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Will It Soon Be Game over for Tax-Exempt Financing of Professional Sports Stadiums?

Public financing, including tax-exempt bond financing, of facilities used by professional sport teams has long been a controversial topic, with advocates and opponents disagreeing over whether the public benefits sufficiently...more

Vermont Becomes Second State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into a law a bill that legalizes and regulates the operation of paid-entry fantasy sports contests within the state. Vermont is at least the eleventh state to pass a...more

Evaluating human rights risks for mega-sporting event hosts

by DLA Piper on

Businesses involved in major sporting events will increasingly need to have a more sophisticated understanding of how their activities, products and services might be involved in adverse human rights impacts. In recent months...more

The Abstract Swing: Major League Problems In Patent Law

Professional baseball was in a crisis, at least through the eyes of the major market teams. It all started with a rather unremarkable second baseman, Aliceandro, who played for the San Jose Programmers. During the last...more

Sports Wagering in Your State

by Dickinson Wright on

“Sports gambling is going to be legal. We might as well embrace it and become part of the solution, rather than fight it. It’s in everyone’s best interests for it to be above-board.”...more

Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

by FordHarrison on

Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts...more

Insight: Patchwork of Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Will Increase Costs and Frustrations for Emerging Industry

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Arkansas has become the most recent state to enact legislation aimed at regulating the Daily Fantasy Sports marketplace. Daily Fantasy Sports, or more commonly known as DFS, is a form of online entertainment where users play...more

Representing the Professional Athlete: The Importance of Personal Counsel

by Fraser Trebilcock on

As a former sports agent, I am often asked what it takes to become an agent. Many people assume you have to have a law degree, but while being a licensed attorney or having a law degree would be helpful, they are not...more

Unwritten rules cause uncertainty in sports and at work

by FordHarrison on

Anyone who follows sports, even on a casual basis, has heard about “unwritten rules.” But the problem with unwritten rules is that sometimes they can be subject to different interpretations and standards. This is because,...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...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

Loss of Value Insurance May Prove Valuable for Athletes

by Fraser Trebilcock on

According to CBS Sports, former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith recently collected on a loss of value insurance policy. Smith was projected to be a high first-round NFL draft pick but dropped to the second round, the 34th...more

The Browns Employ Creative Use of NFL Salary Cap Structure For Future Success

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a league well known for the copycat tendencies among its franchises, the Cleveland Browns may have set a new National Football League (NFL) standard for evaluating and completing trades. After flirting with a 0-16...more

Remember – “March Madness” is a Trademark

We are in March. The minds of many turn to March Madness as the NCAA hosts its annual tournament to crown college basketball’s national champion. Of these, many want to take advantage of the tournament to promote their...more

Texas Lawmaker Introduces Fantasy Sports Bill; Fantasy Sports Lawyers Scrutinize the Details

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A State Senator in Texas recently introduced a new bill that would legalize fantasy sports contests and implement regulations governing their operation. Fantasy sports lawyers understand that stakes for this bill are high as...more

Chicago Professional Sports Teams Seek Workers’ Compensation Reform

by Howard Ankin on

The Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox have written a letter to a state representative in a show of support for a new bill that could detrimentally affect the workers’ compensation claims of injured...more

Fictional Magazine Accused of Real Infringement

The Sporting Times LLC has sued Orion Pictures, inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc., and others because of the depiction of a publication titled The Sporting Times in trailers for, and in the actual movie, Spaceman — a...more

Trump EO Biometric Entry-Exit Section Raises Concerns of Lawmakers over Costs, Logistics

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Members of Congress from states bordering Canada, the Northern Border Caucus, have focused on a section of President Donald Trump’s “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order...more

Don’t bet the farm on March (legal) Madness

by McAfee & Taft on

March is upon us, which means spring is near and the sweet smell of tournament brackets will soon fill the air. For many, the month is synonymous with March Madness, the NCAA’s annual tournament that crown’s college...more

The UFC’s Biggest Bout Yet: Its Battle Against Its Fighters’ Antitrust Lawsuit

We have not previously reported on an antitrust litigation that is enveloping the mixed martial arts (“MMA”) world. Six current and former MMA fighters have filed a class action lawsuit against the company that owns the UFC,...more

Fair Play in Granting Area Variances on the Tennis Court and in the Judicial Court

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The orientation of a tennis court in a north/south direction is a benefit to competitive players interested in fair tennis play. Even the Appellate Division, Second Department, agrees. To avoid the impact of sun glare, a...more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

Minor Golf Cart Collision on Indiana Courses Considered “Ordinary Behavior” and an Inherent Risk in the Game of Golf

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently found that a man’s negligence claim against a fellow golfer who struck the back of his golf cart cannot succeed because driving a golf cart is normal behavior, with its attendant risks,...more

Is it Time for Athletes to Demand Reciprocal Morals Clauses in Their Endorsement Deals?

by Miller Canfield on

While the confetti is still settling after the most exciting Super Bowl in recent memory, discussion has turned to the RSVP list for the traditional White House victory reception. At least six members of the New England...more

Would you survive a knockout?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey was at the top of her field, training hard and winning harder. Her success had built her brand. So much so that she diversified into acting with parts in two big budget, big publicity movies. Then it...more

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