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February 2016 Archives

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has filed a lawsuit against ESPN and NFL correspondent Adam Schefter for violating his medical privacy. Last July, Schefter tweeted a photo of Pierre-Paul's medical chart, indicating the player had his right index finger amputated.

Pierre-Paul is claiming Schefter violated Florida medical privacy statutes and invaded his privacy by publishing his medical information without permission, and is looking to hold ESPN responsible as Schefter's employer.

Team doctors and sports trainers don't have it easy. From broken bones and torn ligaments to dehydration and concussions, there are myriad possible injuries athletes can suffer. And for almost every one, early diagnosis is essential for player safety and recovery.

So, of course, there's no an app for that. Sideline Guidelines is an app designed to help medical professionals quickly identify, diagnose, and treat sports injuries both on the field and off. Hopefully this means fewer injuries and better treatment for athletes, especially at the high school level.

Bart Hernandez, a certified agent by the MLB Players Association, was arrested last week and charged with human trafficking. According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, a federal grand jury indicted Hernandez on charges relating to the defection of Cuban outfielder Leonya Martin.

Hernandez allegedly smuggled Martin out of Cuba, then held him and his family hostage while negotiating his contract.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. As part of this protection, institutions of higher education are required "to take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence."

This places the burden of investigating campus sexual assaults on the colleges themselves. And as a slew of recent investigations have shown (if you can call 161 schools facing scrutiny in 199 cases of sexual violence a "slew"), those colleges are either unwilling, unable, or indifferent to investigating sexual assault on campus, especially those involving athletes.

This begs the question: Are colleges and universities in the best position to investigate allegations of sexual assault? Or is there another way for schools to meet their Title IX requirements?

In an affidavit in support of her request for a restraining order, Colleen Crowley alleges that Johnny Manziel restrained her, forced her into her car, and said, "Shut up or I'll kill us both." The document outlines a terrifying night in January when the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her and she was forced to defend herself with a knife.

A restraining order has been issued, ordering Manziel to stay away from Crowley for two years, and Dallas police are investigating the incident.

This sounds like a case of someone suing themselves. After all, aren't 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.