salary from $12 million to $8 million to remain with the Denver Broncos a scant thirty minutes before the deadline to re-sign him.   If Denver did not have his renegotiated contract before...

NFL’s Draft Eligibility Rule Ripe for a Challenge?
February 15th, 2013 at 3:20 PM
University of South Carolina's junior defensive end Jadaveon Clowney is widely considered one of, if not the top player in NCAA football going into the upcoming season.  Yahoo Sports's Michael Silver quotes GMs and coaches in his article about Jadaveon's situation that if he were allowed to enter this April's...

Manti Te’o’s Potential Legal Recourse Versus Catfishers
January 27th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
Now that some of the smoke is cleared and we have a better idea of what actually happened with Manti Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend, the obvious question arises: Does Te’o have any legal recourse against the perpetrators of this hoax? To begin with, we still have not heard all sides of this...

Former Texans Punter Brett Hartmann Suing Reliant Stadium Owners and Operators for Unsafe Playing Surface
November 15th, 2012 at 4:06 PM
Former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann filed a lawsuit today in State District Court of Harris County, Texas against the owners of Reliant Stadium (Harris County Convention & Sports Corporation) and the management company who operates the stadium (SMG).  Hartmann tore his ACL and fractured his fibula during a December...

To Invest or not to Invest? Sports Franchises and Stock Exchanges
September 10th, 2012 at 2:19 PM
In light of global soccer giant Manchester United's recent IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, the fine folks at the Economist included an article about professional sports franchises as investments in a recent issue. The article essentially states that investing in sports teams is less than ideal, particularly in...

NFL Referees’ Lockout Could Continue into Regular Season
August 14th, 2012 at 8:38 AM
For many Americans August means two things: summer is slowly coming to an end, and FOOTBALL SEASON IS BACK! The Olympics may have muffled some of the buzz associated with training camp and less-than-meaningful early preseason games, but football fever is slowly picking up again. This August, much like last...

The Legal Road Ahead for Jamal Lewis
June 22nd, 2012 at 2:09 PM
It seems like only yesterday that Jamal Lewis was gashing the Cleveland Browns on his way to a record setting 295 yard rushing performance.  Today, Lewis is looking to attack the Cleveland Browns organization off the field.  Last month, John Mengels released a story outlining an interview with Lewis and his...

Upcoming Sports Law Conference: Sports Law Seminar for Rookies and Veterans
May 29th, 2012 at 3:32 PM
The law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is holding its second annual Sports Law Seminar for Rookies and Veterans June 14th in Minneapolis.  The one day event will feature some impressive speakers including agent Drew Rosenhaus, former Minnesota Wild Assistant GM Tom Lynn, and the Honorable David S. Doty of the U.S. District of Minnesota.  For a full list of speakers click here.  The event is...

Wanted: Stern Action – the Problem with Commissioner David Stern’s Suspensions
May 25th, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Recently we have seen an influx of suspensions, from the seemingly harsh action taken by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints, to the apparently inconsistent action taken by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.  Although harsh, the suspensions are justifiable, in that there was an intentional act jeopardizing player health and safety.  However, suspensions for the same acts in the NBA have been comparatively mild.  This Wednesday, the NBA announced that Miami...

Suspended Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis Being Investigated for Eavesdropping on Opposing Coaches
April 23rd, 2012 at 3:11 PM
It seems the New Orleans Saints cannot do anything right these days. Suspended General Manager Mickey Loomis is being investigated for using an electronic device to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from 2002-2004. (He is serving the suspension for his involvement in the Bountygate scandal.) ***PHOTO1*** The pertinent law in this case is...

Newton’s Law 4.0: Agent Registration and Regulation
April 19th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Just as Sir Isaac Newton changed our understanding of the universe in 1687, Cam Newton is on the cusp of changing the understanding of representatives in amateur athletics.  A new law, Newton 4.0, has been approved by the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee to modify the Alabama Uniform Athlete Agency Law. ...