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Women in sports make a name for themselves in 2015

Was 2015 a seminal year for women in sports? Looking back, it sure seems that way. Female athletes achieved many firsts in 2015, as did other women in areas of sports that are traditionally dominated by men. And perhaps just...more

FIFA Ethics Committee Issues Eight-Year Bans to President and Vice President

On December 21, the FIFA Ethics Committee announced that it would ban its embattled President, Sepp Blatter, and Vice President, Michel Platini, from all football-related activities for eight years. The ban was imposed as a...more

Structural Compliance and Cultural Ethical Change in an Organization

Sometimes corruption is so endemic in an organization that you wonder if the organization should just blow itself up and start over. In a company going through a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation, a Board of...more

DOJ Charges 16 Additional Individuals with FIFA-Related Corruption; Swiss Authorities Arrest Two High-Ranking FIFA Members

On December 3, the DOJ charged an additional 16 individuals in connection with its ongoing corruption investigation into FIFA. The new indictment included a number of high ranking FIFA members, including Alfredo Hawit, the...more

Header Rules: Class Action Lawsuit Changes Youth Soccer

Recently, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and other youth soccer leagues agreed to issue new guidelines, including recommending the banning of “headers” for players under 10, in settlement of a class action lawsuit...more

Lawsuit leads to another head’s up about sports, concussion risks for kids

Americans may be thick-headed about many things. But slowly, it seems, our collective consciousness is rising about the risks our favorite pastimes pose to our health. A spate of indicators suggest that, finally, even...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2015 Update

Despite a decline in enforcement actions by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the first half of 2015 has continued to highlight the relevance and ever-evolving effects of the...more

FIFA Investigation Ensnares President Blatter

After months of speculation about potential legal ramifications for FIFA President Joseph (“Sepp”) Blatter, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland announced that Mr. Blatter is the subject of criminal proceedings...more

FIFA Investigation Expands In Scope; Former FIFA VP Extradited to United States

On September 14, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ is expanding its FIFA investigation to pursue additional charges against individuals and companies. AG Lynch made these comments at a press...more

SEC Opens FIFA-Related Investigations

Although not yet confirmed by the SEC, media reports suggest that the SEC has opened several investigations of publicly traded companies who contracted with FIFA. Indictments in the FIFA cases have alleged that certain...more

FIFA Investigation Update: First FIFA Official Extradited to United States

On July 15, after 50 days of detention, a high-ranking FIFA official widely reported to be former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was extradited from Switzerland to the United States. Webb ultimately agreed to be extradited...more

Not a Soccer Fan But SHEBELIEVES

Although I’m an avid sports fan, I rarely watch soccer and quite frankly I also rarely watch women’s professional sports. I have some very logical reasons for my avoidance of soccer (in what other sport does the clock tick...more

Advertising Around the Women’s World Cup

It’s only been a few hours since the US Women’s National Team beat Germany to secure a spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals, and we’ve already gotten questions from advertisers who want to capitalize on the victory. Is...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

FIFA Investigation Updates: Plea Agreement with American FIFA Official Unsealed

On June 15, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York unsealed a 2013 plea agreement under which American FIFA Executive Committee Member Chuck Blazer secretly pleaded guilty to ten charges related to...more

Will PE Start to Play in the Premier League?

English Premier League football clubs may start to look more attractive for investment following the League’s £5.14 billion live broadcasting deal with Sky and BT. The deal, for three years from the 2016-17 season, marks a...more

The FIFA Scandal: The Long Foot of American Justice

Envelopes of cash. Vote rigging. Wiretapped recordings in 5-star hotel rooms. A dramatic early morning police raid coordinated between the FBI and Swiss law enforcement. An episode of the Sopranos? No, but it is a day in the...more

Like a Rolling Stone and Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

Today we celebrate one of the seminal achievements in rock and roll for it was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1965 that Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone. Columbia Records executives initially rejected the...more

FIFA and BHP Billiton: The Unique FCPA Challenges Present in International Sports

Recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have raised the profile of corruption in international sport and highlight unique FCPA compliance concerns. This note will explain...more

INTERPOL suspends FIFA donation funds, but what happens to the money now, and what happens to INTERPOL?

Last week, I addressed INTERPOL’s listing of several individuals who are wanted for prosecution by the United States for FIFA-related financial crimes. That post is here. In light of those listings, RNLJ requested...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part IV – Corruption is a Global Scourge

Today, I conclude my four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. In Part I, I responded that only the US government had the wherewithal and will to do so and that it continued the...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part III – Corruption and US Companies

Today, I continue my four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. In Part I, I wrote that only the US government had the wherewithal, tools and will to do so. Yesterday, I focused on corruption...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2015

ADVERTISING - UK: Tweaks to rules on sales promotions and competitions - The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of...more

FIFA Investigation Updates: President Resigns Amidst Corruption Probe; Interpol Issues Red Notices For Six

On June 2, continuing the fallout from the racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering indictments announced last week by DOJ against soccer executives at FIFA and others tied to the organization, FIFA President Sepp...more

Why Should Americans Care About the FIFA Indictments? Part II – Corruption Changes the Truth of the Game

Today, I continue my (now) four-part series on the above question posed to me recently by a colleague. (I know I wrote that it would be a three-part series but as usual I got carried away when I started writing.) Yesterday, I...more

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