Jul 16

The Blitz July 10 – 16, 2017

Tweet of the week:

x⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement:

Adrian Robinson wrongful death lawsuit against NFL, Riddell

Swank v. Valley Christian School

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit (Evans et al vs. AZ Cardinals et al)


Lane Johnson vs. NFL, NFLPA


Aaron Hernandez

Chris Spielman vs. Ohio State

Houston McNutt vs. Ole Miss


Marlins’ Fan Lawsuit

Larry Nasser/USA Gymnastics

Detroit Arena Funding Lawsuit:


Rams Relocation Lawsuit


Stadium Issues in Seattle


Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals


Josh Finkelman v. National Football League (Super Bowl XLVIII Ticket Lawsuit)


Venus Williams


Pete Rose vs. John Dowd


Junior Galette


Tim Duncan vs. Charles Banks

The biggest lawsuit that didn’t happen: Donald Trump vs. Bedminster

👮Crime Blotter

Nathaniel Robinson


Adolphus Washington

D’Onta Foreman


Cody Latimer

Tyler Higbee


Ryan Lochte

💡Concussion Discussion:

🌡Health & Safety

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

LOTS of sports betting news this weeks with the disintegration of the DraftKings/FanDuel merger, the end of their FTC lawsuit, and the class action taking place in Boston.  Also – more on the NJ Sports betting case; additional states preparing and Vice Sports handicapping of Supreme Court odds

🏈NFL Sidelines:

🏒NHL Breakaways:


⚾️MLB Strikes:

🏀NBA Dunks:

📓NCAA Notebook:

✊🏿Athlete Activism:

🙏In Memoriam:

🖇This & That:

Jul 16

The Blitz – Sports Betting – July 10 – 16, 2017

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting

New Jersey Sports Betting Case & PASPA


DraftKings/FanDuel

Merger:

FTC Antitrust Lawsuit

Filing just prior to announcement that DraftKings/FanDuel merger plans had dissolved.

And shortly thereafter…

Class Action:


Not exactly sports – but relevant:

Be sure to check out all the other sports law stories of the past week here:

Jul 10

The Blitz July 4 – 9, 2017

Tweet of the week:

⚖️Litigation Lane

CHL Minimum Wage Lawsuit


Derek Boogaard


Lane Johnson vs. NFL, NFLPA


Also noteworthy in this case. Judge Loi’s order, while an accurate assessment of fact, will likely make it much harder for players who seek to vacate an arbitration award, to be able to do so outside SDNY in the future.


Venus Williams


Minor League Baseball Minimum Wage Lawsuit

Nadia Axakowsky v. NFL Films


Eli Manning Memorabilia Lawsuit


Baylor


Larry Nassar/MSU/USA Gymnastics


Racist Allegations Against the Atlanta Hawks


SF 49ers, Ticketmaster Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination Against Disabled


Tajae Sharpe, Sebastian Tretola Assault Litigation

👮Crime Blotter:

Derek Loville


The story of De’von Hall’s downward spiral and its tragic toll could just as easily have been placed under the “Concussion Discussion” header. Witness accounts allege he killed is mother in a violent outburst. His family says they’re not sure he even remembers or realizes she’s dead. Heartbreaking. 😢

 


Marcus Morris

💡Concussion Discussion:

 

🌡Health & Safety:

 

✊🏿Athlete Activism:

 

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

 

🏈NFL Sidelines

In Memoriam:

🖇This & That

Jul 03

The Blitz June 26 – July 3, 2017

⚖️Litigation Lane:


NFL Concussion Settlement


NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

Eli Manning Memorabilia Case


Nadia Axakowsky vs. NFL Films


FTC vs. DraftKings/FanDuel


Don Henderson vs. Calgary Flames


Chief Wahoo


NFL Sunday Ticket Lawsuit


Washington Redskins


USA Gymnastics


Paterno Family vs. NCAA


Detroit Pistons/Red Wings Arena Lawsuit

💡Concussion Discussion:

Research

🌡Player Health and Safety:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

Sports betting is headed to the Supreme Court!  This special edition of “The Blitz” is a compilation of the best breaking and early stories – along with a bit of background on the case.

✊🏿Athlete Activism:

Patrick O’Sullivan speaks up about child abuse and the wrong way to keep your child in sports.

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🏈NFL Sidelines:

⚾️MLB Strikes:

🏒NHL Breakaways:

👃In Memoriam:

🖇This & That:

Jun 28

The Blitz – Special Edition 6/28/17 – Sports Betting Goes to SCOTUS

The Blitz - Sports Betting Goes to SCOTUS

What a wild ride!  After two separate defeats in district and appellate courts, an unfavorable en banc hearing, and a request for the views of the Solicitor General – which recommended the High Court deny review, the Supreme Court announced yesterday that they will indeed hear the New Jersey sports betting case!

This special edition of The Blitz features the best news stories, highlights and a bit of background for those who need to get up to speed.

If you’re not familiar with the NJ sports betting case and the states’ rights issues involved here’s a great place to start:

Those watching the case expected a decision from the Supreme Court on Monday as to whether the justices would agree to hear the case.  Most experts agreed that the chances were nil, in that the Supreme Court accepts less than two percent of cases which petition certiorari, and when CVSG is requested they normally follow the recommendation of the Solicitor General.  Daniel Wallach took a deep dive into the issues surrounding the case and last Friday published seven reasons why he felt the sports betting case stood a decent chance of a cert grant.

On Monday at 9:30 AM, the Supreme Court’s orders were posted on the SCOTUSblog, but no mention was made of the New Jersey case.  In short order, Wallach began analyzing the situation and concluded that it would most likely be included in the Supreme Court’s “clean-up orders list” to be published on Tuesday.  Further analysis led him to believe that the case stood an even greater chance of receiving a hearing based on his research.

Yesterday morning the announcement came:

And the news stories began to break. 

Around noon the “Dynamic Dans” sports law duo released a “breaking news” podcast diving deeply into the issues.  Highly recommended listening:

Since PASPA, the 1992 legislation which banned legal sports betting in all but four grandfathered states (and for all practical purposes – all states but Nevada) has been driven by the sports leagues, who over the last few years have seemed uneven – and often hypocritical in their gambling stance – a number of stories focused on how the leagues will likely react to the cert grant.

The sports leagues have up until now claimed that they would be “irreparably harmed” by legal sports betting, but in light of their recent actions, will the argument hold? Daniel Wallach says it’s unlikely and explains why in this three-parter from April:

Moving forward…

Great wrap-up here!

Looking ahead…

Jun 25

The Blitz 6/19/17 – 6/25/17

Are you sure you’ve caught all the major #sportslaw headlines and fairness in sports issues over the past week?  This weekly round up is sure to bring you up to speed.

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Painkiller Lawsuit


Jesse Solomon NFL Disability Case


Here’s the unbelievable background on the case:

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

SCOTUS ruling on The Slants and how it may affect the Washington football team


However Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario complaint against Cleveland Indians will proceed.


Detroit Pistons Arena Funding


Eli Manning Memorabilia Case


Beckman vs. Chicago Bears


Super Bowl XLV Ticket Lawsuit


Michael Floyd


Marcus Canby sued over nephew’s drowning


Aaron Hernandez


O.J. Simpson up for parole

🎙New Conduct Detrimental Podcast!🎙

🏈NFL Sidelines:

ICYMI – Mary Andrie-Brooks letter to her Dad, former Cowboys’ George Andrie is a *must read!*

📓NCAA Notebook:

💡Concussion Discussion:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

6/27/17 – UPDATE: As predicted by Daniel Wallach, today was “Groundhog Day” and the Supreme Court announced their decision to hear the NJ sports betting case.  Here’s what you need to know starting with a brand new @ConductPod:

6/26/17 – UPDATE: Today was expected to be “cert decision day” for the NJ sports betting case but instead no mention of it was made in today’s SCOTUS orders.  Daniel Wallach says tomorrow may be “Groundhog Day” for the case:

NJ awaits decision from Supreme Court on whether to hear sports betting case

FanDuel / DraftKings Merger


And a few more…

✊🏿Athlete Activism:


🖇This & That:

Jun 20

The Blitz 6/20/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Supreme Court Slants Ruling Helps Washington Redskins

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Cleveland Indians Dispute

Strikes for Kids vs. NFL

Evans et al vs. Arizona Cardinals et al (NFL painkiller lawsuit)

(Oddly both Etopia Evans and the Arizona Cardinals have been booted from the lawsuit.)

NFL Concussion Settlement

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation:

Beckman vs. Chicago Bears

💡Concussion Discussion:

🏈NFL Sidelines:

📓NCAA Notebook:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

✊🏿Athlete Activism:

🖇This & That:

Jun 15

The Blitz 6/15/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

NFL Concussion Settlement

NHL Concussion Injury Litigation:

Minor League Baseball Wage Lawsuit

Strikes for Kids vs. NFL

NFL players hit Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley with $1.8M arbitration claims

Ever Ulises Serrano-Alberto Immigration Case

👮Crime Blotter:

Ronald Gasser Trial for Shooting Death of Joe McKnight

Sebastian Telfair

Michael Irvin

Brent Griffith

💡Concussion Discussion:

🌿Cannabis Conversation:

🏈NFL Sidelines:

📓NCAA Notebook:

✊🏾✊Athlete Activism:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:

🖇This & That:

Jun 13

The Blitz 6/13/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

Strikes for Kids vs. NFL

The NFL of course filed an objection to Strikes for Kids argument.  Ultimately the District, and not Magistrate judge will have to make the final determination.

Bernie Nicholls and Gary Leeman vs. NHL


Boogaard vs. NHL


Donald Gobert vs. NCAA, University of Tulsa


Rebel Rags Lawsuit


City of Santa Clara vs. City of Santa Clara

👮Crime Blotter:

Rex and Rob Ryan

Lorenzo Maulden


Roger Lewis

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:


Here’s how to do it!

🏈NFL Sidelines:

📓NCAA Notebook:

💡Concussion Discussion:

✊🏾✊Athlete Activism:

This & That:


(I read McCann’s Harvard Law paper a while back and loved it. So many ways this concept could be utilized!)

Jun 09

The Blitz Weekend Edition 6/9/17

⚖️Litigation Lane:

National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation

NFL Concussion Settlement


Boogaard vs. NHL


NHL Concussion Injury Litigation

Singh v. PGA Tour

City of Cleveland vs. City of Cleveland


Byron Bishop vs. Arena Football


Sandusky Accuser vs. His Attorney

👮Crime Blotter:

Ryan Brothers

💰Is there an end in sight for publicly subsidized stadiums?

💡Concussion Discussion:

🌡Player Health & Safety:

High level athletes are especially at risk for these factors and behaviors which are exacerbated by brain injury and frequent/high dosages of painkillers and anti-inflammatories.  Leagues and unions need to address this head on. Truth may be inconvenient but it’s essential for solutions. 

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✊🏾✊Athlete Activism:

🏈NFL Sidelines:

While this is from 2013, it couldn’t be more timely. MUST READ!

Excerpt:

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📓NCAA Notebook:

🎲The Scoop on Sports Betting:


Excellent brief!

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