Sports & Betting

  • June 06, 2024

    NFL Sunday Ticket Is A Rigged Game, Antitrust Jury Told

    An attorney for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers told a California jury Thursday during opening statements of a multibillion-dollar antitrust suit that secret documents will prove the NFL engaged in anticompetitive behavior, and the trial would reveal the "darker side of the NFL behind the shield."

  • June 06, 2024

    NFL Says Labor Law Preempts Ex-Player's Estate's CTE Claim

    The National Football League isn't to blame for a former football player's head trauma, the league told a South Carolina federal judge, arguing federal labor law preempts a negligence claim from a representative of the ex-player's estate.

  • June 06, 2024

    MLBPA Says Bad Bunny Sports Firm Hurt By Its Own Actions

    The Major League Baseball Players Association told a Puerto Rico federal judge that the sports agency linked to music superstar Bad Bunny has grossly overstated the impact it had on the business, arguing it is the agency's actions, not the association's "unreasonable sanctions," that caused injury.

  • June 06, 2024

    Getty Images Removed From Barry Sanders Statue Suit

    The number of defendants in the copyright fight over a photo used to create the statue of legendary running back Barry Sanders has continued to dwindle, after the photographer dismissed Getty Images Inc. from the suit while he continues to pursue claims against the Detroit Lions and others.

  • June 06, 2024

    3 Takeaways From Probe That Halted WWE Staffer's Suit

    The pause of a former World Wrestling Entertainment legal staffer's sex-trafficking lawsuit amid a probe by New York federal prosecutors suggests the civil claims could be the basis of forthcoming criminal charges for co-founder Vince McMahon or the organization, or both.

  • June 06, 2024

    2 More Charged In Illegal Sports Betting Scheme Surrender

    Two men accused of helping run an illegal sports betting scheme involving an NBA player surrendered to federal authorities Thursday following their alleged co-conspirator's Monday arrest as he prepared to leave the United States on a one-way ticket to Australia.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ex-Globetrotters Player Says GM Sexually Harassed Her

    The general manager of the Harlem Globetrotters declined to renew a female player's contract after she rejected his romantic advances, and covered up the scheme by blaming the nonrenewal on her inability to learn a basketball maneuver, according to a Georgia federal court suit.

  • June 06, 2024

    Dolby Labs Buying GE Licensing For $429M

    Dolby Laboratories Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to pay $429 million for intellectual property business GE Licensing, in a deal that will expand Dolby's existing licensing businesses with more than 5,000 GE patents covering the consumer digital media and electronics sectors.

  • June 06, 2024

    MNC Capital Ups Bid For Vista Outdoor To More Than $3B

    MNC Capital Partners on Thursday upped its bid to take over outdoor products company Vista Outdoor Inc. to over $3 billion after the company rejected MNC's previous buyout offers on multiple occasions due to its already-inked agreement to sell its sporting products division to Czech defense company Czechoslovak Group AS.

  • June 06, 2024

    Flaster Greenberg Launches Sports Law Practice Group

    Less than two months after launching an art law practice, East Coast firm Flaster Greenberg PC has opened a sports law practice group with a particular focus on women's sports.

  • June 06, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Carl Icahn, Bill Ackman, Michael Bloomberg

    Carl Icahn invests in Caesars, Bill Ackman plans Pershing's public offering, and Michael Bloomberg joins prospective Timberwolves buying group. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • June 06, 2024

    Turf Co. Says Ex-VP Stole Secrets Before Joining Rival

    A longtime sales executive at FieldTurf USA, one of the leading manufacturers of artificial turf sports fields, has absconded with confidential information about the company's customers and taken the information to an industry rival, according to a lawsuit filed in Georgia federal court Wednesday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Watford FC Fans Set To Score In Sale Of 10% Of Club

    English football club Watford has put 10% of the outfit up for sale for £17.5 million ($22.4 million) to fans and investors, in a bid to raise revenue and strengthen the squad.

  • June 05, 2024

    Denver Nuggets Owner Says Hot Dog Biz Owes $860K

    Billionaire Stan Kroenke's sports holding company, which owns the Denver Nuggets and other professional sports teams, sued a Denver-based hot dog shop chain in state court, alleging the food vendor owes more than $860,000 in sponsorship fees as part of a deal to promote its brand at Ball Arena during sporting events.

  • June 05, 2024

    Massive NFL Sunday Ticket Antitrust Trial Kicks Off In LA

    The California federal trial in a multibillion-dollar antitrust suit against the NFL by Sunday Ticket subscribers kicked off Wednesday with the seating of eight jurors and two alternates, after some potential jurors were eliminated for expressing strong views on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, player concussions and the league's significant wealth.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fubo Loses Bid To Toss Consumer's Privacy Suit

    Streaming service Fubo cannot escape a proposed class action alleging it unlawfully shared subscribers' personally identifiable information, or PII, with third-party advertisers, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Judge Denies Fubo Bid For Texts On Streaming Bundle

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied FuboTV's bid to obtain text messages from executives at Disney, ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery discussing the joint venture streaming plan at the heart of Fubo's ongoing antitrust suit.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fired Team Doctor Sues Emory, Falcons For Discrimination

    A former head medical physician for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, who is Black, has filed a defamation and civil rights lawsuit against Emory Healthcare Inc. and the team, alleging he was continuously denied leadership opportunities in favor of white colleagues before abruptly being fired.

  • June 05, 2024

    Paddle Co. Misrepresented Pickleball Products, Suit Says

    The makers of the Joola brand, a major name in table tennis, falsely advertised many of their pickleball paddles, including some bearing athlete Ben Johns' name, as approved for tournament play in order to rapidly gain market share in the sport, according to a proposed class action filed in Florida federal court Wednesday seeking at least $5 million.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ill. Budget Has Higher Cap On NOLs, Sports Betting Tax Hike

    Illinois will extend a cap on corporate net operating loss deductions, increase its sports betting tax and reduce sales tax rebates for retailers under a $53.1 billion fiscal year 2025 budget signed Wednesday by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

  • June 05, 2024

    US Tennis Wants Retrial After $9M Verdict In Sex Assault Suit

    The U.S. Tennis Association is pushing to undo a $9 million verdict over its failure to shield player Kylie McKenzie from her coach's sexual abuse, telling a Florida federal judge that the jury's decision is "against the weight of the evidence."

  • June 05, 2024

    ACC Fires Back At Clemson Dismissal Bid In Exit Fee Fight

    The Atlantic Coast Conference is looking to keep Clemson University locked in a North Carolina state court lawsuit over media rights and exit fees, saying the school is rehashing arguments raised by Florida State University in a parallel case that were already rejected.

  • June 05, 2024

    Billionaire's 'Naive' Stock-Trading Pilot Asks For No Prison

    A private pilot for U.K. billionaire Joe Lewis is asking for no prison time after pleading guilty to insider trading on stock tips provided by his boss, arguing that he has otherwise lived a law-abiding life and is less culpable than many white-collar defendants who've come through the Manhattan federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    HanesBrands Selling Champion To Authentic For Up To $1.5B

    HanesBrands said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its Champion business to Authentic Brands Group for up to $1.5 billion, under the guidance of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jones Day.

  • June 04, 2024

    NBA-Tied NFT Co. To Pay $4M Over Buyers' Securities Claim

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposed $4 million settlement between the firm behind NBA-focused non-fungible tokens and a class of purchasers who accused the digital assets company of selling the digital assets as unregistered securities.

Expert Analysis

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

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    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Canada

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    In Canada, multiple statutes, regulations, common law and industry guidance address environmental, social and governance considerations, with debate over ESG in the business realm potentially growing on the horizon, say attorneys at Blakes.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • What To Keep Tabs On In The NIL Arena This Year

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    The past year brought significant developments to name, image and likeness in the realm of college sports, making it increasingly important for lawyers to be well-versed in contracts, intellectual property and litigation as the new year unfolds, says Janet Moreira at Caldera Law.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Securities Class Actions Show No Signs of Slowing In 2024

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    Plaintiffs asserted securities class actions at elevated levels in 2023 — a sign that filings will remain high in the year ahead — as they switched gears to target companies that allegedly have failed to anticipate supply chain disruptions, persistent inflation, rising interest rates and other macroeconomic headwinds, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • NLRA Expansion May Come With Risks For Workers

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    The last few years have seen a rapid expansion of the National Labor Relations Act to increase labor law coverage in as many ways and to as many areas as possible, but this could potentially weaken rather than strengthen support for unions and worker rights in the U.S., says Daniel Johns at Cozen O’Connor.

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    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

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