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Washington Redskins Trademark Hail Mary

On November 5, 2014 By Travis Gray

Last Monday night the Washington Redskins football team needed a field goal in overtime to beat the Dallas Cowboys. When it comes to the team’s ongoing trademark litigation, however, they may need a Hail Mary to beat the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Trial [...]

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FCC No Longer to Blackout Sporting Events

On October 27, 2014 By Michael Griffin

For years, professional sports and blackouts have gone hand-in-hand. No, not those blackouts; broadcast blackouts of games that failed to sell out. But the times, they are a changin’.

In November of last year, the JETLaw Blog reported that the FCC was reviewing its policy on blackouts. Most sports blackouts are [...]

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Former minor-league player Garrett Broshuis has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several dozen former minor-league players against Major League Baseball (MLB) and its 30 teams. Broshuis contends that the MLB is “simply not living up to its legal obligations” in regards to state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws. Last year’s average [...]

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The NFL is constantly under scrutiny. This time it is the players’ treatment of family members—rather than the league’s treatment of players—attracting unwanted attention. In the wake of separate scandals involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL has had to determine the appropriate punishment for players’ actions off [...]

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This past March, a grand jury indicted Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice on third-degree aggravated assault charges after video surfaced of Rice hitting his then fiancé outside a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rice pleaded not guilty, avoided trial, and ultimately ended up being sentenced to complete a pre-intervention program. In terms of [...]

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In April 2013 the US Justice Department joined a whistleblower action against Lance Armstrong in the District Court of Washington, D.C. The lawsuit alleges that by using performance enhancing drugs to climb to the pinnacle of cycling Armstrong violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service – his title sponsor during six of his seven [...]

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Recently, efforts have been growing to urge the Washington Redskins to change their name due to the offensive connotations it carries toward Native Americans. We have covered the issue extensively, from trademark battles to growing outrage. President Obama, lawmakers, civil rights groups, and tribal organizations have expressed their endorsement of a name change.  [...]

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RONALD L. BARABAS &
MICHAEL K. WHEELER

It’s very common, at one time or another, for the average sports fan to feel like he can run his favorite team better than the club’s owner or manager. What happens though when many such fans, who spend [...]

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In the last few weeks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been hearing testimony for a petition on whether Northwestern University football players should be able to form a union. The face behind the petition is Kain Coiter, a former [...]

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The A’s Raw Sewage Anti-Trust Problem

On February 26, 2014 By Ryan Loofbourrow

In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore, Inc., v. National Baseball Clubs, ruled that Major League Baseball is exempt from Anti-Trust laws.  This means that the MLB must allow a team to move if it wants to move.  It got this exemption because, apparently, baseball was [...]

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