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Friday Sports Links

Another eventful week in the world of sports law, especially in the NCAA, where West Virginia and the Big East reportedly settled their dispute, and student-athletes are in hot water as a result of social media.  But, nothing compares to the "Linsanity" sweeping the nation.

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The NFL is planning 13 Thursday night games in 2012. http://bit.ly/ymWLeG Find out why they won't play on Friday nights, here: http://bit.ly/ylyp3J 

The ACC's expansion will likely add $1-2 million per year per team to their current 12-year $13 million deal with ESPN. http://bit.ly/wTXaVA 

NBC's live stream of the Super Bowl drew a record 2.1 million unique viewers.  http://bit.ly/yyQcKS Reports indicated that NBC received an ad fee of $55 CPM. http://bit.ly/ypHLkX That's just over 100k per advertisement.


WVU and Big East reportedly settle lawsuit for $20M http://bit.ly/ABYJ1M. Earlier in the week, there were reports that the Big 12 might help pay West Virginia's exit fee from the Big East. http://bit.ly/w4pMVc 

The Big Ten is considering ideas for a national 4-team football playoff. Semifinals would be played on the college campus of the higher seed; title game could be bid out, like Super Bowl. http://trib.in/yYVmP7 

But would a four-team playoff really be less controversial than the BCS? http://bit.ly/wR04ei

On Tuesday, a judge in San Francisco blocked an attempt by former NCAA athletes to obtain TV sports contracts and other documents pertaining to the ongoing In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation http://bit.ly/yC2CQX 

The University of North Dakota has resumed using its "Fighting Sioux" nickname http://fxn.ws/A78mCR 

Mark Emmert is urging schools to support the four-year scholarship proposal. He needs 222 out of the 355 Division I schools to override the legislation. http://thesent.nl/znTDSB 

Forty years after Title IX, disparities remain http://bit.ly/Af1Rld 

Andy Schwarz explains elasticity of supply and demand and how it relates to claims that the NCAA is an illegal cartel. http://bit.ly/wQAdg4 

Social Media, Privacy and the NCAA

The Maryland state legislature proposed a bill to address college athletes' social media privacy. The bill would stop colleges and universities from keeping digital tabs on student-athletes. http://nyti.ms/Aohfhs 

This week, a Stony Brook University football student-athlete was publicly reprimanded and suspended from the team's next championship opportunity as a result of an inappropriate and offensive racial reference on his Twitter page during the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship. http://bit.ly/A002JU 

BusinessofCollegeSports.com demonstrates how some of the top athletic departments in the nation are allowing their student-athletes to utilize social media. http://bit.ly/yBowRz 

For more information on social media and NCAA compliance, see "Policing the Digital Wild West: NCAA Recruiting Regulations in the Age of Facebook and Twitter" by 2010 Tulane Law Grad, Victor Broccoli. 18 Sports Law. J. 43 (2011).

Linsanity! And Other Hot Topics This Week.

Linsanity! A look at how the Knicks' new point guard has assisted the NBA in China. http://onforb.es/A8FU44 

The London Olympics could crash the internet. Fears of an internet meltdown during the London Games may lead to web access being rationed for British businesses.  http://bit.ly/zbrued

7 Big Legal Questions (and Answers) surrounding the Super Bowl Big Game. http://bit.ly/zbrued 

Professor Michael McCann analyzes three key legal lessons from the NFL and NBA lockouts: http://bit.ly/zb1RRZ 

High school football fields can now feature advertisements.  http://onforb.es/w4pqwW 

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