Author Archives: David Frohlichstein

If People Watch, Bellator MMA Will Find a Way to Book it

Bellator MMA announced that Kimbo Slice is scheduled to face James Thompson for the second time on July 16, 2016 in London’s O2 Area. At first glance, this announcement is not extraordinarily notable. But, upon further analysis, this news demonstrates Bellator’s emphasis of profit over regulation of Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Kimbo Slice, who was born Kevin Ferguson, is a big name in the world of MMA. Big names draw ratings, which ultimately translates to big profit. Slice’s previous fights have drawn very high ratings. But,…

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Helmet Company Riddell Tries to Call Time-Out on Concussion Lawsuit

On the heels of the uncapped settlement in multidistrict litigation between the NFL and former players seeking damages for concussion-related conditions, helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc. has tried to call a time-out on their own multidistrict litigation. A group of former NFL players filed two motions requesting a pretrial conference with Riddell in Pennsylvania Federal Court. Riddell filed a response arguing that the Rule 16(a) pretrial conference is premature and inappropriate based on three main factors. First, there is a pending appeal to the uncapped settlement…

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Dallas Police Refer Johnny Manziel’s Case to Grand Jury

The news surrounding former Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has gone from bad to worse. Dallas police have indicated that they will refer Manziel’s case, stemming from a well-publicized January 30, 2016 incident with ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, to the district attorney as a misdemeanor assault/domestic violence charge. In court documents, Crowley accuses Manziel of hitting her and threatening to kill her in a sequence of events that began in a Dallas hotel room and ended at her Fort Worth apartment. Crowley alleges the blow to…

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David Beckham Takes Another Step to MLS Expansion in Miami

David Beckham’s goal to obtain an expansion Major League Soccer (MLS) team took a step closer to becoming reality. According the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Beckham has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy a property in downtown Miami to house a stadium. The land is adjoining to a private lot that Beckham and his ownership group have previously secured. Beckham is proposing a 30,000-seat stadium in the Overtown area. The sales price will be determined by the fair market value of…

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Taylor Swift Sued Once Again; R&B Artist Claims “Shake It Off” Lyrics Were His

Taylor Swift is once again being haled in the courtroom as a defendant.  This time she is being sued for allegedly ripping off the lyrics to her hit “Shake It Off.”  Jesse Braham, a U.S. based R&B singer, reportedly has filed a lawsuit claiming Swift stole the words to “Shake It Off” from his 2013 song called “Haters Gone Hate.”  Braham is seeking two things in his suit; financial compensation in the form of $42 million, and he wants his name added to the song’s…

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The Power of Endorsement Deals: Is Equity the New Compensation?

Professional athletes are becoming brands; walking, talking brands. Their success on the playing field adds value to their brand. Ultimately, companies want to use the athlete’s brand to sell their product; this gives birth to an endorsement contract. Companies pay huge sums of money for athletes to promote their products. The more powerful an athlete’s brand is, the more money a company is willing to pay to get their products in that athlete’s hands. Athletes earning potential in the endorsement arena is limitless; simply the…

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St. Louis City Court Rules: No Public Vote Required for St. Louis Stadium Plan Funding

The future of the NFL in St. Louis is a story we’ve covered before. Now, as Stan Kroenke’s Los Angeles Stadium development begins to take flight, the proponents of the St. Louis Stadium plan received some positive news. On August 3, 2015, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley ruled; City ordinance 66509, codified as Chapter 3.91 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis requiring a public vote to use public money for a stadium is too vague and thus.…

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Marcus Mariota – Conflict Inevitable in Contract Negotiation

In 2011, the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association reworked their collective bargaining agreement, which brought a major change to the structure of rookie contracts. Gone were the days of massive dollars for players yet to play a down in the NFL. In their place: structured, cookie-cutter deals that have a fixed compensation value based on which slot in the draft the player is selected. Every contract is for the same length of time as well. The goal was to streamline…

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Brandon Spikes Now Unemployed, Facing Criminal Charges

After a mysterious scene on a Boston highway, Brandon Spikes finds himself without a job and facing criminal charges. At around 3:20 a.m. on June 7, Massachusetts State Police responded to an abandoned vehicle on I-495 in Foxborough. The vehicle had significant front-end damage and was left in the median. A roadside assistance operator informed the police that the driver of the vehicle had reported hitting a deer. There was neither a deer nor a driver present at the scene. The abandoned vehicle was…

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Second Lawsuit Filed in St. Louis Stadium Fight

There’s a new update to a story out of St. Louis we covered back in April. Late last month, a second lawsuit was filed in Cole County, Missouri seeking a declaratory judgment and writ of prohibition that Governor Jay Nixon and his appointed Task Force’s proposed funding of their $985 million stadium in St. Louis is illegal.  The suit is brought by six state legislators and on behalf of Missouri Taxpayers and names Governor Nixon and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA)…

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