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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

MLB to Oppose (maybe) Blizzard’s Overwatch League Logo

If you’re a video game fan like me, you’re probably familiar with Blizzard Entertainment and their assortment of popular games, such as Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft. One of Blizzard’s newest games is Overwatch, a...more

Upon Further Review – Nationals Get Second Swing At Orioles Over TV Dispute

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A New York court of appeals last week declared the Orioles and Nationals will play extra innings in the teams’ longstanding dispute over fees the Orioles’ Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) owes the Nationals for broadcasting...more

Former Big League Pitcher Awarded More Than $1.5 Million For Wrongful Termination

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New Jersey jury in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Camden County has awarded former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitchell Williams $1,565,333 in a wrongful termination action he filed against MLB Network, Inc....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

MLB: A Monopoly on “Baseball”?

The weather is finally getting warmer up here in Minnesota and it’s a great time to watch baseball, as I’ve been doing frequently of late. It’s been fun watching my home team, the Twins, enjoy a strong start to the season...more

While the Slants are in the Spotlight, Chief Wahoo is on Deck

Throughout the past decade, attorneys, judges, plaintiffs, and defendants have invested thousands of hours in the fight over offensive trademarks. Most of the public is aware of the controversy surrounding the Washington...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

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

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

Where Have You Gone Chico Escuela! Using Split Dollar Life Insurance for Major League Baseball Players

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - When I grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, the country of Panama still had winter league professional baseball up until 1970. They frequently played weekend games at the high school field down the street from my...more

Baseball Hacking Scandal Leads To 4-Year Sentence And MLB Investigation

by King & Spalding on

On Monday, July 18, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas sentenced former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa to nearly four years in prison for the hacking of the Houston Astros’...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

Major League Baseball investigating Cardinals-Astros hacking

Promptly following the sentencing of Christopher Correa on July 18, 2016, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball (MLB) is looking further into the hacking incident involving...more

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

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 3/9/16

A virtual reality refresher course; Google and privacy concerns; Snapchat visits the dugout; WeChat has some homework for Chinese student; and more…...more

MLB Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions: Do Sports Leagues’ Regional Blackout Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws?

In the wake of Major League Baseball’s settlement of antitrust claims on the eve of trial, the central question from the lawsuit remains: are sports leagues’ exclusive broadcasting territories for live games an antitrust...more

MLB Pitches Around Consumers by Settling Suit, Avoiding Further Litigation on the Scope of Its Longstanding Antitrust Exemption

We’ve previously written about litigation involving the scope of Major League Baseball’s long-standing antitrust exemption. Earlier this week, on the eve of trial, MLB settled Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of...more

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