Bad Press For The NFL Leads to Enhanced Personal Conduct Policy

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In the wake of countless controversies of the NFL regarding sexual assaults and domestic violence, the NFL has officially announced that it has a revised and strengthened Personal Conduct Policy for all NFL employees. Over the past several months, domestic violence has been a prevailing problem in the NFL with two of the most notorious instances revolving around Ray Rice, former running back and Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens, and Adrian Peterson, suspended running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Rice, originally known for…
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Nike Sues Three Former Top Designers After Move to Adidas

Nike-vs-Adidas On December 8, Nike filed suit against three of its former designers after they left to work for Adidas.  According to Nike’s suit, Dennis Dekovic, Marc Dolce, and Mark Miner violated their non-compete agreement and stole trade secrets from their former employer. The lawsuit seeks more than $10 million… in damages and an injunction preventing the trio from opening a new design center called Brooklyn Design Studio.  Allegedly the studio is a replica of Nike’s Innovation Kitchen.  Nike claims it will suffer irreparable harm and
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Recent Poll: Half of Americans Don’t Want Their Son to Play Football

1D274906660689-today-youth-football-140828.blocks_desktop_medium Despite football’s popularity as a spectator sport, according to a recent Bloomberg Poll, half of American’s don’t want their son’s playing the game.  Those statistics are even gloomier among the educated; sixty-two percent of college-educated survey respondents said they wouldn’t want their son to play. Many suggest… this decline is attributable to the attention on the negative health impacts of the sport.  Concussions have been a large stumbling block for the NFL.  A vast number of former players have alleged they suffer long-term effects
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David v. Goliath: Another Suit Brought Against MLB by Minor Leaguers

Sanchez2_Baseball_Bateman Four minor league players filed an antitrust lawsuit in San Francisco federal court against Major League Baseball (MLB), claiming that the league’s right of first refusal to resign the players impair their ability to negotiate when their contracts expire. Calling the league a cartel, the complaint said the players are “powerless to combat the collusive power of the MLB cartel.” It further claimed that “MLB continues to actively and openly collude on many aspects of minor leaguers’ working conditions,” including wages and contract terms. Especially,…
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Bookie Pleads Guilty to Extorting Thomas Vanek

thomas-vanek-reportedly-targeted-for-extortion-by-gambling-ring The second bookie involved in a Rochester, NY gambling ring pled guilty to illegal gambling, extortion, and money laundering conspiracies on December 5, 2014.  In his plea, Joseph Ruff, admitted to extorting Thomas Vanek for partial payment of Vanek’s gambling debts.  The plea comes months after Joseph’s brother Mark pled guilty in October. The gambling ring was based out of a Rochester restaurant called Marina Restaurant & Bar but operated through the internet.  However, after the April 2014 indictment… of three men, including Ruff and
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Pistol Pete Lawsuit Put to Pasture

547f575260151.image On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Oklahoma State University and New Mexico State University defuse their duel… over the classic ‘Pistol Pete’  mascot with a nominal licensing agreement. OSU originally brought the copyright infringement lawsuit back in October, protecting its 80 year old trademark from the similar-looking classic NMSU logo.  In 2005, NMSU began to phase out the classic logo in favor of a widely unaccepted, but modernized ‘Lasso Larry.’  The New Mexico State Aggies now use an updated version of  a pistol-toting cowboy that avoids
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The Problem of Earning Too Much Too Fast

sports-betting-money It is not uncommon to hear about sports stars and entertainers going broke.  Often, with the influx of large sums of money, they are clueless how to handle and preserve it wisely.  This is especially true with younger athletes. Many athletes land multimillion dollar contracts at a young age, sometimes right out of high school.  At such a young age, these athletes have little to no financial experience.  Yet, suddenly they find themselves thrust into a situation requiring a significant amount of knowhow.  They have…
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Bill Cosby: Accuser Out for Money

cosby In a court filing submitted on Thursday, Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer accused Judy Huth, an alleged sexual assault victim of Cosby, filed a suit in California after the comedian refused her “outrageous demand for money in order not to make her allegations public.”  Further, the demand apparently increased from $100,000 initially to $250,000. According to the lawsuit filed last Tuesday, Huth alleged that in 1976 Cosby made her and her friend drink beer and took them to the Playboy Mansion where he sexually assaulted her.…
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Minimum Wage Lawsuits Strike At the Core of Major Junior Hockey and Minor League Baseball

minor-league-class-action Many would argue that minor league baseball is the quintessential American sporting experience – playing for the love of the game in small towns throughout the country, dreaming of the big leagues, or playing out the string.  Similarly, nothing may be more distinctively Canadian than major junior hockey – the primary breeding ground for future NHLers for generations and the pride of Canadian communities from Cape Breton to Victoria.  The two share more than long bus rides and long odds.  They both are the subject…
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Creedence Clearwater Mark Revisited

john-fogerty-16032013-06 There’s a bad moon on the rise once again for John Fogerty.  Fogerty, the former lead singer and guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a man who holds the distinction as being perhaps the only musician in the history of recorded music to be sued for allegedly plagiarizing his own recording in another one of his own recordings…, finds himself feelin’ blue again, having been sued last week by his surviving former bandmates, Doug Clifford and Stu
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