Defamation, Celebrities, and the Internet

PDF Download of the Article By the very nature of their positions, celebrities in both the sports and entertainment spheres generate significant public attention and discussion. While the discourse will frequently be positive, inevitably many such conversations will result in negative, or even slanderous, remarks being made regarding such individuals. However, with the proliferation of… Read More »

Kickstarting Litigation: What is the Future of Crowdfunded Films?

On April 12, 2013, The Veronica Mars Movie project broke fund raising records, with 91,585 backers pledging a total of $5,702,153. The catch? The film was funded on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. Veronica Mars became the site’s fastest project to reach a million dollars in funding, its highest-funded film project, and its third highest-funded project… Read More »

2014 Harvard Law Sports & Entertainment Symposium

On Friday, February 21st, the Harvard Law School Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law (CSEL) hosted its annual Symposium. This year’s event covered both the Sports and Entertainment fields, and featured numerous top executives from both fields. Keynote Speech David Otunga – WWE Superstar, attorney, actor, bodybuilder Mr. David Otunga kicked off the 2014 Symposium… Read More »

The NFL and Super Bowl Ticket Prices (Finkelman v. NFL)

A few weeks ago, Josh Finkelman sat in the upper decks of MetLife Stadium watching the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The price for those nosebleed seats? $4,000 for two tickets.[1] Mr. Finkelman is now the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed last month against the National Football… Read More »

Macklemore and the Fear of the Minstrel Show

I. Introduction to Macklemore and the Pattern of Cultural Appropriation The trajectory of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Macklemore”) is where the complexity of the race in music debate begins.[1] Because Macklemore emerged on an independent label from Seattle, he has experienced a very peculiar sort of hip­hop fame, one that has little to do with… Read More »

“Unsportsmanlike” Conduct and That Richard Sherman Interview

Richard Sherman, star defensive back for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has received severe public criticism for his comments in the immediate aftermath of his team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game this past Sunday.[1] Many of these insults have attacked his intelligence, his character, his “class,” his humanity – not… Read More »

Jay-Z’s Entry Into the Sports Agent Ring

Shawn Carter, popularly known as Jay-Z, is considered one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, having won seventeen Grammy Awards and placed three albums on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. [1] He is also a man of tremendous business acumen, with a net worth of almost $500… Read More »

A Frontier Tort White Paper: Concussions in the NFL

Editor’s Note: While this blog is normally dedicated to analyzing legal issues in the field of sports and entertainment, this post departs from that to spotlight some excellent work done by 1Ls at Harvard Law School. At HLS in fall 2012, the eighty students in Section Six participated in an experimental group project in their… Read More »