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Rhode Island AG says Fantasy Sports is Legal but Should Be Regulated

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has found that daily fantasy sports are currently legal under Rhode Island law. Kilmartin also strongly advised the Legislature to establish regulations to protect Rhode Island players....more

Protecting Young Players from Head Injuries

Playing sports is a great way to improve a child’s health and enhance their athletic skill. While competition can be exciting and enjoyable, it can also be rather dangerous. Each year thousands of young players are injured...more

Hammerin’ Hank and Technological Fraud in Cycling

On this day in 1934, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron was born; who for my money is the greatest home run hitter ever. He began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League but soon joined the Milwaukee Braves of the...more

Schneiderman Seeks to Sack NFL’s Minimum Ticket Resale Prices

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reportedly investigating the National Football League for antitrust violations in connection with its imposition of “price floors” on tickets for resale. In a 40-page report...more

No Southern Hospitality for Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

The Mississippi AG issued an opinion last week declaring: “Fantasy sports wagering is illegal in the state of Mississippi under current law both on a licensed gaming floor and outside of a licensed gaming floor. Any change to...more

Sweet Home Alabama for Daily Fantasy?

Alabama Senator Sanford introduced a bill February 2 that would exempt fantasy from Alabama’s gambling law The bill also would establish the Fantasy Contests Act to regulate the operation of fantasy or simulated contests in...more

NCAA Allows Student-Athletes to Remain Eligible When Gauging NBA Career

Earlier this month, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the “NCAA”) issued a rule change to allow student-athletes to test their draft status with the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) without losing their...more

MLB Settles, Leaving Unanswered Questions: Do Sports Leagues’ Regional Blackout Agreements Violate Antitrust Laws?

In the wake of Major League Baseball’s settlement of antitrust claims on the eve of trial, the central question from the lawsuit remains: are sports leagues’ exclusive broadcasting territories for live games an antitrust...more

Film shines light on brain injury

A new movie starring Will Smith is bringing greater focus to the dangers of football and the risk of traumatic brain injury that football players face. The film is the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist who...more

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

Take It Easy – Ruminations on Corruption Scandals in International Sports

As I end my week’s exploration of the intersection of bribery and corruption in international sports, I have also ended a week of solid listening to The Eagles 1970s studio albums. In honor of Glenn Frey, I will also end this...more

2016 Trends #5: The Wide World of Sports

If 2016 is anything like last year, we can count on the world of sports to provide a variety of fodder for ethics and compliance discussions. Sports scandals now rival political and business ethics scandals as the...more

Alleged Bribes In Tennis – Why Reporting of Unethical Conduct is Critical

I continue my exploration of bribery and corruption in sports. Today we leave the world of track and field and enter the gentile realm of tennis where there have been recent reports of match fixing and attempted bribery....more

Detroit Lions Trademark “Defend the Den”

The Detroit Lions have registered the phrase Defend the Den. This is part of what appears to be a growing movement in college and professional sports to trademark common or more particular phrases used at their sporting...more

Remedies for Corruption – Lessons from the World of Track and Field

One of the great things about being obsessive is… you do not worry about it and enjoy being obsessive. Last night I bought, downloaded from iTunes and then listened to all of the The Eagles 1970s era studio albums. It was...more

The IAAF – Corruption and Blackmail in Track and Field

I am back from a lovely week in Venice, with my new Matt Kelly imposed nickname of ‘FCPA-nerd’. One thing is certain when you go on vacation, the world of international bribery and corruption will continue unabated. Last week...more

[Webinar] Addressing Top Threats in Professional Sports - January 14th, 2:00pm EST

Professional sports teams today face a myriad of threats – from security to scandals, corruption and cyber breaches. In this webcast, Sports Intelligence & Security Professionals from the Baltimore Ravens (Mr. Darren Sanders)...more

Bright Bulbs Bring Bank Branding Battle

Just as the Minnesota Vikings exceed expectations this year and push into the NFL playoffs, the Vikings’ still-unfinished new stadium is producing some interesting (if not expected) branding-related litigation....more

Sporting Fashion: An Evolution from the Hardwood to the Runway

During the 1989 MLB All-Star Game, the world was left in blissful wonderment over the most memorable sports campaign ever produced. The “Bo Knows” campaign became the paradigm of sports marketing, catapulting Nike into...more

Construction E-Note - December 2015

In an article published in the November 2015 issue of North American Builders, Jason Nimmer provides insight on what it takes to successfully deliver manufacturing-related construction jobs in today’s fast-paced building...more

The Sports Industry 2015: A Year of Unprecedented Landmark Change

We could not let the dust settle on 2015 without recapping the monumental upheaval the sports industry has experienced this year. Not since Rupert Murdoch unearthed sport as a commercial “battering ram” for distribution...more

SEC Charges Oxford City Football Club With Fraud

It was touted as “the largest publicly traded diversified portfolio of professional sports teams in the world.” The firm actually owned interests in a U.K. football team and other sports teams. The company was put together by...more

Three Point Shot - December 2015

Keep Off the (Patented) Grass - Maintaining a beautiful lawn usually requires a lot of work, unless you are friends with Edward Scissorhands or install a "Brady Bunch" lawn of artificial grass instead. Installing...more

Hawking a New Mascot

The big mascot news over the past year has been in the NFL, as Washington fights to maintain its registrations for the REDSKINS mark. As that dispute continues, the University of North Dakota tried to put to rest its...more

AFL “list management” – a polite term for age discrimination?

As the Australian Football League 2016 pre-season approaches, there is a lot of talk in the media about “list management” by clubs. This generally involves retiring or trading “older” players – usually over the age of 28....more

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