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Wearable Technology Fits into Professional Sports

Professional athletes, teams, and leagues have embraced wearable technology. But as this new technology becomes ubiquitous, a new category of valuable—and personally sensitive—data has emerged, raising novel data security...more

Youth Football Bans are Decreasing in Interest

by Buchalter on

It appears that football bans are slowly dying. As I previously discussed, California, along with Illinois, New York, and Maryland proposed bills to ban tackling in youth football earlier this year. Please see Law360 article...more

Seventh Circuit Hands the Ball to State Supreme Court

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit asked the Indiana Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the state’s right-of-publicity law gives athletes a right to challenge fantasy sports companies’ websites for using their...more

Sports Torts and Courts

by Butler Snow LLP on

Who has not been injured in a recreational, athletic activity? Who has not accidentally injured someone else in the course of play? We all have … an errant softball throw, a shanked iron, a bouncing horseshoe. We enjoy the...more

Differences in Axonal Structure Likely Contributing to Increased Vulnerability of Women to Concussions

Although males represent a majority of emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related concussion, researchers have recently found that female athletes have a higher rate of concussion and appear to have worse...more

Cricket’s Ball-Tampering Scandal: 10 Lessons for Financial Services

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A recent sports scandal provides helpful guidance for current efforts to improve conduct and culture in the financial services industry. Introduction - The Australian cricket team is coached by a popular ex-player,...more

Tattoo Artists’ IP Rights Only Skin-Deep

WWE wrestler Randy Orton has some unique ink on his arms and back, created by tattoo artist Catherine Alexander. Orton—and his tattoos—are featured in the WWE 2K video games. Alexander claims ownership of copyright in the...more

Depression following Concussion is Highly Prevalent and Needs to Be Monitored and Treated

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A new study published in the Journal of Neurotrauma highlights the importance of monitoring TBI patients for the presence of depression symptoms and providing clinical support to prevent minor depression from converting into...more

New Law Exempts Minor League Baseball Players From Certain Federal Minimum Wage, Overtime Pay Laws

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As part of $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Donald Trump in March, section 13(a) of the Fair Labor Standards Act is amended to exempt minor league baseball players from a class of workers entitled to...more

Three Point Shot - March 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Can a High School Football Coach Say a Hail Mary after a Hail Mary? High school football coach Joseph Kennedy was not instructing his quarterback to take a knee in victory formation to run down the clock. Instead, in an...more

Impact of 2017 Tax Reform: Sports and Entertainment

by Moskowitz LLP on

Most reporting about our new tax laws has been on the reduction of business taxes, real estate, and the loss of individual deductions. In this blog post, we will highlight some provisions that will impact the sports and...more

No Foul: “Jumpman” Can Keep Soaring

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Rentmeester v. Nike, Inc., No. 15-35509, 2018 WL 1055846, at *6 (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2018) (Judge Paul J. Watford) - On February 27, the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of copyright claims against Nike, Inc. alleging that...more

Concussions Can Impair Emotional Processing During Sleep Contributing to Chronic Mood Disturbance

As discussed in prior posts on this blog, sleep alterations are commonly found after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, both short term and in some cases long term. One of the most well documented impacts of...more

Esports Insights and Trends - Staying current with emerging developments in the booming esports industry ...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Leveraging its long history and extensive experience in all aspects of the sports arena, the Foley Sports Industry Team is actively immersed in the booming esports industry. Our Esports Insights and Trends will be a recurring...more

Where is the Line? Options for Professional Leagues and Teams Facing On-Field Player Social Activism

In July 2016, four players on the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team wore black shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement. The WNBA fined the players, but later rescinded the fines. In August 2016, San...more

The Freedom to Swim

by Wilson Elser on

In an August 2017 article, “0.44% of NFL Brains” we addressed The New York Times coverage of Dr. Ann Mckee’s report “Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football” (JAMA....more

#GoldMedalEnforcement

Tonight is the start of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For the next month, people will cheer and support their country’s athletes as they engage in physical feats that seem to defy human...more

10 EU Competition & Regulatory Trends to Watch for in 2018

Introduction - Our “trends for 2018” are only a selection of interesting developments to watch for in 2018. Within the political and legislative cycle of the European Union, 2018 promises to be an eventful year, given...more

TBI can trigger Pathology in the Gut-Brain Axis and Increase Infections

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Several of my traumatic brain injury (TBI) clients have been treated for gut issues – issues that were not present prior to their TBI. Insurers, of course, insist that this treatment cannot be related to the brain injury. The...more

Combining Ritalin and Cognitive Behavioral Rehabilitation Shows Promise Following TBI

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A treatment protocol combining Ritalin, a stimulant commonly used for ADHD, and a form of Cognitive Behavioral Rehabilitation known as “Memory and Attention Adaptation Training” (MAAT) shows great promise for improving...more

Tax Cut and Jobs Act to Cause Significant Financial Disruption to Sports and Entertainment Businesses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act). While the emphasis of the Act focused on the reduction of corporate rates, and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's...more

Three Point Shot - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Showdown over Mayweather – McGregor Streaming Glitches Knocked out of District Court - All boxing fan Victor Mallh ("Mallh" or "Plaintiff") wanted for the holidays this year was a chance to stand toe-to-toe with...more

Athletes and their Biometric Data – Who Owns It and How It Can Be Used

More than ever before, biometric data, a term often used broadly to refer to metrics related to human characteristics, is being collected at a faster pace. Devices of all kinds are now able to able to track and store data...more

Sport Now: DLA Piper's Media, Sport and Entertainment sector magazine

by DLA Piper on

We've collated articles from a wide variety of countries to provide you with an overview of what's pertinent in the sector in your country and to show how this compares to sector in other parts of the world. This edition...more

After Schiano: Lessons For Athletic Directors from Tennessee’s Coaching Search

The vetting and hiring of a new coach is one of the most critical responsibilities athletic directors face. Athletic directors work to identify coaching candidates that will give the university’s teams an opportunity to win...more

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