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In the aftermath of concerns on student-athlete safety following the death of a Maryland football player during conditioning drills last year, new legislation takes aim by providing protections on the right of college athletes to report concerns outside of the athletic department.
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Drones and Sports? Pro Leagues and NCAA Weigh In

May 7, 2019 | Blog | By Laura Stefani, Jonathan R. Markman

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) accepted comments on the future of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), those aircraft under 55 pounds that we commonly refer to as “drones.” The FAA has authorized UAS operations for several years, but many industries have been dissatisfied with the level of allowable use and have pressed the agency to further clarify the circumstances under which operations are allowed. Sports leagues have joined this group.
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The Thrill of a Visa, the Agony of Denial: Visa Challenges for the Esports Athlete

February 22, 2019 | Advisory | By Maryanne Kline, Elizabeth C. Egan

This article considers the use of P-1 athlete visas as a viable option for international esports competitors.
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Compliance Issues Facing the Sports Industry

August 27, 2018 | Video | By Tyrone Thomas

Tyrone Thomas discusses the changing landscape in sports with the emergence of e-sports, athlete activism, and more and the associated compliance issues organizations are likely to face in the coming years.
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Earlier this week, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in the case of Gold Medal LLC v. USA Track & Field.  The decision, on appeal from the District Court for the District of Oregon, rejected allegations that USA Track & Field (USATF) and the United States Olympics Committee (USOC) engaged in an anticompetitive conspiracy in violation of antitrust law by imposing certain advertising restrictions during Olympic Trials. 
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision authorizing the states to decide whether sports betting should be legal within their borders.
You don’t think of sports website FanGraphs as a go-to source for legal analysis?
Tyrone Thomas was quoted in the Law360 article entitled, NCAA Transfer Rule Ripe For Reform Despite Court Success, in which he assessed the opportunity for college athletics to create a clearer standard for its transfer rules and avoid the possibility of court intervention.
In July 2016, four players on the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team wore black shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement. The WNBA fined the players, but later rescinded the fines.
Two incredible things happened in 1992 for the NFL football team Washington Redskins. It won the Super Bowl and applied to register a trademark Washington Redskins. It has not been so lucky ever since. It has not won another Super Bowl and has not registered that mark since 1992.
More than ever before, biometric data, a term often used broadly to refer to metrics related to human characteristics, is being collected at a faster pace.
The vetting and hiring of a new coach is one of the most critical responsibilities athletic directors face. Athletic directors work to identify coaching candidates that will give the university’s teams an opportunity to win games.

Key Considerations in Maximizing a Celebrity Brand

November 21, 2017 | Blog | By Anthony Mulrain

A celebrity should maximize the value of their brand by strategically monetizing every aspect of it.  For example, one who becomes famous through the recording industry would consider a career in front of and behind a television camera, through endorsement opportunities that are equity-based, along with employment and other business ventures.
With the start of college football season around the corner, attention turns to off-season shake ups in coaching staffs. One controversial change involved defensive coordinator Robert H. Shoop. 

Stats plus Security = A winning formula

July 10, 2017 | Blog | By Joshua Briones

Notwithstanding the glitz and glamour of multi-millionaire race drivers and champagne, Formula One is all about data. Analytics are fundamental to understanding Formula One races.

GAME OVER FOR TAX-EXEMPT FINANCING OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS STADIUMS?

June 20, 2017 | Blog | By Meghan Burke, Poonam Patidar

Public financing, including tax-exempt bond financing, of facilities used by professional sport teams has long been a controversial topic, with advocates and opponents disagreeing over whether the benefits sufficiently to justify public subsidies. 
Although the Federal Trade Commission currently is short-handed with one Democrat and one Republican serving on the Commission (out of a normal lineup of five), today they showed that bi-partisan consensus still can exist in Washington. 

Is the NCAA Out of Bounds on Academics?

May 23, 2017 | Blog | By Randy Jones, Heather Silver

An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question:  Who is responsible for ensuring student-athletes are receiving an academically appropriate education?
As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game.
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