K&C Sports & Entertainment Law Weekly Roundup - February 2024 #4

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  • The first person charged for violating a 2020 law that forbids conspiracies to taint international sports events through performance-enhancing drugs received a three-month prison sentence. Federal prosecutors used the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act to charge Eric Lira, a TX-based therapist, with supplying human-growth hormone and other performance enhancers to a pair of Nigerian athletes who were regulars on NCAA, Olympic and world championship podiums. First-ever Anti-Doping Act conviction nets Texas therapist 3 month prison sentence – Fox News
  • Lawmakers struck out again with a proposal to allow betting on VA college sports teams. VA law since 2021 has allowed sports betting through casinos and online sports books like FanDuel and BetMGM, with the exception of wagers on state youth and college sports. Some legislators have gone to bat to change the law. Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico, sponsored Senate Bill 124 this session; his second attempt to get the law off the bench. He introduced a similar measure in 2022 as a delegate. Virginia college sports betting proposal off the books for another year – The Virginia Pilot
  • In a lawsuit, NY-based Fubo alleges that Disney, Fox and WBD, together with Disney’s ESPN and Hulu, have “engaged in a years-long campaign to block Fubo’s innovative sports-first streaming business resulting in significant harm to both Fubo and consumers.” The complaint alleges that the forthcoming launch of their sports-streaming joint venture, pegged for the fall of 2024, “steals Fubo’s playbook” and violates antitrust law. Fubo Sues Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery Over Their Planned Sports Streaming Venture, Alleging It Violates Antitrust Law – Variety
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it has dismissed an appeal from Russia against an International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspension for recognizing regional organizations from territories annexed from Ukraine. The IOC banned the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in October for recognizing regional Olympic councils for Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine – Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Olympics-Russia loses appeal against IOC ban – Reuters
  • The Emerald Necklace Conservancy and some Boston residents are suing the city over the proposed privatization of the White Stadium in Franklin Park – which could become the home for a new professional women’s soccer team. In the lawsuit, the conservancy and 15 residents expressed concerns about the project, including the “unconstitutional privatization of public land,” “absence of a realistic transportation plan for 20 annual game days” and “lack of adequate community input throughout an incredibly fast-moving redevelopment process.” Lawsuit filed to stop Boston’s White Stadium pro soccer project – MSN
  • Legislative leaders have agreed to use hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling money to help pay for further expansion of a state wildlife corridor and other environmental projects. The Senate Fiscal Policy Committee and the House Infrastructure Strategies Committee last week approved identical bills (SB 1638 and HB 1417) that, in part, would provide $100 million a year for the wildlife corridor, a priority of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples. Florida lawmakers look to use gambling money for environment projects – Tampa Bay Times



  • A FL man has brought a state court lawsuit alleging negligence against Miami Heat forward Haywood Highsmith Jr., saying his leg was partially amputated as a result of a vehicle crash caused by the professional basketball player earlier this month. Miami Heat Player Sued After Man’s Leg Amputated In Crash




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