By: Jordan Garnick, Feb. 19, 2017
The so-called “Cardinal Way” was considered the method of premier success and class that had kept the St. Louis Cardinals organization relevant from the time of Branch Rickey’s reign over the organization’s front office, all the way into the new millennium. In the late 1920s to early 1930s, Rickey created “the Cardinal Way” through the creation and development of a new concept called “the farm system,” which provided the Major League club in St. Louis with a continual influx of young and talented prospects. Ever since its inception, the “Cardinal Way” of player development and organizational structure has been implemented throughout baseball, and has made the Cardinals the organization that all other baseball clubs strive to become.
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By Rohan Mohanty, October 31, 2016
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Monday that sets into motion the potential relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The bill was passed through the Nevada state Senate by a 16-5 vote and through the state Assembly by a vote of 28-13, in favor of the new legislation. If all goes according to plan, the Raiders will become one of two professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, the other being the NHL’s Black Knights which is set to kick off its inaugural season in 2017.
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By Jason Kurtyka, March 31, 2016
Today, David Falk – a featured guest of the 2016 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium – manages a smaller client list than he did during the 1990’s when he was the NBA’s ultimate power broker, but he is no less influential. As CBA talks begin to heat up again, Falk’s influence on ‘90’s labor negotiations and the NBPA are apparent on both the player and owner side of the table. Continue reading –>
By Jason Kurtyka and Meg Lane, March 4, 2016
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. Continue reading –>
By Meg Lane, February 18, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit heard oral arguments Wednesday on a controversial issue in New Jersey that has made headlines in recent months: the legalization of sports betting. The hearing was for an en banc appeal featuring 12 judges who heard arguments on New Jersey’s plan to legalize sports books and offer gambling in its casinos and racetracks à la Las Vegas sports betting system. Continue reading –>
By Valerie Caras, February 8, 2016
On February 3, the United States Soccer Federation Inc., the official governing body of soccer in the United States that is more popularly known as “US Soccer,” filed a complaint in federal court for “anticipatory breach of contract and for declaratory relief” against the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association. The issue in this case is whether or not a collective bargaining agreement exists between US Soccer and the Players Association. Continue reading –>
By Cody Wilcoxson, February 7, 2016
You may have heard your local grocery store advertising sales for chicken wings and soda for the Big Game happening on Sunday. Maybe you were watching television this week and saw an advertisement for a Championship Game special at a restaurant or bar. Understandably, you might be wondering: Why don’t they just call it the Super Bowl?
The answer is simple: The National Football League owns the trademark to “Super Bowl,” “Super Sunday,” and seven other federally registered trademarks containing the word “Super,” and the League takes the protection of its trademarks seriously. Continue reading –>
By Jason Kurtyka, January 9, 2016
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, 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 Huffington Post, was an hour-long documentary intended to expose doping in international sports and only briefly included the names of Manning and other US professional athletes during an interview with Charlie Sly, a former pharmaceutical intern at the clinic where the banned substances were sent from. Continue reading –>
By Meg Lane, November 18, 2015
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. The movie is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) upon conducting the autopsy of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster and who subsequently fought against the NFL’s concerted efforts to suppress and discredit his research. The film, which will be released in December, has already made headlines because Sony reportedly made editorial changes at the request (and perhaps threat) of the NFL. Continue reading –>
By Cody Wilcoxson, November 6, 2015
Anyone watching the National Football League this season is now familiar with an off-shoot of traditional season-long fantasy sports called daily fantasy sports, or DFS. According to iSpot.tv, a data company that measures national television ads, the two leaders in DFS, DraftKings.com and FanDuel.com, combined to spend more than $27 million on roughly 8,000 TV spots during the opening weekend of the season. In September and October, the two sites spent a combined $203 million. Continue reading –>
By Jason Kurtyka, October 31, 2015
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down its opinion in O’Bannon v. Nat’l Collegiate Athletic Ass’n, one that narrowed the scope of District Court Judge Claudia Wilken’s initial ruling and allowed both sides to claim partial victory. As detailed by Associate Director of the Moorad Center Vince Nicastro, the limited ruling left amateurism in tact, but considerably battered, meaning challenges to the NCAA’s amateurism bylaws are far from finished.
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By Valerie Caras, October 27, 2015
On October 13, Lamar Odom joined the ranks of many other well-known athletes who have solicited prostitutes. However, his actions are distinguishable from a majority of those cases because his four-day, $75,000 patronization of the “Love Ranch,” a licensed Nevada brothel, was legal. Continue reading –>
By Alex Ott, October 23, 2015
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 flooded Twitter feeds and dominated newspaper columns, leading to an unprecedented move by the league to suspend Utley for two games. Continue reading –>
By Cody Wilcoxson, October 20, 2015
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. Continue reading –>
By Joseph Talarico, October 16, 2015
Football is a violent sport. Every single person who has ever played, coached, or watched a game knows this to be true. However, from sideline to sideline there is a line between acceptable violence seen on an average play and violence “caused by conduct not within the rules.” Unfortunately, on September 4, 2015, that line was crossed. Continue reading –>
By Meg Lane, October 13, 2015
The Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry has recently come under fire for a scandal stemming from employee activity akin to insider trading. The New York attorney general launched an official inquiry on October 6 into the lucrative DFS business, anchored by top companies DraftKings and FanDuel, after reports of employees winning major payouts by using internal data to develop their personal gaming strategy on opposing sites. FanDuel employee Matthew Boccio accessed internal data and competed on DraftKings, and a midlevel content manager at DraftKings won $350,000 on FanDuel after DraftKings “inadvertently” released its data on ownership trends before the NFL’s Week 3 slate of games. Continue reading –>
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 of civil rights activism, this organization has been effecting change and protecting civil liberties for decades. Continue reading –>
By Marie Bussey, April 1, 2015
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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 mass exodus reflects a growing problem in college football that is leaving many college athletes feeling harmed and without recourse. Continue reading –>
By Matt Weiss, February 23, 2015
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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 Braves currently play their home games, opened less than 20 years ago. Continue reading –>
By Laura Napolitano, February 3, 2015
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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.
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By Matt Weiss, December 1, 2014
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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, and TNT. The deal does not take effect until the 2016-17 season, but the increase in annual payments under this new deal as compared to the one currently in place (almost $2 billion per year) has sparked labor unrest.
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By Marie Bussey, November 25, 2014
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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 District of Indiana asserts that college students in work-study programs are afforded “different, and better, treatment” compared to student athletes. The lawsuit has one goal: pay student athletes minimum wage as work-study participants.
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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 filing an injunction to block sports betting in New Jersey after the state legislature legalized sports betting last month. This battle is not merely a month old, though; it’s one that began more than 20 years ago.
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By Timothy Nakajima, November 4, 2014
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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. The NHL became the latest professional sports league to encounter issues of domestic violence, when twenty-four year old Russian-born defenseman, Slava Voynov, was arrested last month for an incident involving his wife after neighbors complained of “hearing shouting and crying.”
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By Laura Napolitano, October 27, 2014
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The University of Maryland experienced a contentious divorce from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) when the University made the decision to join the ranks of Ohio State and Penn State in the Big Ten Conference. In the wake of Maryland’s announcement that it would withdraw from the ACC, the Conference filed a complaint seeking $52.3 million from the University as an exit fee. This complaint marked the beginning of a nearly two-year long legal battle, which was recently resolved through mediation. Continue reading –>
By Marie Bussey, October 22, 2014
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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 these associations: provide the Women’s World Cup with the same grass playing fields that they provide for the Men’s World Cup.
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