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Can NFL Players be Fired, Disciplined for Protesting During National Anthem?

President Donald Trump has suggested that the National Football League’s television ratings decline was caused by “fans seeing those people (players) taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem.” Trump has urged fans to “leave the stadium” when players kneel during the national anthem and suggested that NFL team owners fire players who … Continue Reading

Pacific Pro League To Provide Amateur Football Alternative, Glimpse Of Value Of College Athletes

NFL agent Don Yee, longtime representative of Tom Brady, and a list of football notables including ESPN’s Adam Schefter and two-time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan intend to form the Pacific Pro Football League (“PPFL”) with four teams in the Southern California region and commence league play in the summer of 2018. Not seeking to … Continue Reading

The Browns Employ Creative Use of NFL Salary Cap Structure For Future Success

In a league well known for the copycat tendencies among its franchises, the Cleveland Browns may have set a new National Football League (NFL) standard for evaluating and completing trades. After flirting with a 0-16 season in 2016, the Browns entered the offseason with a record $100+ million in cap space. The NFL’s mandatory salary floor requirement would … Continue Reading

Texas Spotlights Transgender Athlete Issues as Bill Progresses in Legislature

The Texas University Interscholastic League’s constitution requires that student-athletes compete according to the gender on their birth certificate. In February, a 17-year-old transgender male was required to wrestle against females, despite his preference to compete in the boys’ league. He went on to win the Class 6A 110-pound girls’state championship in Texas high school wrestling … Continue Reading

NFL Owners, Commissioner Consider Question of NFL Conduct Policies Regulating Non-Football Offenses Once Again

New York Jets player Darrelle Revis is entering the third year of his approximately $70 million five-year contract with the team. He is slated to receive a $13 million base salary ($6 million fully guaranteed) and a $2 million roster bonus this season, but only if he remains on the Jets roster. Unfortunately, the cornerback … Continue Reading

The Potential Trump Effect On The Sports World

While the nation and the world react to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump and theorize what his impending presidency will mean for national policy, the world of sports is not immune from similar meditation. The international nature of professional and collegiate sports has continued to grow during the early portion of this millennium and … Continue Reading

MLB Looks For A Strike Out In Stadium Safety Case

Major League Baseball has asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed class action claim that accuses the league of failing to sufficiently protect spectators with safety netting. Brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Gail Payne et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball et al., 4:15-cv-03229, … Continue Reading

NFL Commissioner’s Powers Affirmed in Eighth Circuit Ruling on Peterson Suspension

NFL-appointed Arbitrator Harold Henderson’s decision to uphold Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for alleged child abuse was proper, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled. NFL Players Association v. National Football League et al., No. 15-1438 (8th Cir. Aug. 4, 2016). The decision marks a … Continue Reading

NFL and Players Union Agree to New Game Day Concussion Protocol Enforcement Policy

In the latest efforts to improve player safety, the NFL and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) have announced an agreement to implement specific penalties for violations of the league’s game-day concussion protocol. The agreement calls for greater mandates on player protection and higher penalties for non-compliance. Player concussions in the NFL increased by an … Continue Reading

USCIS Proposal Clarifies Criteria for Athletes

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields. If the proposal becomes effective, athletes will have greater flexibility in satisfying the O-1 visa criteria. Under current USCIS regulations, an athlete may qualify for an O-1 visa … Continue Reading

Let the NFL Season Begin: Judge Overturns Arbitration Award Suspending Tom Brady

Tom Brady will begin the 2015 NFL season as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots for the 14th consecutive season following U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman’s grant of the National Football League Players Association’s motion to vacate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s July 28, 2015, arbitration award imposing a four-game suspension on Brady. … Continue Reading

NFL vs. Brady: NFL Wins Initial Venue Battle

Round One of Deflategate has concluded…it’s now time for Round Two. The initial battle over judicial forums between the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to find the most favorable venue to support their legal position has ended with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ordering the NFLPA’s Petition To … Continue Reading

Uniform Law Commission Approves Changes to Uniform Athlete Agents Act

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) has approved significant changes to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAA) at its recent annual meeting. The UAA, first adopted in 2000, has been enacted in 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Laws similar to the UAA have been enacted by several … Continue Reading

Is ‘Loss of Value’ Insurance Worth The Price For Student-Athletes, Universities??

Disability insurance policies are frequently secured by college football players, especially those who expect to be selected in the early rounds of the NFL draft. These policies are typically secured by the player in one or two forms. One option allows players to secure coverage to protect against “total permanent disability”. Such coverage would only … Continue Reading

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Settle Cheerleaders’ Wage-and-Hour Class Action

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by its cheerleaders on May 19, 2014. Pierre-Val v. Buccaneers Ltd. Partnership, No. 14-cv-01182 (M.D. Fla.). The Buccaneers agreed to pay $825,000, with $264,000 of the settlement allocated to attorney’s fees. As a class action, the settlement awaits Court approval after a … Continue Reading

The Top Five Immigration Mistakes Made By Foreign Athletes

In 2014, opening day rosters in the National Basketball Association listed 101 players born outside the United States, Major League Baseball boasted 224 players from countries such as Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Japan, Cuba, and Mexico, not to mention the many players from other countries in the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and … Continue Reading

NFL and NFLPA Finalize Amended Substance Abuse Policies

After years of intensely contentious negotiations, the NFL and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement on the league’s performance enhancing substance policy and substance abuse policy. Both policies were unanimously approved by the 32 NFL player representatives weeks ago, but were held up by final negotiations. The NFL and the NFLPA have been attempting … Continue Reading

Ray Rice Saga: Not Just About The Punishment Fitting the Crime

The disturbing domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife may raise issues for professional football’s labor relations as well as Rice’s future career as a player. Rice was seen in a hotel video dragging his wife out of an elevator.  National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell investigated and … Continue Reading

FEDERAL JUDGE APPROVES PRELIMINARY SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION FILED BY NFL RETIREES

Judge Anita Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has approved a preliminary settlement of a class action filed by former National Football League players claiming the League failed to take reasonable actions to protect players from the risks created by head injuries and attempted to conceal those risks … Continue Reading

The Athlete’s Spoken Word And Its Potential Legal Impact

News sources have revealed that NFL player Riley Cooper will be spending some time away from the Philadelphia Eagles to attend counseling after the recent release of a video showing Cooper using a racial slur at a concert.  Though Cooper and the Eagles have received media attention surrounding the remark and the team’s response, these … Continue Reading

NFL Asks Applicants about Sexual Orientation – Is it Discrimination?

Reports of potential NFL players being asked such questions as “Do you like girls?” have surfaced and are being criticized as apparent attempts to ascertain the individual player’s sexual orientation.  These reports follow statements made by a few NFL players opining that homosexual teammates would not be welcome in the locker room.  Fans often forget … Continue Reading

NFL Reaches Agreement with Referee Association, Ends Lockout

  The National Football League (NFL) and its regular officials have reached a tentative agreement on a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement, ending an NFL-imposed lockout that began in June. During the lockout, replacement referees oversaw the first 48 regular season games of the 2012 campaign. A questionable touchdown decision made by the replacement officials … Continue Reading

The Hits Keep Coming:NFL Referees Association Files NLRB Charge against NFL

It may be the NFL’s offseason, but there has still been plenty of action surrounding “the League” in the legal arena: lawsuits alleging everything from the NFL’s failure to warn players concerning the risks of concussions to defamation resulting from the Commissioner’s public statements about the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.  The NFL will now … Continue Reading
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