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Kluwe Kicks Dispute In Exchange For Charitable Donations

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

Last week, former NFL punter Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings reached a settlement of Kluwe’s dispute with the team over what he characterized as the organization’s homophobic environment and release from the team due to his activism on behalf of marriage equality. Kluwe’s revelation of serious homophobic behavior and an institutional attempt to freeze him… Continue Reading

Trademark Battles Are For The Birds

Posted in Sports Business and the Law, Sports History

On August 11, 2014, the ownership group for the Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Blue Jays Partnership, filed a Notice of Opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, opposing the registration of Creighton University’s redesigned Bluejay logo. On September 18, 2013, Creighton filed a trademark application with the… Continue Reading

Wang Sued For Allegedly Backing Out Of Deal To Sell Islanders

Posted in Sports Business and the Law, Sports History

The NHL’s illustrious New York Islanders:  winners of four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s.   Coached by the immortal Al Arbour and propelled by five future Hockey Hall of Famers, the Isles and their fans in Nassau and Suffolk Counties enjoyed one of the greatest runs in hockey history.  The names still resonate:  Bossy,… Continue Reading

Anti-Trust and College Athletics: Round One Goes To The Student-Athletes

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

  As we dig through the 99-page opinion in O’Bannon v. NCAA here at the Sports Law Scoreboard, we’re keeping in mind that this is only the trial court opinion of one judge.  Next stop will be the Ninth Circuit, which is likely to be sensitive to the students’ claims as well.  Final stop (if settlement is not achieved, of course)… Continue Reading

Average Joe Turns Up The Heat On Cristiano Ronaldo In Trademark Brawl

Posted in Sports Business and the Law, Uncategorized

Not many people know ”fitness enthusiast” Christopher Renzi.  In 2008, the Rhode Islander registered the “CR7″ trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for use in his fashion line of jeans and t-shirts.  Mr. Renzi’s inspiration for the name allegedly comes from his initials and the date of his birth.  Unfortunately, Mr. Renzi has the same… Continue Reading

Celebrity Defamation and Breach of Contract: McGwire and Travolta Voice Their Unhappiness

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

Mark McGwire, present day hitting coach for the Dodgers, former Bash Brother with Jose Conseco and present non-member of the Hall of Fame says it is “too late” to make peace with Mr. C., as headlined on ESPN.  Meanwhile, John Travolta is trying to stop publication of a book by his former pilot, who claims they had… Continue Reading

Are Hot Dogs A Part Of Baseball?: Missouri Supremes Limit Mascot Actions

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

Recently, the Missouri Supreme Court asked a simple question:  What should you expect when you go to a baseball game? How did this come about?  The story is stranger than you think.  The scene:  The Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium.  The culprit:  The Royals’ erstwhile mascot, “Sluggerrr.”  Among Sluggerrr’s many duties is the manning of… Continue Reading

Raging Court Round Two; Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision

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I am reminded for better and worse of the Court’s decision on the Bill Clinton/Paula Jones case.  The majority opinion said that the litigation would not be an undue burden on the Presidency.  Hindsight is 20/20. In ruling that laches does not apply to copyright claims, the Court did not completely consider the implications of… Continue Reading

What Happens Next: The Legal Effects of Donald Sterling’s Ban

Posted in Privacy Issues, Sports Business and the Law

  Will Sterling appeal?  Will there be legal consequences for V. Stiviano?  What are the rights of the Clippers’ players?  I had the opportunity to provide my thoughts to Anna Gallegos of LBXN earlier today: Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Hit with Ban and Fine, but Legal Battle with NBA Looms We’ll be following the aftermath of Sterling’s… Continue Reading

Sterling v. Silver: Lessons Not Learned In Childhood

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

The sentence has been announced:  A lifetime ban for Donald Sterling.  Now, the legal dance will begin. One interesting point in all this is that Donald Sterling was raised in Boyle Heights. During his childhood, that neighborhood in Los Angeles was one great melting pot.  My grandfather lived there.  On any given day, walking down the street, you would see… Continue Reading

Region 13 of NLRB Concludes That Northwestern’s Scholarship Football Players are Employees under the National Labor Relations Act and Entitled to Organize and Bargain Collectively with the University Part II of II

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

Let me start this second half by saying that the author of this decision, Regional Director Peter Ohr, is a law school classmate of mine for whom I have tremendous respect. That said, I think the Region made a mistake in directing an election in this case and it is my hope that Northwestern appeals… Continue Reading

Region 13 of NLRB Concludes That Northwestern’s Scholarship Football Players are Employees under the National Labor Relations Act and Entitled to Organize and Bargain Collectively with the University — Part I of II

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

In the first part of this two part blog I will outline the Region Director’s decision, and in part II discuss the potential consequences of the decision and why I think the Region made a mistake in directing an election among Northwestern University’s athletic scholarship football players to determine whether they wish to be represented… Continue Reading

Student-Athlete Suit Filed Against NCAA: Are We At The Tipping Point?

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

As reported by CBS News, there is yet another suit against the NCAA arguing that anti-trust is being violated by not paying college athletes.  We have been following these suits, and folks, this one may be different.  Plaintiff’s attorney is with a very white shoe, respected, and establishment firm. Why does this make a difference?  It may… Continue Reading

Transgender Athlete Sues CrossFit After Being Denied Entry in Women’s Division

Posted in Sports Business and the Law, Uncategorized

  Chloie Jönsson, who was born male and had sexual reassignment surgery in 2006, sought to compete in the 2014 women’s CrossFit Games.  After CrossFit reportedly refused to allow her to compete in the women’s division, Jönsson sued CrossFit on March 6, 2014 in the Superior Court of Santa Cruz, California.  Claiming discrimination, Jönsson reportedly… Continue Reading

Crossing Over: Allen Iverson Honored by the 76ers

Posted in Sports Business and the Law, Uncategorized

Allen Iverson had his number retired last week by the Philadelphia 76ers, the capper to a career almost certainly destined for the Hall of Fame.  Iverson joined lofty company – Dr. J, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone.  Players who played in rarified air – figuratively and literally. Iverson remains the most remarkable athlete I’ve ever seen… Continue Reading