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NCAA Violations

Summer Time Negligence and NCAA Football: Is Pushing a Player Too Hard Really Worth 10 Million Dollars?

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. It’s almost that time of the year, the time of the year when NCAA college football players all across the nation will be padding […]

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Discrimination

Rams Being Sued for Age Discrimination

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. Former St. Louis Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt is suing the team and three of their other entities for wrongly firing him. Hewitt claims the Rams fired him along with six other employees because of their age.   Dan Linza (age 70, head of security); John Oswald (52, vice […]

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Contractual Issues

Mike Vick Being Sued for Breaching Contract with Sports Company

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick is being sued by J.O. Sports Company for failing to fulfill obligations as part of three year $101,500 contract. Vick entered into the agreement with the sports firm in August 2011. The deal allegedly stipulated that Vick must provide J.O. Sports with game […]

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Contractual Issues

Former Miami Hurricanes Football Coach Sues School

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. Randy Shannon is suing the University of Miami for breaching his contract. Shannon, the head football coach at Miami during the 2007 – 2010 seasons, was fired on November 2010. He has filed a lawsuit against his alma mater over controversy regarding the obligations of the contract. Shannon […]

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Collective Bargaining Issues

NFLPA Files Grievance against NFL for Bounty Suspensions

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. The NFL Players Association has filed a twofold grievance against the NFL, appealing the suspensions handed down to Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints), Will Smith (New Orleans Saints), Anthony Hargrove (Green Bay Packers), and Scott Fujita (Cleveland Browns) for their involvement in the Saints bounty program. On August […]

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Workers Compensation

Retired NFL Player Sues Former Attorney for Botching Workers’ Compensation Claim

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. Another lawsuit involving an NFL player dealing with closed head trauma has arisen. However, this lawsuit has a different twist as the player is not suing the league, but his previous counsel.  Former St. Louis Rams Linebacker Jamie Duncan is suing Mark L. Floyd and the Floyd Law […]

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Contractual Issues

The Legal Blitz Feature: Flip-Flopping Retirees Create Contract Chaos

Each Friday we will feature an article from our good friends at The Legal Blitz. Please enjoy the following piece and check out The Legal Blitz when you get a chance! Brett Favre shed some tears during his first of eventually three retirement press conferences. On March 4th, 2008, after an illustrious career with the Green […]

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Uncategorized

NFLPA v. NFLCA

The following article was written by Cyle Kiger. The National Football League Players Association (“NFLPA”) has filed a suit (found here) on April 17th, 2012, against the NFL Coaches Association (“NFLCA”) in the District of Columbia. The NFLCA was established in 2005 as a membership organization and District of Columbia Corporation representing coaches in the NFL.  […]

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Endorsement Deals

Contract Breach in Question over Terminating NFL Player’s Endorsement Deal Due to Tweets

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. Rashard Mendenhall’s twitter page describes the football player as not only a professional athlete but also a conversationalist. A series of tweets following the death of Osama bin Laden last year sparked quite a bit of conversation and also led Mendenhall to lose his endorsement contract with Hanesbrands. […]

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Salary Cap Issues

Cowboys, Redskins React To Salary Cap Penalties with Grievance against NFL and NFLPA

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins were hit with a combined $46 million salary cap penalty for their spending in the uncapped year of 2010. The NFL Management Council under leadership of John Mara, the New York Giants owner, determined the teams gained an unfair advantage, so proper […]