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Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: II. LIABILITY ISSUES: Knibb v. Foran, 2017 ABQB 375, per Eidsvik, J. [4240]

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The case against a baseball team operating a beer tent at a tournament in commercial host liquor liability was dismissed after a summary trial despite the lack of a system to monitor patron...more

Court Vacates Arbitration Award Due To Evident Partiality Of Panel, But Parties Must Re-Arbitrate Matter Before Same Arbitral...

by Carlton Fields on

In a dispute between the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, and affiliated parties regarding the value of broadcasting rights for Nationals games, an appellate court has affirmed a trial court order vacating an...more

The (Exempt) Boys of Summer: 9th Circuit Upholds Minor League Baseball Antitrust Exemption in Wage Suit

Does Major League Baseball’s (MLB) farm league system violate federal antitrust laws? Not according to the 9th Circuit. As written about in this previous post from July 2016 and one from July 2015, numerous minor league...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (May Edition)

by Littler on

Just under halfway through 2017, minimum wage and overtime developments have shifted into overdrive. Proposals submitted by federal legislators from both sides of the aisle highlight the different approaches the country’s...more

MLB Teams Extend Protective Netting After Series of Spectator Injuries at Parks

Anyone involved in organized sports already knows the importance of remaining alert and keeping an eye on the ball during a game, both to make a play and to avoid a potentially serious injury. What about spectators at the...more

The Abstract Swing: Major League Problems In Patent Law

Professional baseball was in a crisis, at least through the eyes of the major market teams. It all started with a rather unremarkable second baseman, Aliceandro, who played for the San Jose Programmers. During the last...more

Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

by FordHarrison on

Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts...more

Unwritten rules cause uncertainty in sports and at work

by FordHarrison on

Anyone who follows sports, even on a casual basis, has heard about “unwritten rules.” But the problem with unwritten rules is that sometimes they can be subject to different interpretations and standards. This is because,...more

Major League Baseball Wearable Tech Experiment Raises Athlete Privacy Issues

by King & Spalding on

On March 6, 2017, Major League Baseball (“MLB”) announced that it has officially approved a wearable biometric monitoring device (the “Device”) for in-game use by athletes. Created by WHOOP Inc. (“WHOOP”), the Device is the...more

MLB All-Stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman Cry Foul at Al Jazeera’s Documentary on Sports Dopers

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The defamation lawsuit by retired three-time All-Star Philadelphia Phillies first-baseman Ryan Howard and All-Star Washington Nationals first-baseman Ryan Zimmerman against Al Jazeera over the controversial documentary The...more

THE LATEST: Antitrust Umps Throw Out Information Exchanges Relating To LA Dodgers Broadcast Rights

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reinforces the perils of competitor information exchanges by challenging alleged communications between DirecTV and other video programmers related to broadcast rights for Los Angeles (LA)...more

Agents Convicted for Smuggling Cuban Baseball Players

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The criminal conviction of two sports agents for smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States in an attempt to sign them to lucrative contracts serves as a reminder for agents, potential agents, and everyone else...more

Play Ball! California Federal Court Reconsiders Order Denying Minor League Baseball Players’ Motion For Class Certification

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of California recently renewed hope in a minor league baseball player class action wage dispute by granting the plaintiffs class certification after they narrowed the class. The court had previously...more

Photographer hits retailer over photo of player hitting Joey Bats

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of the best sports photographs in recent history captured a 2016 incident where Texas Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor hit Toronto Blue Jay José Bautista in the face. That memorable image is at the center of a new...more

Judge Recertifies MLB Minor League Collective and Class Action

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Federal Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero struck a blow to MLB when he reversed course on his earlier decision and recertified a minor league collective and class action against MLB....more

Of Greek Gods and Data Breaches

by Thomas Fox on

The sorry story of Chris Correa, the St. Louis Cardinal executive convicted of hacking into the Houston Astros computer system expanded last month when Federal Judge Lynn Hughes unsealed details about the extent of the...more

Major League Baseball fines Cardinals and Plucks Draft Picks for Hacking the Astros

It doesn’t always pay to be a hacker. Major League Baseball (MLB) this week made a strong statement about its tolerance for teams hacking other teams. We previously reported on the incident when a Cardinals employee hacked...more

Baseball purists

by FordHarrison on

This post may not be the usual finger-wagging scold you may have come to expect from an employment lawyer. I’m confident, though, that this blog’s audience of fellow practitioners and human resource professionals will take a...more

Three Point Shot - November 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Who's First in Ownership of the "Sweet Spot" Remains Unclear - Baseball is often called a "game of inches," whether one is describing the strike zone, a close play at the plate, or a liner past third base that just kicks...more

Cubs Win! Cubs Win!…..Will Clients be Next?

by LawVision Group LLC on

Holy Cow! After 108 years, the Curse of the Billygoat is dead, and the world has changed. For Chicagoans, it’s been a long time. No one alive today actually remembers personally the last time the Cubs were World...more

Cubs – The Brand

As I write this, the Cubs are getting ready for game six of the World Series. It’s win or go home for the Cubs, who are undoubtedly hoping to force a game seven on Wednesday. They are undoubtedly hoping to win game seven as...more

Wahoo: Non-Verbal Equivalent of Racial Slur

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Cleveland Indian’s loss last evening in the World Series ensures that Chief Wahoo will not end the 2016 MLB season at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, but instead Cleveland’s Progressive Field...more

For Wrigley Field Street Vendors, It’s Win or Go Home

The Chicago Cubs are rolling into the playoffs, putting the finishing touches on a historically dominant regular season with over 100 wins. Cubs fans (like me) even dare to dream that the century-plus long championship...more

Northern District of California “Shuts Out” Minor League Ballplayers’ Experts

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Minor league baseball players took a swing at class certification, and they missed—badly. In Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., minor league baseball players across the country asserted wage and hour...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Business Lessons from the Database Hack of the Houston Astros"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Christopher Correa, a former scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, was recently sentenced to almost four years in prison for hacking the Houston Astros player-personnel database. While it seems far-fetched that hacking would...more

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