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GOP Tax Plan Doesn’t See Fun in Stadium Funding

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In the latest tax reform proposal, private activity bonds – a standard tool to finance stadium construction for decades – have been placed on the chopping block. House Republicans released proposed tax reforms that would eliminate private activity bonds. Interest earned on private activity municipal bonds is tax exempt. It is estimated that the government […]

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Online Sports Wagering? Don’t Bet On It

Online Sports Wagering? Don’t Bet On It

On October 30, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 271, a gaming expansion bill that legalizes, among other things, online sports betting in Pennsylvania. Wolf’s signature comes a week after the state legislature passed the bill, which legalizes and regulates daily fantasy sports, online gambling, and sports betting. The bill includes a steep 36% […]

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Keep the Ball Off Your Eye

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Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs have been sued by John “Jay” Loos after he was hit by a foul ball in August at Wrigley Field. Seated along the first-base line, Loos was hit in the left eye and subsequently removed from Wrigley by stretcher and ambulance. Six weeks after the injury, Loos has […]

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Interview with the General Counsel for Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Dave Prouty 

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  The Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law recently sat down with Dave Prouty, who serves as General Counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, to discuss current issues involving baseball. Dave graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986, and received his BA from Bowdoin College in 1980. The interview was conducted by Loren […]

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Interview with Boston Red Sox Senior VP David Friedman

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The Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law recently sat down with David Friedman, Senior Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs for the Red Sox and Senior Counsel for Fenway Sports Group, to discuss current issues in sports law. The interview was conducted by Loren Shokes, an Entertainment and Sports Highlight Contributor for the Harvard Journal […]

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Wrigley Rooftop Owners Denied Preliminary Injunction

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  According to the Chicago Tribune, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall denied a request for a preliminary injunction that would have halted construction of video boards and outfield advertising signs as part of the Chicago Cub’s $375 Million renovation plan for Wrigley Field. Rooftop operators beyond left field, who sell season tickets to watch the Cubs games from […]

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Georgia Supreme Court Hears Braves Stadium Challenge

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According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Georgia Supreme Court recently heard oral argument concerning the validity of municipal bonds used to fund the Atlanta Braves’ proposed new stadium, SunTrust Park. The Plaintiffs, representing the Cobb County taxpayers, alleged that Georgia’s Constitution prevents public funding of a private project without a voter referendum. However, the Defendants […]

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MLB Not Granted Interlocutory Appeal in TV Rights Case

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to intervene in a pending antitrust lawsuit against MLB, DirecTV, and Comcast brought by fans who felt that they were overcharged for out of market games. The District Court previously denied MLB’s motion for summary judgment, ruling that MLB’s long held antitrust exemption does not […]

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