The Movement to End an Insidious Baseball Tradition

On January 15, 2017, in MLB, Sports Law Journal, by Joseph Brooks

* By Thomas R. Smith Baseball fans are accustomed to seeing their favorite players sporting a fat cheek during a ballgame. While some might think that is bubble gum, for the most part, these players are using chewing tobacco, which is commonly referred to as “dipping.”[1] There is a long tradition of tobacco in sports, […]

Overview of Commissioner Elections in Light of Upcoming Presidential Election

On November 7, 2016, in Football, MLB, NFL, Sports Law Journal, by Joseph Brooks

  *Caitlin St. Amour On November 8, United States citizens will run to the polls to vote for the next President after a contentious and passionate election season.  In light of those upcoming events, it might be wise to examine the steps for electing the leaders of something else Americans are very passionate about: sports. […]

Is There Sufficient Evidence In Favor of Ryan Zimmerman’s and Ryan Howard’s Defamation Claims Against Al Jazeera?

On June 21, 2016, in MLB, Sports Law Journal, Uncategorized, by Joseph Brooks

  *By Amelia Curotto On December 27, 2015, Al Jazeera broadcasted The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers, a documentary about professional athletes and prohibited performance-enhancing drugs.[1] The documentary follows Liam James Collins, a former athlete acting as an undercover reporter, interviewing various pharmacists and drug providers.[2] The interviews implicated many athletes in taking […]

Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman File Defamation Lawsuits Following Al Jazeera PED Report

On January 9, 2016, in MLB, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

By Jason Kurtyka* Two weeks ago, Al Jazeera re-ignited the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing-drug use among professional athletes when it aired The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers,[1] in which Peyton Manning, other NFL stars, and MLB athletes Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman were implicated in a doping ring. The report, first promoted by the […]

Jose Reyes Arrested for Domestic Assault: How Will MLB React?

On November 10, 2015, in MLB, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

By Alex Ott* As Hawaii News Now first reported, Colorado Rockies shortstop and four-time All-Star Jose Reyes was arrested on Halloween night after allegedly assaulting his wife, Katherine, at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui.[1] The report details the disturbing allegations, which include Reyes grabbing his wife’s throat and shoving her into the sliding glass […]

MLB Arbitration Decision on MASN Dispute Vacated by NY Judge

On November 5, 2015, in MLB, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

By Meg Lane* A New York Supreme Court justice overturned a Major League Baseball arbitration decision today, accepting the Baltimore Orioles’ argument that the arbitration ruling would unfairly force them to pay tens of millions of dollars more in annual broadcasting rights fees to the Washington Nationals. The overturned decision originally awarded the Nationals around […]

Chase Utley Slides into the MLB Rule Book

On October 23, 2015, in Baseball, MLB, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

By Alex Ott* It was the fibula crack heard ‘round the world. When Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley violently collided with Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada on a takeout slide during Game 2 of the National League Division Series, the sports atmosphere nearly spontaneously combusted.  Opinions on the play’s legality and interpretations of MLB rules […]

Third Circuit Strikes Down NJ Sports Wagering Again, Appeal Likely

On September 4, 2015, in MLB, NFL, NHL, PASPA, Sports Betting, Sports Law Journal, by Nina Friel

by Jordan Hollander, Esq.* September 4, 2015 As summer winds down, we are fast approaching one of America’s favorite seasons.  No, I am not referring to autumn.  Rather, football season is almost here and that means, along with cookouts and fantasy draft parties, that sports betting is about to ramp up as well.  While the exact […]

Update on New Jersey’s Efforts to Implement Sports Gambling

On June 21, 2015, in MLB, NFL, NHL, PASPA, Sports Betting, Sports Law Journal, by Nina Friel

By Jordan Hollander, Esq.* June 22, 2015 By: Jordan Hollander, Esq.* June 22, 2015 Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime. Betting on professional baseball, and on college and professional sports in general, seems to be a close second. It is estimated that 99 percent of sports betting in the United States is placed illegally, […]

And the Crowd Goes Wild: Georgia Residents Take Challenge of Financing for Braves’ New Stadium to State Supreme Court

On February 23, 2015, in Atlanta Braves, Baseball, MLB, SELS Blog, Stadiums, SunTrust Park, by admin

By: Matt Weiss February 23, 2015 In 2013, the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County, Georgia jointly announced that the team would be moving to a new stadium in Cobb County called Sun Trust Park for the 2017 baseball season. This news came as a surprise to residents because Turner Field, the stadium in which the […]

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