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    NJ Case Isn't A Panacea For Sports Betting Proponents

    The U.S Supreme Court could resolve a states' rights issue if it takes up New Jersey's challenge to the federal sports betting ban, but sports betting proponents may be out of luck since it's unlikely the justices will issue an opinion that enables setting up a federal betting system.

    NCAA's $209M Antitrust Deal Gets OK After Fixes

    The NCAA and 11 athletic conferences sued by student-athletes in antitrust suits over caps on scholarships on Tuesday won preliminary approval for a nearly $209 million deal on monetary claims after tacking on revisions that excluded claims in certain other athletes’ suits and modified class definitions.

    NCAA Enjoys Home-Court Edge In Challenges To Its Rules

    College basketball prognosticators may often argue over the weight of a school’s home-court advantage, but the NCAA has its home jurisdiction locked down when it comes to defending challenges to the legality of the association's rules and restrictions.

    Game Co. Won’t Use ‘April Madness’ In 2017

    A game developer accused of infringing the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “March Madness” trademark agreed Thursday to not use a pair of similar marks for any of its basketball-themed games during 2017, as the infringement suit continues in Indiana federal court.

    NC Lawmakers Say NCAA, ACC 'Lobbying' On Bathroom Law

    North Carolina state lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday challenging the NCAA’s and Atlantic Coast Conference’s federal tax-exempt status, alleging they engaged in “excessive lobbying activities” in moving events such as games in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament from the state over its transgender bathroom law.

    March Madness May Draw $10B In Not-So-Legal Betting

    Americans will be wagering even more money on NCAA March Madness this year, according to projections released Monday by the American Gaming Association, which estimated bets will reach $10.4 billion total with the vast majority made illegally.

    NCAA Concussion Deal Skimps On Damages, Ex-Player Says

    A former college tennis player objected to the proposed $75 million settlement of a multidistrict litigation against the NCAA over concussion-related health concerns on Friday, telling an Illinois federal judge that the deal doesn’t go far enough and the $15 million in attorney fees requested is too high.

    4 Tips To Make March Madness A Win For Employers

    There is no escaping March Madness. If employers play it right, they can build worker morale while minimizing the inevitable hit to their productivity. But if they drop the ball, the on-court drama can lead to a courtroom. Here, management-side employment attorneys share their best tips for navigating the tournament.

    NCAA Sues Online Game Co. Over 'April Madness'

    With the yearly “March Madness” tournament less than a week away, the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Wednesday over online fantasy games called “April Madness.”

    Ex-USC Athlete Wants Labor Claims Out Of Grant-In-Aid Deal

    A former University of Southern California linebacker told a California federal court Thursday that the NCAA and college athletes, which reached a $208.7 million settlement to end certain antitrust claims contesting scholarship caps, have “no business” settling other potential labor law claims, arguing they should follow his proposal to add an express carve-out in the settlement agreement.

    Sports Agency Sues Cincy Basketball Coach For Unpaid Fees

    The Legacy Sports Agency said University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach Mick Cronin owes it over $200,000 in fees for negotiating his coaching contracts with the university, according to a lawsuit in New York state court.

    W.Va. Becomes 6th State To Challenge Sports Betting Ban

    West Virginia became the latest of a growing number of states to consider the legalization of sports betting, as a bill introduced Wednesday calls a federal restriction prohibiting states from allowing the practice unconstitutional.

    U Of Richmond Suspends 5 Ballplayers For Fantasy Sports

    The University of Richmond has suspended five of its baseball players for potential NCAA student-athlete eligibility rule violations for what appears to be participation in fantasy sports.

    College Football Conference, NCAA Hit With Concussion Suit

    Two former Purdue University football players on Thursday hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big Ten Conference with a proposed class action alleging the organizations didn’t tell them about the risks of repeated head trauma from which they now suffer.

    NCAA Champs Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Likeness Rights Row

    Two former Division III college basketball champions urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive their proposed class action against a website that sold official NCAA photos, arguing the Copyright Act doesn’t bar them from pursuing their name and likeness rights in NCAA-copyrighted photos.

    Brand Battles: NCAA Swats Big Ten Over 'March Madness'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the NCAA targets one of its own top conferences over its "March Madness" mark, Monster Energy takes on Cornell University over the name of a newly developed apple, and Google faces a fight to register a so-called motion mark.

    CUNY Athletics Official Charged With Embezzling $600K

    A former City University of New York basketball coach and athletics official was charged on Tuesday in New York federal court with pocketing $600,000 in gym rental fees intended for Baruch College, a school still shaken by an NCAA violations scandal.

    Class Member Objects To $209M Deal In Grant-In-Aid MDL

    A former University of Southern California linebacker objected Tuesday to a proposed $208.7 million deal to settle monetary claims in the antitrust suits contesting the NCAA’s caps on athlete scholarships, arguing in California federal court that the settlement releases state labor law claims that weren’t even covered in the litigation.

    NC Gov. Floats New Plan For Bathroom Bill Repeal

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday offered his latest proposal for nixing the state’s infamous law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, a plan that includes tougher penalties for crimes that occur in restrooms.

    Maryland Lawmakers Lob Sports Betting Legislation

    Maryland could be the next state to join the push to legalize sports betting as state lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow those with state gaming licenses to take wagers on sports contests should it pass a voter referendum and a federal ban be removed.

    Trump Could Determine Future Of Sports Betting

    Forces are coming together for a showdown over the U.S.'s anti-sports-betting policies after the U.S. Supreme Court made a surprise choice last month not to immediately deny New Jersey's challenge to a federal ban on sports betting, instead inviting President Donald Trump's administration to weigh in on the controversial issue.

    Sports Group Of The Year: Covington & Burling

    Covington & Burling LLP’s sports group in 2016 successfully represented the U.S. Olympic Committee in an antitrust challenge over its advertising restrictions and helped long-standing client the NFL fight off allegations of Americans with Disabilities Act violations, earning a spot among Law360’s Sports Groups of the Year.

    Sports Group Of The Year: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP represented a number entities across the global sports industry, including helping successfully lobby the New York state legislature to legalize daily fantasy sports as well as guiding professional athletes and unions to some big wins, landing the firm among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

    GOP Reps Tell NLRB General Counsel: Pull Memo Or Quit

    Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., head of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on Thursday ripped a recent memorandum issued by National Labor Relations Board general counsel Richard Griffin deeming college football players as employees under federal labor law, saying he should either rescind the memo or quit.

    NCAA, Univ. Want Suit Over Athlete Transfer Rules Trimmed

    Northwestern University and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday urged an Illinois federal judge to trim the suit against them over allegedly anticompetitive rules requiring college athletes to wait a year to play after transferring schools, arguing that federal courts have long found that eligibility rules like the one being challenged are "procompetitive."