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Veteran Sports Lawyers Chuck Baker and Irwin Raij Join Sidley

The shakeup in the sports law industry continued last week with news that Sidley Austin LLP had brought in Charles “Chuck” Baker and Irwin Raij as partners and co-chairs of its Entertainment, Sports and Media industry group. Baker has joined in New York and Miami, while Raij has joined in Miami. They were previously co-chairs of…
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Two Key Employers Takeaways from Professional Sport’s Continued Adoption of Crypto and Blockchain Technology

By Phillip C. Bauknight, Joshua D. Nadreau, Adam F. Sloustcher, and Tam D. Vu, of Fisher & Phillips As cryptocurrency and blockchain technology continue their way into the mainstream, one key industry that stands out for its adoption of blockchain technology is professional sports.  Professional leagues and teams have been among the first employers to…
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INDEPENDENT REVIEW INTO ALLEGATIONS BY FORMER BROWNS’ COACH HUE JACKSON CONCLUDES; ALLEGATIONS COULD NOT BE SUBSTANTIATED

Following a 60-day independent review into comments made by former Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson that the Browns paid or otherwise provided incentives to lose games during the 2016-17 seasons, former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a team of lawyers from the Debevoise firm determined that none of the allegations could…
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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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Texas Rangers General Counsel Leaves Post to Join New York Mets

Katherine Pothier is coming home. Pothier, who spent six years with the Texas Rangers and eight years with the San Diego Padres, has reportedly been named the chief legal officer of the New York Mets. A New jersey native and graduate of Rutgers Law School, she replaces David Cohen, who left last year following an…
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New York Governor Hochul Announces Joint Public-Private Agreement to Ensure the Buffalo Bills Remain in New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz have announced an agreement between New York State, Erie County and the NFL’s Buffalo Bills franchise for a $1.4 billion new stadium in Orchard Park. Governor Hochul’s negotiations secured a 30-year commitment for the Bills to remain in Buffalo, and a combined $550 million from the NFL and Bills – approved today…
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Goldstein & McClintock Recognized as a Leader in the Sports Law Field in ‘100 Law Firms’ List

Readers of Hackney Publications have identified Goldstein & McClintock, LLLP 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 a resource for…
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Sports Lawyers Association Sets Annual Conference on May 12-14 in Atlanta

The Sports Lawyers Association will hold its Annual Conference May 12-14, after a 2-year hiatus from the in-person event because of COVID. The theme for the conference will be “Sports as a Platform to Elevate Inclusion” and the venue will be the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta. SLA President Allison Rich, Esq., Ed.D. will preside…
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FALCONS’ CALVIN RIDLEY SUSPENDED THROUGH AT LEAST THE 2022 SEASON FOR BETTING ON NFL GAMES IN 2021 SEASON

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today suspended Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons indefinitely through at least the conclusion of the 2022 season for betting on NFL games in the 2021 season. The activity took place during a five-day period in late November 2021 while Ridley was not with the team and was away from the club’s…
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