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Football v. Football: A Comparison of Agent Regulation in France’s Ligue 1 and the NFL

Football v. Football: A Comparison of Ag...

The Pace Intellectual Property, Sports, & Entertainment Law Forum recently published its second annual publication.  There are a total of 11 articles in the most recent issue, including an article by Thomas A. Baker III, Darren A. Heitner, Jean Francois Broçard, and Kevin K. Byon titled, Football v. Football: A Comparison of Agent Regulation in France’s Ligue 1 and the National Football League.  The abstract is as follows: Baker, Heitner, Broçard and Byon, in their article Football v. Football, analyze agent regulation in the NFL and compare it to how agents are...
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An Update On New Jersey’s Fight To...

Gamblers in New Jersey take note – November 8, 2011 may become a recognized holiday for you.  On that day, New Jersey voters passed a state constitutional amendment to allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks.  The measure was passed 64% to 36%.  A New Jersey Senate state government and wagering committee has already cleared enacting legislation.  New Jersey governor Chris Christie has stated that he will not have any problems signing the bill into law. What is still standing in the way?  Certainly the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of...
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Lawsuit Filed To End New York’s Li...

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), through its parent company Zuffa, LLC has filed a Complaint (along with a variety of popular Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, people who cover the sport on websites, trainers, and others named as Plaintiffs) in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.  The gist of the Complaint is revealed in Paragraph 3 of the Complaint (which has a total of 316 paragraphs, not including exhibits).  Paragraph 3 begins by stating, “Despite the huge popularity of MMA across this country and throughout the world,...
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U.S. Soccer Federation Upset With The FR...

You may notice that at the beginning of the video, Christie Rampone is wearing what looks to be a U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team uniform.  Christie Rampone is featured in such a uniform much more clearly in a few print advertisements, which the United States Soccer Federation is not happy about. On July 27, 2011, the United States Soccer Federation filed a Complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division and named The FRS Company as the defendant.  At issue is whether FRS’ use of the Rampone U.S. Soccer...
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Bradley University’s Legal Battle ...

Bradley University may once again find itself as a named defendant in a case involving its basketball program.  Approximately 2 months ago, I wrote about Kent State’s lawsuit against men’s basketball coach Geno Ford based on Ford’s refusal to pay Kent State $1.2 million the school believes it is owed according to Ford’s buyout clause in his former contract.  Kent State’s Complaint also named Bradley University as a defendant and made a claim that Bradley tortiously interfered with the contract between Kent State and coach Geno Ford. More...
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11th Circuit Holds That Attorneys Cannot...

There is nothing wrong with providing legal services to retired National Football League (NFL) players.  In fact, many retired NFL players have good claims for benefits and deserve representation by competent attorneys.  However, if an attorney provides legal services in such a case involving payment through the NFL pension and disability plan, he/she should not expect to receive any legal fees directly from the plan itself. Retired NFL players Marvin Woodson and Odessa Turner were given disability awards in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and stopped paying legal fees...