Did the Super Bowl Champions Win Again? Denver Broncos Take Control of Stadium Naming

On October 30, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Uncategorized, by Joseph Brooks

*Robert Stalzer Each fall, thousands of football fans routinely flock to worship their team at locations such as Lincoln Financial Field, Met-Life Stadium, and AT&T Stadium.[1]  In 2016, the NFL faced one of these stadiums’ namesakes, Sports Authority, Inc., filing for bankruptcy.[2]  After months of waiting, a federal bankruptcy judge in Wilmington, Delaware, signed an […]

Then There Was Only One Certainty Left in This World: Congress Votes Tax Breaks for U.S. Olympic Medalists

On October 24, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Uncategorized, by Joseph Brooks

* By Samuel Park In his letter to Jean Baptiste LeRoy, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “[o]ur new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes!”[1]  Over two hundred years later, however, Olympic medalists have been granted some welcome uncertainty. […]

Pressuring the Legislature: NCAA, ACC Remove Championships from North Carolina in Response to Bathroom Law

On October 16, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Uncategorized, by Joseph Brooks

  *By Dana Sleeper It is hard to think about collegiate athletics without thinking about the state of North Carolina.[1]  The atmosphere surrounding sports in North Carolina plays a role in shaping the culture and identity of the state.[2]  Teams such as Duke and UNC are frequent topics of household conversation.[3]  When the NCAA and […]

By Taking a Knee, Is Colin Kaepernick Actually Standing Up For First Amendment Rights?

On October 10, 2016, in NFL, Sports Law Journal, by Joseph Brooks

*By Roni Mathew NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has made headlines in recent weeks about his decision to not stand during the national anthem at the start of 49ers games.[1]  In the wake of continued police brutality and inadequate responses, Kaepernick refrains from participating to actively protest the injustices committed against African-Americans and other persons of […]

Would E-Sports Gamers Want to be NCAA Student-Athletes?

On October 3, 2016, in NCAA, Sports Law Journal, by Joseph Brooks

*Amelia Curotto Pac-12 E-Sports Conference Announcement Reinforces Growth of Collegiate E-Sports On May 24, 2016, the Pac-12 announced that it would be adding an e-sports competition to their conference during the 2016–2017 year, to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.[1]  According to the official summary of the conference’s year-end board meetings, the decision was made […]

Cancel the Game in One State, Face a Class Action in Another: Pro Football Hall of Fame Moves to Dismiss Class Action Brought Over Cancelled Preseason Opener

On September 26, 2016, in NFL, Sports Law Journal, Uncategorized, by Joseph Brooks

  *Michael Ford Each year the NFL returns to its birthplace and officially kicks off the preseason with an exhibition game at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. [1]  This year the NFL and the Hall of Fame together decided to cancel the August 7 game due to concerns over player safety, but […]

NCAA’s Failure to Oversee Discipline Results in a Slap on the Wrist for Baylor’s Zamora

On September 19, 2016, in Football, NCAA, Sports Law Journal, by Joseph Brooks

  by: Megan Elliott* Following a series of highly publicized scandals, Baylor University’s football program once again finds itself negatively portrayed in the news.[1]  In August 2016, sophomore wide receiver Ishmael Zamora was cited by Waco police in response to a Snapchat video of Zamora brutally abusing his dog.[2]  The video shows Zamora kicking and […]

A Giant Mis-Snap: Jason Pierre-Paul’s July 4th Firework Accident Leads to Privacy Suit Against Adam Schefter and ESPN

On July 18, 2016, in Football, NFL, Sports Law Journal, Uncategorized, by Joseph Brooks

by Joseph Brooks* This time of year, there are always warnings about firework safety and some of the different risks and hazards that go along with igniting them.[1]  However, on July 4, 2015, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was at his home in South Florida when he  ignored all of these warnings and […]

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 […]

The Starting Five: 5 Random Thoughts About College Athletics

On April 27, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro* April 27, 2016 Using student fees and/or tuition dollars to finance college athletic programs is not a novel strategy. It has been happening for decades, and has been a key source of funding for many outstanding programs over time. The more salient issue is how responsibly the money is being invested.  Are […]

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