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Tulane SLS Hosts the National Baseball Arbitration Competition

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Tulane SLS Hosts the National Baseball Arbitration Competition

The Tulane Sports Law Society is excited to once again host the National Baseball Arbitration Competition (NBAC)! The NBAC is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled on the procedures used by Major League Baseball (MLB).  The competition allows law students from over 40 schools worldwide to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills within the specialized context of Major League Baseball’s arbitration proceedings.  

Additionally, the competition allows students to interact with some of baseball’s leading executives, agents, writers, team counsel, and arbitration experts as these individuals serve as the judges for the competition. This year’s list of judges includes Robert Manfred (MLB Executive Vice President of Economic and League Affairs), Nona Lee (Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Arizona Diamondbacks), Bryan Minniti (Assistant General Manager of the Washington Nationals), and Jerry Crasnick (Writer for ESPN.com and Baseball America).  

At the conclusion of the competition, the Tulane Sports Law Society hosts a symposium featuring a panel of experts to discuss legal issues facing baseball.   This year’s competition will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus January 24-25, 2013.  The Symposium is open to the public and will take place at McAlister Auditorium on January 25 at 4:30pm. For more information, visit the NBAC website.

Sports Law Replay - 11/28/12

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Sports Law Replay - 11/28/12

While you were watching football and dozing from tryptophan, we were rounding up sports law news. So here’s our Thanksgiving edition of the Sports Law Replay. We’ve got news on the potential decertification of the NHLPA, plenty of stories concerning NCAA violations, and more news on a variety of sports.

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How effective would decertification be for the NHLPA? http://bit.ly/QjPwJg 

Elliotte Friedman interviews Professor Feldman about NHLPA decertification: http://bit.ly/R61FCE 

More on NHLPA decertification here: http://bit.ly/10IoaiX 

Matt Lundy writes that decertification seems likely to happen. http://bit.ly/TTKyia 

Eric Macramalla examines the loss of a contract year for NHL players. http://bit.ly/W2qktg

Here’s an analysis of the NHLPA’s proposal: http://bit.ly/UmFRQt 

Despite the proposal, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the two sides are still far apart. http://es.pn/WzhX8N 

What role is NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman playing during the lockout? http://bit.ly/TMUSZ3



David Pargman argues for allowing college athletes to major in sports. http://bit.ly/UM9zP5 

John Infante considers the issue of third party relationships in NCAA sports. http://bit.ly/UEGgSn 

How do NCAA athletes get around credit requirements? http://bit.ly/RNKd2G 

Documents released in the O’Bannon v. NCAA case reveal that the NCAA knew Electronic Arts made its products with the purpose of imitating the characteristics of college players. http://usat.ly/UztKUa

Nicole Auerbach takes a look at the grad transfer exception. http://usat.ly/YEGfgE 

The University of Hawaii has completed an internal audit and discovered potential NCAA violations. http://bit.ly/Tw5QSQ 

UCLA freshman basketball player Shabazz Muhammad’s attorney released a statement regarding Muhammad’s ineligibility. http://bit.ly/PUW0xO 

Marc Isenberg criticizes the NCAA’s investigation and treatment of Shabazz Muhammad. http://bit.ly/S3ByJq 

Southeastern Louisiana University athletes are in the clear after an NCAA investigation into preferential parking ticket treatment. http://bit.ly/UqkZd2 

Penn State has now approved a new athletics code of conduct: http://bit.ly/WgmFDv 

Reportedly the NCAA has sent a letter to former University of Miami players stating that it will consider them guilty if they do not cooperate with the investigation in the Nevin Shapiro case. http://cbsprt.co/T48nov

The NCAA has upheld the suspensions of two Indiana basketball players. http://cbsprt.co/TaAdzs 



Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not face charges for resisting arrest. http://bit.ly/QblqIQ 

Andrew Brandt wonders what’s going on with Saints coach Sean Payton’s contract: http://es.pn/PRT7PJ 

Rose Bowl neighbors have threatened a lawsuit if the NFL attempts to bring a team to Pasadena. http://lat.ms/UIyLpN 

More NFL players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL claiming the league recklessly endangered players. http://bsun.md/V2tzRE

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Steve Politi argues that legalized sports betting makes sense: http://bit.ly/TC6Uo1 

The United States, Canada, and Mexico have agreed to support a new women’s soccer league. http://lat.ms/Y1R8vz 

Marc Edelman gives his thoughts on the Miami Marlins’ recent moves and stadium issues: http://bit.ly/SWkdkX 

Retired NBA player Horace Grant remains locked in a financial dispute with Morgan Keegan. http://bit.ly/TUi9dX 

The World Anti-Doping Agency is considering stronger punishments for doping violations. http://bit.ly/UXrtCm 

Francisco Larios examines the ex aequo et bono provision of FIBA’s Basketball Arbitral Tribunal http://bit.ly/S8umgR 

Switzerland is considering criminal penalties for match-fixing and cheating in sports. http://bit.ly/RgYlF5 

Other celebrities with the last name of Armstrong have filed a class action suit demanding that Lance Armstrong change his last name. http://bit.ly/RYXfvI 

Reid Neureiter recaps Lance Armstrong’s legal war: http://bit.ly/W7YerR 

How might tax policy in President Obama’s second term affect baseball contracts? http://bit.ly/10GaGmI

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Sports Law Replay - 11/2/12

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Sports Law Replay - 11/2/12

The NCAA and its new enforcement rules dominated the sports law discussion this week.

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Stephen A. Miller argues the NCAA needs to let someone else enforce its rules: http://bit.ly/QTBcCQ 
John Infante responded to Miller’s article: http://bit.ly/S9tdmN 
Matt Norlander weighs in as well: http://cbsprt.co/TD6fsT

Baldwin Wallace University has self-imposed an all-sports postseason ban due to NCAA violations. http://bit.ly/TsTdw9

Former Penn State football assistant Mike McQueary has responded to Penn State’s motion to stay his lawsuit. http://bit.ly/SyADAi

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has been charged in relation to the Sandusky scandal. http://bit.ly/Y4KamE 
Prosecutors also added charges against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz in connection to the Sandusky scandal. http://bit.ly/TjAdxG

Jennifer Harper provides a helpful primer on Title IX: http://bit.ly/RiJYu7 
For more Title IX information and resources, Sports Law Chat has you covered: http://bit.ly/TNGbLO

Mit Winter examines potential damages in the O’Bannon v. NCAA case: http://bit.ly/TYzKWn

Former NCAA athletes in the O’Bannon case filed more documents this week. http://usat.ly/YadQ1O

The NCAA has adopted new and tougher enforcement rules. http://bit.ly/QS4KCY 
Lauren Nevidomsky breaks down the basics of the rule changes: http://bit.ly/SAIAHO

The NCAA’s new rules have sparked a national discussion. Here are a variety of opinions on the new rules:
Pat Forde: http://yhoo.it/QSjYrs 
Dan Bernstein: http://cbsloc.al/Sf2aqf 
Andy Staples: http://bit.ly/PGRWCE 
Matthew Heimlich: http://bit.ly/Rznrvc

Jon Solomon: http://bit.ly/XU73cy 


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The Canadian Hockey League Players Association wants its players to be able to move to the NCAA. http://bit.ly/RtA5Mj

NFL players suing the NFL for fraud in concealing concussion risks filed their brief responding to the league’s motion to dismiss. http://wapo.st/QUIUPl

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to sue the Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority over the cost of an expansion of Heinz Field. http://bit.ly/SpKOqR

Darren Heitner argues that the UFL’s legal troubles pose a threat to the league’s survival. http://bit.ly/TWkVDt

Ryan Rodenberg and Anastasios Kaburakis examine the history of federal legislation and sports gambling. http://bit.ly/SvLUnC

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Sports Law Replay - 10/22/12

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Sports Law Replay - 10/22/12

This week’s sports law news featured the NHL’s latest offer in CBA negotiations, Paul Tagliabue’s new role in the NFL’s bounty appeals, and the NCAA’s response to New Jersey’s sports gambling law.

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The NFL responded to the latest court filings concerning the bounty suspensions. http://bit.ly/RTqCNy 

A federal magistrate has ordered the NFL to provide the court with its documents related to the Saints bounty investigation. http://es.pn/XjfTzl 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recused himself from the bounty suspension appeals and appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in his place. Mike Triplett argues it’s the best move the NFL has made so far: http://bit.ly/Rd2031 

The NFL says Tagliabue is not a neutral arbitrator, but the CBA doesn’t require that he be neutral. http://bit.ly/TqHxvN 

The UFL has postponed the rest of its season until the spring. http://bit.ly/T6b8nL

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The IOC stated that it would wait for UCI’s decision regarding Lance Armstrong before it decided whether to strip Armstrong of his Olympic bronze medal. http://hrld.us/T9HZhG 

UCI has decided to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and to ban him from cycling. http://yhoo.it/RWz9lu 

Armstrong announced that he will resign as chairman of his Livestrong foundation. http://bit.ly/RFcDgT 

Nike and other sponsors have decided to end their relationship with Lance Armstrong. http://on.wsj.com/RSZwpS

Lance Armstrong


The NHL publicly released the terms of its latest proposal to the NHLPA in lockout negotiations: http://bit.ly/WmZQCB 

Here is the NHL’s explanation of its offer: http://bit.ly/Wz550w 

Is the NHL’s latest offer a breakthrough in CBA negotiations? http://bit.ly/QnIfDz 

Bob McKenzie details the NHLPA’s response to the NHL’s offer: http://bit.ly/RFoJGR 

James Mirtle on why the players won’t go for the NHL’s latest proposal: http://bit.ly/OIFa4L

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The NCAA is attempting to block plaintiffs’ request for class action status in the O’Bannon v. NCAA case. http://usat.ly/TfS9gT 

Michael McCann briefly reviews the developments of the O’Bannon case. http://bit.ly/RGeOB2 

New Jersey officials spoke out about the NCAA’s decision to move championships out of the state in response to a new sports gambling law. http://bit.ly/RSvUJc 

Dan Wetzel criticizes the NCAA’s response to New Jersey’s new gambling law. http://yhoo.it/R8Zx9M 

Will the NCAA’s championship move from New Jersey hurt small businesses? http://bit.ly/Vv2oPT

John Infante examines a proposal for a more student-centered NCAA. http://bit.ly/RCBgLi 

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Sports Law Replay - 10/17/12

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Sports Law Replay - 10/17/12

The Sports Law Replay is back after fall break, and we’ve got more sports law news than ever before. This week’s edition features plenty of NCAA issues, plus the NHL lockout and NFL bounty suspensions.

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Tim O’Brien considers the future of big time college sports: http://bit.ly/PmXdcu 

Warren Zola critiques the current balancing act between commercialism and education in college athletics. http://huff.to/QVsDYS 

The judge in the O’Bannon v. NCAA case has ordered ESPN to release its television contracts for Division I men’s basketball and football since 2005. http://bit.ly/QC3cLh 

The NCAA released a statement addressing the O’Bannon case: http://bit.ly/R7uXNG 

Mit Winter wonders if the O’Bannon case will lead to a stronger college athlete union: http://bit.ly/SzPfRP

California has passed the Student Athlete Bill of Rights. Text of the law is here: http://1.usa.gov/KLJWrP

Merrimack College has settled a gender-discrimination lawsuit against it and will create six new women’s sports teams as part of the settlement. http://bit.ly/SUShBL 

Former Penn State football assistant Mike McQueary has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university. http://yhoo.it/VrWpIC 

A copy of the complaint is here: http://bit.ly/QGGAwt 

Penn State has begun settlement talks with twenty of Jerry Sandusky’s victims. http://bit.ly/QoUUbu 

The UNC academic scandal continues to unfold with an investigation into a class on Naval Weapons Systems. http://bit.ly/R7umM1 

Notre Dame has begun talks with the Big East to prepare to leave the conference for the ACC. http://es.pn/REcbwJ 

The NCAA has announced its punishment for Texas Southern University for major rules infractions. http://bit.ly/Ri4Jd6 

Five suggestions to reform the NCAA: http://bit.ly/QnzzitNHL



Professor Feldman offers Part 2 of his take on the NHL lockout: http://es.pn/SDuIHE 

Legal options to end the lockout may prove costly in the U.S. for the NHLPA. http://onforb.es/QCFySd 

The NHL may cancel the next month of games due to the lockout: http://bit.ly/V2GK5b 

The NHLPA is reportedly working on a new proposal to present to the NHL. http://es.pn/SSDlOP 

Pierre LeBrun weighs in on the NHL lockout: http://es.pn/OTLub1


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has released his new ruling on the Saints bounty suspensions (letters to all four players included): http://bit.ly/UEMuC8 

Here is the NFL’s memo to teams regarding Goodell’s renewed suspension ruling: http://bit.ly/T30IG0 

Here is the NFLPA’s statement in response to the Commissioner’s discipline: http://bit.ly/Pm9kfk 

Jonathan Vilma released a statement on the new bounty suspensions: http://bit.ly/UQe8GO 

Andrew Brandt writes that Goodell’s new ruling on the Saints bounty suspensions is not the end of the saga. http://es.pn/SQna4H 

Greg Bedard argues that Goodell made the right call. http://bo.st/QoVpSW 

All four of the suspended bounty players have appealed the suspensions and requested Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal due to bias and prejudice. http://es.pn/OtIkcD

Roger Goodell



The major sports leagues have called New Jersey’s sports betting law hypocritical: http://bit.ly/SZaTQW 

The NCAA has decided to relocate several championships out of New Jersey as a result of the law. http://bit.ly/Tp962T 

John Brennan breaks down the big names and issues concerning the New Jersey sports gambling law. http://bit.ly/Q2tcim 

The NBA has established new rules on flopping: http://es.pn/Ud9RlU 

The NBPA plans to file an unfair labor practices charge against the NBA over its new flopping penalties. http://cbsprt.co/PXrSzA 

The Arena Football League has a new CBA: http://bit.ly/PaLnHM 

Did Lance Armstrong catch the USADA by surprise? http://usat.ly/RJics1 

Three umpires accused of match-fixing in cricket are denying the allegations. http://bbc.in/RtUTSI 

Court documents show that Andy Roddick helped a tennis player get a reduced doping ban from The Court of Arbitration for Sport. http://wapo.st/SV21pR 

Robert McTernaghan writes an interesting article about doping in professional golf: http://bit.ly/RvWwPa

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Sports Law Replay - 9/28/12

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Sports Law Replay - 9/28/12

Our “Friday Sports Links” is now the “Sports Law Replay.” We hope you enjoy our review of the recent news in the sports law world.

This week was the week of the lockout. The NFL faced the unpleasant consequences of its lockout of officials, while the NHL’s lockout continued with no end in sight.

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The NFL’s lockout of the NFLRA is now over, but Judy Battista explained why replacement officials sorely tested fans’ patience. http://nyti.ms/Qtlbqw 

During the referee lockout, the NFL Referees Association released a public letter calling for the NFL to end its lockout of the officials. http://bit.ly/PwTbQK 

The NFLPA also sent an open letter to the NFL calling for an end to the lockout and claiming the lockout violated the NFL’s obligation to promote a safe working environment. http://es.pn/PeqEhW 

Warren Zola discussed what players could do about the lockout, including claiming that the league was creating an “abnormally dangerous condition.” http://bit.ly/OlLssb 

The NFL released a statement on Thursday, September 27, 2012, announcing the end of its lockout of the NFLRA and the agreement of a new CBA. http://bit.ly/QoYtjA 

Darren Heitner argued that the league’s position compromised its integrity: http://onforb.es/POylMA 
He later reviewed the lockout after it ended: http://onforb.es/PrsLPv 

Alicia Jessop evaluates some of the released terms of the new agreement between the NFL and its referees. http://onforb.es/QI7hy1

The NFL moved to block New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s requests for discovery. http://es.pn/RYeDwG

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Here’s a ten day timeline of the NHL lockout: http://bit.ly/RmEiC9 

As the NHL lockout began, players started to sign in Europe and elsewhere overseas. http://nyti.ms/QeGitD 

The Quebec Labour Relations Board dismissed an injunction request by the NHLPA to prevent the NHL lockout in Quebec. http://bit.ly/SmBL7R 

John Shannon discusses some of the non-monetary issues at stake in the NHL lockout negotiations. http://bit.ly/ROwj3b 

The lockout may mean the cancellation of the Winter Classic in November. http://bit.ly/RGDfPV 

Here’s how some of the early NHL negotiations went: http://bit.ly/S4CBMs 
How is the NHL lockout affecting junior hockey leagues? http://bit.ly/Uvbiqy



John Infante provides details on UNC’s changing athletic standards and the difficulty in changing a culture. http://bit.ly/ScXpvE 

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorpe explains some of the changes and the reasons for making them. http://bit.ly/SBGic9 

A new agreement between the University of North Dakota (UND) and the NCAA will allow UND to retain some of its logos mentioning the “Fighting Sioux.” http://bit.ly/S0Onr7 
Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings has filed suit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart, alleging that sex discrimination played a role in her forced retirement. http://bit.ly/TK8fQn

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Boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are settling a defamation lawsuit filed by Pacquiao. http://bit.ly/VFfmqq 

The English Football Association levied a four game ban and £220,000 fine on John Terry following his use of a racial slur in a Premier League match. http://es.pn/PIhH1H




Friday Sports Links (On Monday) - 9/17/12

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Friday Sports Links - 9/17/12

The NHL lockout is finally here, and so is a Monday edition of Friday Sports Links. We've got the NHL lockout news from the weekend as well as some other sports news from the past few days.

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The NHL, following the NFL and NBA, has locked out its players. http://es.pn/PGjgyH 
For more background on the NHL lockout try this article: http://bit.ly/Nv12Ql 
And this one: http://bit.ly/R8ENSA

Pre-lockout, NHL observers thought that Canadian teams might not lockout players as a result of differences between Canadian "labour" law and U.S. labor law. http://bit.ly/UaQDI2 

However the Quebec Labour Relations Board denied the NHLPA's request for an immediate injunction against the lockout. The Board plans to hear the full case at a later date. http://es.pn/U4v92f

Tulane Law alumnus Warren Zola provided some pre-lockout thoughts on the CBA's official expiration. http://bit.ly/USt5tJ

Here's a review of the last proposal on the table between the NHL and NHLPA: http://bit.ly/TXMjyv

Pierre LeBrun examines the rules players must follow in a lockout: http://es.pn/Pr12xr

During the first day of the NHL's lockout both sides began appealing to fans for support: http://reut.rs/Oxtq5P

Here’s a timeline of events leading to the NHL lockout: http://es.pn/PFmUZy

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Former New Orleans Saints player Anthony Hargrove continues to insist on his innocence and spoke out about the NFL and the caliber of its evidence. http://es.pn/UTqoYU

Roger Goodell will reportedly meet with New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma today. http://bit.ly/O2iRrK

How might legalized sports betting in New Jersey harm the NFL? http://bit.ly/OSd1F4



How are the UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations affecting team operations? http://bit.ly/NQB1Xg

A 1976 NBA settlement deal involving revenues from future television broadcasts is under review in court. http://on-msn.com/OvT7OD

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