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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.

How much is a lifetime (or more) of shoe sales worth? $500 million sound about right? That's the reported figure, on the low end, of LeBron James' lifetime contract with Nike. The world's largest sporting goods company had the chance to lock up the second-best player in the NBA for life and they jumped at it.

So does this really mean that King James and the Swoosh are stuck with each other forever?

Donald Sterling is an unrepentant slumlord and serial sexual harasser. But it was only when a racist rant (one of many) was leaked to the media that the NBA banned Sterling and forced him to sell his L.A. Clippers.

Sterling had been battling the sale, and appealed a probate ruling that allowed his wife to sell the time. Only he appealed it very badly, and a California court affirmed the ruling. Now the former owner is running out of options.

In the wake of several horrifying injuries in the stands, a fan has filed a class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball seeking additional protection from wayward bats and balls. The suit, filed in California by an Oakland A's season ticket holder, wants MLB to extend existing safety netting the full length of the foul lines.

According to a 2014 Bloomberg study, 1,750 fans a year are injured by batted balls. Just last month, a woman at Boston's Fenway Park was seriously injured after being struck in the head by a piece of a broken bat.

After being married to Glory Johnson for only 28 days, Brittney Griner recently filed court documents to end their marriage.

Brittney Griner, a WNBA player, filed for an annulment of her short marriage to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson on the basis of fraud and duress. Griner claims that Johnson's threats rushed and pressured Griner into the marriage. The annulment comes as a surprise because Johnson just announced that she is pregnant with the couple's first child. Griner claims she did not know about the pregnancy before it was announced, and has no biological connection to the baby.

Fans have long-complained about sports leagues' TV blackout rules, which restrict certain games from certain broadcasters. But one group of fans who decided to sue Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League over their use of blackouts got a huge boost last week.

U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin granted the plaintiffs' motion to certify class-action status, finding that all consumers in the market for MLB and NHL content have the same alleged injury and can therefore sue as a group.

Here's what that could mean for fans down the road.

After Swedish prosecutors watched video of former Toronto Maple Leafs player Andre Deveaux viciously slash an opponent in pregame warm ups, they decided to file criminal charges and issued a warrant for his arrest. Which, for hockey fans, may have brought to mind an infamous incident in 2000 when Marty McSorley bashed Donald Brashear in the head with his stick (2:50 into the video), giving him a grade 3 concussion.

McSorley was charged with and found guilty of assault, only the second criminal trial for on-ice violence in a league that tacitly approves of players taking breaks from game play to punch each other in the face from time to time. Punching which, to date, has resulted in zero criminal convictions.

So when does playing a sport constitute a crime? And what kind of game behavior crosses the line from acceptable in a sporting contest to unacceptable in any context?

Ex-NBA Star Rex Chapman Shoplifted, Pawned Apple Products: Cops

During his 12-year career as player in the National Basketball Association, Rex Chapman had almost 600 steals.

According to Scottsdale Police, Chapman has racked up a few more steals during his retirement. Chapman is accused of shoplifting more than $14,000 worth of merchandise from the Apple Store at a Scottsdale-area mall, reports the Arizona Republic.

What kind of charges is Chapman now facing?

Bruce Levenson's Emails Raise 3 Legal Lessons About Discovery

On the heels of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's forced exile from the NBA for making racist comments, another NBA team owner is giving up his stake in a team after a racially insensitive email regarding the team's fan base was made public.

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson self-reported the existence of the email -- in which he wrote that he believed black Hawks fans attending games were scaring away affluent white fans -- to league officials, reports The Daily Beast. But Levenson may just be the first NBA owner to have comments made over email come to light. As Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann notes, as the lawsuit filed by Sterling's against the league makes its way through court, other incriminating statements by league owners may come to light through the legal process of discovery.

What is discovery, and how might it expose the conversations between league owners and officials? Here are three things to consider:

The University of Tulsa has been slapped with a Title IX suit in federal court based on one student's allegations that she was raped by a prominent college basketball player at the school.

Abigail Ross claims in her suit that basketball player Patrick Swilling Jr. sexually assaulted her in January. Ross asserts that the university, colloquially referred to as TU, "undertook zero investigation" of Swilling or his conduct, despite as many as three prior sexual assault reports from other TU students, reports ESPN.

How does this alleged treatment relate to Title IX?