Tarnished Twenty- The FindLaw Sports Law Blog

August 2015 Archives

Cris Carter, who is a former all-pro wide receiver, current NFL broadcast personality, Hall of Famer, and most certainly not an attorney, nevertheless had some sage legal advice for NFL noobs at last year's rookie symposium: "If y'all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew."

Children, listen to your elder, who was banned his senior season in college for signing with an agent, cut from his first pro team for drug and alcohol abuse, and seemingly has no idea how the criminal justice system works.

It's been a long and winding road for the NFL's concussion settlement with former players: It was a done deal. And then it wasn't enough. And then it was increased, so it was OK. But players still tried to block it, and then a bunch opted out.

Now, ten former players are asking a court to quash the settlement on behalf of players yet to be diagnosed with a brain injury. So where does the settlement go from here?

Taking a client out for dinner or grabbing a meal while on a business trip is one thing. Feeding an entire team of ravenous hockey players is quite another.

The IRS treats both the same way when it comes to tax deductions, and now the Boston Bruins owner is pushing back. The team is suing the federal government's tax agency for the right to deduct the full amount of team meals while on the road.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled this week that football players for Northwestern University do not have the right to unionize. The players, arguing that they were employees of the university, were campaigning for guaranteed scholarships, improved medical protections for players, and a fund that would allow players to continue to pursue their educations after their athletic eligibility expired.

This ruling overturns a previous decision from an NLRB regional office in Chicago which had originally granted the players, under the banner of the College Athletes Players Association, the right to form a union. Although this appears to be the end of the fight for Northwestern players specifically, the decision doesn't foreclose the issue of college athletes organizing a union.

Top 5 Illegal Sports

Normally at Tarnished Twenty we stick to the sports on the field/pitch/court/ice/turf, and we leave the criminal stuff to our FindLaw Blotter blog. But criminal law often overlaps with athletic activities, especially in the context of sports that take place outside stadiums and arenas.

Here's a list of sports you won't find on ESPN and could get you arrested:

Two skydivers who parachuted off 1 World Trade Center were spared jail time on Monday, but got a stern talking-to from the judge in their case.

A jury convicted the men in June and the prosecutor in the case asked for 60 days in jail for each of them. Instead, the judge punished them with fines and community service.