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Is the Ethnic Mascot Controversy Over?

Mascots, flags and logos have almost always been a part of American Sports, whether on the high school, college, professional, or even pee-wee level. However, some sports teams have nicknames and mas¬cots that have been the target of the politically correct that have alleged that an ethnic...

Attorneys For Texas Tech To Question Mike Leach In Coach’s Lawsuit Against School

Mike Leach has been scheduled to answer questions under oath (a deposition) on Friday, March 12, according to Court documents, in the football coach’s lawsuit against Texas Tech. Leach, who currently lives with his family in Key West, Florida, is to give a video deposition beginning Friday...

Is the Ethnic Mascot Controversy Over?

Mascots, flags and logos have almost always been a part of American Sports, whether on the high school, college, professional, or even pee-wee level. However, some sports teams have nicknames and mas¬cots that have been the target of the politically correct that have alleged that an ethnic...

Leach Faces James In Texas Tech Lawsuit Deposition

LUBBOCK, Texas – (AP) Mike Leach sat across from his accuser Saturday as Craig James gave sworn testimony in the former coach's lawsuit against Texas Tech. James, whose complaint of mistreatment of his son led to Leach's firing, declined to comment as he walked into the university's...

Title IX And Other Women’s Issues

(Excerpt from the Sports Law Handbook by William H. Glover, Jr.) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in athletic programs at institutions that receive federal funds. What happens to a college that is cut off from federal funds? Title IX has...

Texas Tech Seeks To Have 4 Dismissed From Leach Lawsuit

LUBBOCK, Texas – (AP) Attorneys for Texas Tech University said in documents filed Tuesday that they want four school employees dismissed from former football coach Mike Leach's lawsuit over his firing and argued again that the school is immune from the suit. It was the final day court filings...

MLB Draft Picks, Their Leverage, And Their Advisors

By Darren Heitner [1] In only a little over a month from now, high school seniors, Junior College students, and Juniors and Seniors at 4-year Universities will be selected in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The draft, which spans from June 7-9, consists of 50 rounds, including supplemental rounds...

Sports Law: Protections For Baseball Advisors

By: Darren Heitner [2] The NCAA permits its student-athletes and high schoolers (who are not yet "student-athletes" under the jurisdiction of the NCAA) to secure the services of an advisor and still maintain their current and/or future NCAA student-athlete eligibility. Advisors are valuable...

Sports Law Blog: South Carolina Up Next?

by Darren A. Heitner [1] On Friday, I touched on the serious investigation taking place at the University of North Carolina , where many players have already been interviewed by the NCAA, including Defensive Tackle Marvin Austin. One item under investigation is travel expenses. That same item might...

Sports Law Blog: Athlete Agent Enforcement Thus Far, And Where To Go From Here

By Darren A. Heitner [1] Roughly a week ago, a flood began. It started with an NCAA investigation into potential rules violations by players, agents, and even university employees at the University of North Carolina. It quickly spread to NCAA investigations at the University of South Carolina, University...

Oral Arguments Set In Leach Suit Against Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - (AP) The Texas appeals court handling former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's lawsuit against the university over his 2009 firing has set Oct. 7 for oral arguments. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Sports Law Blog: Has The NCAA Lost Its Focus?

By Darren Heitner [1] In Pat Forde's column [on ESPN.com] from July 30 titled, Cooperation key to solving agent issue , he wrote the following: "At the very least, the NCAA's raid of sorts on North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama - those are just the schools we know about...

Sports Law Blog: Drafting Suggestions For An Endorsement Contract

An endorsement contract is one that grants the sponsor the right to use (i.e., license) the athlete's name, image, or likeness in connection with advertising the sponsor's products or services. In most professional sports, the leagues prohibit individual players from endorsing alcoholic beverages...

An Insurance Guide for the Sports and Entertainment Industries

By Kirk A. Pasich, Cassandra S. Franklin, Sandra Smith Thayer, Shaun H. Crosner and Julia K. Holt, Attorneys, Dickstein Shapiro LLP Written and edited by a team of Dickstein Shapiro Insurance Coverage Group attorneys, the "New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide"...

What Do Peter Pan And The NCAA Have In Common? A Primer On Student-Athlete Images, The NCAA And Video Games

In the story Peter Pan , Peter loses his shadow and is forced to chase it down in order to reattach it. A shadow isn't very substantive, but like any person, Peter wants his back because it is his shadow and his property. We take our shadows for granted - that we have them and they're ours and...

Sports Law Blog: Gender Participation Issues Related To Sports - Title IX Of The Education Amendments Of 1972

By William H. Glover, Jr. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in athletic programs at institutions that receive federal funds. The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX can be to lose all federal funds, which includes guaranteed student...

Gender Participation Issues Related To Sports - Title IX Of The Education Amendments Of 1972

By William H. Glover, Jr. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in athletic programs at institutions that receive federal funds. The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX can be to lose all federal funds, which includes guaranteed student...

Pittsburgh Steeler Sues Champion Over Tweet Dispute

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing the parent company of the Champion sports apparel maker, calling the decision to drop his endorsement deal over his tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a breach of contract. Mendenhall's...

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY INJURIES TO OUR YOUNG ATHLETES? PROFESSIONALIZATION AND SPECIALIZATION IN YOUTH SPORTS

AMATEUR SPORTS SYMPOSIUM: THE DEATH OF AMATEURISM: IMPLICATIONS FOR SPORT AND HEALTH Parents and athletes feel the pressure now to compete at all costs. Sports injuries to our youth are particularly important because minor youth sports injuries carry a significant risk factor for more severe injury...

Contentious Issues of the Brazilian World Cup Law

by Patricie Barricelli, Attorney, São Paulo Bar Association, Brazil * The Brazilian General World Cup Law was enacted last June with the aim to amend Brazil’s legal regime for sporting events as required to meet International Federation of Association Football ( Fédération...

The Debate About College Athletes as Employees Moves to the National Labor Relations Board

On January 28, 2014, players on the Northwestern University football team filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") seeking union representation. The petition is the first of its kind and, if successful, the Northwestern football team would be the first group of college...

DLA Piper: California Federal Court Finds 1st Amendment Does Not Preclude Sporting Event Participants From Asserting Right-of-Publicity Claims Against Broadcasters

By Matt Ganas | On April 11, 2014, a California federal court issued a First Amendment ruling that has potentially significant implications for broadcasters in the sports-media industry. Specifically, the Northern District of California’s Judge Claudia Wilken held that “the First Amendment...

Federal Judge Gives Preliminary Approval To NFL Brain-Injury Settlement

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A federal judge in Pennsylvania on July 7 preliminarily approved a settlement between the National Football League and retired players claiming football-related brain injuries ( In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation , MDL Docket...

Ballard Spahr LLP: NCAA Cannot Bar Compensation of Student-Athletes for Use of Their Names and Likenesses, Federal Court Says

By Stephen J. Kastenberg and Marcel S. Pratt A recent California federal court decision has further lifted the thumb on the scales that has historically benefited collegiate athletics in weighing whether their association rules violate the federal antitrust laws. In so doing, the court ruled that...

DLA Piper: Monitor Announces Delivery of 9th Quarterly Report to Penn State, the NCAA and the Big 10 Conference

Senator George J. Mitchell and his law firm, DLA Piper LLP (US), announced that today he has delivered his ninth quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (“AIA”) among The Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate...