Oct
02

Representing the Professional Athlete Week 3

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We are approaching the half way mark in Professor Peter Carfagna’s “Representing the Professional Athlete” MOOC and students are definitely getting a treat. From the elite guest speakers that provide insight on the industry to the course structure breaking down the professional athlete & representation from the amateur years to the post career, students are…
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Oct
01

What’s Next For Rory McIlroy And Horizon Sports?

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The following is a guest contribution from Andrew Harmes, a JD candidate of the Class of 2016 at Osgoode Hall Law School. With the attention of the golf world focused on the 40th playing of the Ryder Cup – golf’s biennial team competition that pitted the United States against Europe – much of the coverage leading…
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Sep
30

NHL Player Jack Johnson Initiates Legal Battle

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The following is a guest contribution from Andrew Harmes, a JD candidate of the Class of 2016 at Osgoode Hall Law School. Jack Johnson, an assistant captain with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, is suing his business manager and real estate broker for allegedly orchestrating a lending arrangement where Johnson’s $30.5 million player contract was…
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Sep
29

International Basketball Image Rights Contracts: How They Cost Players Tax Money And Why Players Shouldn’t Sign Them

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By Charles Bennett, J.D. Image rights contracts increase players’ taxes, and teams can breach them without any liability to the player. Over the last ten or so years many European teams have begun signing players to image rights contracts in addition to the players’ salary contracts. Teams get significant tax advantages from image rights contracts…
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Sep
25

Representing the Professional Athlete Week 2

Sports Law

Representing the Professional Athlete kicked off with an amazing week 1 examining the student-athlete and the do’s and don’ts of representation, publicity, and receiving extra benefits. Discussions among students consisted of whether or not college athletes should form a union and should student-athletes be paid. There was also a live discussion led by professor Carfagna held…
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Sep
23

Birmingham Attorneys Finds Success In Sports Agency Business

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Within Balch and Bingham LLP — a corporate law firm that houses 250 attorneys across a half dozen cities and concentrates in a number of practice areas — is its niche Sports Group.  Led by Russ Campbell and Patrick Strong, the division has represented both pro and college coaches over the last seven years, with…
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Sep
09

Ray Rice And All Other NFL Players Gave Up Their Due Process Rights

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By Charles Bennett, J.D. Ray Rice is not guaranteed Due Process of law with respect to the termination of his NFL contract. Earlier this week the Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice’s contract after a video surfaced apparently showing him hitting his then-fiancée. The NFL quickly responded by indefinitely suspending Rice. All of this came shortly…
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Sep
09

Santa Clara Law Hosts Fifth Annual Sports Law And Ethics Symposium

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Santa Clara University School of Law is hosting the Fifth Annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium this Thursday (8:30am — 6:00pm) at the Benson Memorial Center.  Symposium panels will include the Brave New World of College Athletics, Bullying and a Culture of Performance, Match-Fixing — the New Danger to U.S. Sports and other trending topics…
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Sep
04

The Unappealable BAT Arbitration Award And Its Effectiveness Under FIBA

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The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (“BAT”) awards are essentially unappealable. That, along with the Arbitrator’s ex aequo et bono power, which is already a very subjective standard based on the Arbitrator’s determination of fairness for the parties, has created an almost uninhibited decisional power for the arbitrator.…
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Aug
28

Regulation Of Sports Agents In Europe May Be Causing More Problems Than It Solves

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The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. A recent trend in European Union (“EU”) countries is for individual leagues to enact sports agent regulations. The regulations have caused confusion amongst agents as to their scope and applicability, and have done little to alleviate the issues they were meant to resolve. For example,…
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