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Sports Law Committee of Chicago Bar Association Hosts Panel on Baseball’s Offseason on January 20

The Sports Law Committee for the Chicago Bar Association will host a webinar on January 20 at 12:15 CST addressing “The Hot Stove: Inside Baseball’s Busy Legal Offseason.” The details follow: SPEAKER(S)/ORGANIZATION:      Prof. Robert Jarvis, Nova Southeastern University Broad College of Law; (jarvisb@nova.edu) Prof. Michael LeRoy, University of Illinois College of Law; (mhl@illinois.edu) Jeremy…
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Sports Lawyer Alex Sinatra Named Executive Director of PHF Players’ Association

The Players’ Association of the Premier Hockey Federation has elected Alex Sinatra as their executive director, effective immediately. The players interviewed a diverse pool of candidates and landed on Sinatra for the role. She succeeds Anya Packer, who previously held the position until becoming the general manager of the Metropolitan Riveters earlier this year. “I…
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A Glimpse Into Five Compelling, and Current, Sports Law Cases

(What follows are the leads from each of five case summaries in the latest Sports Litigation Alert, the nation’s leading sports law periodical. Published for 18 years, the Alert features a searchable archive of 3,000 mostly original articles, which subscribers have access to. In addition, approximately 75 sports law professors use the Alert in the…
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Breaking News – TIDES Gives NFL a ‘B’ in Its Racial and Gender Report Card

Richard Lapchick, Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, has released the 2021 National Football League Racial and Gender Report Card. Using data from the 2021 season, it will include an analysis of the racial breakdown of the players, general managers, and coaches. In addition,…
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Major League Baseball Owners Use “Only Tool Available” To Lockout Players

By Gregg E. Clifton & Bernard G. Dennis III, of Jackson Lewis PC Major League Baseball (MLB) exercised its legal right and remedy guaranteed pursuant to current federal labor laws when it commenced a lockout of its players shortly after the five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association…
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Sievert Joins Jacksonville Jaguars as New General Counsel

Sports lawyer Justin Sievert has joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as their new general counsel. Sievert, previously the chair of the sports and gaming practice at Vela Wood, has reportedly replaced Jaguars general counsel Lauren Strackbine, who joined the San Jose Sharks of the NHL last month as that team’s deputy general counsel. News reports suggested…
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National Lacrosse League Launches Initiative Around Inclusion

The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest professional lacrosse property in the world, has continued its “commitment to its foundational pillars of heritage, inclusion and service with the unveiling of NLL Unites, the league’s umbrella social responsibility program.” NLL Unites will “combine the efforts of the league, teams, players and partners to promote each of…
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Sports Litigation Alert Reports on the Full Breadth of the Sports Law Industry with Timely, Insightful Articles in Last Two Issues

Beneficiaries of the Alert include both the private sector and higher education, where professors use the Alert with thousands of sports law students. As Hackney Publications closes in on the completion of its 18th year of publishing Sports Litigation Alert, publisher Holt Hackney is especially proud of the last two issues. “We’re touching on every…
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Second Circuit Upholds Decision that Interscholastic Basketball Officials Are Not Statutory Employees

(From the pages of Sports Litigation Alert) By William J. Robers, of Sparks Willson, P.C. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest court to decide that interscholastic basketball officials are not “employees” of either the assigning organization or the schools.  Girard v. International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. et al., 20-981-cv (2d…
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LEAD1 Survey Reveals Strong Majority of FBS Athletics Directors Believe Employment Status of College Athletes Would Impact Funding of Non-Revenue Sports

By Hannah Dewey The LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), which represents the athletics directors of the 130-member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision (“FBS”), recently surveyed approximately 100 of its FBS athletics directors on whether the employment status of college athletes would impact funding of non-revenue sports. Of the LEAD1 athletics directors surveyed, more than 90 percent…
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