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With the launch of its new NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Leagues, the NFL is the first U.S. professional sports league to have its own pay-to-enter fantasy sports contests.

However, these new fantasy leagues aren't necessarily open to all U.S. football fans, according to Forbes. In fact, the NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Leagues' official rules prohibit fans in seven states from taking part because of possible conflicts with state law.

Which states are missing out, and why?

With NFL training camps set to open this week, two of the game's biggest defensive stars were wrapping up a little off-season defensive work in the courtroom.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were both convicted in separate criminal cases last week, with Smith pleading no contest and Hardy being found guilty following a trial.

What were the players convicted of and how serious are their sentences?

Three high-profile athletes were stopped on pot charges within the past week, with some facing serious potential consequences.

Texas Rangers' Geovany Soto was pinched on Wednesday for misdemeanor marijuana possession, although the player has been out this season with a knee injury. Meantime, college athletes in Alabama and Georgia were also arrested on marijuana charges which may block them from playing.

What do these allegedly pot-possessing athletes have to expect after their pot stops?

A high school football player is set to receive a $300,000 brain-injury settlement, despite his claims that he never agreed to the settlement.

In 2012, Michael Rouchleau and his parents sued the Three Forks School District for a life-altering traumatic brain injury he suffered while playing football for the school. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the Rouchleaus and the district had reached a $300,000 settlement agreement last year, but Michael had recently changed his mind.

Why was the initial brain-injury settlement upheld?

The NFL's brain-injury settlement was granted preliminary approval in federal court Monday, but former players and their families aren't celebrating just yet.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody approved the revised settlement which would compensate former athletes and their heirs for brain injuries incurred by years of concussions suffered on the field. According to Reuters, these concussions were shown to cause to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), leading to aggression and dementia.

As the settlement begins to move forward with compensation, here are three things of legal importance to keep in mind:

The NFL has announced it will agree to a new concussion settlement, one without the $765 million damages cap.

The National Football League had agreed in August to an estimated $765 million in settlement funds for former NFL players and their families; the judge rejected it. Now the League says it supports a new settlement agreement that "will not be capped at any specified amount."

What else does this revised settlement agreement provide, and will it be enough for the judge?

The investigation into Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse may have taken too long, according to a report released Monday by Pennsylvania's attorney general.

The 339-page report by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane concluded that her predecessors had made "crucial missteps and inexplicable delays" in arresting and charging Sandusky for his crimes. Philadelphia's WCAU-TV reports that it took prosecutors "a year to recommend filing charges against Sandusky," one of many revelations unearthed by the new report.

What caused the Sandusky investigation to last so long?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the Washington Redskins' trademark registration.

In a ruling issued today, the USPTO cancelled six trademarks held by the team which it found "disparaging to Native Americans," reports The Washington Post.

What led to the USPTO's decision, and how will this affect the team's continued use of the controversial Redskins name?

A federal court in Oakland, California, has begun hearing the much-discussed lawsuit pitting college athletes, led by former UCLA basketball standout Ed O'Bannon, against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

What is this federal antitrust lawsuit all about, and what might it mean for the future of big-time college athletics?

Here are the answers to five key questions about O'Bannon v. NCAA:

College athletes may be headed for a payday after EA Sports agreed to a $40 million settlement over likeness rights in its games.

The settlement, filed in court last week, has the potential to include more than 100,000 athletes (and even current college players) who have had their virtual selves included in Electronic Arts' line of NCAA-related video games. According to The Associated Press, taking part in the settlement will not affect any current player's eligibility to play.

If the settlement is approved, what will college athletes receive from EA?