Sports & Betting

  • June 06, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Carl Icahn, Bill Ackman, Michael Bloomberg

    Carl Icahn invests in Caesars, Bill Ackman plans Pershing's public offering, and Michael Bloomberg joins prospective Timberwolves buying group. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • June 06, 2024

    Turf Co. Says Ex-VP Stole Secrets Before Joining Rival

    A longtime sales executive at FieldTurf USA, one of the leading manufacturers of artificial turf sports fields, has absconded with confidential information about the company's customers and taken the information to an industry rival, according to a lawsuit filed in Georgia federal court Wednesday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Watford FC Fans Set To Score In Sale Of 10% Of Club

    English football club Watford has put 10% of the outfit up for sale for £17.5 million ($22.4 million) to fans and investors, in a bid to raise revenue and strengthen the squad.

  • June 05, 2024

    Denver Nuggets Owner Says Hot Dog Biz Owes $860K

    Billionaire Stan Kroenke's sports holding company, which owns the Denver Nuggets and other professional sports teams, sued a Denver-based hot dog shop chain in state court, alleging the food vendor owes more than $860,000 in sponsorship fees as part of a deal to promote its brand at Ball Arena during sporting events.

  • June 05, 2024

    Massive NFL Sunday Ticket Antitrust Trial Kicks Off In LA

    The California federal trial in a multibillion-dollar antitrust suit against the NFL by Sunday Ticket subscribers kicked off Wednesday with the seating of eight jurors and two alternates, after some potential jurors were eliminated for expressing strong views on former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, player concussions and the league's significant wealth.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fubo Loses Bid To Toss Consumer's Privacy Suit

    Streaming service Fubo cannot escape a proposed class action alleging it unlawfully shared subscribers' personally identifiable information, or PII, with third-party advertisers, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Judge Denies Fubo Bid For Texts On Streaming Bundle

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied FuboTV's bid to obtain text messages from executives at Disney, ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery discussing the joint venture streaming plan at the heart of Fubo's ongoing antitrust suit.

  • June 05, 2024

    Fired Team Doctor Sues Emory, Falcons For Discrimination

    A former head medical physician for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, who is Black, has filed a defamation and civil rights lawsuit against Emory Healthcare Inc. and the team, alleging he was continuously denied leadership opportunities in favor of white colleagues before abruptly being fired.

  • June 05, 2024

    Paddle Co. Misrepresented Pickleball Products, Suit Says

    The makers of the Joola brand, a major name in table tennis, falsely advertised many of their pickleball paddles, including some bearing athlete Ben Johns' name, as approved for tournament play in order to rapidly gain market share in the sport, according to a proposed class action filed in Florida federal court Wednesday seeking at least $5 million.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ill. Budget Has Higher Cap On NOLs, Sports Betting Tax Hike

    Illinois will extend a cap on corporate net operating loss deductions, increase its sports betting tax and reduce sales tax rebates for retailers under a $53.1 billion fiscal year 2025 budget signed Wednesday by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

  • June 05, 2024

    US Tennis Wants Retrial After $9M Verdict In Sex Assault Suit

    The U.S. Tennis Association is pushing to undo a $9 million verdict over its failure to shield player Kylie McKenzie from her coach's sexual abuse, telling a Florida federal judge that the jury's decision is "against the weight of the evidence."

  • June 05, 2024

    ACC Fires Back At Clemson Dismissal Bid In Exit Fee Fight

    The Atlantic Coast Conference is looking to keep Clemson University locked in a North Carolina state court lawsuit over media rights and exit fees, saying the school is rehashing arguments raised by Florida State University in a parallel case that were already rejected.

  • June 05, 2024

    Billionaire's 'Naive' Stock-Trading Pilot Asks For No Prison

    A private pilot for U.K. billionaire Joe Lewis is asking for no prison time after pleading guilty to insider trading on stock tips provided by his boss, arguing that he has otherwise lived a law-abiding life and is less culpable than many white-collar defendants who've come through the Manhattan federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    HanesBrands Selling Champion To Authentic For Up To $1.5B

    HanesBrands said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its Champion business to Authentic Brands Group for up to $1.5 billion, under the guidance of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jones Day.

  • June 04, 2024

    NBA-Tied NFT Co. To Pay $4M Over Buyers' Securities Claim

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposed $4 million settlement between the firm behind NBA-focused non-fungible tokens and a class of purchasers who accused the digital assets company of selling the digital assets as unregistered securities.

  • June 04, 2024

    Brooklyn Man Booked In Betting Scheme With NBA Player

    A Brooklyn man has been charged in New York federal court with conspiring to defraud a betting company through "prop" bets involving an NBA player who has since been banned from the league for life.

  • June 04, 2024

    Paramount Hit With $142.5M 'Lucha Libre' Lawsuit

    Paramount and Univision have been hit with a $142.5 million copyright lawsuit over allegedly continuing to broadcast masked "Lucha Libre" fights on Pluto TV, over a year after ending a licensing deal with a California company that markets the videos in the U.S.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player Settles With Former Partner In Colo. Reptile Biz

    Former NFL player Chadwick Brown has settled a lawsuit with his former business partner in a Colorado reptile shipping company less than a month before trial, resolving allegations that Brown tried to strip the former partner of his stake in the company, according to a recently filed notice in state court.

  • June 04, 2024

    Bally Sports Parent Reaches Multiyear Fubo Carriage Deal

    The bankrupt owner of Bally Sports-branded regional sports networks told a Texas judge Tuesday that it has reached a multiyear agreement with fuboTV to continue that company's carriage of the debtor's channels on its streaming platform, adding to its roster of new distribution deals as a hearing on its Chapter 11 plan nears.

  • June 04, 2024

    Champion Sports Settles Hurdle Injury Suit With Athlete

    Champion Sports has settled claims that it sold a gym a defective hurdle that impaled a gym-goer after he failed to jump over it, according to documents filed recently in South Carolina federal court.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ohtani's Ex-Interpreter Cops To Stealing $17M From MLB Star

    Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter pled guilty Tuesday to bank and tax fraud charges in a packed Santa Ana, California, federal courtroom, admitting he stole nearly $17 million from the MLB superstar to help pay off massive gambling debts. 

  • June 04, 2024

    MLB Player Banned For Life For Betting Violations

    Major League Baseball has permanently banned San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano, and handed down a one-year ban to Oakland Athletics pitcher Michael Kelly and three minor leaguers, for betting on baseball, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • June 03, 2024

    MLB Says Padres Star May Have Breached Betting Rules

    San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano is being investigated for allegedly placing bets on baseball games last season while he was playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, a Major League Baseball spokesperson confirmed Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Chile Soccer Club Ex-Prez Says Amazon Series Defamed Him

    The Amazon Prime drama series "El Presidente" defamed the former president of a Chilean football club by depicting him committing a variety of fabricated crimes related to the 2015 FIFA scandal, a new suit in Florida federal court alleged.

  • June 03, 2024

    Everton's Sale To Embattled PE Firm Off The Table, For Now

    Everton Football Club has let its sale to private equity firm 777 Partners LLC lapse amid legal troubles for the buyer and concerns from minority shareholders about the deal, although no official reason was given in its Saturday announcement.

Expert Analysis

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Independent Regulator Could Chip Away At FIFA Autonomy

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    After the U.K.'s recent proposal for an independent football regulator, FIFA's commitment to safeguarding football association autonomy remains unwavering, despite a history of complexities arising from controversies in the bidding and hosting of major tournaments, say Yasin Patel at Church Court Chambers and Caitlin Haberlin-Chambers at SLAM Global.

  • Series

    Spray Painting Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experiences as an abstract spray paint artist have made me a better litigator, demonstrating — in more ways than one — how fluidity and flexibility are necessary parts of a successful legal practice, says Erick Sandlin at Bracewell.

  • A Legal Playbook For Stadium Construction Agreements

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    As a new wave of construction in the professional sports arena space gets underway, owners must carefully consider the unique considerations and risks associated with these large-scale projects and draft agreements accordingly, say attorneys at Akerman.

  • Opinion

    5th Circ. NFL Disability Ruling Turns ERISA On Its Head

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    The Fifth Circuit's March 15 ruling in Cloud v. NFL Player Retirement Plan upheld the plan's finding that an NFL player was not entitled to reclassification because he couldn't show changed circumstances, which is contrary to the goal of accurate Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims processing, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Document Retention Best Practices To Lower Litigation Risks

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    As new technologies emerge and terabytes of data can be within the purview of a single discovery request, businesses small and large should take four document management steps to effectively minimize risks of litigation and discovery sanctions long before litigation ensues, says Kimbrilee Weber at Norris McLaughlin.

  • Series

    Riding My Peloton Bike Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Using the Peloton platform for cycling, running, rowing and more taught me that fostering a mind-body connection will not only benefit you physically and emotionally, but also inspire stamina, focus, discipline and empathy in your legal career, says Christopher Ward at Polsinelli.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: March Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses four notable circuit court decisions on topics from consumer fraud to employment — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including coercive communications with putative class members and Article III standing at the class certification stage.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What The NIL Negotiation Rules Injunction Means For NCAA

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    A Tennessee federal court's recent preliminary injunction reverses several prominent and well-established NCAA rules on negotiations with student-athletes over name, image and likeness compensation and shows that collegiate athletics is a profoundly unsettled legal environment, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • 2026 World Cup: Companies Face Labor Challenges And More

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    Companies sponsoring or otherwise involved with the 2026 FIFA World Cup — hosted jointly by the U.S., Canada and Mexico — should be proactive in preparing to navigate many legal considerations in immigration, labor management and multijurisdictional workforces surrounding the event, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Golf Course Copyright Bill Implications Go Beyond The Green

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    A new federal bill, the BIRDIE Act, introduced in February would extend intellectual property protections to golf course designers but could undercut existing IP case law and raise broader questions about the scope of copyright protection for works that involve living elements or nonhuman authorship, say attorneys at Bradley Arant.

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