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, Sports Law Blog, Stadiums, SunTrust Park, by Kenny Ridge

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 […]

Leave 12 Alone!: The Seattle Seahawks Claw at Trademark Rights for Everything

On February 3, 2015, in Football, Intellectual Property, NFL, Sports Law Blog, Trademarks, by Kenny Ridge

By: Laura Napolitano February 3, 2015 In what can only be described as a bizarre and possibly ingenious revenue generating strategy, the Seattle Seahawks are attempting to corner the market on “12.” That’s right, 12 – a number the Count of Sesame Street has taught children for ages. Excuse me. Come again? If you find […]

Money Can’t Buy Happiness: New TV Deal has Planted Seeds for Labor Unrest in NBA

On December 1, 2014, in Collective Bargaining, NBA, Sports Law Blog, Television Rights, by Kenny Ridge

By: Matt Weiss December 1, 2014 In early October, the New York Times reported that the National Basketball Association (NBA) had agreed with The Walt Disney Company and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. on a new TV deal that would pay the league $24 billion over 9 years to keep the association’s games on ESPN, ABC, […]

Get Paid or Play; Why Not Both? Student Athletes Seek Minimum Wage

On November 26, 2014, in American Athletic Conference, College Athletics, NCAA, Sports Law Blog, by Kenny Ridge

By: Marie Bussey November 25, 2014 Student athletes often are thought to receive special treatment, as evidenced by the fact that many are idolized on campuses.  While recent media reports concerning certain star college football players seem to further such notions, a civil action filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern […]

High Rollers, Beware: Top Sports Leagues Attempt to Block Sports Betting in New Jersey

On November 11, 2014, in MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, Sports Betting, Sports Law Blog, by Kenny Ridge

By: Matt Weiss November 11, 2014 Sports betting is considered by many to be one of America’s greatest pastimes.  From fantasy sports leagues to March Madness bracket pools, betting on sports has long been a part of the sporting experience for many fans. However, this has not stopped the NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, and NHL […]

From Russia, Without Love: NHL follows NFL policy in handling domestic violence cases

On November 4, 2014, in Domestic Violence, NHL, Sports Law Blog, by Kenny Ridge

By: Timothy Nakajima November 4, 2014 Breaking the Ice: Background  The National Hockey League (“NHL”), which has been dubbed “the fastest game on earth,” apparently decides how to handle player discipline in that very manner. Swiftly. The NHL became the latest professional sports league to encounter issues of domestic violence, when twenty-four year old Russian-born […]

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Conference Exit Fees and Hostile Separations

By: Laura Napolitano October 27, 2014 Breakups are messy and can be wrought with resentment and bitterness. But when a breakup comes at a price of over $50 million, the already tense situation becomes even more complicated. The University of Maryland experienced its own contentious divorce from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) when the University […]

Grass Ceiling? Players Demand Grass for Women’s World Cup Canada 2015

On October 22, 2014, in FIFA, Soccer, Sports Law Blog, Stadiums, World Cup, by Kenny Ridge

By: Marie Bussey October 22, 2014 For years, women in industry have fought the proverbial glass ceiling, but the world’s best female soccer players are now facing a grass ceiling as they engage in a literal turf war with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). These elite players have but one demand from […]

Villanova Law Student Published in The Sport Lawyer’s Journal

On June 18, 2014, in NCAA, Sports Law Blog, by Andres Gonzalez

June 17, 2014 Nick Novy, Villanova University Law School student, was recently selected for publication in Tulane Law School’s The Sport Lawyer’s Journal. “The Emperor Has No Clothes”: The NCCA’s Last Chance as the Middle Man in College Athletics The NCAA has long capitalized on its ability to impose amateurism on collegiate athletes by claiming their […]

News and Updates: Paterno Family, Trustees Sue NCAA

On May 31, 2013, in NCAA, Sports Law Blog, by iozzia

May 30, 2013   The Paterno family along with several Penn State trustees and former players filed suit against the NCAA in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Among the allegations are claims of breach of contract, intentional interference, injurious falsehood, defamation, and civil conspiracy.  Plaintiffs seek relief in the form of a declaratory judgment that the Consent Decree was unlawful and […]

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