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Back to the Courts: Basketball Boycott?

On November 23, 2011 By Virginia Maynard

After months of negotiation, N.B.A. players have decided to take their concerns to court. Following Thursday’s final attempt at negotiation, locked out players filed suit demanding an end to an alleged illegal boycott of the work force. The suit seeks damages for what the players claim to be “irreparable harm” in preventing them [...]

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Who Invited Sprint?

On October 28, 2011 By Thomas Booms

This post follows up on the September 7th post, “Merger Impossible?,” regarding the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. “Merger Impossible?” discusses the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) antitrust lawsuit filed against AT&T seeking to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. This time, it is Sprint who has invited itself to [...]

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On Monday, WikiLeaks announced that it will suspend publication while it raises funds and fights a blockade by financial institutions that has been forcing the non-profit into financial instability for nearly a year. After WikiLeaks published U.S. Cable Leaks in late November 2010, a series of financial institutions refused to continue conducting business with [...]

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Last month, Google announced its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, the cellphone company that recently split from Motorola.  As the popularity and use of smartphones have both been growing rapidly of late, many speculated that Google intended to wed its Android operating system with Motorola’s celebrated–and large–collection of telecommunication and hardware patents [...]

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After a 2010-11 college football season in which two teams – Auburn and Texas Christian – finished undefeated in the NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision; formerly Division I-A), more fuel was thrown on the ever-burning debate about the continuing propriety of the BCS as the method of determining the FBS champion. While some mid-major schools [...]

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Distraught fans of the former 2K Sports NFL video game franchise may finally have their day in court, nearly seven years after EA Sports locked up an exclusive license to produce video games featuring NFL teams and players. In 2004, a year during which EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2005 sold for $50 and [...]

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At the onset of the current NFL lockout, I am rooting for the players. The details of the lockout make the NFL players look like oppressed blue-collar workers, and makes the NFL owners look like Uncle Scrooge. But I am worried.

In anticipation of the lockout, the National [...]

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This past Friday, football fans throughout the country heard the news most have been dreading for the past several months. Unable to come to an agreement regarding labor issues, the NFL Players Association and NFL owners broke off negotiations hours before their contract expired. First, the Players Association decertified. Then, ten players filed an antitrust [...]

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To Play or Not to Play?

On January 25, 2011 By Richard Jacques

As I sit here a few hours before my beloved Green Bay Packers face our hated rivals — the Chicago Bears — for the right to play in Super Bowl XLV, I am struck at the thought of what will happen after the season ends and all the teams are finished. If you have been [...]

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On January 18th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave Comcast, the country’s largest cable company, the green-light to take over NBC Universal. Comcast already owns a handful of cable channels, including E! Entertainment and the Golf Channel. However, through its acquisition of a fifty-one percent stake in [...]

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