Category Sports & Entertainment

Expanding the NFL’s Rooney Rule

 In the recent wave of employment, no minority head coaches were hired by a National Football League (NFL) team, instead, many of the positions were filled by current coordinator positions.  The NFL’s Rooney Rule, established in 2003, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coach and front office positions.  The Rule was implemented […]


Waiting for July 1st

by Ashlyn Marquez It seems that hundreds of concession stand employees of the Honda Center will have to wait until July 1st to find out if they have lost their jobs. This date marks the expiration of the Honda Center’s contract with Aramark and the starting date of the contract with Anaheim Area Management (“Management”). […]

Eller v. Nat’l Football League Players Ass’n

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) did not improperly interfere with the rights of National Football League (NFL) retirees under the Restatement of Torts, when it exclusively negotiated with the NFL about retirement issues. The NFLPA approved a ten-year settlement agreement with the NFL concerning pension, retirement, and disability benefits without consulting retired NFL […]

National Football League Players Association v. National Football League

Article 14, Section 1 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) does not apply to players providing or offering to provide financial incentives to injure opponents.  In this case, the NFL Commissioner suspended four New Orleans Saints players for allegedly receiving monetary […]


Former NBA Superstar Magic Johnson Named in Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

By Michael C. Fallings Former NBA superstar and current business mogul, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, faces allegations of age discrimination and wrongful termination by his former employee, Lanita Thomas.  Thomas, who worked almost eight years for Johnson as his personal flight attendant on his private jet, states that Johnson fired her after she was “15 minutes […]


Game Time for Civil Rights: Gender & Age Discrimination in the Professional Sports Industry is on the Table Again

By Lorna Lunney Less than a month after a major $3 million dollar gender discrimination suit filed against the NBA, the issue is now at the forefront of the NFL with a case filed against Detroit Lions Inc..  Kimberly Doverspike, 49, filed a complaint on October 31 in the Wayne Circuit Court with claims of […]

NCAA Sanctions Against Baylor University

The best year of athletics for Baylor University has come to an end with possible NCAA sanctions on the way. An NCAA investigation, that began in 2008, into Baylor’s Men’s and Women’s basketball programs revealed that the Men’s coach, Scott Drew, the Women’s coach, Kim Mulkey, and their assistants, were involved in over 1,200 impermissible […]

District Judge Dismisses Bloggers’ Suit Against AOL

On March 30, 2012, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl dismissed a lawsuit that bloggers for Huffington Post filed last year. The lawsuit arose after AOL bought the Huffington Post last year for $315 million. The bloggers alleged in their complaint that Huffington Post and its parent company, AOL Inc., were unjustly benefiting from, and denying the HuffPo bloggers compensation […]

Employer, Employee Disputes Over Social Networking Site Use

Social media like Facebook and Twitter have added yet another dynamic to the employer-employee relationship. Many businesses and even non-profit organizations encourage, if not require, their employees to use social media to promote the interests of the business or organization. For example, news agencies like CNN have incorporated social media components to their shows and […]

When the Saints Go Smashing Heads, Coaches Get Suspended

In sports law news, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended by the National Football League for the entire 2012 football season. The punishment was meted out by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on March 21 due to a controversial practice called a “bounty program” in which Payton would pay Saints players […]