It is great to be back in sunny South Florida and away from the blistering cold of Chicago. Last week’s Sports Lawyers Association conference was a blast outside of the harsh weather, though. It is also great to be in South Florida as the Miami Heat continue to assert their dominance over the NBA. Definitely looking forward to attending Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday evening. This week on FORBES: (1) Is It Time For California To Move Forward With Regulated Online Poker?; (2) NFL May Have Suffered Major Setback As Concussion Lawsuit Settlement Lingers; (3) The Inevitable Death Of NBA’s One-And-Done Rule; (4) Jadeveon Clowney Becomes Face Of Wilson Football With Multi-Year Endorsement Deal; (5) The Whistle’s YouTube Sports Empire Expands With Harlem Globetrotters Partnership; (6) Donald Sterling Receives Termination Charge From NBA; (7) Can California Chrome Strike Gold?; (8) The Hurdles Former NFL Players Face In Their Painkiller Suit; (9) Sports Social Network For Smack Talk Raises $500,000 Ahead Of Series A; and (10) Miami Beckham United Reveals Plan And Support For Downtown Soccer Stadium. And as always, the weekly wrap-up:
- Hadley Englehard is not thrilled with Roger Goodell [Robert Mathis’s agent accuses the NFL of misleading the public].
- Greg Linton publishes an article after a hiatus from his blog ["Que Sera, Sera" Just another Day in Gotham...].
- A couple of agents complain about the undrafted free agent signing process immediately following the draft [A broken process? Lies and high pressure are the norm for undrafted free agents in the NFL].
- Agreed, except for the staying off social media part [5 Things Every Rookie Should Do].
- Little-to-no negotiations for today’s NFL rookies [The New Age of Rookie Contract Negotiations].
- “Arn Tellem, who was a lawyer for the Clippers before becoming a top sports agent, has said one of Sterling’s strong suits in litigation was figuring out what his opponents wanted — and what they feared” [Sterlings turn to lawsuits in cases great and small].
- Mike Dolan out of IMG soon after WME takes control [BACARDI APPOINTS FORMER IMG BOSS AS INTERIM CEO].