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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Jackson Claims Bias in NFLPA

DeSean Jackson filed a cross-petition in the Central District Court of California last week to vacate an arbitration award against him in favor of his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.  Long-time NFLPA arbitrator Roger Kaplan awarded Rosenhaus $516,000 in unpaid loans and fees.  Jackson seeks dismissal of the award, claiming Rosenhaus violated several NFLPA regulations and that Rosenhaus’ relationship with many members within the NFLPA resulted in biased arbitration. In his complaint, Jackson points out that NFLPA executive director, DeMaurice Smith, and NFLPA president, Eric Winston, have…
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Dan Marino Pulls Out From Concussion Lawsuit

Only a day after reports of filing a concussion lawsuit, Marino announced a withdrawal from the suit.   In his statement to Sports Illustrated, he said, “Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma.”  He further said he was unaware that his name would be “automatically” attached to the suit when he authorized the…
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Dan Marino Files Concussion Lawsuit Against the NFL

On May 28, Dan Marino with 14 other former players filed a lawsuit against the NFL who allegedly misled the players about the long-term effects of concussions.  The suit accuses the NFL’s “carelessness, negligence, intentional misconduct” related to the dangers of concussions.  However, according to USA Today, Marino does not have “significant history of documented concussions” but suffered a neck injury.  The suit does not provide any details on Marino’s current health.  Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Bob Little, Randy White, and the estate of…
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NFL Hurting From New Suit by Former Players Over Painkillers

The NFL’s litigation woes continue.  On May 20, 2014, the league was hit with a lawsuit brought by a group of retired former players claiming that the NFL illegally supplied them with narcotics and other painkillers to mask their injuries and keep them on the playing field, intentionally ignoring the risks these drugs had on the players’ long-term health.  The filing insists that the actions by team doctors and trainers were illegal because team medical personnel never obtained prescriptions, failed to keep drug records, and…
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NFL Sacked Again in American Needle Case – May Head to Trial in Antitrust Dispute

In 2010, the Supreme Court declared that the National Football League’s practice of league-wide licensing deals was not immune from antitrust scrutiny under Section One of the Sherman Act.  On remand, a recent order by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the case and set the stage for a trial. The American Needle company, an entity that had acted as a vendor for the NFL for 20 years, initially sued the league, 30 of its…
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Snyder’s Last Stand

The Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs play different sports in different cities, but collectively, they share many things. Each team is beloved in their respective city by fans, young and old. Each team has a rich history and tradition. And each team is the proud owner of a trademark that could be construed as disparaging toward Native Americans, playing on stereotypical notions or imagery to sell merchandise to the public at large. A lot has been said…
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The Real Story behind the NFL Players’ Association “$100 Million Research Grant” to Harvard Medical School

The NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA) recently announced that it would provide a $100 million grant to Harvard Medical School to fund research aimed at improving the health and safety of NFL players.  Now, an “Outside the Lines” report has revealed that the NFLPA never intended to pay the entire grant amount.  Instead, the NFLPA’s public announcement – conveniently timed on the night before the Super Bowl for maximum press coverage – appears to have been a PR stunt aimed at pressuring the NFL into fronting…
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Dolphins Owner Proposes New Deal to Fund Stadium Renovations

Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has come up with a new proposal to fund the $400 million renovations to Sun Life Stadium.  Last year, Ross asked for government assistance to fund nearly all of the cost.  However, now Ross says he is willing to privately finance the renovations if the team can stop paying property taxes on the stadium. Ross has been pushing for government assistance since acquiring 95% ownership of the Dolphins in 2009.  That push was heightened in 2012 when Miami was in…
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