Friday Wrap-Up

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-up (10/27/2017)

So the big personal news this week is that I injured my right leg pretty badly playing basketball. We have a half-court three-on-three pick up game that we usually play about twice-per-week. I’ve made it through many years without a real tweak. But the luck has run out. Going up for a rebound, I came down on a buddy’s foot and my right ankle got all kinds of messed up. I hope to be fully recovered by December 23 so that I can show off my wicked dance moves at my wedding. Otherwise, it’s been an enjoyable World Series thus far and a nice start to the NBA season despite a bleak outlook for my Miami Heat.

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This week on Forbes:
(1) Why Houston Astros Pitcher Dallas Keuchel Isn’t Sweating The Yankees;
(2) 15-0 IBL Pro Boxer Yahu Blackwell Buys Into Rita’s Italian Ice;
(3) This Week In Sports Law: Ezekiel Elliott Now In NY, Colin Kaepernick Grievance, Rick Pitino v Adidas;
(4) The Esports Observer Receives Significant Investment;
(5) The Esports Industry Is Booming — Can Blockchain Supercharge It?;
(6) What The LA Dodgers Are Investing In During The World Series

Personally, I found the article that explains the role of blockchain in the eSports industry absolutely fascinating. In case you were not already aware, put simply, blockchain is a type of technology that can allow individuals and companies to make instantaneous transactions on a network without any interference (if they are decentralized). Transactions made on blockchain are completely secure, and, by the function of the blockchain technology on which they are based, are kept as a record of what happened.

Accordingly, there are a lot of people out there that think blockchain technology has the potential to transform eSports. For example, it is no secret that eSports involves quite a few stakeholders such as players, game developers, sponsors, the media, advertisers, and team managers. These people need a comprehensive platform and blockchain can help to bring these stakeholders under one roof.

For instance, stakeholders can use a blockchain platform to manage the transfer of players, media rights, sponsorship, advertising, and several other aspects relating to eSports. Moreover, if you are curious about how to develop custom blockchain solutions, I would strongly recommend giving the article mentioned a read.

Anyway, as always, here is the weekly wrap-up:



Sports Business

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.