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Northwestern University Football Players Are Not Employees

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that grant-in-aid scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act. This has raised the question whether such...more

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

NCAA’s Latest Legal Nightmare May Be Most Important

No doubt all eyes of the sports world are on the O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association trial, which is currently taking place in Oakland, California. SB Nation called the trial “the biggest trial in the history...more

Doping Tests and Privacy Rights in Spain: a Key Court Decision

No one can deny that, over the last decade, Spain has taken the fight against Sports’ doping networks very seriously. In 2006 and 2013, two demanding laws for the health protection of federated sportsmen and the prosecution...more

Statements Are As Important As Actions Are In Sports Too

I often like to use the world of sports as a backdrop for employment law and social media points. After all, athletes are essentially employees of the teams they play for, right? And here’s another recent case in point of how...more

Doping tests and privacy rights in Spain: a key court decision

No one can deny that, over the last decade, Spain has taken the fight against Sports’ doping networks very seriously. In 2006 and 2013, two demanding laws for the health protection of federated sportsmen and the prosecution...more

Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct (the Todd Carney case)

On 28 June 2014, a photo was posted on social media of Cronulla Sharks’ Football Club five eighth Todd Carney engaging in a lewd act in a nightclub bathroom. The Cronulla Sharks acted swiftly, organising a teleconference with...more

Criminal Conduct & Sports: Luis Suarez - World Class Biter

Last year, Suarez, while playing for Liverpool, was suspended for 10 games for biting a Chelsea player. Suarez issued a public apology and paid a fine. British Prime Minister, David Cameron, stated that Suarez’s conduct set...more

Workplace Lessons from the NFL—An Interview with Ogletree Deakins Shareholder and Former Offensive Lineman, John Gerak

Until his career was cut short by injury, John Gerak played five seasons as an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL)—four with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the St. Louis Rams. As an undergraduate,...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - June 2014

In This Issue: -The ABCs of Arbitrating Outside of the New York Convention - Leading International Arbitration Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in Paris - US Supreme Court Revives International Arbitration...more

Do Public School Athletic Leagues Have To Admit Private High Schools?

Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), a private high school in Lynchburg, Virginia, has filed an antitrust action against the Virginia High School League (VHSL), a non-profit organization of public high schools in Virginia. The...more

Seventh Quarterly Report Of The Independent Athletics Integrity Monitor Pursuant To The Athletics Integrity Agreement Among The...

This is the seventh quarterly report of the independent athletics integrity monitor (“Monitor”) pursuant to section III of the Consent Decree between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and The Pennsylvania...more

College Coaching Comebacks Petrino and Pearl Get Second Chances: The Moral(s) of the Story

Bobby Petrino seems to turn every team that he coaches into a winner – and a cash cow. After Petrino took over the Louisville Cardinals in 2003, he increased the team’s revenue from $10 million to $19 million in just three...more

Class Certification Issues In O’Bannon v. NCAA

In This Presentation: - Important Players - Underlying Lawsuit - Procedural Pre-Class Certification - Class Certification Issues - Aftermath and Trial - Recent Developments...more

Court Won’t Reconsider Prior Ruling in NCAA Class Action

On May 12, 2014, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) lost its motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration of a prior ruling, which barred the NCAA from arguing at trial that not paying...more

Legal Education and Concussion Injuries

New Law School Course to Discuss Concussion Cases - Concussions and the risks of sports-related traumatic brain injuries have been prominent in the news over the last couple of years. For example, approximately 5,000...more

Will the Star Quarterback Be Sacked by the Taxman?

On March 26, 2014, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided scholarship football players at Northwestern University are employees because they “perform services for the benefit of the employer...more

Northwestern University's Football Team Is Scheduled To Vote On Union Representation

At the end of March, in a landmark decision, the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago held that Northwestern University’s scholarship football players are “employees” who can vote to be...more

Interview With Brian Ching – Ideas On Engaging Your Compliance Constituency

Last week I interviewed Brian Ching, the General Manager (GM) of the Houston Dash, which is our local entry into the US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Ching is the recently retired star of the Houston Dynamos, our...more

Spain: Football player sentenced to prison for personal injury

The Criminal Court of Vigo sentenced a local football player to 4 months imprisonment for a personal injury offence which occurred in a football game in Vigo, a city situated in north-west Spain. The offence was...more

Heads Up: The Danger of Brain Injury on the Playing Field

In autumn of 2013, the National Football League (NFL) settled a lawsuit brought by retired players for $765 million. In the suit, the players allege the NFL had knowledge of the dangers of suffering repetitive concussion and...more

California Federal Court Finds that the First Amendment Does Not Preclude Sporting Event Participants from Asserting...

On April 11, 2014, a California federal court issued a First Amendment ruling that has potentially significant implications for broadcasters in the sports-media industry. Specifically, the Northern District of California’s...more

Section One’s Shining Moment: A new antitrust lawsuit threatens the NCAA

This year, the term “March Madness” meant more than basketball tournaments to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, its conferences and member schools. On March 17, 2014, a group of college basketball and football...more

Athletics For Disabled Students

In what seems a surprising move to many, particularly for the Obama Administration, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has backed away from last year’s strong policy statement on access to...more

Carlos Ruiz and America’s Pastime: An Immigrant’s Journey to the Big Leagues

Spring is finally here, and with spring, the arrival of America’s game—baseball. In the first week of April, thousands of fans across the country will repeat a similar ritual at the stadiums of Major League Baseball’s thirty...more

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