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NFL At Risk Of Losing Non-Profit Status?

A recent proposal by U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, would eliminate the tax-exemption under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6) for professional sports...more

MLB Using Technology to Expand its Reach

Spring training is underway in Florida and Arizona, and Major League Baseball has a new commissioner, new executive leadership and a persistent challenge. MLB has the oldest and least diverse fan base of any of the...more

Michael Jordan Denied Summary Judgment on His Right of Publicity Claim against Illinois Grocer

In 2009, Michael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. To commemorate Jordan’s career, Time Inc. published a special Sports Illustrated Presents issue that included congratulatory “advertisements” from several...more

March Madness: Could Friendly Wagers Among Employees Put Your Organization At Risk?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will wager $9 billion on the NCAA tournament, more than double the estimated $3.9 billion bet on the Super Bowl, bringing March Madness to a whole new level....more

“Surviving” the Madness: Are Paid-Entry Survivor Contests Legal?

The field is set, the brackets are in, and the players are ready. Welcome to March Madness, also known as America’s Least Productive Month. And much to the NCAA’s chagrin, it’s also peak gambling season—the American Gaming...more

Lance Armstrong’s Perjured Doping Testimony Earns Him a $10 Million Sanction in Arbitration

Recently, Lance Armstrong attracted national attention when an arbitration panel in Texas ordered him to pay $10 million in sanctions to a promotions company for lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs to win the...more

What you can learn about trademarks from sports celebrities

The world of sports seems to generate more than its share of words and phrases that catch the public’s attention. But these also show how branding — and formal trademark protection — can go awry. Every time a sports...more

Australia: Update: Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct (the Todd Carney case)

Last year, we published a blog update regarding an incident involving Todd Carney that led to the termination of his contract with the Cronulla Sharks Football Club. In our update, we mentioned that it appeared no hearing had...more

Australia: Australia’s media deregulation plans will keep anti-siphoning laws

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has floated a proposal to scrap many of the media regulations to enable traditional broadcasters to compete with new unregulated entries into the market, such as...more

CEQA Review of Sacramento Kings Downtown Arena Project Held Legally Adequate In Published Third District Opinion

In a published opinion filed February 18, 2015, the Third District Court of Appeal rejected all legal challenges to the City of Sacramento’s EIR and CEQA compliance for approval of its new downtown entertainment and sports...more

Fear the Brow, or Fear the Trademark Specimen?

Celebrity has its advantages. Slogans and taglines are big business in professional sports, which in turn has led to some entertaining trademark applications: JOHNNY FOOTBALL and LINSANITY, to name a couple. As Martha noted...more

Sacramento Kings Win Again; Second CEQA Challenge Rejected

Saltonstall v. City of Sacramento (2/18/2015, 3d Civil No. C077772). The Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District of California has ruled in favor of the City of Sacramento with regard to a series of challenges...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects San Jose’s Bid to Overturn Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption

Baseball is the only national sport that is exempt from the antitrust laws. The baseball exemption has existed for 92 years and withstood both court and Congressional challenges, despite the United States Supreme Court’s...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2015 (Global)

BROADCASTING - Italy: Back to the future - connected TVs need "connected regulations" - The Italian Communications Authority recently adopted resolutions concerning changes in the broadcasting landscape....more

Nevada Sports Books Will Be Going For The Gold During The Next Olympics

Nevada gaming regulators have voted unanimously to permit the state’s sports books to accept wagers on the Olympic games for the first time in years. Nevada joins international sports books in a number of other countries that...more

Skating on thin ice: the independence of CAS is challenged

Multiple World and Olympic champion German speed skater, Claudia Pechstein puts the Court of Arbitration for Sport to perhaps its greatest test to date. ...more

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that proposed football stadium developers have chosen to incur the cost of collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot to obtain land use approvals rather than face...more

UK: Secondary ticketing market to become more transparent

The UK Government has agreed to an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which will make the secondary ticketing market more transparent and help to protect secondary ticket buyers against fraud....more

FIFA recommends a November/December schedule for World Cup 2022

Following a meeting of key football officials in Doha, FIFA has made an announcement today (24 February 2015) recommending that, given the extreme high temperatures in Qatar in summer months, November and December is the most...more

How can a university manage an all-powerful college coach?

From decorated pros to college benchwarmers, many young men and women who played sports often refer back to a coach who had a tremendous impact on his or her life and eventual career. This is true even when people don’t...more

Brain Injury Lawsuits and High School Athletes

Sports-related brain injuries have been making national news over the last several years as researchers continue to learn more about the long-term effects of concussions and other head traumas. For parents who have kids that...more

Selling What You Don’t Have…What Happened to my Super Bowl Tickets?

Thursday before Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix Ima Goen Nomattawatta, a huge Patriots fan, found an online broker Izzure Scalp with Super Bowl tickets for $2,500 apiece. Not believing that he could get 4 tickets at only $750...more

GLOBAL: Lance Armstrong to pay US$10 million to SCA Promotions

On 4 February 2015, an arbitration panel (in a 2-1 decision) ordered Lance Armstrong to pay US$10 million to SCA Promotions (SCA), a sports insurance company, for US$12 million worth of bonuses received for his seven Tour de...more

No 'Hiding the Ball' - Court Prohibits NCAA from Sealing Trial Record

In McNair v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (filed 2/16/2015, No. B245475), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District, held that the NCAA may not limit public access to certain documents...more

Why Employers Should Think Twice Before Making Employees Play Hurt

Recently, my Alma Mater, The University of Southern California, was sued by a former member of the Trojan football team. Former cornerback Brian Baucham filed a lawsuit against USC and former coach Lane Kiffin, alleging he...more

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