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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

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

FC Barcelona sanctioned by FIFA for international transfers of minors

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Spanish Football Federation (“RFEF”) and Spanish club FC Barcelona for “breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18“....more

Non-Courtside Madness? Resume Fraud Costs Manhattan Coach Steve Masiello From Securing South Florida Coaching Job

Our attention on the NCAA college basketball tournament was temporarily diverted by the non-courtside drama that played out this week when the University of South Florida revoked its head coaching offer to Steve Masiello...more

Three Pointers on Handling Employees’ March Madness

It’s that time of year. Your office supply room smells of freshly copied pages titled “NCAA Tournament Bracket.” The words “underdog,” “upset,” “first round,” and “buzzer beater” are heard from watercooler conversations....more

Does March Madness = Workplace Madness? Some Thoughts on the Legality of NCAA Bracket Pools, the Tournament’s Effect on the...

With the Olympics now behind us (were they ever in front of us?), this time of year usually marks the sports netherworld between the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is better known as...more

Australia: Courtsiding and reform updates

In a number of our recent blog entries, we promised to keep you posted on a number of legislative changes and legal proceedings in Australia. As promised, here are the key developments: Spectator charged for...more

Paid in Singles for a Shot at the Big Leagues: Former Minor Leaguers Sue MLB for Wage-and-Hour Violations

Spring training is just around the corner and major leaguers have already reported to their first workout. Meanwhile, an interesting development–three former minor leaguers have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball,...more

2, 4, 6, 8…NFL Cheerleaders Not “Rah Rah-ing” About Pay Rate

Two NFL teams are facing wage and hour class action lawsuits filed by their cheerleaders. On January 22, an Oakland Raiderette sued the Raiders organization on behalf of herself and current and former cheerleaders alleging...more

Sacramento Kings Acquire Shopping Plaza in Preparation for Stadium Development

In connection with the development of a new downtown arena, the Sacramento Kings announced recently that the team had agreed to purchase the Sacramento Downtown Plaza mall, a 14 acre development occupying 6 city blocks near...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

Union Representation: Coming to a Football Stadium Near You?

On January 28, a group of football players from Northwestern University filed a petition with the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking union representation. They have formally requested that...more

Three Point Shot - January 2014

"Yep," Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Wins Final Knockout in Copyright Infringement Suit - Facedown on the canvas, the boxer slowly opens his eyes. His ears still ringing from the punch that knocked him down, he can vaguely...more

Australia: Spectator charged for involvement in “courtsiding” at Australian Open

Australia’s summer of tennis has been tainted by the presence of an international betting syndicate at the Australian Open. A British spectator has been charged under section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) in relation to...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

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prepares for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (a permanent arbitration institution specialised in the resolution of sports law disputes) opened a temporary office in Sochi, Russia on 28 January 2014, headed by the CAS Secretary General,...more

UK – Commonwealth Games England Implement their First Mandatory Anti-Doping Education Policy

Following the 2013 World Conference on Doping in Sport, which highlighted effective education programmes as a fundamental tool in combatting the use of performance enhancing substances, Commonwealth Games England (“CGE“) has...more

The 49ers May Not Be Going to the Superbowl . . . But Their Consolation Prize Ain’t Bad

I’m not much of a sports guy, but like many in the San Francisco Bay Area, I watched the 49ers-Seahawk game over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend....more

FTC Settles Claims Relating to U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Program

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced it has settled claims against 12 companies relating to charges the companies falsely claimed they were abiding by the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor program that enables U.S. companies...more

Creative financing used to structure new stadium deal for Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cobb County, Georgia for a new stadium in the northern Atlanta suburb to be completed in time for the 2017 season. The deal moves the Braves out of downtown...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - December 2013

Italy: Agcom decisions on sport events - Following a consultation with the main stakeholders, the Italian Communication Authority has issued two new decisions concerning radio and audiovisual media’s freedom of press during...more

Recent New Jersey Case Highlights Several Aspects of the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

In Hedden v. Kean University, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that an email sent by the University’s women’s basketball coach to the school’s in-house counsel was privileged even though a copy also was sent to the...more

Soccer At The Seaport?

Should a soccer stadium be built at the Port of Miami? Soccer superstar David Beckham and his investment team have identified the southwest corner of the Port as a potential stadium site for a new Major League Soccer...more

Should College Athletics Go Corporate?

Millions of Americans spent much of their holiday weekend watching college football. While fans around the country enjoyed watching Auburn’s thrilling win in the Iron Bowl or seeing Ohio State hold on against its arch-rival...more

WADA Board agree 2015 Anti-Doping Code

Between 12-15 November 2013 WADA hosted the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg. As previously reported in Sports, Media and Entertainment Online the new code was set to be reviewed and approved at the...more

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