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Donald Sterling Loses Appeal of Clippers Sale: Court of Appeal Rejects Bid To Regain Team’s Ownership

The California Court of Appeal today affirmed the sale in August 2014 of the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-shattering price of $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In a unanimous decision, the three justices...more

Legally Blind Individual Sues the NBA Over Digital Barriers on Website

On November 6, a legally blind individual filed a complaint against the NBA, alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and seeking a permanent injunction requiring the NBA to (i) implement corporate policies...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 3, 2015

On Sunday, Forbes published two articles on workplace trends and the future of work. In both, the contributors predicted that new technologies in the workplace, like wearables, will have significant impact. It was also...more

Are You Really Divorced? Lamar Odom’s Life Placed in Khloe Kardashian’s Hands

Lamar Odom, an NBA basketball star was recently discovered in a Nevada brothel unconscious and in critical condition. He was rushed to the hospital whereby a number of drugs were discovered in his system and he was being held...more

The Unintended Consequences of Public Ownership of Sports Stadiums – The NFL meets Concealed Carry Gun Permits

“Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences.” — Stone Gossard A recent opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, No. 15-63, July 29, 2015, illustrates...more

Neutral arbitrators in sports: What makes it fair?

"Neutrality has been defined as a state of mind, a certain distance that the arbitrator establishes vis-a-vis his or her legal, political and religious background.” It is not a concept that it necessarily grounded in...more

New York Bill Follows California’s Lead to Recognize Professional Cheerleaders as Employees

It’s official—professional cheerleaders are now recognized as employees under California law. On July 15, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires all California-based professional sports teams to pay...more

Pro Sports in Pepsi's Court with NBA Deal

In what looks like a well executed steal, PepsiCo signed a five-year corporate sponsorship deal in April with the National Basketball Association, replacing the Coca-Cola Co. — which had a 29-year sponsorship relationship...more

The 411 on the New 415 Location of the Golden State Warriors

You can feel the buzz here in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors enter Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs following a 35 point upset over the Houston Rockets on Saturday, and a chance tonight to sweep the series and head to...more

Captain of the Cheerleading Team: An Employee Too?

On April 21, 2015, California’s legislature advanced a bill that would require professional sports teams based in California to classify their cheerleaders as employees and pay them a minimum wage. The state assembly’s...more

Sacramento Kings – 2, Opponents – 0: Court Rules that the Downtown Arena Satisfies Environmental Review Requirements

In Saltonstall, et al. v. City of Sacramento, No. C077772 (Cal. Ct. App. 3rd Dist., Feb. 18, 2015), the Third Appellate District affirmed the judgment of the Superior Court in holding that the City of Sacramento did not...more

Tennessee Tax Year in Review

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s State and Local Tax Team would like to share our year-end review—revisiting some interesting Tennessee tax developments for 2014 and announcing our annual “Tennessee Tax Issue of the Year.”...more

Court Blocks Opponents’ Shot at Halting New Kings Arena

The court of appeal recently upheld legislation modifying several deadlines for CEQA review of a project that includes a proposed new arena for the Sacramento Kings, rejecting a claim the statute violates separation of...more

NBA Scores Hit With Music Video Fan Code of Conduct – Why Not Apply The Same Concept To Business Ethics Training?

I haven’t been to an Atlanta Hawk’s basketball game this season, but apparently they are heating it up with their video fan Codes of Conduct. In November, the Hawks released a video Code of Conduct, modifying Robin Thicke’s...more

Another FIFA Compliance Failure – Referees at the World Cup

Although the organization puts on arguably the greatest sporting event for professional athletes on the planet, the term ‘professionalism’ is probably not one you can associate with the Fédération Internationale de Football...more

Sale of Clippers Will Cost Sterlings Significant Income Taxes

People who do not think that Donald Sterling is being impacted sufficiently by the NBA fine and being forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers are not taking into account the significant federal and California income taxes...more

Basketball, Surreptitious Recordings, and Antitrust

Donald Sterling — yes, that Donald Sterling — filed an antitrust lawsuit a few days ago against the National Basketball Association... ...It’s not clear if the complaint has now been mooted — Mr. Sterling apparently...more

If Donald Sterling Fights the NBA, He’s Going to Lose

When I wrote my last post, the only statements we had from Donald Sterling regarding his recent scandal were those contained on the recording that got him in trouble in the first place. Since then, he spoke publicly for the...more

Everything You Need to Start Your NBA Franchise

When NBA owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments came out last weekend, they led to a lot of things, among them the decision by the NBA to finally release its previously secret constitution and by-laws. (As an aside, it was...more

Sterling, Silver

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you likely heard the story of Donald Sterling–vile racist billionaire NBA franchise owner–versus Adam Silver–white knight commish of the NBA working to free the world...more

If Your Boss Were Donald Sterling, What Could You Do? #EmploymentLawyer

As an employment law attorney I’ve been following recent events and unless you avoid sports-related news, you have heard that Donald Sterling, the coach of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, was recently banned for life from the...more

Three Point Shot

Sports and Hollywood have long been inextricably linked – many athletes want to be and even become actors, countless actors have lived out their athletic fantasies on the silver screen, and it is no secret that athletes and...more

Lessons in Organizational Teamwork From an NBA All Star

For 12 years, 7’4” “Big” Mark Eaton played center for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Utah Jazz where he reigned as one of the league’s preeminent defenders. Retired from the NBA since 1994, Eaton has forged a...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 16, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Lawmakers approve bill to aid Sacramento NBA arena: Modesto Bee - Sep 12 -- On the last day of the legislative session, and only after last-minute negotiations and bill revisions,...more

The Anatomy Of A Defamation Claim – Scottie Pippen’s Case Is Dismissed

I think Scottie Pippen is one of the most overrated players in the history of the NBA. My opinion may be soured because I am a Houston Rockets fan and the experiment with him, Olajuwon and Charles Barkley did not end well....more

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