NY Islanders Sale Put on Ice, Would-Be Buyer Seeks $10 Million in Damages

On Monday, August 11, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang was served with a lawsuit demanding $10 million in damages for allegedly backing out of a deal to sell the team. Philadelphia based hedge-fund manager Andrew Barroway’s company NY ICE claims that on March 10, Wang and Barroway reached a sale agreement, culminating in a handshake.  NY ICE was to receive 100% equity in the Islanders in exchange for $420 million.  The papers filed in New York County Supreme Court state that the negotiations began…
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Chicago Bears’ First Loss of the Season is a Costly One

On Thursday, August 7, the 1st District Appeals Court of Illinois issued their ruling in a tax dispute between the Chicago Bears and Cook County Department of Revenue.  The showdown remained close until the very end where the Bears came up short in a 2-1 split decision awarding Cook County $4.1 million plus interest in unpaid taxes. The dispute arose over the statutory construction of Cook County’s 3% amusement tax.  From 2002-2007, the Chicago Bears paid the 3% on the value of their club…
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Dallas Cowboys Exonerated in Class-Action Seating Suit; NFL Still In

On Wednesday, August 6, Judge Lynn of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted the Dallas Cowboys’ motion to dismiss in another class action lawsuit arising from the 2011 Super Bowl XLV seating debacle.  The NFL, however, was not as fortunate. The Dallas Cowboys hosted the 2011 Super Bowl and undertook the task of creating temporary seating to increase the number of tickets available.  The extended number of tickets were sold, but not all of the promised seats were constructed on…
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Former NFL Players Accused Union of Conspiring to Conceal Risks of Head Injuries

NFL veterans Christian Ballard (Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle) and Gregory Westbrooks (New Orleans Saints linebacker) have filed a lawsuit against the National Football League Players Association, accusing the union of fraud, negligence, and civil conspiracy. Targeting a retirement board which includes three union representatives, the complaint alleged that the board, since at least the 1990s, has paid disability payments to retired players with traumatic brain injury (TBI).  From reviewing such claims, the union knew about the dangers associated with traumatic brain injuries, according to the…
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Former NFL Punter to Sue the Vikings for Discrimination

On Tuesday July 15, former Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe, stated he intends to sue his former team, claiming religious discrimination, sexual-orientation discrimination, defamation, and tortious interference with contractual relations for his release from the team in 2013. Kluwe spoke out this past January in a Deadspin.com article about his unexpected release.  The article posits his support of  same-sex marriage and other social issues as being central to his dismissal from the Vikings and claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer (who has since admitted to…
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Judge Gives Preliminary Approval to Revised Concussion Settlement

Presiding Judge Anita Brody in the NFL concussion suit gave a preliminary approval of the revised settlement deal that lifts a compensation cap imposed on damages.  Judge Brody wrote, “A class action settlement that offers prompt relief is superior to the likely alternative — years of expensive, difficult and uncertain litigation, with no assurance of recovery, while retired players’ physical and mental conditions continue to deteriorate,” In a statement, NFL Senior V.P. Anastasia Danias said,  “We will work with plaintiffs’ counsel to provide notice to…
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NFL Offers a Blank Check for Qualifying Retired Players

The NFL filed a revised settlement offer today after Judge Anita Brody rejected its $765 million settlement proposal in January. The new proposal promises that the “funds will be available to any retired player who develops a qualifying neurocognitive condition,” according to the NFL. In a statement, the NFL said, “Today’s agreement reaffirms the N.F.L.’s commitment to provide help to those retired players and their families who are in need, and to do so without the delay, expense and emotional cost associated with protracted…
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NFLPA Collusion Case Back On

On Friday June 20, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals breathed some life back into the NFLPA’s 2012 claim against the NFL.  In 2010, the NFLPA opted out of their collective bargaining agreement with the NFL.  As a result, the 2010 season proceeded without a salary cap.  When Washington and Dallas were slapped with subsequent salary cap penalties for their generous spending in the 2010 season, the NFLPA brought this claim against the NFL for colluding with the NFL teams and enforcing a secret…
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Miami Dolphins Looking Forward to Renovated Stadium

Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, will get a $350 million facelift.  The Miami-Dade County Commission approved a deal by a vote of 7-4 to renovate the stadium.  The deal pays incentives to the Dolphins for hosting major events like Super Bowl in exchange for a $350 million renovation fund to be injected by Dolphins owner Steve Ross. The deal requires Miami-Dade to pay the Dolphins $4 million for each Super Bowl and $3 million for each national championship game for a college…
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Washington Redskins Trademark Registration Cancelled

The Washington Redskins six trademark registrations have been cancelled by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The office reasoned that the registrations were “disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered.”  Reviewed by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the decision was based on federal trademark law that prevents registration of trademarks that “may disparage” certain groups or individuals or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” “The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team’s name and trademarks…
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