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An Argument for Pre-Professional Athletes Being Able to Retain Agents

By Darren Heitner, of Heitner Legal Pre-professional athletes should never be prevented from retaining agents and legal counsel of their choosing, whether the retention is intended to assist with the procurement and negotiation of NIL deals or even to explore opportunities at the professional level, and then suffer the consequence of giving up their eligibility…
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Church Church Hittle + Antrim Makes It Official with Higher Education Group

CCHA Law, an emerging firm in the sports law space, has announced the launch of a Higher Education practice group. The Higher Education team, including attorneys from CCHA Law’s Sports Law, School and Education Law, and Business Services practice groups, is “particularly experienced in high-profile investigations and assisting executive leadership in navigating difficult decisions when…
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Sports Law Expert Podcast Highlights Professor and NCAA Compliance Expert B. David Ridpath

Hackney Publications announced today that it has published its latest segment of the Sports Law Expert Podcast, featuring Dr. B. David Ridpath, a Professor of Sports Administration in the College of Business in Ohio University. Ridpath is also the Academic Co-Editor of the Journal of NCAA Compliance, a peer-reviewed publication produced by Hackney Publications. The…
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Greenberg Traurig’s Mathew S. Rosengart to Speak at Tulane Entertainment and Sports Law Conference

Greenberg Traurig, LLP Shareholder Mathew S. Rosengart will speak at Tulane Law School’s sixth annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference in New Orleans March 3. The conference “brings together influential lawyers and executives in entertainment and sports to discuss the dynamics reshaping their industries.” Rosengart’s panel, titled “Entertainment & Sports Stars: High Profile Legal and…
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SRLA Completes Annual Conference, Announces Award Winners, New Slate of Officers

The Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) completed its 26th annual conference in Las Vegas last week by announcing, fittingly, a slew of winners. The membership of SRLA presented its annual awards to instructors and professors, who teach sports law, typically at the undergraduate level. The year’s conference, which attracted more than 100 attendees, also…
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Knight Commission Appoints Duke University’s General Counsel as Co-Chair

Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen has announced that Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics member Pamela Bernard will join Len Elmore and Arne Duncan as a co-chair of the Knight Commission. Bernard replaces Nancy Zimpher, who completed her eight-year term, including two years as co-chair, in December. “The Commission is deeply indebted to Nancy…
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Attorney Calls Out Hypocrisy in Texas’ Stance on Blocking Transgender Athletes

Chris Deubert, Senior Counsel at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP and senior writer for Hackney Publications, recently wrote the following: Texas is reportedly considering legislation that would ban transgender athletes from participating on athletic teams at colleges in Texas. Such a law would be a major deviation from the historical role played by the government…
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Hackney Publications Announces Sports Law Symposiums Happenings Initiative

Hackney Publications announced today that it is launching the Sports Law Symposiums Happenings initiative (SLSH), which will serve as a clearinghouse for sports law symposiums being held throughout the United States. SLSH will be made available for free at Hackney Publications’ LinkedIn page, where followers will be notified immediately about new symposiums, as well as…
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Esports Law Show Features William Dever of Harena Data in Latest Segment

The Esports Law Show (Podcast), hosted by sports law attorney Ellen Zavian, has posted its latest segment, featuring William Dever, the co-founder of Harena Data. Harena Data is a leading esports community aggregator, which affiliates with traditional sports organizations to build esports communities. The segment can be heard at  

SEC Cracks Down on Hall of Fame Basketball Player for Touting Crypto

NBA Hall of Famer Paul Pierce has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for unlawfully touting and making misleading statements about a crypto security on his social media accounts. This case has once again shed light on the issue of transparency and compliance in influencer marketing. The summary reads as follows: Between May 26, 2021,…
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