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University of South Carolina Star Signs NIL Deal with Law Firm

Debo Williams, a star linebacker at the University of South Carolina, has signed an NIL deal with the Joye Law Firm. Through the “partnership,” Williams will participate in various marketing and public relations campaigns to promote Joye Law Firm’s commitment “to client care and community involvement.” As part of the partnership, the firm expects Williams…
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A New Frontier: Understanding Florida’s New Nil Policy for High School Athletes

By Haley Gorey and Gregg Clifton Falling in line with nearly 40 other states, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has paved the way for high school athletes in the state to commercialize the power of their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) rights. This transformative amendment to the FHSAA Bylaws promises student-athletes the opportunity to engage in…
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NBA Fan Sues Arena Owner and Staffing Company After She Was Assaulted in Bathroom

A female Denver Nuggets fan who was attending a 2023 playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers when she was assaulted in the bathroom by two other women in a case is mistaken identity has sued the women, the owners of Ball Arena (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment) and Argus Event Staffing, claiming the bathroom area…
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Attorney Kate Porter of Vela Wood Is Featured as a Guest on Sports Law Expert Podcast

Hackney Publications (HP) has announced that Kate Porter, a partner and sports lawyer at Vela Wood, was interviewed last month on the Sports Law Expert Podcast. The segment can be heard here. Porter, who is well-known for her prowess in international sports law as well as an experienced arbitrator, was interviewed at the annual conference of the…
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Transgender Sports Ban Upheld; Not Discriminatory

The Court for Arbitration in Switzerland has rejected a complaint by M2F transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who argued that attempts to prevent her from competing in elite women’s races are invalid, unlawful and discriminatory, according to GWU Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf. The professor noted that the decision was based on the major athletic…
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Sports Law Professor to Coach Hockey Team

Hiram Athletics has announced the addition of three new varsity sports, including one that will be coached by a sports law professor. Dr. Jeffrey Curto, a member of the Sports and Recreation Law Association, will coach the school’s first men’s ice hockey team in Hiram history, which begins play in the 2025-26 season. “I’m honored…
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Sports Lawyer to Lead Compliance at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Director of Athletics Mike Hill has announced the promotion of Katie Renaut, who has a law degree from Elon, as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Development. Renaut was previously the school’s Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Renaut got her start in athletics compliance with the ACC and she also worked for…
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Santa Clara Law Offering New Certificate in Sports Law

Santa Clara University School of Law will begin offering a certificate in sports law starting this fall. The new certificate program is the only of its kind offered by Bay Area law schools, and among only a few available at California law schools. Students will engage in focused coursework, writing, and professional networking with sports-law…
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New Service Offering is Expanding the Sport & Tourism Horizon

Cimarron Global Solutions, a U.S.-based leader in sport and tourism research and strategy, and Quantum Consultancy, a sport and entertainment advisory firm based in the U.K., announced today a partnership that the companies claim will “transform the international sport event hosting landscape across North America. This alliance brings together the expertise of two industry leaders to…
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Firm Launches Sports Law Practice Group

Flaster Greenberg, a mid-sized commercial law firm, has announced the launch of its Sports Law Practice Group in partnership with its Business and Corporate Law, Insurance Counseling & Recovery, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Labor & Employment Departments. The firm’s Sports Law Practice Group offers “the sophisticated and focused services of attorneys who understand the unique…
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