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    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."

    NCAA, PAC-12 Want Out Of Football Players' Wage Suit

    The NCAA and Pac-12 Conference asked a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed wage-and-hour class action on Friday, arguing that both federal and state law have already determined that student-athletes are not employees and making it impossible for the governing bodies to be employers under labor laws.

    Louisville Seeks Softened Penalties For Strippers, Sex

    The University of Louisville responded to NCAA allegations against its men's basketball program and head coach Rick Pitino after the governing body found that a team staffer paid for adult entertainment to entertain recruits on campus, seeking leniency and arguing that the monetary value and recruiting benefits were small.

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP notched a major victory in 2016 with the reinstatement of a $48 million jury verdict it secured for Capitol Records and other music companies and obtained the dismissal of a copyright infringement suit against Jay Z, placing among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

    NY Looking To Test Sports Betting Ban, Wagering Chair Says

    New York could be the next state to challenge a federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting as New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee, told Law360 he plans float a sports betting legalization bill this month, a move that will likely land the state in federal court. 

    Justices Want Solicitor General's Take On NJ Sports Betting

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for the U.S. Solicitor General's opinion about whether it should take up New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law that prohibits states from authorizing sports betting.

    Student-Athlete Attys Seek $15M In NCAA Concussion Deal

    Attorneys for a class of student-athletes in multidistrict litigation with the NCAA over concussion-related health concerns are seeking $15 million in fees on the heels of early approval of a $75 million settlement, according to a request filed in Illinois federal court on Friday.

    As Justices Weigh Cert For NJ, Sports Betting Push Surges

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider Friday whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, pressure to change the law will only continue to build — regardless of how the court rules.

    NCAA Breached Protective Duty, New Concussion Suit Says

    A group of former college football players hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big 12 Conference with another proposed class action over head injuries and concussions in the sport, this time alleging in Indiana federal court that the organizations breached a contract with players that required them to warn student-athletes of potential risks and take adequate steps to protect players from head injuries.

    Another Big Blow To Student-Athletes Eyeing Employee Status

    Hammering home federal courts' reluctance to find that college athletes are employees, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday refused to rethink a decision involving UPenn athletes despite the students' argument that the ruling effectively put them in the same category as prison laborers.

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Penn Athletes-Not-Employees Ruling

    The Seventh Circuit refused Wednesday to rethink its ruling that University of Pennsylvania student-athletes cannot be considered employees based on their college sports participation, in a potentially fatal blow to their attempt to pursue Fair Labor Standards Act class claims for minimum wage.

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Over NCAA's Place In Death Suit

    Pennsylvania’s highest court said Wednesday it would not hear arguments over a ruling that revived claims against the NCAA over the sickle-cell-related death of a Slippery Rock University student during an intense basketball practice.

    NJ Again Urges High Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    New Jersey and its horse racing industry group have again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal ban on sports betting in the Garden State, arguing that the restriction undermines state sovereignty.

    Sports Cases To Watch In 2017

    With minor league baseball players trying to save a wage-and-hour class action against Major League Baseball, college student-athletes continuing antitrust claims against the NCAA, and the NFL and its teams facing suits alleging they pump players full of painkillers, 2017 should prove to be another busy year for sports litigators.