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Chief Wahoo: A Look Back in History

by Fish & Richardson on

February 14 marks an unofficial end to winter because, as baseball fans know, this is the day when pitchers and catch­ers report for spring training. In honor of this happy occasion, and being both baseball fans and trademark...more

Cleveland Indians To Discontinue Use Of Chief Wahoo On Player Uniforms; Limited Use Of The Logo To Continue In Order To Preserve...

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Although the Supreme Court recently ruled that disparaging trademarks are protected by the First Amendment freedom of speech in Matal v. Tam, the Cleveland Indians have announced that they will cease use of their “Chief...more

2018 EU Trade, Regulatory and Competition Trends

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 that it is the last...more

Gymnastics scandal offers a tragic reminder of challenges in protecting kids

His basic credentials would come under fire, but they were sufficient for the “doctor” to insinuate himself into major institutions, and, worse, into the lives of hundreds of girls and young women on whom he inflicted a...more

The Awards Season and DOJ Look at International Sporting Events

by Thomas Fox on

One might have hoped that after the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) scandals from 2015, both before and beyond, the world’s most popular sport might have worked to clean up its act more diligently....more

More Plus than Minus: Examining the NHL’s Decision to Skip the Winter Olympics

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

To repurpose a quote attributed to the late Olympic ice hockey player and head coach Herb Brooks for the 2018 Olympic ice hockey tournament, the name on the front of the jersey is definitely going to be more important or at...more

Content Developer Attempts to Tag MLB with Conversion: “Safe,” Rules Justice Kornreich

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Have you ever had a brilliant business idea, only to discover years later that someone else has beaten you to market? If you are a professional athlete, you might break your hand punching a fire extinguisher or picture frame...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

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

Esports Insights and Trends - January 2018

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

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

The New Tax Law: Impact on Illinois Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The new tax reform law – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – has been extensively reported in a variety of media outlets. Most discussions focus on the reduction in individual and corporate tax rates, the availability of deductions...more

The Perverse Impact Of Indiana’s Proposed “Integrity Fee” In Sports Gaming

by Ifrah PLLC on

Anticipating a positive ruling from the Supreme Court in Christie vs. NCAA, legislators in Indiana have introduced a new sports wagering bill. Unfortunately, the bill includes a previously unseen poison pill in the form of a...more

Gambling with SCOTUS: Christie v. NCAA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Having recently heard oral argument in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide this long-running case that is ostensibly about the legalization of wagering on sports...more

Proposed Pepsi Center Consent Decree Requires Open Captioning at Games and Concerts

In a proposed consent decree submitted for preliminary approval to the federal district court in Denver on December 29, 2017, the owners and operators of the Pepsi Center arena in Denver reached an agreement with a proposed...more

Tax Reform’s Effect on the Sports Industry

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, the $1.5 trillion tax reform law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Act”). This alert describes provisions of the Tax Reform Act that we...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

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

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

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

Data and sporting integrity - the key issues to consider

by DLA Piper on

I spoke at Sportel in October about data issues in relation to the regulation of sport, particularly in relation to betting integrity. The topic raises a number of knotty issues...more

Updates for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the Senate Bill

Early on December 2, 2017, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Senate Bill”). This blog entry describes certain provisions of the Senate Bill that would have the most significant impact on the nonprofit...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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