Update on New Jersey’s Efforts to Implement Sports Gambling

On June 21, 2015, in MLB, NFL, NHL, PASPA, Sports Betting, Sports Law Blog, 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, […]

For the Love of the Game? FIFA Indictments Signal New Era in Soccer Accountability

On June 14, 2015, in FIFA, Soccer, Sports Law Blog, World Cup, by Nina Friel

By Azadeh Erfani June 14, 2015 Shortly after sunrise on May 27, 2015, the Swiss police paid a surprise visit to six high-ranking soccer officials at the Baur au Lac, a five-star hotel in downtown Zurich, Switzerland.[1]  Among the recurring customers of this luxury hotel were top officials of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association […]

Sports: Agent for Change

On April 16, 2015, in College Athletics, NCAA, Sports Law Blog, by Kenny Ridge

By: Marie Bussey April 16, 2015 Most people, if asked to name the leading American civil rights organizations of the last century, would list the ACLU, NAACP, and Lambda Legal.  But what about the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its member institutions?  Although the NCAA does not immediately spring to mind in a typical discussion […]

Signed, Sealed, Departed?

On April 7, 2015, in Coaches, College Athletics, College Football, Football, NCAA, Sports Law Blog, by Kenny Ridge

By: Marie Bussey April 1, 2015 With coaches leaving the storied football programs at Ohio State, UCLA, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, and Notre Dame within days of each other earlier this month, one has to wonder, what’s with the trend?  The bitter buzz on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of National Signing Day suggests this […]

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 […]

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