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Greenspoon Marder Expands Entertainment & Sports Practice with Addition of Partner Ahmand R. Johnson in Miami

Greenspoon Marder has announced the expansion of the firm’s Entertainment & Sports practice group with the addition of partner Ahmand Johnson in Miami. Johnson assists entertainers, athletes, and companies of all sizes in a wide array of transactional matters. He also brings 15 years of litigation experience representing individuals and companies in high stakes commercial…
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California Appellate Court Rejects ‘The Baseball Rule’ in Foul Ball Injury Case

(Editor’s Note: Below is an excerpt from the most recent Sports Litigation Alert, which features five case summaries and eight to ten articles in each issue. The Alert also offers subscribers the most exhaustive searchable archive of sports law material in the country.) By John E. Tyrrell and Matthew S. Cioeta, of Ricci Tyrrell Johnson…
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Can Will Smith Sue the Academy? — A Law Professor’s Approach

Entertainment law goes part and parcel with sports law, which is why we are sharing an assessment provided by Wayne Cohen, a trial lawyer and law professor, the George Washington University School of Law below: The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (Academy) holds broad powers over its members, including Will Smith. However, the Academy’s decision…
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National Council of Youth Sports Appoints New Board Members, Including Attorney

The National Council of Youth Sports has announced the appointment of Dr. Barry Boden, Mark O’Brien, Shannon Shy and Chris Snyder as a new slate of Board members. The Board’s duties are to direct the business of the association. “We are excited to welcome Barry, Mark, Shannon and Chris,” said Adam Andrasko, Board Chairman. “These individuals bring…
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NHLPA Releases Results from Independent Review on Kyle Bush Sexual Assault Case: No Individual Wrongdoing or Institutional Failures of Policy or Procedure

“At the direction of the Executive Board, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has released the independent review of the NHLPA’s response in late 2010 and early 2011 to reports that Kyle Beach was sexually abused by a Chicago Blackhawks coach. The review, conducted by the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, was commissioned in early…
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Readers of Hackney Publications Recognize Nelson Mullins as a Leader in Sports Law in Its Annual ‘100 Law Firms’ List

Hackney Publications has announced that its readers have identified Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as one of a handful of law firms that are leaders in the sports law field in its annual Roster of “100 Law Firms with Sports Law Practices You Need to Know About.” Besides recognizing law firms for their achievements, the portal serves as…
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Foley Advises BlockPack in Launch of NFT Platform for College Athletes’ NIL

Foley & Lardner LLP advised BlockPack, a non-fungible token (NFT) platform designed for teams and organizations to engage with dynamic real-world communities, on the establishment of its NFT platform beginning with its 2021-22 College Sports Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Program. The Foley team helped BlockPack navigate the regulatory background of the NIL landscape, as well…
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Webinar Addresses ‘College Athletes’ Freedom of Speech and Expression – or the Lack Thereof’

The Drake Group Webinar Series continues with an April 21 event that addresses ‘Critical Issues in Collegiate Athletics. Hosted by 2aDays, the panelists will explore “how rights of free speech operate in the context of intercollegiate athletics including speech used abusively by athletes, athletes protesting abuse by coaches, trainers, or other university staff, athletes engaging…
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Who’s At Fault When 21 Ultramarathoners Die in a Race?

(Editor’s Note: The following is shared from the archives of Sports Litigation Alert, the nation’s leading sports law periodical.) By Jon Heshka, Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University On May 22, 2021, 21 ultramarathoners died in the world’s single largest mass casualty incident during a race. It occurred in the Yellow River Stone Forest Park…
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Former Professional Hockey Player Secures $160,000 So He Can Start His Own Business

Burns Funding, an alternative funding company started by serial entrepreneur Peter J. Burns III, is fulfilling the dream of a former National Hockey League player, determined to transition from accomplished professional athlete to successful entrepreneur. Houston native Blair Stewart played ten years of professional hockey, much of it in the world’s most prestigious professional hockey…
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