Getting Out of the Weeds: NFLPA to Propose Reassessing Stance on Marijuana

On March 21, 2017, in NFL, Sports Law Journal, by Joseph Brooks

  by Samuel Park* The 2016 election season is one America will not, or cannot, soon forget.[1]  However, somewhere amidst the scandals, the Saturday Night Live skits, and the uncomfortably heated two-party debates, the 2016 elections “may [have] go[ne] down as a watershed” for marijuana.[2] This past November, nine states voted on issues regarding marijuana […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SELS Blog Reports on Penn Law Sports Symposium

On March 4, 2016, in NCAA, NFL, School Sports, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

Jason Kurtyka and Meg Lane attended the Penn Law Sports Law Symposium on February 19 in Philadelphia. They sum up the content of several dynamic panel discussions here: The Anticipated Growth in International Markets and Publicly Funded Stadiums International Growth American sports leagues have been expanding their horizons into the international market, and the trend […]

“Concussion” Movie to Put Spotlight on NFL’s Legal Issues with Player Safety

On November 18, 2015, in NFL, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

By Meg Lane* Sony Pictures Entertainment’s upcoming film, Concussion, is a much-anticipated drama starring Will Smith that takes a look at the contentious issue of concussions in the realm of professional football.[1] The movie is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) upon conducting […]

NFL Throws Challenge Flag and Files Appeal on Deflategate Ruling

On November 17, 2015, in NFL, Sports Law Journal, by Nina Friel

by Joseph Brooks* Following the 2014 AFC Championship Game, the Indianapolis Colts accused New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady (hereinafter “Brady”), of participating in a scheme to release air out of game-balls in order to gain an unfair competitive advantage.[1]  After the accusations, Commissioner Goodell initiated an investigation led by Ted Wells.[2]  Wells concluded in […]

Texas A&M Files Suit Against Indianapolis Colts Over “12th Man” Trademark

On November 12, 2015, in NCAA, NFL, SELS Blog, by Matthew Weiss

By Cody Wilcoxson* Texas A&M University filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday against Indianapolis Colts, Inc. (“ICI” or “Colts”), after repeated attempts to stop the Colts from using the University’s federally registered trademark, “12th Man.” The complaint seeks an injunction against the Colts for […]

What’s in a Name? The Case of the Washington R#%$k!ns

On October 20, 2015, in NFL, SELS Blog, Trademarks, by Matthew Weiss

By Cody Wilcoxson* The Washington Redskins are in another epic battle. No, not as part of their storied rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys or a Monday Night matchup with the New York Giants. Instead, this battle is for their name. Washington’s NFL franchise is no stranger to court room drama. The story began in 1992 […]

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