Friday Sports Links - March 2, 2012
This week's top stories in sports law and business include the usual topics - concussions and sports broadcasting - but this week also featured big news in the less common topics of the right of publicity and stadium technology.
Concussions and Player Safety
As a result of concussion concerns, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada are seriously considering rules that would effectively end fighting in nonprofessional leagues as soon as next season. http://nyti.ms/z3IAkl
A must read from Tulane alumnus Warren Zola who attacks the NCAA's unfair transfer rules. http://huff.to/wRdVUy
The NFLPA is considering changes to its agent rules. http://es.pn/zydFqU
The Big 12 reached buyout terms with Missouri and Texas A&M, who are heading to the SEC. http://es.pn/yoCunY
The BCS is about to hire two media consultants who will play vital roles in projecting the media value of each postseason model under consideration. The BCS is set to negotiate its next broadcast deal (for the 2014 season) this fall and is expected to see a 50 percent rights-fee increase - at a minimum - if it didn't change anything at all. Any new postseason structure that has something resembling a playoff is expected to shoot that number significantly higher. http://bit.ly/zlSuX9
The NFL announced that it is moving its season opener to Wednesday night (Sept. 5) in order to avoid conflicting with President Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention. http://yhoo.it/zbsDvC.
Unlike the majority of the season, if the NFL wanted to, they could play on Friday night. http://bit.ly/ylyp3J
ESPN announced a partnership with Facebook to stream broadcasts of college basketball conference tournaments. http://usat.ly/xiFg9V
Right of Publicity
There are several cases in the works with the potential to further shrink the right of publicity. One such case is between Justin Bieber and a mobile app developer who created a "Joustin Beaver" game. http://bit.ly/wa81uT. Another case comes out of Illinois where a judge ruled that a Travel Channel TV show on a Chicago restaurant did not violate the right of publicity of customers because the restaurant is a "subject of general interest and of value and concern to the public." http://bit.ly/wmtBjd
Plaintiffs in the In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation were sanctioned as a result of their overly broad discovery requests. http://bit.ly/y7uNQS
The Clippers have asked a fan known as "Clipper Darrell" to drop the team's name from his nickname. http://yhoo.it/xiwSDp. Does the First Amendment tolerate such requests?
Linsanity and IP Rights in China
A sports ball maker in eastern China trademarked Lin's name more than a year and a half ago - for only $700. Chinese law favors early registrants and could prove thorny for Lin and corporate sponsor Nike. http://nyti.ms/wBSHty
Michael Jordan has filed a trademark lawsuit against a sportswear manufacturer based in China. He claims the sportswear manufacturer used the Chinese version of his name, "Qiaodan," and other associated trademarks in order to mislead consumers. http://bit.ly/xkzdkG
A thorough and intriguing look at how venues are responding to increased demand from fans for mobile connectivity. http://bit.ly/ySIjyt
Sun Life Stadium is the first venue to use IBM's new 'Crowd Monitoring' technology. It is designed to allow stadium staff to better monitor and anticipate potential problems related to parking, crowd control and concession stand sales. http://bit.ly/vZ2h4L
The Vikings are one step closer to getting a new stadium, keeping them in Minnesota. http://bit.ly/xg18U5. RulingSports.com takes a closer look. http://bit.ly/xQGcKu