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Qat(ar) It Out: Should Qatar Stop Recruiting Promising African Players?

Now that the 2014 World Cup is over, its time to move on…and write about the 2022 World Cup (sorry 2018 World Cup, I promise I’ll catch up with you later). The 2022 tournament is currently scheduled to occur in Qatar. ...more

7/17/2014 - Athletes Bribery Corruption FIFA World Cup

Jesus Christ (World Cup) Superstar?

The World Cup is in full bloom and like anything that involves lots of money and national pride, it’s going to generate its share of lawsuits (or threatened lawsuits). My favorite so far finds the Archdiocese of Rio de...more

6/18/2014 - Copyright Popular Soccer

If Donald Sterling Fights the NBA, He’s Going to Lose

When I wrote my last post, the only statements we had from Donald Sterling regarding his recent scandal were those contained on the recording that got him in trouble in the first place. Since then, he spoke publicly for the...more

5/16/2014 - Donald Sterling NBA Racial Discrimination

Everything You Need to Start Your NBA Franchise

When NBA owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments came out last weekend, they led to a lot of things, among them the decision by the NBA to finally release its previously secret constitution and by-laws. (As an aside, it was...more

5/2/2014 - Basketball Donald Sterling NBA Sports

An Utterly Disingenuous Post About The Resolutely Hyperbolic Nature of Legal Writing

During my time at Beloit College, I spent too much time playing frisbee golf, drinking Keystone Light, and getting mad at Ryan Schur and Chris Deszynski while playing FIFA 2005 even though I knew their only purpose in playing...more

4/17/2014 - Legal Writing Young Lawyers

Capturing Tiger Woods at The Masters

My second favorite golf major, The Masters, starts tomorrow in Augusta, Georgia. And as much as I dislike its history of racism, misogyny, and banning an announcer because he used the terms “bikini-waxed” and “body bags”...more

4/9/2014 - Fair Use First Amendment Tiger Woods

The Post that Might Make Things Awkward on My Floor

Aside from the actual nuts-and-bolts of lawyering, one of my favorite topics relating to the profession is legal writing. (This makes me a lot of fun at parties as you can imagine.) I’m an unabashed fan of experts like...more

3/4/2014 - Young Lawyers

Sochi’s First Meme

It didn’t take long for the Sochi Olympics to produce its first meme. On Saturday night, my girlfriend and I were able to block out the ongoing drama that is Bob Costas’ eye for long enough to watch American figure skater...more

2/12/2014 - Olympics

Could Losing Copyright Protection Be The Key To Ending Stadium Subsidies?

Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media because it leaked his script and Northwestern football players are attempting to unionize in yet another attack on the NCAA — two stories that would otherwise be right in my wheelhouse...more

1/30/2014 - Copyright Football NCAA NFL Sports Subsidies

Clark the Cub vs. The Internet

As a long-suffering Cubs fan (I blame my dad for introducing me to the team, while I’m sure he blames my grandpa for doing the same thing to him), I was thrilled when the team announced that it had signed Japanese ace...more


Writing as a Signal

Although it was many lost brain cells ago, I can still remember those first days of law school when my classmates and I spent a week or two figuring out how to even read a court decision or legal brief. It struck me as odd...more

12/18/2013 - Legal Writing

How Not to Share Halloween With Your Neighbors

With Halloween almost upon us, I thought I’d take time to definitively answer that most commonly asked Halloween question: To what circle of hell do the people who give apples and dental floss to trick-or-treaters go? That...more

10/30/2013 - Free Speech Halloween

Villians: Knowing the Most, But Caring the Least

I just finished reading Chuck Klosterman’s I Wear the Black Hat, a book that deals with what we mean when we call someone a villian. By covering examples as diverse as Joe Paterno, Bernhard Goetz, O.J. Simpson, N.W.A., and...more


The NFL’s Wholesome Image May Be M.I.A.

As we sit here today, with our cities laying in decay and the collective psyche of our nation’s children having been damaged beyond repair, we can surely point to the event that started it all: the time rap sort-of-star...more

9/26/2013 - Arbitration NFL Reputation Management

The NCAA Takes a Few More Hits

Unless you’re inflicted with the most severe kind of equinophobia, you probably don’t get much satisfaction from seeing a dead horse get beat. But since the horse that is the NCAA’s current player compensation system appears...more

8/28/2013 - Athletes ESPN Just Compensation NCAA

Copyright or Copywrong? Evidence Suggests that Our Current System Might Be Broken

Intellectual property, like the information in a book, is different than other property like, let’s say, the coffee mug sitting next to me. As for the coffee mug, only one of us can use it at a given time. Either you have...more

8/13/2013 - Copyright The Copyright Act

Xbox One: Single Player Lawsuits Only

Microsoft is dropping its new console, the Xbox One, just in time for Christmas this year. The official unveiling occurred last month and reviews have been . . . mixed. The most controversial aspects of the console were...more

6/27/2013 - Class Action Contract Drafting Internet Licenses Microsoft Online Gaming Video Games

EA Sports Uses Tim Tebow

I’ve previously blogged about a pending lawsuit involving former college athletes (here and here) and whether they should get paid when universities and business partners use their likenesses. Brent Lorentz, a Chambers...more

5/30/2013 - Athletes Football NCAA Sports Video Games

Memes Attack

A recent lawsuit combines a number of things that are surely ruining today’s youth: internet memes, the Nintendo DS, and side-scrolling video games (actually, that last one ruined my generation. Thanks Super Mario Bros.,...more

5/15/2013 - Internet Memes

College Football Playoff Called College Football Playoff

Less than nine months ago, the powers-that-be in college football approved a plan that would ditch the current postseason bowl season for the best teams in the country and replace it with a four-team playoff. While many had...more

4/24/2013 - Athletes Colleges Football Sports Universities

Paying College Players

As my diehard readers (maybe reader? Hi Mom! (Just kidding, I’m pretty sure even she doesn’t read these)) will remember, I blogged about pending litigation between former college athletes and the NCAA regarding whether...more

3/27/2013 - Athletes Class Action Class Certification NCAA Revenue Sharing Sports

Don’t Use a Big Word Where a Diminutive One Will Suffice

Lawyers have a reputation for being wordy. Take this example: I am herewith returning the stipulation to dismiss in the above entitled matter; the same being duly executed by me. Translation: Here is a signed copy...more


Free Speech and The Super Bowl

Litigation and the Super Bowl go together in modern America like litigation and, well, anything (e.g. tattoos, Bill Russell) in modern America. But since the Super Bowl is on most of our radars for the next few days,...more

1/30/2013 - Commercial Speech Free Speech Super Bowl

THQ Goes Down

As 2012 winds down and we all recover from what I’m sure was a wonderful Festivus celebration (I know I’m still feeling the effects of a particularly bloody Feats of Strength and an overly ambitious Airing of Grievances...more

12/28/2012 - Debtor-Creditor Infringement Tattoos Video Games

Tattoo Article

As the number of Americans with tattoos increases, it appears that tattoo-related litigation is increasing as well. Most recently, tattoo artist Chris Escobedo sued video gamemaker THQ because THQ’s game, UFC Undisputed 3,...more

11/29/2012 - Copyright Video Games

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