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Put me in coach, I’m ready to play … now without smokeless tobacco

Last week, the oldest of the four major professional American sports leagues began its 147th season. Long before current day Major League Baseball (MLB) was founded in the late 1860’s, baseball was played. And virtually...more

The Ritual of Renewal on Opening Day

The ritual of renewal that is Opening Day can be both transformative and defining. While it offers the opportunity for a new beginning, it is also invites reflection as to where we have been and where we are headed. And that...more

Recent Changes to the Trade Embargo May Facilitate Cuban Baseball Players Being Able to Legally Play for MLB Teams

Last week, President Obama authorized the elimination of a ban on Cuban access to the international banking system, which in turn would allow a Cuban national to make a living in the United States without requiring that...more

Criminal Sanctions in a Trade Secret Dispute

Just a few days after the Major League Baseball season opens next month, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will attend a sentencing hearing where he faces to up to five years in prison, a $250,000...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Because Panel Not Impartial

On November 4, 2015, the New York Supreme Court vacated an arbitration award concerning the right to televise baseball games on the ground that the arbitration panel was not impartial. The arbitration involved the Baltimore...more

MLB Computer Hacking Scandal – The Intersection of Compliance and Cyber Security

Sorry but I have to begin this blog post with a short prescript on the passing of Glenn Frey. The Eagles were such a huge part of my teenage and college years that I am compelled to write about Glenn Frey and the band he...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Under The FAA Because The Panel Was Not Impartial

The New York Supreme Court vacated the award entered in an arbitration of television rights between Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (“MASN”), the Baltimore Orioles, the Commissioner of Baseball (“MLB”) and the Washington...more

Former Cardinals Scouting Director pleads guilty to hacking the Astros’ database

Last Friday, Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals, pleaded guilty in federal court in Texas for unlawfully accessing the Houston Astros’ database, which included scouting and draft...more

Former Cardinals Scouting Director Pleads Guilty to Hacking Astros’ Computer Systems

Economic espionage and computer hacking can touch all industries and business types. Computer hacking is a federal crime, and federal prosecutors are aggressively targeting cases involving the unauthorized access of a...more

Garçon to FanDuel: Check please!

What are a veteran NFL player’s name, image, and likeness worth in the burgeoning (but recently beleaguered-by-lawsuits) daily fantasy sports gaming industry? NFL wide receiver Pierre Garçon’s putative class action lawsuit...more

Win At All Costs?: A Glimpse Into Trade Secrets In The Sports And Entertainment Industry

It is one of those magical times during the year when sports fanatics can enjoy three major American sports all at the same time: the MLB playoffs are in full swing; the NFL season has finally kicked off; and the NHL saw the...more

MLB Strikes Out in Acquiring Twins.com

October—the month of seasonal changes, crunching leaves, artificial pumpkin flavoring, and, for sports fans, the October Classic. As survivors of the never-ending major league baseball regular season battle for World Series...more

Premises Liability Claims at the Ballpark

When you attend a baseball game with your family, are you at risk of sustaining a serious injury? If you do get hurt, can you bring a premises liability lawsuit, alleging that the owner of the stadium or the team was...more

Louisville Slugger and the Flying Dutchman

Honus Wagner (aka the Flying Dutchman) was one of early baseball’s great players. He was actually among the original five inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 – along with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, and...more

MLB FanFest Volunteers Strike Out at Second Circuit Under FLSA’s Seasonal Amusement or Recreational Establishment Exemption.

Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in Chen v. Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., et al., holding that FanFest—a five-day interactive baseball theme park organized in conjunction with Major...more

Play Ball and Win ‘Em All—Overtime Hits the Big Leagues

Continuing the trend of expanding Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules outside the traditional realm of hourly manufacturing or retail workers, two recent events show that employers should be aware that exemption...more

Saving Fans from Themselves (and Foul Balls): Class Action suit aims to raise nets and take down the Baseball Rule

“The slaughter pen” is the early 1900s term to describe the seating area behind baseball’s home plate before the age of nets or fencing shielded them from wild pitches and foul balls. While the game has come a long way...more

Hacking Your Rivals – Corporate Espionage in Major League Baseball

As we approach the dog days of summer, baseball season is again in full bloom. We previously discussed old-fashioned sign stealing in the context of teams trying to gain a competitive advantage during an actual game. But it...more

Cardinals Hacking Update

St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. threw staff members under the bus following the breaking story last week that the Cardinals have been hacking into the Astros’ database for up to three years. According to DeWitt, a...more

First suspected domestic corporate espionage hacking incident happens on the baseball diamond

This story should tell you something: hacking doesn’t only happen in department stores and hospital databases. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the front-office officials for Major League...more

The Cards Hack the Astros – So What Law Applies? [audio]

In a developing story, The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into the Houston Astros’ computer networks to steal the Astros’ internal baseball operation intelligence...more

Never Tick Off a Redbird

At a Press Conference today, Satan officially announced that Hell has frozen over. He made this stunning announcement after the New York Times (NYT) reported that the baseball team with the most World Series wins in the...more

Pay to Play? How States Handle Signing Bonuses for Athletes

Non-CPA sports fans (and athletes themselves) increasingly appreciate the tax aspects of luring the best free agent athletes to their teams. One recent example is the whopper of a contract that agent Scott Boras cooked...more

Swinging for the Fences: Minor Leaguers Continue Suit Alleging They Were Paid Peanuts By The MLB

Baseball season is well underway as fans fill themselves up on hot dogs and beers, don their rally caps for some late-inning luck, and cheer for their favorite players. Meanwhile, a class action against Major League Baseball...more

Major League Baseball Is Exempt From The Antitrust Laws – Like It Or Not: The “Unrealistic,” “Inconsistent,” And “Illogical”...

The Athletics baseball team has been located in Oakland, California for many years. Several years ago, the A’s decided they would like to move their franchise to San Jose, which they anticipate would be a more profitable...more

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