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…

Sketching out a regulatory framework for DFS

Sketching out a regulatory framework for DFS While watching the NFL this season, you may have wondered why ads for DraftKings and FanDuel are occasionally interrupted by actual football. The meteoric rise of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has taken the sporting world by storm. Eilers Research, which studies the industry, estimates that DFS will generate…

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…