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Sports Lawyers Association Conference Is Cancelled

From SLA President Bobby Hacker: Dear SLA Members: As we represent the entire sports world it is only fitting that we act in a like manner, therefore, we are cancelling this year’s conference in Miami. This was not an easy decision and it weighed heavily upon the executive committee as well as the entire board…
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Director of University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Resigns, Effective April 1

Dr. Lou Marciani has announced his retirement from his role as Director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) effective April 1, 2020. Dr. Marciani has served as NCS4 Director since its inception in 2006 following the United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) increased effort…
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Hot Off the Presses – NCAA to Limit Attendance at March Madness

“The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only…
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NCAA Statement on COVID-19 and Sporting Events

“NCAA member schools and conferences make their own decisions regarding regular season and conference tournament play.  As we have stated, we will make decisions on our events based on the best, most current public health guidance available. Neither the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel, made up of leading public health and infectious disease experts in America,…
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Sports Law Instructor/NFL Sports Agent Kelli Masters to Keynote Alliance of Channel Women Event in Las Vegas on March 9

Alliance of Channel Women, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, has announced that NFL Sports Agent Kelli Masters will be the keynote speaker at ACW’s 10th Anniversary celebration at ACWConnect Live! 5-8 p.m. March 9 at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. In 2020,…
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Company Terminates Sponsorship of Professional Golfer Scott Piercy after Social Media Posts

Segra, one of the largest independent fiber network companies in the Eastern US, has terminated its sponsorship of professional golfer Scott Piercy after Piercy “posted homophobic and far-right views on his personal social media account.” The company added that “these views are in direct conflict with Segra’s values of diversity and inclusion.”

Hackney Publications and Ifrah Law Launch MyLegalBookie, a timely newsletter reporting on the Legal Sports Betting Industry

Hackney Publications, the nation’s leading publisher of sports law periodicals, has announced that Ifrah Law (Ifrah) will be the sponsor of MyLegalBookie, a quarterly electronic newsletter, which will be complimentary to those that subscribe. MyLegalBookie will provide insights into the legal side of online gaming and sports betting industries like no publication has before with…
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Segal McCambridge Hires Carla Varriale-Barker, Establishes Practice Group Serving Sports, Recreation, Amusement, and Hospitality Industries

Segal McCambridge, a national litigation firm that added its first office in Florida last month, has announced that Carla Varriale-Barker has joined the firm as a shareholder in the New York office. She will lead a practice group focused on the sports, recreation, amusement, and hospitality industries. An experienced and creative litigator, Varriale-Barker has a…
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Risk Management – Texas Tech University Extends Netting at Dan Law Field

(Editor’s Note: What follows appeared in Sports Facilities and the Law, a newsletter available through a complimentary subscription at the site.) Just in time for its season-opener, Texas Tech University extended the netting at Dan Law Field down the first and third baselines. Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Giovannetti told the media that “we’ve had…
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Sports Lawyer Mat Jessep Creates New Firm – Game Legal

Australian sports, entertainment, and esports lawyer Mat Jessep has established a new firm, Game Legal, offering corporate and commercial legal advice, along with a sister business, Game Consulting, going beyond legal advice to deliver commercial and corporate governance consulting services. Leveraging off of a career in brand marketing before becoming a lawyer and more than…
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