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Friday Sports Links - March 6, 2012

March Madness is officially here, and that means more than just a fantastic array of thrilling college basketball matchups. This time of year brings NFL free agency, the NBA trade deadline, and the start of the MLB season. The action on the field of play is matched by activity off of it, resulting in a lot of sports law and business news.

March Madness and the NCAA

Is "March Madness" America's largest annual ritual of collective lawbreaking? http://buswk.co/xnTniU 

A brief history of the "March Madness" Trademark.  http://bit.ly/wNRE9d 

Can student-athletes form a union? http://bit.ly/zdK3Jp 

Freakonomics: would paying college players really destroy competitive balance? http://bit.ly/FO6M32 

A student-athlete's breach of contract claim (loss of scholarship) is barred by statute of limitations. http://bit.ly/wUcAYj 

The NCAA has banned the University of North Carolina football team from the 2012 postseason. http://es.pn/wYvICp. Further information regarding the NCAA Committee on Infractions findings that UNC committed major violations of NCAA legislation can be found here: http://bit.ly/FO5cQY 

Social media has a huge impact, particularly in the sports world.  How has it impacted college sports and USC quarterback Matt Barkley? http://cbsprt.co/wjBJit

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Three Broncos suspended for allegedly violating league's PED policy. http://t.co/rkuqsAKY Two of the players filed a lawsuit to block the suspension http://es.pn/x6QcBQ 

The NFLPA wants the League to delay announcing any punishment for the bounty program until it can conduct its own investigation. http://es.pn/AaKrGk 

In the aftermath of American Needle, it appears that we will see an explosion of officially licensed NFL products, including high-heeled shoes and duct tape. http://bit.ly/AqD6dY 

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Sports Broadcasting

The Big 12 and ESPN are nearing an extension that will earn the conference - combined with its Fox TV contract - $2.5 billion over the next 13 years. http://bit.ly/zu6g5s 

A class action complaint has been filed, demanding that the cable distributor Time Warner reimburse consumers for more than $5 million in service fees and charges for withholding sports programming. http://bit.ly/xlB1PM 


A San Diego school district paid $4.4M to settle a football head injury lawsuit. http://reut.rs/AvsSrE 

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