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The PHILLY SPECIAL Isn’t So Special

Well, it is the end of February and the Super Bowl hangover in Minneapolis might finally be over. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to analyze trademarks related to the Big Game. Much ado was made about the Eagles’...more

Federal Judge Rules Embedded Tweet Violated Copyright

In a surprising ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest, recently ruled that several news organizations and publishers violated a photographer’s copyright when they “embedded” a photo from Twitter on their...more

The Freedom to Swim

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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

11th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Ex-NFL Coach's Defamation Action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal appeals court has ruled that a former Miami Dolphins coach—accused of bullying a player—did not have a valid defamation claim against a law firm that investigated the team's locker room culture....more

Washington Redskins’ Us Trademark Registrations Reinstated By The Fourth Circuit

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reinstated the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations originally cancelled by the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) in 2014 in...more

Legitimate Super Bowl Ambush Marketing

Not all ambush marketing is created equal. Some can cross the line and create a likelihood of confusion as to sponsorship. Some falsely advertises. But, some is totally fair use and lawful....more

FMLA Leave: Tom Brady Plays Through the Pain–Why Can't You?

by FordHarrison on

It’s no-pain, no-gain for Tom Brady, but pressuring employees to work while injured may violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Love him or hate him, you have to give it to Tom Brady–the man is dedicated to his...more

II-26 – Superbowl Concerns, Tax Reform/MeToo, Restrictive Covenant Crimes, and Expanded Religious Discrimination Theories

by Cozen O'Connor on

Is the Superbowl creeping into your workplace this week? Does Washington’s new tax reform impact how you settle sexual harassment cases? Can you actually go to jail for signing a restrictive covenant? Is there a new kind of...more

Green Bay Packers Enforce “Titletown” Mark Against High School Football News Series

Tis’ the season for football, not just on the gridiron, but also at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Shortly after the “Minneapolis Miracle,” as we reported this week, the Minnesota Vikings applied for registered marks...more

Ticket-Gate”- Revisiting The Intersection Of Professional Football And Class Actions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

First, Deflategate. Now, “Ticket-gate?” Stirring in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, a putative class action takes aim at an unsafe football field, a cancelled preseason game, and over a million...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

Super Bowl Ambush Marketing Games Begin?

We continue to have Super Bowl LII on our minds here in the Twin Cities. It’s hard to avoid thinking about the upcoming “Big Game” with ads like these blanketing our skyway maze...more

Standing Still: Fan Gets Second Chance to Bring Precarious NY/NJ Super Bowl Ticket Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Recently, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals turned the switch on a fan’s seemingly dormant class action suit against the National Football League concerning its 2014 Super Bowl Ticket Distribution Policy, which limited...more

#SBLII: #HereWeGo?

We’ve come a long way from April 1, 2017, until now, with the steady drumbeat — and ads galore — in preparation for the upcoming Super Bowl LII in downtown Minneapolis...more

The implications on data in sport in light of improvements in technology

by DLA Piper on

With improvements in technology, more and more data about sporting events is being captured. A number of different groups claim to 'own' such data - the players themselves ("the data wouldn't exist if we didn't participate"),...more

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

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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

New Labor Board General Counsel Rescinds Guidance Declaring Student-Athletes ‘Employees’

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

One of the first actions of new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb was to rescind guidance that college football players at private universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act. ...more

All Eyes On The Supreme Court: The Battle For Widespread Legalized Sports Wagering In America To Have Its Day In Court

by Dickinson Wright on

The biggest legal showdown in a long time on a question of gaming policy is about to come before the United States Supreme Court. At stake is the ability of the states to tap into a legalized sports betting market that could...more

Tax Reform: Focus on the Sports Industry

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Over the last several days, there have been significant developments relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the pending tax reform legislation in Congress. On Thursday, a detailed summary of the Senate Finance Committee’s...more

Draft Italian Budget Law Promotes Sports Arena Refurbishment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Italian Government confirmed its willingness to promote the renovation of sports-related assets in the draft budget law currently pending parliamentary approval. The final budget law is expected to contain further efforts...more

Dallas Cowboys Controversy Highlights Trap for Union and Non-Union Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones publicly announced recently that he would bench any player who kneels during the national anthem. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, the flap momentarily diverted my attention from the Cowboys’...more

Withholding Evidence In sports Labor dsputes: What eSports can learn from Brady and Elliot? - Questions of Fundamental Fairness...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

For the uninitiated, eSports, is a professional sports league connected to video games, and is one of the fastest growing sports markets. While some chuckle at the growth of eSports, others are taking notice of the industry's...more

EU & Competition Law Update – October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

When is a private company considered a public body and subject to the EU procurement rules? A recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) case has thrown up a novel legal issue which will be of interest to all public...more

Regulating Speech at Work

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Can a private employer limit its employees’ speech and political activity in the workplace? A: Yes, but not speech that is considered part of a “concerted activity.”...more

Recent IRS Ruling Creates (Interest)ing Tax Conundrum for Sports Teams Utilizing Personal Seat Licenses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On June 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) held in a private letter ruling that proceeds used to a fund portion of the new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams franchise of the National Football League (NFL) and received...more

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