Explaining the New NBA CBA

In December of 2016, the NBA ratified a seven-year agreement for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NBA has had an influx of money in recent years, largely due to a nine-year, $24 billion dollar extension of a television rights deal with ESPN and TNT.. Due to the structuring of the CBA, approximately half of…

Trump, Immigration & Sports

On January 27th, 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES”, which outlined a plan to temporarily halt immigration from seven Muslim majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order was received with immediate criticism, as thousands around the country…

“Ridin’ on a ‘Cole’ Train:” Former Football Player Sues Over Alleged IP Infringement in Gears of War Video Games

Football player turned wrestler, Lenwood Hamilton, filed suit last month alleging the makers of the video game Gears of War used his likeness to create one of the game’s main characters. The suit, filed in federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, names five defendants to include Hamilton’s former business associate, Lester Speight, and…

LA Rams Move Changes Stadium Financing

Does the Rams’ Move to Los Angeles Signal the Beginning of a New Era of NFL Stadium Financing? On January 12th, the NFL owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to relocate to Los Angeles, thus ending the NFL’s 21-year drought in the City of Angels. More importantly, this move to Los Angeles signaled…

MLS Antitrust

Start of Free Agency Presents A Potential Danger to MLS’s Antitrust Status In less than one month, the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup will take place and bring the 20th season of America’s top-flight soccer league to a close. The Cup also kicks off a hectic three-month offseason for player movement, which for the…

Myth and Reality: Trying to Make Sense of Conflicts between College Athletes and the College Sports Establishment

A small but aggressive movement against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) and its Division I member universities has received two judicial body blows in the last four months. The recent decisions reveal a fierce and seemingly insurmountable disagreement around whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid. They also show how the conflict…