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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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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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Concussion Litigation

Report: 110 Of 111 Deceased NFL Players Examined Display CTE

The NFL has been in a ongoing battle with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) regarding concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In 2015, a movie called Concussion, which starred Will Smith appearing as Dr. Bennet Omalu, documented the nightmare effects CTE can have on former players. Dr Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, examined the brains of 202 […]

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Cyber Law Sports Law

The One (Laptop) That Got Away

It is a lot easier to steal a laptop than it is to hack into a corporate database. The Internet erupts every time a hacker compromises data of millions of customers, but it remains silent when a laptop containing data of thousands of employees is stolen. However, that is not the case when an athletic […]

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Contracts Headline Sports Law

How Much Should Jimmy Graham Cash-in?

Compare the following stats: Player A: 84 receptions, 1,492 yards, 17.8 avg. yards/catch, 12 TDs Player B: 86 receptions, 1,215 yards, 14.1 avg. yards/catch, 16 TDs Player C: 52 receptions, 850 yards, 16.3 avg. yards/catch 13 TDs If you guessed that Player A and Player B were two of the top receivers for the 2013 […]

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Sports Law

Struggle Between How To Keep NFL Players Safe And The Game "Safe"

“Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going – where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else – there’s going to come a point where fans are […]

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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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Concussion Litigation

NFL wants the concussion claims to be resolved by Collective Bargaining process

The following article was written by Alex Mitrani. As many are aware, the NFL is currently facing a barrage of concussion lawsuits from former players. Former players are claiming that the NFL failed to disclose the risks of concussions and/or failed to take steps to protect the players from concussions. The NFL argued before the U.S. […]

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Contracts Headline Sports Law

11th Circuit Holds That Attorneys Cannot Take Fees Out Of NFL Disability Awards

There is nothing wrong with providing legal services to retired National Football League (NFL) players.  In fact, many retired NFL players have good claims for benefits and deserve representation by competent attorneys.  However, if an attorney provides legal services in such a case involving payment through the NFL pension and disability plan, he/she should not […]