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Rio, Swimming, Lies, and Morals Clauses

This week, four companies announced that they were cutting ties with Ryan Lochte after the swimmer admitted to lying about being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics. Speedo, for example, said that although they enjoyed the...more

Teaming Sports Stars, Good Causes Great – But Know the Rules

Many sports figures have created nonprofit organizations to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. But the reality is that athletes’ foundations aren’t always successful in raising money for charity. This article...more

The Olympic Branding Blackout

Has there been a more constant presence at the Rio Olympics than #brands? I saw it everywhere, from the Polo-branded opening ceremony garb (met with the requisite outrage) to Michael Phelps’ “MP” branded swimwear (of...more

Are Professional Athletes Covered Under New Overtime Rules?

Last week, a federal district court judge in California declined to certify a collective action claim by minor league baseball players who alleged they had not been paid overtime as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2016

800-Meter Champion Berian Eventually Outpaces Nike Endorsement Suit... Or Did He? World 800-meter champion Boris Berian is seemingly capable of out-running just about anything these days. Berian is just a year removed...more

Hit by the Pitch: Federal Judge De-Certifies FLSA Class Action of Minor League Baseball Players

In a 100+ page opinion, federal Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California refused to grant the Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of minor league baseball players and instead granted the baseball...more

Court Rejects City’s Anti-SLAPP Claim Regarding Would-Be NFL Stadium in Carson

The location of several National Football League franchises have been in flux for years, with teams such as the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams seeking modern, amenity-laden stadiums they have been unable to attain in their...more

Nike Voluntarily Dismisses Closely Watched Lawsuit Against Olympic Hopeful

Nike has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed against middle-distance runner and Olympic hopeful Boris Berian. At issue was whether Berian breached an endorsement agreement with Nike when—after the agreement’s...more

Great expectations? Let’s start with reasonable expectations

Expectations are a funny thing. They can be good in that they set forth an objective measure for expected performance, goals and standards of conduct. On the other hand, they can turn bad if they are unreasonable, or if they...more

NFL tries to pull a fast one on funding for head-trauma research

What’s $30 million among friends? When the National Football League offered in 2012 to provide that sum to support concussion research by the National Institutes of Health, the conventional wisdom held that the sports...more

The Alarming Statistics Behind TBI

Traumatic Brain Injuries, long known as a threat to athletes on the playing field also represent a serious threat in auto accidents, so talk to a Chicago accident attorney in the aftermath of a crash....more

The Latest Research on Sports-Related Injuries

The latest research on sports-related injuries has shown many new developments. First, the CDC found that ER visits in the U.S. have risen by about 60 percent in the past 10 years. About 170,000 youth sports-related brain...more

What Tom Brady, Underinflated Footballs, and “Deflategate” Teach Employers About Arbitration

Fans of unscrupulous professional football players and coaches often justify their heroes’ misbehavior with a now-classic sports adage: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” In the 1970s, for example, legendary Oakland...more

Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, so what are the potential Massachusetts tax consequences?

Deflategate and the NFL’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for 4 games has been the NFL’s biggest news story of the past two years. On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in...more

The Right of Publicity: How Much Control Do NFL Players Have Over Their Names?

How much control should athletes have over their names? Not an unlimited amount, according to one recent court ruling. Late last month, in Dryer v. National Football League, the Eighth Circuit denied an appeal by three...more

Linebacker Vs. Teddy Bear

Former NFL player Shawne Merriman’s company sued the Vermont Teddy Bear Company over the trademark “Lights Out” last week....more

NFL Players’ Right of Publicity Claims Denied - J. F. Dryer et al. v. The National Football League

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed a district court summary judgment in favor of defendants, denying plaintiffs’ publicity rights claims in footage and interviews made by the defendants and finding that...more

U.S. Women’s Soccer Scores Visibility for Pay Discrimination

As our readers may have heard, the star members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the...more

Equal Pay for Equal Play – U.S. Women’s National Team Files Wage Discrimination Claim Against

Five members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, including stars Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, filed a complaint at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging that...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: FLANAX, Fishing Tackle, Football Players and More

Summaries of Recent Precedential and Informative Appellate Opinions - Trademark Opinions - Owners of Foreign Marks May Sue Under Lanham Act Without Using Marks in the US: Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG,...more

Court Denies Class Cert. in NCAA Antitrust Suit

The NCAA scored a victory last week with the denial of class certification in an antitrust suit challenging the association’s former ban on multiyear scholarships (the “One Year Rule”) and its cap on scholarships (the “GIA...more

High Profile Pay Equity “Champions”: U.S. Women’s Soccer Players File EEOC Wage Discrimination Charge

Today five members of the reigning World Cup and Olympic champion U.S. Women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging wage discrimination. In the EEOC charge,...more

New Complaint Highlights Continuing Battle over Pay Disparity by Gender in Sports

On March 31, 2016, came word that members of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team are filing a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on the grounds that they are paid less than their male...more

Denial by Jerry Jones: Link between CTE and Professional Football

An all too familiar campaign of denial. It seems like every week a different retired football player from the National Football League publically reveals their private struggles with post-football related health issues,...more

Did NFL adopt Big Tobacco’s smokescreen ploy to deny concussion harms?

The National Football League may have taken a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, and played fast and loose with data used in “scientific studies” to downplay players’ risks from concussions, a New York Times investigation...more

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