Sports Law Update -- Spring 2012

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In This Issue:

- Several pro teams are eyeing possible stadium replacements or renovations this year, including the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings. What are some of the major stadium negotiation issues, either for a franchise looking for better space or a city that wants to keep its team?

- For an up-and-coming athlete like Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, what are the most important considerations as he starts weighing possible endorsement deals? How can he best harness “Linsanity” for business purposes?

- The University of North Dakota is at a standstill regarding its controversial “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo. As university sports officials struggle with possible legislative changes to their nickname, what are some legal issues that could crop up for the school in regard to merchandising contracts or the use of their trademark?

- What are some of the major legal lessons of the NFL and NBA lockouts? What legal considerations should leagues be thinking about to avoid future impasses?

Excerpt from Several pro teams are eyeing possible stadium replacements or renovations this year, including the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings. What are some of the major stadium negotiation issues, either for a franchise looking for better space or a city that wants to keep its team?

The real issue becomes what is the life span of a stadium. Is it 20 years or 50 years? There doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer, but what’s clear is that the technology, design and footprints for stadiums and arenas are improving and growing each year. What appeared to be a state-of-the-art facility one day becomes old and tired as the next wave of buildings come online.

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