Sports & Betting

  • February 02, 2024

    New England Patriots App Harvests Users' Data, Suit Claims

    A Massachusetts man has hit the New England Patriots with a proposed class action alleging the team's app surreptitiously tracks and shares users' personal information, including location data accurate to within 40 feet, in violation of federal video privacy laws.

  • February 02, 2024

    New Fanatics Exec Sues To Block DraftKings Noncompetes

    A DraftKings executive who left to accept a position at rival Fanatics has sued his former employer, claiming his noncompete agreements contain provisions that are illegal and unenforceable.

  • February 02, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Adds Entertainment, Sports Pro In LA

    An entertainment attorney with more than 40 years of experience representing high-profile artists, studios and filmmakers has moved his practice to Fox Rothschild's Los Angeles office.

  • February 02, 2024

    Diamond Sports Inks 2024 Broadcast Deals With 3 MLB Teams

    Bally Sports Network will broadcast the upcoming major league baseball season for The Cleveland Guardians, The Texas Rangers and The Minnesota Twins, its parent company told a Texas bankruptcy court Friday, with the renegotiated telecasting deals coming weeks after it announced a plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

  • February 02, 2024

    Off The Bench: NIL In Court, $3B Golf Deal, Angelos Sells O's

    In this week's Off The Bench, the NCAA's legal woes mount as two states lob antitrust claims against its name, image and likeness payment rules, the PGA Tour secures a $3 billion investment as talks with LIV Golf trudge on, and the Angelos family sells its stake in the Baltimore Orioles.

  • February 02, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Wachtell Lipton

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Rise Growth Partners receives a $250 million investment, a group of investors led by Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein acquires a controlling stake in MLB's Baltimore Orioles, The Cigna Group sells multiple Medicare businesses to Health Care Service Corp., and WillScot Mobile buys McGrath RentCorp.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-Server's Injunction Bid Not Valid, NJ Trump Golf Club Says

    A Trump Organization-owned golf club has called on a New Jersey state court to dismiss a former server's request for an injunction as she seeks to void a nondisclosure agreement she claims an attorney induced her to sign after the server accused a manager of sexually harassing her.

  • February 01, 2024

    NCAA Punishes Ex-Ala. Baseball Coach In Gambling Scheme

    The NCAA on Thursday penalized former University of Alabama baseball head coach Brad Bohannon with three years probation and a $5,000 fine for violating betting and ethics rules by knowingly sharing insider information with someone he knew was betting on one of his games.

  • February 01, 2024

    5 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In January

    Massachusetts justices in Suffolk County's Business Litigation Session weighed in on the impact of a major ruling involving Robinhood Financial, a proposed class action on overdraft fees charged by a credit union, and two pandemic-related cases. Here are five January decisions that might have flown under the radar.

  • February 01, 2024

    U. Of Tenn. Athletic Director Rips NCAA's NIL Rules, Probe

    University of Tennessee Athletic Director Danny White blasted the NCAA over its policies regarding name, image and likeness compensation for athletes on Thursday, criticizing the governing body's investigation of the school for using NIL to recruit prospects and accusing it of using the university "as an example for their own agenda.''

  • February 01, 2024

    Golf's Existential Crisis Just Got A $3 Billion Jolt

    The restructuring of professional golf began to take shape this week with a $3 billion outside investment for the PGA Tour, leaving attorneys and academics with even more questions about the flagship promotion's already murky negotiations with its Saudi-backed rival LIV Golf.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ole Miss Player Brings Tossed Discrimination Suit To 5th Circ.

    A University of Mississippi football player who accused the school and its head football coach of kicking him off the team for taking a mental health break will take his case to the Fifth Circuit, after a federal judge tossed the lawsuit out.

  • February 01, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Aramco, Reddit IPO, Figure AI

    Saudi Arabia is planning a follow-on offering of state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco that could raise $10 billion, Reddit is being advised to pursue a $5 billion valuation in its coming IPO, and Microsoft and OpenAI are considering investing $500 million in a humanoid robotics startup. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • January 31, 2024

    Operators Of Texas College's Sports Website Punt Privacy Suit

    A Texas federal judge has tossed a putative class action accusing a pair of companies that run the athletics website for the University of Texas at Austin of unlawfully sharing video-viewing information with Facebook, finding that the plaintiff didn't qualify as a covered "subscriber" and calling on Congress to step in to resolve an emerging circuit split on the issue. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player, Reptile Co. Can't Toss Worker's Sex Abuse Suit

    A Colorado state judge rejected ex-NFL player Chadwick Brown's bid to toss claims that he sexually abused the now-former controller for his reptile shipping company, finding that she sufficiently alleged the former linebacker caused her severe emotional distress.

  • January 31, 2024

    Davis Polk, Latham Lead Amer Sports' Below-Range $1.4B IPO

    Amer Sports Inc., which owns the iconic brands Wilson tennis rackets and Louisville Slugger baseball bats, priced its initial public offering Wednesday at just under $1.4 billion, below its price range, represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • January 31, 2024

    Calif. Court Axes Appeal Over Clippers Signing Kawhi Leonard

    A California appellate court refused on Tuesday to revive a man's claims that he was bilked out of $2.5 million after helping the Los Angeles Clippers sign superstar Kawhi Leonard in 2019, saying there's no evidence of such an agreement between the man and team consultant Jerry West.

  • January 31, 2024

    House Hears TV's Struggles With Sports' Move To Streaming

    Sports fans are the "last bastion holding the pay TV system together," a House committee heard Wednesday morning at a hearing aimed at helping lawmakers grapple with the changing landscape of sports media as it begins to migrate onto streaming platforms.

  • January 31, 2024

    NFT Co. NBA Top Shot Wants To Block User's Privacy Suit

    The issuer and licensors behind non-fungible token marketplace NBA Top Shot told a California judge to toss a proposed class action over the platform's use of a tracker that passed user data to Meta Platforms Inc. since users agreed to certain information sharing when they logged onto the site and transactions on the platform are meant to be public.

  • January 31, 2024

    DraftKings Hacker Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    A Manhattan federal judge hit a 19-year-old man with a year-and-a-half-long prison sentence Wednesday for hacking DraftKings user accounts in a cyberattack that ultimately cost the sports-betting site more than $1 million, calling the case a "tragedy."

  • January 31, 2024

    Super League Co. Says UEFA 'Escalating' Antitrust Behavior

    The sponsor of the would-be European Super League accused the Union of European Football Associations of doubling down on allegedly anti-competitive behavior meant to suffocate its rival even after Europe's top appeals court deemed such conduct illegal.

  • January 31, 2024

    NCAA Sued By Tenn., Va. Over 'Anticompetitive' NIL Policies

    The attorneys general of Tennessee and Virginia have taken direct aim at the NCAA's policies on name, image and likeness, claiming in a federal antitrust suit filed Wednesday that by overriding state regulations and banning NIL for recruiting athletes, the NCAA "is thumbing its nose at the law.''

  • January 31, 2024

    Carlyle Co-Founder, Ripken Jr. Among Orioles $1.73B Buyers

    The Angelos family has agreed to sell a controlling stake in the Baltimore Orioles to a group of investors led by lifelong fan David Rubenstein, a native of the city and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, in a $1.725 billion deal led by three law firms, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • January 31, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Moves To Ditch Atty, Yank Plea

    A Seattle-based physician accused of generating false invoices for a group of NBA players to submit to the league's healthcare plan has asked a Manhattan federal judge to let him drop his attorney, citing a difference of opinion over his trying to back out of his plea agreement.

  • January 31, 2024

    PGA Tour Gains US Partners As Saudi Talks Drag On

    The PGA Tour has partnered with a group of investors that includes several owners of U.S. pro sports franchises in a deal worth up to $3 billion, an agreement reached while negotiations continue to complete its proposed merger with the Saudi-based investment fund that owns rival LIV Golf.

Expert Analysis

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • How ESG Is Taking Women's Soccer To The Next Level

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    Several elite soccer teams sharpened their competitive edges for the 2023 Women's World Cup by focusing on environmental, social and governance issues at home, demonstrating that many industries can use the principles of ESG investing to identify opportunities to increase growth, improve performance and address stakeholders' desires, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • What An NCAA Drug Test Change Could Mean For Cannabis

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    If the NCAA follows through with its decision to remove cannabis from its banned list of substances, it will affect college athletes, athletic directors, public relations employees, and marketing departments at universities and colleges, and it will have a significant economic effect on the cannabis industry, say Stanley Jutkowitz and Sydney Jenkins at Seyfarth.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • The Case For Culture Assessments In Sports Programs

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    As hazing allegations against collegiate sports teams and subsequent lawsuits become more prevalent, culture assessments can be implemented as a critical tool to mitigate risks including hazing, lack of gender equity and racism in athletic programs, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • A Breakdown Of The New Florida Digital Privacy Law

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    The recently signed Florida Digital Bill of Rights has higher jurisdictional thresholds than other state data privacy laws, and incorporates unique provisions that expand opt-out rights, protect children online and prohibit government officials from moderating content, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Tossed FIFA Bribery Convictions May Spur New DOJ Offense

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    After a New York federal court vacated the bribery convictions of two defendants in the U.S. Department of Justice’s sprawling FIFA probe, prosecutors may continue to pursue foreign commercial corruption through other means, albeit with some limitations, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

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