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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
  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...

Federal Judge Dismisses Pennsylvania Governor’s Suit Against the NCAA
June 6th, 2013 at 1:48 PM
U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane of Pennsylvania’s Middle District granted the NCAA’s Motion to Dismiss Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Corbett’s lawsuit seeking to overturn sanctions levied against Penn State University (Case Number 13-cv-00006).  Last July, the NCAA sanctioned Penn State for their role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse...

Unexpected Touchdown in Electronic Art’s Legal Conundrum – the Tim Tebow Play Call
June 5th, 2013 at 9:05 AM
Written by John Leppler: ***PHOTO1*** On May 23, 2013, it was discovered that Electronic Arts Sports (EA) used Tim Tebow’s name in a play call in its NCAA Football 2010 video game, which was released in 2009 prior to Tebow’s senior season at the University of Florida. Using his name was discovered...

NCAA Men’s Basketball Adopts Rule Changes
May 9th, 2013 at 7:07 PM
The NCAA Rules Committee for Men's Basketball held a three-day meeting which concluded yesterday with a number of rules changes. The 12-member committee (of which 11 were present and voting) adopted a change to the replay rules as well as an adjustment to the elbow-clearing rule and a clarified block/charge...

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...

NCAA Board Announces New Enforcement Structure
November 1st, 2012 at 11:26 AM
On Tuesday, the NCAA outlined a revamped infraction enforcement program in a press release.  The purpose of the program is to expedite the sanctioning process and create a more flexible system so that the punishment can better suit the infraction. The release details a four-tiered "violation structure" that ranges from "incidental...

The Trials of Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger
October 16th, 2012 at 10:43 AM
In the October 22 issue of Sports Illustrated, Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans wrote a great cover story about former LSU cornerback and pop culture phenomenon Tyrann Mathieu, known colloquially as the "Honey Badger." For those of you who don't know, Badger was an explosive (hybrid) cornerback and return man...

Potential FBS Title Game Sites Beginning in 2015
September 24th, 2012 at 4:24 PM
Sources told ESPN that the Football Bowl Subdivision will consider from only six cities when deciding the host of the FBS's first playoff title game in 2015. Those six cities include the four current BCS bowls - Fiesta (Glendale) , Orange (Miami), Sugar (New Orleans), and Rose (Pasadena), plus the...

Preview of Joe Posnanski’s Biography of Joe Paterno
August 20th, 2012 at 12:37 PM
GQ released an exclusive excerpt from brilliant writer Joe Posnanski's much-anticipated biography of Joe Paterno (see below) and, as anticipated, the excerpt is excellent. Paterno invited Posnanski to State College in Summer 2011 to follow the legendary coach throughout what he expected to be his last season (it was, but for...

Penn State Scandal “Victim #2″ to Sue School
July 26th, 2012 at 2:27 PM
In what promises to be the first of many civil suits filed against Penn State stemming from the sex abuse scandal, lawyers for "Victim #2" (the victim whose abuse was witnessed by Michael McQueary in the Penn State Locker room) announced today that they plan to move forward with a...

Report Released Damning Key Penn State Officials
July 12th, 2012 at 8:48 AM
An internal investigation of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, known as the Freeh Report, was released earlier today. The report states that Joe Paterno and other key Penn State officials knew of the 1998 sex abuse investigation into Sandusky; Mike McQueary, an assistant...

The Legal Reasons Why Jerry Sandusky’s Stepson Did not Testify at Trial
June 25th, 2012 at 2:11 PM
As the sentence came down, finding Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 counts, many people wonder why he never took the stand himself. Although there was a copious amount of information given to the jury regarding Sandusky’s alleged conduct, the testimonies that they were spared from hearing were the...

New NCAA Rule Allows Basketball Coaches Unlimited Texts and Calls to Recruits
June 15th, 2012 at 3:25 PM
Effective today, Division I NCAA men’s basketball coaches will have no limit to the amount of times they can call or text recruits.  This rule applies to recruits after June 15thof their sophomore year of high school.  The rule also extends to social media where private messages (but not public...

The Attorney That Brought Terelle Pryor, Jim Tressel, and the Ohio State Buckeyes Crashing Down
June 11th, 2012 at 2:58 PM
The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline has recommended that Christopher Cicero, the lawyer whose emails about Ohio State football players trading memorabilia for tattoos sparked the well known scandal, be banned from practicing law in the state of Ohio for six months.  Interestingly, Cicero played...

Best Taco Ever? For Erving Walker’s Sake, I Hope So
April 20th, 2012 at 4:40 PM
Former University of Florida men's basketball standout Erving Walker was ordered to pay a $301 fine for stealing a taco from a Gainesville street vendor. The March 31 incident involved Walker ordering a $3 taco, fleeing down the street (it remains unclear whether he was eating and running at the...

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. ...

Breakdown of Bobby Petrino Workplace Shenanigans
April 17th, 2012 at 12:07 PM
David Epstein and Michael McCann recently posted a great investigative piece over on SI.com (link below) about the fallout stemming from the termination of former University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino. While the basic details of Petrino's recent firing have been well-documented, the article delves into the internal email...

Jim Boeheim Slander Suit Progresses in New York Court
April 13th, 2012 at 2:49 PM
On Wednesday, attorneys for former Syracuse University ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang filed a response to earlier motions by head basketball coach Jim Boeheim to dismiss the slander suit brought against him last fall. As you'll recall, Boeheim adamantly denied the allegations levied by Davis and Lang that his...

Social Media Breach: NCAA Twitter, Facebook Regulations
April 12th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The evolution of social media has allowed simple communication and increased access to people around the world.  This has clearly benefited college recruiting opportunities by making access to candidates easier.  Consequently, there have been increased recruiting and regulatory concerns.  Ongoing issues concerning a university’s reputation, university eligibility and player eligibility...

Judging Morality: Comparing (The Contracts Of) Rick Pitino & Bobby Petrino (UPDATED: Petrino Fired)
April 10th, 2012 at 7:45 PM
UPDATE (4/10 7:30 p.m.) According to sources, Arkansas has exercised its morality clause and fired Coach Bobby Petrino In today's sporting world, we have grown accustom to athlete's scandals.  Whether it is Tiger Wood's wife chasing him with a golf club or Ozzie Guillen supporting Fidel Castro, barely anything can shock...