Spend just a small bit of time around me and you will quickly figure out that I am a sports nut. Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, you name it, I like watching it. So you can understand how proud I am to represent several clients who at one time or another were stars in their respective sports.
It is because of this niche group of clients that I am occasionally asked to comment on the seemingly endless news stories where sports and the law intersect.
Click any of the links below to read, listen or watch me talk about legal issues in sports:
3 AND OUT:
May 17, 2017: In a new addition to The BS Show lineup, Bob Sansevere and I offer 3 And Out, a segment about sports that features three topics each week. This week’s topics: the aftermath of Aaron Hernandez’s suicide, trap shooting issues and how much of a pain in the keister basketball dad LeVar Ball can be.
Case in Point Podcasts:
It was a good run, and then it was done.
The worlds of sports and law often collide, and the results can be both highly entertaining and extremely educational. For nineteen glorious episodes, “Case in Point” featured yours truly and Dave Harrigan from 1500 ESPN Twin Cities’ Mackey & Judd Show, discussing the latest legal issues affecting the sports world in Minnesota and beyond and the impact those issues have on fans.
Episode 19: Row the Boat! How PJ Fleck acquired the slogan: In what turned out to be the final episode of Case in Point, Dave and I discuss PJ Fleck and his Row the Boat slogan. We discuss how he developed Row the Boat, how and why he purchased the rights from Western Michigan, how it may be used by the University of Minnesota, and how registering for a trademark can benefit anyone building a business behind a phrase or slogan.
Episode 18: A National Signing Day episode: We discuss National Signing Day and the rights of student athletes and colleges when verbal commitments are made and, eventually, letters of intent are signed.
Episode 17: Rickey Foggie on state of Gophers football, athletic department: Dave and I are joined by former Gopher quarterback Rickey Foggie for this episode to talk about the Gopher football program, the scandal and boycott that have led up to the Holiday Bowl. We discuss how due process applies in this case, Rickey shares his thoughts on the state of the program and they discuss where they believe the program should go from here.
Episode 16: NBA players should be thrilled with the new collective bargaining agreement: We discuss the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players. I explain some of the details within the agreement and why it seems to be a great deal for the players. The guys also discuss the possibility of UFC fighters formally unionizing and the hazing policy included in the new CBA with Major League Baseball.
Episode 15: Who gets what in the new Major League Baseball labor deal?: Dave Harrigan and I discuss the new collective bargaining agreement for Major League Baseball. They talk about some of the changes from the previous agreement and what five more years of labor peace means for MLB.
Episode 14: Infamous sports business deals: Professional sports are a business, in more ways than you might think. Player contracts, collective bargaining agreements, endorsements and stadium deals are some of the more visible business issues, but there are many other business transactions that surround professional sports all the time. While most of these “other” deals are relatively mundane, a few have become the stuff of legend. In Episode 14, Dave and I take a look at three of these famous, or rather, infamous, business deals from the sports world.
Episode 13: Ramifications and fallout of the U of M sexual assault case: A discussion about the alleged sexual assault and restraining orders filed against the University of Minnesota Gopher football players with Dave Harrigan and Jeff O’Brien — including some of the unique points about this case, how the harassment restraining order process works, and Jeff shared some related stories from both his professional and person life.
Episode 12: Diving into the Joe Mauer and Adrian Peterson contracts: in this episode we discuss the contracts of both Joe Mauer and Adrian Peterson, the differences in guaranteed vs non-guaranteed deals in the NFL and MLB, and what factors have led to baseball contracts being much more player friendly overall.
Episode 11: How collective bargaining agreements came to be in professional sports: on this episode of Case in Point, we talk about the CBAs in our major sports. We talk about the reason these agreements came into being, compared the power held by players unions and league offices, the differences in how discipline is handed down, the appeal process, and some of the practical takeaways for anyone negotiating a labor contract.
Episode 10: A conversation about athletes who protest, from multiple perspectives: On this episode of Case in Point, we break down the Colin Kaepernick situation. We talk about how the 1st amendment applies to Colin or any athletes who choose to speak out on controversial issues, other athletes who have joined Kaepernick in his protest, what might finally cause the NFL to react, and how the 1st amendment applies to all forms of protest.
Episode 9: U of M vs J Robinson: an Employment Law Perspective, August 23, 2016: . We talk about the J Robinson debacle and contract dispute with the University of Minnesota, what the language in his contract means, why they are at an impasse in regards to his termination/buyout, and the practical takeaways for anyone, employer or employee, when it comes to contracts and employment law.
Episode 8: New Perspectives on Deflategate, August 11, 2016: On this episode of Case in Point, we are joined again by Brooks Bollinger, getting Brooks’ opinions on the Patriots and whether or not deflating the footballs can help, and I share my viewpoints on the legal issues and how the case progressed through the court system.
Episode 7: Major League Hacking, July 28, 2016: On this episode of Case in Point, we recap the situation with Chris Correa of the Cardinals hacking into the information database of the Houston Astros, his punishment, the laws that govern such corporate espionage, and what the everyday person can do to protect themselves online.
Episode 6: How Athletes Get Ripped Off and Scammed, July 14, 2016: On this episode we talk about athletes and their financial deals based off the of the Mark Sanchez story from a couple weeks ago. How athletes get involved with different scams and bad deals, how athletes and any average person can avoid it by getting the right representation behind them, and the role of lawyers, advisors, etc. in protecting their clients in business deals.
Episode 5: A Legal Perspective on the O.J. Simpson Trial, June 24, 2016: All about OJ, that’s the story of this episode of Case in Point. We discuss the criminal trial and how race took over, the civil trial, Fred Goldman’s dogged pursuit of OJ’s assets, the armed robbery incident. And the fact that OJ is up for parole in 2017.
Episode 4: Coach-Parent Dynamics in Youth Sports, June 8, 2016: We talk about the dynamics between coaches and parents in youth sports, the legal rights that protect coaches from abusive parents, and the need for administrators to adopt more comprehensive policies to protect their coaches, rather than cut and run when complaints are brought from parents.
Episode 3: Should Celebrities Have More Control Over Their Likenesses?, May 26, 2016: On this episode of Case in Point with Jeff O’Brien and 1500 ESPN’s Dave Harrigan, the boys discuss the PRINCE act, which failed to pass through the Minnesota legislature during the recently concluded session, and laws regarding personal privacy and publicity protections. Jeff tells about how publicity laws have impacted clients of his such as Carl Eller and Tommy Kramer and how those laws can impact any normal person, not just athletes and other celebrities.
Episode 2: Will Daily Fantasy Sports be Legalized in Minnesota?, May 9, 2016: On this episode we take on the topic of daily fantasy sports. More specifically: – A description and update on the progress of the current bill in the MN legislature – What the impact will be on daily fantasy players whether the bill passes or not – How and why states like New York, Illinois and Nevada have taken stands against daily fantasy – The differences between legalized gambling, Indian gaming, fantasy sports etc. in the eyes of the law
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