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This Week’s Starting Lineup Brought to You by the NLRB

After a disappointing Saturday loss, a college quarterback returns to practice Monday to find his coach ready and willing to revisit the weekend and remind the quarterback that his starting position and scholarship are on the...more

FA Proposes Global Ban on Gambling

The FA has proposed amendments to its rules on gambling which, if approved by its shareholders at their AGM on 21 May, will come into effect from the start of the 2014-15 season. The amendments have already received...more

Sport, Media, and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2014

Spanish Supreme Court orders Le Monde to pay damages to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered French daily newspaper Le Monde to pay damages of €300,000 to Real Madrid and €15,000 to FC...more

Football rights guidelines approved by Agcom!

Further to the preliminary inquiry carried out by the Italian Communication Authority (Agcom) with operators holding a direct interest in the sale of media rights for the Italian football seasons (as discussed here),...more

Northwestern Football Players and Academic Medical Centers: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

In a move that has surprised many, but not all, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-watchers and collegiate football fans, Chicago-area NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr has determined that Northwestern University...more

NLRB Judge Finds That College Football Players Are Employees Of Their University

Yesterday, an administrative judge at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that student athletes on Northwestern University’s football team who receive a scholarship are employees of the university and therefore...more

The “Civil War” With No Opposition – Notice of Allowance to Oregon for Football Rivalry

Work brought me to Harrisburg, Pa. during the first part of this week. Two colleagues and I finished with our business early Wednesday, so we took in the sights at the National Civil War Museum, which sits atop a marvelous...more

Bracketology 101 – A Look Ahead at Legal Issues that May Change the Face of the Final Four

This year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament may be the last of its kind. This post explores some of the brewing legal issues that may force big changes to future “Final Fours,” and in turn, the legal rights and...more

Are You There, Copyright Office? It’s Me, First Circuit! Can Composers Deposit Infringing Musical Works In Place of The Original?

Copyright law usually has little patience for plaintiffs who don’t have a copy of their original work to deposit with the Copyright Office. For example, in Seiler v. Lucasfilm, a plaintiff who claimed to have created the...more

Sports Law - Feb 25, 2014: Losing Streak: Athletes Seeking Workers’ Comp. In California Suffer Setbacks

Professional athletes seeking to take advantage of California’s historically beneficial workers’ compensation scheme suffered back-to-back defeats to close out 2013. Even as public attention to the long-term effects of...more

AGCOM procedure for the approval of the guidelines for football media rights on 2015/2018

As you might recall from our previous post, each year the Italian Communication Authority (Agcom) starts a procedure for the approval of guidelines – as issued by the Lega Nazionale Professionisti Serie A – regarding the sale...more

State Of The Union – What Are The Ramifications Of Northwestern University Football Players Seeking Union Recognition?

Members of the Northwestern University football team have signed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking recognition as a collective bargaining unit. While the issue of union organizing by student-athletes...more

Unions in college football?

For some time, the NCAA, academic institutions and students have been debating how college athletes — who earn millions of dollars for their institutions — should be treated in terms of compensation, benefits and having a...more

Could Losing Copyright Protection Be The Key To Ending Stadium Subsidies?

Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media because it leaked his script and Northwestern football players are attempting to unionize in yet another attack on the NCAA — two stories that would otherwise be right in my wheelhouse...more

Electricity and Super Bowl XLVIII: Will the lights stay on?

Fans will soon pack MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVII. The National Football League's 2013-2014 season championship game will be held on February 2 at 6:30 PM (Eastern). Following the power outage during last year's Super...more

Florida District Court Dismisses Class Action Complaint Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers Due Rule 68 Offer Of Judgment

Jeffrey M. Stein, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.A., et al. v. Buccaneers Limited Partnership, No. 8:13-cv-02136-SDM-AEP (Oct. 24, 2013). Three dentists, a pest control service and two other alleged recipients of unsolicited faxes...more

Brandmarking: Thoughts On The Creation, Protection, And Enforcement Of Brand Identity - October 2013 • Volume 2, Number 4

In This Issue: - IS THIS REALLY A JOB FOR THE TRADEMARK OFFICE? Legal proceedings involving mass murders and lurid sexual escapades get lots of media attention. Trademark cases? Not so much. That’s...more

October 2013: Sports Litigation Update - Athletes Prevail in Right of Publicity Suits Against Video Game Designer

Two federal appellate courts held this summer that the First Amendment does not insulate video game maker Electronic Arts (“EA”) from right of publicity suits brought by football players whose likenesses it used as part of...more

Cuban Beats SEC, But Can He Deduct His $8 Million In Attorney Fees?

Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban had a big victory here in Dallas Wednesday. He was cleared of all charges of insider trading....more

Dan Snyder, The CCO And Doing Business Ethically

We continue the football theme as an entrée into compliance by looking at Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. I am a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan so having someone like Snyder as the owner of your main rival at the...more

Madden Football Copyright Verdict Under Booth Review

Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”), owner of the $4 billion John Madden Football videogame franchise, thought it had a pretty good defense when Robin Antonick filed suit in the Federal Court for the Northern District of California,...more

Part Two – Could “Johnny Football” Go To Jail?

“Johnny Football” Manziel had an amazing game against Alabama this past weekend. There is no doubt he is one of the greatest ever to play college football....more

Belgium: Biggest Belgian football match fixing scandal before court

Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick (both DLA Piper Brussels) comment on a match fixing trial which started today before the Brussels’ courts....more

The Convergence Of Bear Bryant And Johnny Football – Lessons In Compliance

Sedona Arizona is known for its four vortexes, some of those alleged places where the universe has holes in it or overlaps (I can’t remember which). I have been to Sedona but I have never experienced such convergence (or the...more

New Football Helmet Warning Labels Beg the Question – Do you really want to get your head in the game?

Football helmet companies make attempts to avoid future athletes’ injuries and lawsuits: The topic of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports has recently become a very pressing issue. Most notably, the occurrence of...more

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