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NCAA Board of Governors Reaffirms Commitment to Updating Name, Image and Likeness Rules

With a number of state laws ready to take effect soon, the NCAA’s top governing body reinforced its commitment Tuesday to modernizing NCAA rules around name, image and likeness this summer. “The NCAA and its members remain committed to providing a path for student-athletes to benefit from name, image and likeness opportunities,” the NCAA Board…
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Herrick Hosts Rewriting the Playbook: How Sports Organizations Are Preparing for a Safe Return to Play on April 28

Herrick’s Sports Law Group will host on April 28 at 11 a.m. EST “an engaging conversation with some of the most influential industry thought leaders discussing the considerations and decisions behind welcoming fans, employees and athletes back to live events. Learn more about what innovative changes have been made to enrich everyone’s experience.” Among the…
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Hogan Lovells Advises Pulse Sports & Entertainment on Deal to Represent Everton Football Club in U.S. Expansion

Hogan Lovells advised Pulse Sports & Entertainment (PSE) in an agreement to represent the English Premier League Everton Football Club in its plans to grow strategic partnerships and further develop a presence in the Americas. The English Premier League club, founded in 1878, rolled out its new International strategy identifying North America as a key…
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Foley Advises Combate Global in Five-Year Media Rights Deal with Univision Communications

Foley & Lardner LLP acted as legal counsel to Combate Global (formerly Combate Americas, LLC) – the world’s premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise – in its five-year media rights deal with Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language content and media company in the United States. The agreement calls for 30 live television…
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PI Firm Jacoby & Meyers ‘Partners’ with Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced a multi-year partnership with Jacoby & Meyers, which is now the Official Law Firm of the Dodgers. The partnership will include in-stadium signage as well as a presence on Dodger radio broadcasts. “You can’t think of Los Angeles without thinking about the Dodgers, who are more than just a…
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Women’s Sports Policy Working Group Denounces ‘Cancel Culture,’ Releases Model State Statute and Gives Kudos to NCAA

(What follows is commentary from the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group, which is comprised of Olympic gold medalist swimmer Donna de Varona, former President, Women’s Sports Foundation, USOPC Board of Directors; International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles;…
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Sports Lawyer Ryan Davis Named Managing Partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s St. Louis Office

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner announced this week that sports lawyer and partner Ryan Davis will take the reins of the firm’s St. Louis office, effective May 1. He succeeds Robert Newmark, who has led the St. Louis office since 2011. Co-leader of BCLP’s Sports & Entertainment Group and one of BCLP’s most active M&A and…
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Spry, the Leader in Name, Image, and Likeness Technology, Announces Advisory Board

Spry, a technology company that creates a way for colleges and student athletes to embrace the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) movement, has announced an Advisory Board to support its mission of simplifying a complex problem, while addressing all the needs of multiple stakeholders. The initial six members on Spry’s Advisory Board are: Christine Simmons…
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NCAA Board of Governors Issues Statement on Transgender Participation

The following was released by the NCAA yesterday: The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition. The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in…
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Sports Lawyers Association Announces Virtual Conference – SLA 2.0: Innovation During a Time of Change

The Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) has announced its 2021 conference as a fully virtual event that is scheduled for May 17-21. Here’s a glimpse of what attendees can expect: Pre-conference events, including Meet the Presidents: Past, Present, and Future and the annual Women in the SLA gathering Dynamic speaker lineups featuring some of the top…
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