By Jonathan Gordon, a student at the University of Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business. He is the founder of Sports Analytics Blog, a leading resource on the big data and analytics industry within sports. Jonathan has previously worked with an NFL agent and did freelance research for Couchmans LLP during his semester abroad in London.
The delicious sounding Smoothie King Center is now home to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Stadium naming sponsorships have become so commonplace that it is the rare exception when a team does not play under a corporate logo.
Even holdouts like Soldier Field, Dodger Stadium, and Fenway Park are plastered with sponsors’ names. Corporations enjoy the attention they receive from having their brands on teams’ facilities. On the other side, teams benefit from the millions of dollars in extra revenue they receive from selling their stadiums’ naming rights.
Notably, three teams from three different leagues recently announced new stadium sponsorship deals. Several other teams also appear to be searching for corporate sponsors and may be announcing naming rights deals throughout the year, which warrants a closer examination of the latest stadium naming deals.
The inability of state laws to prevent traumatic brain injuries in youth sports could make a concussed-brain a ticking time bomb. (Graphic by Ben McKenna)
Despite good intentions, laws aimed at preventing concussions and promoting concussion awareness in youth sports are not making young athletes any safer.
Two new studies published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine paint a grim picture of the impact of concussion prevent laws.
The first study surveyed 270 coaches from a random sample of public high school football, girls’ soccer, and boys’ soccer in Washington State. Nearly all answered concussion knowledge questions correctly and the majority said they felt very comfortable deciding whether an athlete needed further concussion evaluation.
However, among the 778 athletes surveyed in a second study, 40 percent reported that their coach was not aware of their concussion, and 69 percent of the athletes reported they played with concussion symptoms. Even worse, only 33 percent of athletes who had experienced symptoms consistent with concussions reported receiving a concussion diagnosis.
Washington’s law is named for Zackery Lystedt who suffered a brain injury in 2006 following his return to a middle school football game after sustaining a concussion. He and his family, along with medical personnel, lobbied the state extensively for a law to protect young athletes in all sports from returning to play too soon.
Now that Mississippi passed a youth concussion law in January, all 50 U.S. states have a law aimed at preventing youth brain injuries in sports. But are they working?
These rays of sunshine are no strangers to the criminal justice system. Now Ray Rice (left) is hoping to avoid jail time just like alleged murderer Ray Lewis (right) after assaulting his fiancee in a casino.
Another day, another NFL player arrested. Such is life for the most profitable non-profit league with $35 million worth of commissioning each year.
Seriously, though, according to the NFL Arrest Database compiled by U-T San Diego, NFL players have been arrested 685 times since 2000. That is about one player arrested per week.
This week, however, has been particularly troubling for the Baltimore Ravens. Less than two years after celebrating while murderer, I mean, justice obstructor extraordinaire Ray Lewis, hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Ravens have found themselves in the crime blotter a lot recently. On Friday night, wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Gainesville, Florida. And last weekend star running back Ray Rice was arrested after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City casino. Since the 2000-2001 season, Baltimore Ravens players have now been arrested 19 times.
What makes Rice’s latest transgression all the more appalling is that the whole attack was captured on camera because it was a casino — everything is on camera in a casino.
In the aftermath of Rice’s knockout blow to his fiancee, the terms assault, simple assault, and aggravated assault, have been thrown around interchangeably. For anyone who has ever taken a criminal law class, this can be infuriating. So buckle up and consider this an early bar review because it is time to crack open the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice.
Even if you have never skied or touched a curling stone, the Olympics seem to bring all sports fans together in rare shows of nationalism and USA pride. For Paul Greene, the Olympics are a bit more personal. Greene, one of the most renowned sports lawyers in the world, represents many of the athletes competing in the Olympics including recent gold medalist Jamie Anderson. Whether defending against doping allegations, negotiating contracts, or protecting an athlete’s intellectual property, Greene has carved out a niche in international sports law.
And now, just as the Olympic flame was lit in Sochi, Greene has launched his own firm, Global Sports Advocates in Portland, Maine after years in the big firm world. Greene, a University of Maine School of Law graduate, has handled sports law matters around the world, including numerous hearings before the international Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland known as the “Supreme Court for Sports Law.” Greene is also a past contributor to The Legal Blitz, so we decided to pick his brain about Olympic law issues and life as a solo practitioner.
Dennis Rodman is a lot of things – a fierce rebounder, a mediocre actor, colorful, wormy, ex-husband of Carmen Electra – but is he an international criminal?
It turns out that Rodman’s recent affinity with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un might land him in jail for violating United States law and several United Nations’ resolutions.
So where exactly did Rodman’s attempt at diplomacy go wrong?
The soon-to-be Arizona Coyotes could soon find themselves locked in an intellectual property battle.
For the first time in recent memory, the NHL had positive — or at least not negative — news come out of Arizona. Wednesday afternoon the Phoenix Coyotes announced that they are officially changing their name to the Arizona Coyotes starting next season.
Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc indicated at a news conference today that the name change was a request from the City of Glendale.
“The reason is quite simple,” he said. “First and foremost, the franchise is not located in the City of Phoenix. We’re in Glendale, who is a strong partner of ours. But we also want to be the team not just for Glendale or Phoenix, but for the entire state and, quite frankly, for the entire southwest.”
The franchise has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since it moved from Winnipeg in 1996. The Coyotes played their home games in downtown Phoenix from 1996 until 2003 when they moved to their current home in Glendale at the Jobing.com Arena.
However, the Coyotes might have jumped the gun on picking a new name to appease its new host city. A quick search of the United State Patent and Trademark Office database showed that the mark for “Arizona Coyotes” has already been applied for. Cue Homer Simpson — “D’oh!“
The Kansas City Chiefs are in hot water. They had a sizable lead over the Colts for much of their first-round playoff game, and were still handed a loss. Their star player Jamaal Charles left the game injured. Moreover, the organization’s troubles are not limited to the field. The family of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher — who killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot in 2012 — has filed a wrongful death suit against the Chiefs, contending that “repetitive brain trauma” and negligence by the team’s staff caused the ensuing tragedies. A number of former Chiefs have also sued the organization on the basis that it hid the risks of permanent head and brain injuries from concussions occurring between 1987-1993, some of which is attributed to the hard artificial surface of Arrowhead Stadium at the time.
The various lawsuits have been filed in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. On the forefront of concussion litigation, and a Missouri attorney himself, is Paul D. Anderson. Mr. Anderson (@PaulD_Anderson) graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and now practices at The Klamann Law Firm in Kansas City, MO. The former judicial clerk now runs NFLconcussionlitigation.com to provide up-to-date coverage and legal analysis of the lawsuits filed by former NFL players against the NFL regarding its alleged concealment of the risks associated with concussions. You may recall that we caught up with him back in September 2012 when the NFL players’ lawsuit in Philadelphia was still underway.
What is the extent of your involvement in each of the lawsuits involving the Kansas City Chiefs organization?
I’m co-counsel with a formidable team of legal heavy weights. Kenneth McClain serves as our lead trial lawyer and Dirk Vandever serves as our medical-legal expert. There are also several other members of our team that will play an instrumental role throughout this litigation. This is the same group I assembled to represent the family of the late Derek Sheely in a wrongful death lawsuit against the NCAA, et al. Our team is nationally recognized for pioneering several areas of the law, and we are highly regarded for obtaining substantial verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Without question, N. Jeremi Duru is a sports law guru. The American University Washington College of Law professor literally helped write the book on sports law. In 2013, Prof. Duru co-authored one of the field’s premier casebooks, Sports Law and Regulation: Cases and Materials. Prof. Duru, who was the 2005 National Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year, also wrote the critically-acclaimed book about the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL. Suffice it to say, with two degrees from Harvard and a spot in a Spike Lee movie (seriously), Prof. Duru holds some major sports law street cred.
Yet with all of Prof. Duru’s accolades, it was a Temple University 3L who convinced him to look East for his next sports law venture — far East.
National Lacrosse League Commissioner George Daniel (Photo NLL.com).
Twenty-eight years ago in 1986, the National Lacrosse League launched and George Daniel was grinding out his first year at Temple Law School. At no point did this young law student ever imagine he would one day find himself at the helm of one of the most popular professional indoor sports in the world.
Yet after a brief stint as a practicing lawyer in Easton, Pennsylvania, Daniel wound up taking a career detour into sports when he founded the Scranton Miners of the Atlantic Basketball Association in 1993. Daniel also founded the Black Hills Posse of the International Basketball Association in 1995. Through his basketball connections, Daniel was eventually recruited to join the NLL as general counsel and deputy commissioner. Daniel then became interim commissioner in 2009. Now in his sixth season as the head honcho of the NLL, Daniel recently helped negotiate a new, seven-year collective bargaining agreement with the players’ association that he hopes will help the league expand into more markets.
With the first week of the season just wrapping up, Commissioner Daniel took a few moments to talk about CBAs, concussions, the daily minutia of running a sports league and his long, strange career path.