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Anyone who knows and loves "Any Given Sunday" remembers how frustrating it was to watch the Miami Sharks play the Minnesota Americans for the right to win the Pantheon Cup Championship, when we all knew the movie was about the NFL. So there had to be some relief when HBO's NFL-based show "Ballers" premiered on Sunday, featuring actual logos of the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, and others.

So wait -- why does HBO get to use the real thing and Oliver Stone has to make cheap team knockoffs? Don't they need permission from the NFL?

Starting quarterback Anthony Jennings was one of four LSU football players arrested on Thursday. Also arrested were cornerback Dwayne Thomas, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain, and defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao.

All four players were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish prison and have been suspended indefinitely from the football team.

A New Jersey judge dismissed domestic violence charges against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, following his completion of a pretrial intervention program.

The charges stemmed from a brutal attack on his wife Janay in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. Graphic video of the incident surfaced last September.

Prosecutors officially dropped perjury charges against Shayanna Jenkins. Jenkins is engaged to former NFL tight-end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, and the two have a 2-year-old daughter together.

Prosecutors had alleged Jenkins lied during her grand jury testimony, but in light of her truthful testimony during Hernandez's murder trial, decided not to pursue the charges.

Jameis Winston's attorneys have filed a countersuit against the woman who accused him of rape in December 2012. Erica Kinsman filed a civil lawsuit against Winston in April, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Winston's lawsuit asserts that Kinsman's accusations amount to defamation and a tortious interference with a prospective business advantage. Winston is claiming that Kinsman's accusations are not only false, but have damaged his reputation and earning potential.

This week, the National Football League relinquished its tax exempt status. The NFL and had been exempt from taxes since the 1940s, although each franchise pays taxes on the money it makes.

The NFL made $10 billion last year, so how much will this change in tax status affect the bottom line? Let's take a look:

Erica Kinsman, a former Florida State University student who accused former Seminole quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault in 2013, has filed a civil lawsuit over the matter. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal battles over the alleged incident, after law enforcement and university investigations and failed to produce probable cause for criminal charges or proof that Winston violated school conduct rules.

So what does this lawsuit allege and how might it be different than the criminal and university cases that preceded it?

A jury found former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez guilty of first degree murder for a 2013 execution-style slaying. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole for shooting Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who at the time was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

The jury took 35 hours over seven days to come to a verdict, so let's take a look at what they decided and what comes next for Hernandez.

Ex-Giants, Dolphins and Patriots cornerback Will Allen has been charged in a Ponzi scheme that targeted athletes across four major sports. The Securities and Exchange Commission claims Allen and a female partner, Susan Daub, preyed on athletes and defrauded investors in a complicated loan scam.

The names of the athlete-victims have not been released, and both Allen and Daub appear to have attempted to dodge service of the charges to avoid prosecution.

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?