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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.

When video of snowboarder Christian Mares surviving a self-created avalanche came out last week, we thought, "Cool." When it turned out he could face criminal charges for snowboarding in a restricted area of Tahoe's Sugar Bowl Resort, we thought, "Less cool."

It also got us thinking about all the different legal liabilities snowboarders could face out on the mountain. Here are just a few of them:

Another day, another state outlawing daily fantasy gambling. This time it was Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, saying that DraftKings and FanDuel were taking bets in violation of state gambling laws.

As opposed to his counterpart in New York, Paxton hasn't threatened criminal action or demanded his constituents' money back. This was an advisory opinion on what the Texas courts might rule if they ever took up the issue. But Texas is the eighth state to come out against daily fantasy sites and one of the biggest daily fantasy markets, so how long will daily fantasy remain unregulated?

International Track & Field Agency Blamed for Known Doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last week released the second half of a report on corruption among track and field athletes and agencies, and it did not limit its criticism to a single country. Instead, the report centers on the corruption of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which allegedly allowed athletes with dirty blood tests to continue competing.

Did the institutions fail intentionally? The new report indicates that they did, reports National Public Radio and that state and international agencies were involved in a corruption conspiracy.

By now we're pretty used to seeing ESPN reporters and personalities in commercials. John Buccigross and Stan Verrett shilled for Scion. Monday Night Football's Jon Gruden has hawked Hooters wings. And there's always the synergistic joy of SportsCenter movie tie-ins.

But what about when Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter took to Twitter to espouse their love of Domino's pizza? Well, that might have run afoul of Federal Trade Commission guidelines on deceptive advertising.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman upped the ante in the state's battle against daily fantasy sites DraftKings and FanDuel. The state filed an amended lawsuit against the companies, asking for restitution of all profits made from New York consumers as well as a $5,000 per case civil penalty.

Schneiderman told Reuters the filing is based on "a determination by the State Supreme Court that DraftKings and FanDuel have been running illegal sports betting operations [and] seeks appropriate fines and restitution from the companies." Estimates place the amount New Yorkers bet on the two sites in the ballpark of $200 million in 2015 alone.

Student, 15, Charged With Felony Assault for Sports Injury

A high school water polo player who broke an opponent's nose was charged with felony assault in California this month. The incident took place during a game in September and was captured on camera, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate.

The accused, 15, never even got a foul during the game but now he is facing prison for felony assault and battery stemming from the incident that happened during a tournament. This has some parents and legal experts concerned about using the courts to adjudicate high school sports spats.

If you were looking for an indication that South Africa's court system is a lot like our own, you might have gotten it when Oscar Pistorius was only found guilty of culpable murder in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and spent just one year in prison before being released to house arrest. It seemed like the justice system was giving favorable treatment to a star athlete.

But it turns out South Africa's appellate system is quite different from that in the U.S., as prosecutors were able to appeal that verdict, and an appeals court upgraded Pistorius's conviction to murder.

When states started banning daily fantasy sites and the lawsuits started flying, many thought the days of DraftKings and FanDuel were numbered. But it might not be so simple. Because it's not just the websites themselves that are after your sports gambling dollars -- it's also the sports leagues and media conglomerates that have invested in and partnered with the sites.

And as several recent lawsuits against daily fantasy sites have shown, those investors and partners are getting dragged into court as well.

As the debate over access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender people has raged, those on both sides of the issue have made arguments regarding privacy and safety for both cisgender (non-trans) and transgender people in shared intimate spaces. Early this month, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) weighed in, saying school districts must provide equal locker room access to transgender students.

The OCR's ruling may not quell what has become a heated national exchange on transgender rights, but it at least provides some guidance to schools on how to craft transgender locker room policies for students and staff.