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Be Creative But Be Careful with Copyrights and Trademarks in Your Designs

Posted in Intellectual Property, Sports Business and the Law

USA Today had a must-read article on Under Armour’s crazy uniform designs. Creative uniforms are wonderful, but as with all else in the world of intellectual property, care needs to be taken. Taking a copyrighted design from someone oftentimes results in a lawsuit. If you see the other design, run it by your fellows to… Continue Reading

Rory McIlroy v. Horizon Sports

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

This guest post is authored by Jason Hodges. Jason currently practices in the areas of litigation and real estate at Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, P.C. in Georgia.  Since graduating from Mercer University School of Law (2009), he worked as a player agent at Crown Sports Management and subsequently served as a Public Defender. He ended… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Enjoins New Jersey from Permitting Sports Betting – Will Other Leagues Adopt the Position Taken by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver?

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

On Friday, Judge Michael Shipp granted the NCAA and four major professional sports leagues a permanent injunction to prevent New Jersey casinos and racetracks from offering sports betting.  The decision was unsurprising, but still extremely disappointing, to New Jersey state officials who have been attempting to establish legalized, regulated sports betting in the state for… Continue Reading

Oral Argument Set to Address Sports Leagues’ Application for Preliminary Injunction in New Jersey Sports Betting Case

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

Tuesday, federal judge Michael Shipp set Oral Argument for November 20, 2014 to address an application for a Preliminary Injunction by the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA in the latest litigation over the potential legalization of sports betting in New Jersey. In the underlying lawsuit, the Court will eventually determine whether New Jersey can… Continue Reading

Diversity, Criminal Penalties, and the NFL

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

Interesting discussion this past Friday on ESPN’s The Herd.  Host Colin Cowherd pointed out that the league had to grow in diversity before it was able to come up with stiff penalties for violent incidents.  Increased diversity among an organization’s leadership can directly contribute to better thinking, better policies and better overall results.  Here’s hoping it becomes part… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

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