Category Archives: Q & A’s

Civil Rights Implications of FIFA’s Hijab Ban

In a questionable 2007 decision, international soccer organization FIFA banned the wearing of hijabs by Islamic women players during matches.  The ban of the traditional headscarf, which is often required of Muslim women, affected their right to play the sport.  … Continue reading

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Grading the NFL in Diversity Hiring Practices

While African-Americans consistently make up more than half of all NFL players, they are a distinct minority in head-coaching and front-office office positions. However, the NFL is improving their hiring practices in regards to diversity.  In fact, the NFL earned a grade … Continue reading

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The Battle Over “The Fighting Sioux”: An IP Perspective

North Dakota lawmakers have fought for more than a decade now over the use of the University ‘s Fighting Sioux name and logo. In 1999 legislators introduced a bill to eliminate the nickname, but it never passed. Then in 2001 … Continue reading

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Demystifying The NCAA’s Blind Eye Toward Hockey Agents

A recent New York Times Op-Ed about a “hockey exemption” to the NCAA’s prohibition on student-athletes hiring agents made it seem as if agents, schools and athletes openly flaunted the NCAA rules in college hockey. The author, Joe Nocera, argued … Continue reading

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Why Sandusky’s Notoriety Helped His Pre-Trial Release Conditions

On Monday, a Pennsylvania judge made two pre-trial rulings that favored Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky is a former Penn State football coach, now charged with over 50 counts of child molestation. Judge John Cleland denied the State’s request to limit Sandusky … Continue reading

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Ask the All-Pro: Lessons From Courtney Hall

There is nothing wrong with professors, but when it comes to sports law issues, who better to ask than a former NFL center turned lawyer? This is why we here at The Legal Blitz were thrilled to catch up with … Continue reading

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How Floyd Mayweather Avoided A Knockout In Court

In December of 2011, Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the world’s best boxers who has a bravado and ego large enough to match his 42-0 record, pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery charges to avoid a felony conviction. He was … Continue reading

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A Deal as Sweet as Maple Syrup

The majority owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors sold its stake in the company that owns both teams.  The Legal Blitz caught up with Jeffrey MacIntosh, a professor of corporate law at the University of Toronto Faculty … Continue reading

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Bookies Beware: New Jersey Fights For Legalized Sports Betting

Unless you’ve had the pleasure of living in Las Vegas like Steve, sports betting is relegated to the underground with wagers either made through shady overseas websites or with a local bookie. But New Jersey is the most recent state … Continue reading

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An NBA-Sized Foot in Your Mouth

Jeffrey Kessler is one of the most decorated sports lawyers in the nation.  He has represented clients related to just about every major league.  It came as no surprise that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) chose such veteran talent … Continue reading

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