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    A Closer Look At NCAA's 'Dancing With The Stars' Decision

    Although many people may disagree with the NCAA's decision to permit college basketball star Arike Ogunbowale to participate in the popular television program "Dancing With the Stars," it is consistent with NCAA bylaws — for four reasons, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

    NCAA Says 'Spiritual Coercion' Case Backs Wage Suit Denial

    The NCAA on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to look at a recent decision denying a wage suit over a televangelist whose followers were allegedly coerced into volunteering for his church’s for-profit restaurant, citing it as further reason not to revive a proposed wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California football player.

    NCAA Breaks Ground Allowing Hoops Star On TV Dance Show

    The NCAA is breaking new ground by allowing a current University of Notre Dame women's basketball player to compete on ABC's uber-popular celebrity dance competition "Dancing With the Stars" and keep any potential prize money, bending its amateurism restrictions in a way it has been reluctant to do in the past.

    The DOJ's Case Against AT&T-Time Warner By The Numbers

    Like its chief expert witness who testified Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice has built its antitrust challenge to AT&T’s $85 billion quest for Time Warner around numbers, culminating in hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged consumer television subscription price increases the government says the merger will create.

    Latent Onset Of CTE Doesn't Stop Claims, Ohio Justices Hear

    An attorney for a deceased former University of Notre Dame football player told the Ohio Supreme Court during a hearing Wednesday that CTE is “the signature latent disease in football,” urging the justices to keep alive the player’s claims against the school and the NCAA despite last playing football nearly 40 years ago.

    Ohio High Court To Tackle CTE Onset In NCAA Injury Suit

    The Ohio Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether to keep alive claims seeking to hold the NCAA and the University of Notre Dame liable for the later-in-life brain diseases of a former college football player, a case that could set the stage for future litigation over latent brain conditions such as CTE suffered by athletes. Here, Law360 reviews the history of the case in advance of the oral arguments.

    Kansas, NC State Named In College Hoops Bribery Probe

    New York federal prosecutors on Tuesday added the University of Kansas and North Carolina State University to the list of major college basketball programs caught up in a scandal involving an Adidas executive who allegedly paid five-figure bribes to players’ families so star ballers would play for Adidas-sponsored programs.

    Title IX Suit Claims MSU Discouraged Reporting Rape

    An unnamed female student sued Michigan State University for violating Title IX in Michigan federal court Monday, saying she told the school and its counselors that she was raped by three Spartans basketball players in 2015 only to be discouraged from reporting it to the police.

    Adidas Exec, Others Push For Info To Bolster Bribery Defense

    An Adidas executive, a consultant for the shoe company and a former NBA agent charged in a college basketball bribery scheme involving top-tier NCAA schools asked a New York federal judge Thursday to force the government to turn over witness statements that may aid their case, including those of a high school basketball director who was unexpectedly dropped from the case.

    3 Key Concussion Issues To Be Decided By Ohio High Court

    Individual concussion cases are moving forward at a faster clip than class actions and making law that may have far-reaching implications for collegiate sports and beyond. Schmitz v. NCAA — which will be argued before the Ohio Supreme Court on April 11 — is a prime example of the trend, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

    NCAA Cites High Court Ruling In Student-Athlete Wage Suit

    The NCAA told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision in an overtime case Monday undermined the arguments of a former University of Southern California linebacker trying to revive his wage and overtime class action.

    Brand Battles: Microsoft, Bordeaux Wine, Duke University

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Microsoft says its "StaffHub" doesn't look or sound like "Hubstaff," the governing body of Bordeaux wine isn't happy with an American "Beardeaux," and litigious Duke University targets a company that wants you to "Put Up Your Dukes."

    College Hoops Coach Firing Trend Raises Contract Concerns

    In several high-profile college basketball coaching changes this year, schools have sought to justify the termination as "for cause" to avoid or limit multimillion-dollar contract buyouts, evidence of a trend that experts say should have coaches and their attorneys more carefully scrutinizing contracts moving forward.

    NCAA Amateurism Suit Tees Up Conference Autonomy Debate

    Whether college athletics conferences are better suited than the NCAA to set rules for compensating student-athletes could take center stage as the college sports governing body will be forced once again to defend its amateurism rules in federal court after a ruling this week.

    Tapped Calls Fair Game In NCAA Bribery Trial, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge this week denied a call from former NBA agent Christian Dawkins to prevent recordings of an investment adviser’s wiretapped cellphone from coming into the upcoming trial over bribery in college basketball, saying a clerical error on the wiretap order isn’t a basis to suppress the communications.

    Regulation Of Sports Gambling Will Decide Esports' Fate

    Esports is going to have a major impact on traditional sports, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming sports gambling holding in NCAA v. Christie is going to have a major impact on esports, say Holland & Knight LLP attorney David Lisko and law student Viktor Lyusi.

    What To Expect After The High Court Rules On Sports Betting

    In one of the most anticipated decisions of the current U.S. Supreme Court term, the Murphy v. NCAA case will ultimately decide the fate of sports gambling in the country and has the potential to create big changes for governments, regulators and gaming advocates alike.

    NCAA Bribery Defendants Want Details Of Feds' Vegas Op

    Three men accused of bribing college basketball players to attend Adidas-sponsored universities and sign with a particular NBA agent asked a Manhattan federal judge on Thursday to make prosecutors share more details about two agents now under criminal investigation for blowing federal funds on gambling and booze in Las Vegas.

    Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

    4 Slam-Dunk Tips For Employers To Swish March Madness

    With the NCAA basketball tournament tipping off this week, millions of workers will be tracking their office pool brackets and sneaking peeks at games during work hours. But lawyers say businesses should generally avoid calling flagrant fouls on employees and instead treat March Madness as an easy layup for fostering companywide camaraderie.

    Poker Player's Ticket Ploy Shafted Investors $6M, DOJ Says

    A professional poker player allegedly fleeced investors out of $6.2 million in a scheme to resell tickets to major sporting events and used the funds for gambling at Las Vegas casinos, federal prosecutors in California announced Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on two counts of wire fraud.

    7th Circ. May Call On Indiana In Fantasy NCAA Athlete Row

    Two Seventh Circuit judges considering whether to revive a proposed class action against DraftKings and FanDuel over their use of college athletes’ likenesses said Thursday they likely need the state of Indiana to weigh in on whether exemptions in its right of publicity law cover fantasy sports sites.

    MSU Hit With New Suit Over Nassar Gymnast Abuse

    A former gymnast sued Michigan State University, its board of directors and USA Gymnastics in Michigan federal court Wednesday, joining others who allege that the school and its administrators failed to protect her and other gymnasts from years of sexual abuse by former orthopedic doctor Larry Nassar.

    Pitino Calls On Louisville To Fight NCAA Sanctions In Court

    Former University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino on Wednesday called on the university to take the NCAA to court over penalties, upheld this week, forcing the university to vacate its 2013 Men’s Basketball National Championship.

    Litigating Likeness: 4 Big Publicity Rights Fights To Watch

    A California appeals court refused this week to revive a case filed by a "Goodfellas" actor who claimed his likeness was used without permission on the "The Simpsons," but there’s plenty more right of publicity action ahead in 2018. Here are four big cases to watch.