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Sports Law Torts

Myles Garrett Will Be Disciplined, But What If He’s Sued?

Defensive end Myles Garrett ripped quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off of his head and swung it at him near the end of a Thursday Night Football matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. After the game, Garrett admitted to his wrongful action, stating, “I lost my cool and regret it. It’s going to come […]

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Contracts Sports Law

NFLPA Issues Stern Warning To Agents Who Want Fees From Player Income Purchase Agreements

NFL players have reportedly been recently entering into Income Purchase Agreements, which are contracts that involve an up-front payment by a third party to a player in exchange for the player promising the third party a percentage of his current and future NFL contracts. The NFL Players Association caught wind of these Income Purchase Agreements […]

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Contracts Sports Law

Naomi Osaka Wins Florida Court Case Against Trainer Who Asked For Indefinite, Big Commission

Before one can sue for breach of contract, he must be able to prove that there is an enforceable contract under which to sue. In Florida, it has been stated many times that contracts with minors can be voidable, and a minor has a legal right to disavow a contract, because of minority.

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Sports Law Trademarks

Why LeBron’s Taco Tuesday And Ohio State’s THE Failed The Trademark Test

Ohio State was denied the trademark registration to “THE” and LeBron James lost in an attempt to register “TACO TUESDAY.” Neither outcome should be shocking, whether you are a trademark attorney or not.

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Sports Law Trademarks

How Taco Tuesday And Tom Terrific Have Made Trademarking Mainstream

Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady filed a trademark application to register the mark “Tom Terrific.” Three-time NBA champion LeBron James recently initiated an effort to register the trademark “Taco Tuesday.”

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Sports Law Trademarks

LA Times Highlights The Smart Personal Branding By Fred VanVleet

We love a recent article written by Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times. Titled, Branded or not, Raptors teammates sport their own signature gear, Woike looks at how various members of the Raptors are taking branding into their own hands, with some going the extra step to ensure that their marks are protected. One athlete featured in […]

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Sports Law

How Heitner Legal Assisted Cleodis Floyd

In 2013, Cleodis Floyd was victorious in an arbitration against the National Football League Players Association after the union denied his NFL agent application. The union did not want to certify him because Floyd was previously convicted of fraud.

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Sports Law

How Heitner Legal Assisted Andrew Wiggins

NBA superstar Andrew Wiggins was destined to become one of the most prominent basketball players in the world. The 2014 first overall pick that was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves had many sports agencies knocking on his door to represent him for the draft and thereafter. Ultimately, Wiggins chose agent Bill Duffy and his agency […]

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Sports Law

Pro Sports Leagues Begin To Accept Future Of Sports Betting

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear New Jersey’s appeal that would potentially allow the state to provide sports betting within its borders. In NYC on Tuesday night, Roger Goodell (NFL commissioner), Adam Silver (NBA commissioner), Rob Manfred (MLB commissioner), and Gary Bettman (NHL commissioner) gathered together for a panel titled “GameChangers: Creating […]

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Sports Law

Esports Franchising Model Could Entice More High Net Wealth Investors

Zachary Zaggar of Law360 recently wrote an article titled, “Riot ESports League Looks To Align With Traditional Sports.” A subscription is required to read the full article. Therein, the discussion surrounded the League of Legends developer and publisher deciding to adopt a franchise model. The assumption is that it is trying to frame esports in a […]