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Sports Law Job Posting – Associate Legal Counsel, Houston Rockets
June 6th, 2013 at 9:15 AM
You can apply here.  More details: General Description: This position acts as an interface between the legal department and other business units regarding legal issues in connection with the development of agreements with sponsors, licensees, customers, and other external parties RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to: • In conjunction with the VP, Drafts...

Royce White: the NBA’s Mental Illness Reform Advocate
January 30th, 2013 at 1:14 PM
In a revealing interview on Grantland.com by Chuck Klosterman, Royce White tries to explain his passionate and complicated beliefs on his mental health issues that have prevented him from suiting up for the Houston Rockets in what should be his rookie year.   White wants a "mental health protocol" whereby an...

Dwightmare on Elm Street II: the Dwight Howard Saga
August 30th, 2012 at 10:37 AM
All too often in professional sports, we have seen organizations victimized by their own.  Last summer, the main story was Chris Paul’s trade demands, which handicapped an entire team, franchise, and city Initially, the New Orleans Hornets reached an agreement, in principal, to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles...

NBA Board of Governors Approves New Orleans Hornets Sale
June 14th, 2012 at 9:10 AM
The NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday approved the sale of the New Orleans Hornets franchise to Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints.  Although Benson "bought" the team in December of 2010, the 29 Board of Governors had to first approve the deal before it was finalized. The Board...

Sportslaw101’s Official 2012 NBA Finals Preview: Thunder Vs. Heat
June 12th, 2012 at 9:28 AM
As you may have guessed, this website’s main focus is covering and analyzing the intersection of sports and the law.  Every once and while we like to step away from the law and post our thoughts on just sports.  This is one of those occasions.  Here it goes: Three factors that...

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...

U.S. Attorney’s Office Investigating NBA Union
April 27th, 2012 at 5:27 PM
The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) in Manhattan announced the opening of an investigation into the recent controversy that has embroiled the National Basketball Player's Association (NBPA) and its executive director, Billy Hunter. Although the specific objective of the investigation is unclear, the USAO authorities are getting involved after Bloomberg...

Chapter 11: the Pitfall of Athletes and Corresponding Agent Responsibility
April 17th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The controversial Dennis Rodman made headlines again last month; however this time it had nothing to do with partying or basketball, but rather his deteriorating financial situation.  Dennis Rodman joins the unfortunate class of former athletes gone broke, an ever growing list that includes the likes of: Terrell Owens, Antoine...

NBA Agent Aaron Mintz Files Complaint Against Former Employer, Priority Sports
April 10th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last month, Aaron Mintz resigned from Priority Sports to start his employment with rival sports agency, Creative Artists Agency.  At the same time, Mintz filed a complaint against his former employer, Priority Sports, for relief from an alleged unenforceable non-compete clause.  Mintz’ former employment contract with Priority Sports specified a...

Sports Media 101 and FanDuel Continues Partnership Kick Off with Free Fantasy Contests
March 28th, 2012 at 2:09 PM
Sports Media 101 and FanDuel announced their official partnership last week. With this partnership comes the opportunity for sports fans everywhere to get the chance to play one day fantasy contests and win amazing prizes, just by throwing together a roster. The duo is allowing fans a chance to celebrate...

All in: New Orleans Hornets to Remain in Big Easy Until 2024
March 19th, 2012 at 3:11 PM
As I previously discussed on this site, the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings recently agreed to an arena deal that will keep the team in NorCal for the long haul. On Friday, the owner-less New Orleans Hornets announced that they, too, will remain in their Crescent City home...

J.R. Smith Fined $25K for Twitter Faux Pas
March 10th, 2012 at 8:26 PM
In the latest episode of "When Tweeting Goes Wrong," recent New York Knicks addition J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA for tweeting a Not-Suitable-For-Work photo of a lady friend. ***PHOTO1*** The NBA prohibits players from tweeting during games and has the discretion to levy fines for inappropriate comments made through...

Michael Jordan Sues Chinese Company for Trademark Infringement
March 1st, 2012 at 8:34 PM
With the recent emergence of Jeremy Lin, trademark law, among other things, has become a topic of conversation among pundits and fans. The corny and clever puns for Lin abound, and some are trying to profit off the Knicks’ savior’s goodwill by applying for trademark protection for phrases such as...

Sacramento Could Lose Kings NBA Franchise
February 27th, 2012 at 11:16 AM
On  February 10, I mentioned that a Seattle hedge fund manager is looking to bring an NBA franchise back to the rainy city and that the Sacramento Kings franchise was the top candidate to relocate because of its uncertain arena situation. The city of Sacramento and Kings’ owners George, Joe,...

Basketball in Seattle? Hedge Fund Founder Looks to Add NBA Team
February 10th, 2012 at 11:49 AM
In 2008, the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics left the rainy city for the greener pastures of Oklahoma City OK. The city lost its team after Seattle and the state of Washington declined to appropriate taxpayer funds to help pay for a new arena or to renovate the old one. A historically...

Dikembe Mutombo’s Alleged Role in a $10M Congolese Gold Scam
January 16th, 2012 at 12:38 PM
The Houston Chronicle reported a bizarre story involving one of the NBA’s great ambassadors to Africa. Dikembe Mutombo, best known as a shot-blocking, finger-wagging center in America and a hero in his native Congo, was allegedly involved in a $10 million gold scam. ***PHOTO1*** Mutombo met with State Department officials in November...

Should Professional Athletes Be Allowed to Hold Ownership Stakes in an Agency?
January 9th, 2012 at 10:07 PM
There has been a recent trend of professional athletes buying partial ownership interests in player management agencies. According to Deadspin, Alex Rodriguez holds an ownership stake in his agents Dan Lozano’s firm.  Lozano represents a-Rod, as well as Albert Pujols and many other high profile MLB players.  (If you have...

Manny Harris’ Frozen Foot and the Legality of Signing a Waiver
January 2nd, 2012 at 3:19 PM
Back in November, former Cleveland Cavalier and Michigan Wolverine Guard Manny Harris entered a Cryon-X machine on Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Oregon.  When he came out of the machine, the side of his right foot had severe freezer burn.  Harris was unable to participate in the Cavs training camp and,...

Celtics’ Kevin Garnett Neither Fined nor Suspended for Attempting to Choke Knicks’ Bill Walker
December 29th, 2011 at 3:20 PM
  Ah, Christmas Day: a time of celebration and reflection, of gluttonous delight and liberally imbibing with family and friends. Or, if you’re the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett, a time to showcase and perpetuate your reputation as a grumpy old agitator. ***PHOTO1*** KG is the ultimate love-hate guy: you love his hustle and heart...

Golden State Warriors’ Monta Ellis Sued for Sexual Harassment
December 23rd, 2011 at 12:48 PM
On Wednesday, December 21, a former Golden State Warriors employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against standout shooting guard, Monta Ellis, and the NBA franchise. Although the alleged victim, Erika Ross Smith, no longer works for the club, she maintains that Ellis’ improper advances were the driving force behind her...