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This sounds like a case of someone suing themselves. After all, are United States Soccer and the United States women's national soccer team the same thing?

According to a collective bargaining agreement -- which expired in 2012 -- no. And it's that CBA that is at issue in a lawsuit between the country's national soccer federation and its most decorated team.

In the realm of sports video games, realism is king. Gone are the days of players catching fire or being run over by ambulances. Now gamers want the most true-to-life graphics and game play, all the way down to the players' tattoos. Which can be a problem, legally-speaking.

As a new lawsuit against the makers of NBA2K has demonstrated, figuring out who has the legal rights to a player's ink can be a little tricky.

It's the second biggest game in the world, and this year it's being played deep in the heart of tech. Silicon Valley's Levi's Stadium boasts some of the most advanced stadium tech in the world, and will play host to Sunday's Super Bowl. While this has those lucky enough to score a ticket giddy with the possibility of staying connected to friends, the Internet, and even the snack bar during the game, it also has cybersecurity experts worried.

With all that connectivity, could someone hack the Super Bowl or its attendees? And what information is at risk?

Super Bowl Surprise: NFL Concussion Reports Rise

Super Bowl 50 is almost upon us and football frenzy is about to reach its annual heights. Parties are being planned, snacks prepared, and most-comfy-armchairs called. But before you settle in to see this year's big win, let's consider a few new and disconcerting facts about football, this classic American pastime.

When video of snowboarder Christian Mares surviving a self-created avalanche came out last week, we thought, "Cool." When it turned out he could face criminal charges for snowboarding in a restricted area of Tahoe's Sugar Bowl Resort, we thought, "Less cool."

It also got us thinking about all the different legal liabilities snowboarders could face out on the mountain. Here are just a few of them:

Former Texas Longhorns and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was arrested in Austin after he was seen driving erratically last Saturday night. According to the affidavit for his arrest, Young's speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy, and he refused to provide a blood or breath sample.

Young was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and released on $2,000 bail.

Another day, another state outlawing daily fantasy gambling. This time it was Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, saying that DraftKings and FanDuel were taking bets in violation of state gambling laws.

As opposed to his counterpart in New York, Paxton hasn't threatened criminal action or demanded his constituents' money back. This was an advisory opinion on what the Texas courts might rule if they ever took up the issue. But Texas is the eighth state to come out against daily fantasy sites and one of the biggest daily fantasy markets, so how long will daily fantasy remain unregulated?

International Track & Field Agency Blamed for Known Doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last week released the second half of a report on corruption among track and field athletes and agencies, and it did not limit its criticism to a single country. Instead, the report centers on the corruption of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which allegedly allowed athletes with dirty blood tests to continue competing.

Did the institutions fail intentionally? The new report indicates that they did, reports National Public Radio and that state and international agencies were involved in a corruption conspiracy.

Lawrence Phillips, former Nebraska Cornhusker, St. Louis Ram, Miami Dolphin, and San Francisco 49er running back was found unresponsive in his jail cell yesterday at Kern Valley State Prison in California. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital and prison officials are investigating his death as a suspected suicide.

Phillips was serving a 31-year sentence for various domestic abuse offenses, and had been charged with murdering his prison cellmate in September. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said that at the time he was found, he was in a single-person cell.

Electronic Arts' iconic Madden NFL franchise is probably the most popular football video game in history. The game debuted in 1988 and since the 90's has used actual players and teams from the NFL. By all accounts, it is the most realistic depiction of professional football in a video game.

And therein lies its problem. Former NFL players sued EA for using their likenesses without permission, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. Now EA is appealing to the Supreme Court, claiming the First Amendment protects their "right to create expressive works -- in any form -- that relate to real-life people and events."