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Upon Further Review – Nationals Get Second Swing At Orioles Over TV Dispute

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A New York court of appeals last week declared the Orioles and Nationals will play extra innings in the teams’ longstanding dispute over fees the Orioles’ Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) owes the Nationals for broadcasting...more

Three Million Wrestling Fans’ Data Compromised

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has announced that it is investigating a “vulnerability of [a] database” containing over three million users’ names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, educational...more

Stats plus Security = A winning formula

Notwithstanding the glitz and glamour of multi-millionaire race drivers and champagne, Formula One is all about data. Analytics are fundamental to understanding Formula One races. Teams are fueled by data, and around every...more

Who Says There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? -- the US Tax Court in Jacobs v. Commissioner Ruled That There May Be Such a...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Judge Ruwe ruled in Jeremy M. Jacobs and Margaret J. Jacobs v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. 24 (June 26, 2017), that a free lunch may exist today under Federal tax law. In this case, the taxpayers, owners of the Boston Bruins of...more

SEC Confirms Sales of NFL Fan Memberships Fall Outside of Securities Act

In a no-action letter issued earlier this week, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance granted relief to LA Fan Club, “a fan club for loyal fans of the Rams football team,” to offer fan memberships for sale and...more

Three Point Shot - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

"12th Man" Suit Forces Aggies to Call an Audible on Traditional Copyright Defenses - Texas A&M University's "12th Man" is at the center of a legal blitz facing the University's Athletic Department. On January 19, 2017,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Set to Address Sports Betting

On June 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a law that prohibits individual states from permitting gambling based on professional or amateur sports....more

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

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

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