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Ohio Supreme Court Ruling Opens the Door for a Lawsuit Blitz

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The Ohio Supreme Court became the first state high court to tackle the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”) in court, holding that CTE could be treated as a latent condition that develops long after an initial injury.  Steven Schmitz, a former football player at Notre Dame from 1974 to 1978, initially sued Notre Dame […]

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Fantasy Sports Score in Indiana Supreme Court Battle over NCAA Access

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In a victory for daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled last week that the names, likenesses, and statistical information of college athletes are newsworthy and may be used without players’ permission. A group of NCAA athletes sued DraftKings and FanDuel on the basis that players should be paid for […]

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October Madness – Adidas Consultant Testifies that College Basketball Star Received Payments

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TJ Gassnola, a former consultant for Adidas, testified on Wednesday that the shoe company paid the family of Deandre Ayton, a former basketball player for the University of Arizona and the first selection in the most recent NBA draft, before or during his collegiate career.  Gassnola’s testimony comes during the opening week of the first […]

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Texas Band Hits Chick-Fil-A, ESPN with Copyright Suit Over College Football Commercial

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Law360 reported a Texas rock band’s representatives, Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc., filed suit against Chick-Fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. in Texas federal court on Tuesday. The suit alleges that the pair of companies stole a song from Dallas rock band Drayter for in the background of two commercials the companies released featuring the well-known Chick-Fil-A […]

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College Athletes Sue Fantasy Sports Gambling Sites

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In May 2016, a class of former college athletes sued FanDuel and DraftKings, alleging that the sites wrongfully profited from their likenesses. Relying on Indiana’s right of publicity statute, the former college athletes argued that FanDuel and DraftKings violated their right to control the commercial use of their own identities. The case was dismissed in district court by U.S. District Judge […]

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Southern Miss Faces Discrimination Lawsuit from Recruit with One Kidney

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On November 29, Devon Hammond filed a civil rights lawsuit against the University of Southern Mississippi (“Southern Miss”) for violating federal antidiscrimination law. Hammond alleges the school discriminated against him by refusing to let him play football after learning Hammond only has one kidney. Hammond, a former Louisiana State University (“LSU”) football recruit, transferred to […]

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UCLA Players Put Up 0 Points, 0 Assists, and 3 Steals in China

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Three University of California: Los Angeles (“UCLA”) men’s basketball team players have been allowed to return home after being arrested in China for shoplifting. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were in Hangzhou, China to play an exhibition match against Georgia Tech, and while there, reportedly stole designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.  […]

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Online Sports Wagering? Don’t Bet On It

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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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A Federal Investigation is Nothing

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According to the Washington Post, ex-head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team, Rick Pitino, has filed a federal lawsuit against Adidas for deliberately damaging his reputation and causing him emotional distress. This suit comes in the midst of an ongoing federal investigation into Adidas executives allegedly conspiring with partner schools to attract […]

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1st & Goal for the College Athletes’ Rights

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Annapolis, Md. (Sept. 23, 2006) - Navy slot back Shun White, #26 scores Navy's first touchdown on a 26-yard run in the second quarter. Navy lost 24-23 against the University of TulsaÕs Golden Hurricanes in the first overtime game in Academy history. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Christopher Lussier (RELEASED)

When the United States Supreme Court denies certiorari (cert.) to a case ruling that a large nonprofit organization is subject to federal antitrust laws, most in the sports world don’t pay close attention. On October 3rd, 2016, however, the U.S. Supreme Court grabbed the attention of the sports world by denying cert. in O’bannon v. […]

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