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A “Yes” Vote on the Raiders’ Move to Las Vegas Appears Imminent, But It’s Still a Bad Idea

NFL owners are meeting in Phoenix this week, and all signs suggest they will vote to approve the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas today, March 27. Although $750 million in public funds to build a state-of-the-art stadium in Sin City does sound really nice, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In fact, the decision to allow the Raiders to move Las Vegas would be, a terribly short-sighted action that is more likely to fail miserably than succeed.

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Sold Out: How The BOTS Act Attempts to Ensure Equitable Access to Tickets

The use of automated ticket bots has increasingly left real fans frustrated and ticket-less. The federal BOTS Act was enacted with the aim of keeping coveted face-value tickets in the hands of the general public. But will it be effective?

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Breaking Down Johnny Manziel’s Conditional Dismissal: How the NFL Could Still Play a Role in the Ex-NFL QB’s Rehabilitation

Dallas County Prosecutors recently agreed to conditionally dismiss a misdemeanor assault charge against ex-Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. Now that a deal on Manziel’s case has been reached, it’s likely that the NFL will pick up its investigation of the incident and move towards suspending Manziel.

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Postseason Battle for Raiders Between Oakland and Las Vegas Begins to Take Shape

What a difference a year makes… This time one year ago, things weren’t going well for the Oakland Raiders. They had a 4-6 record and were on their way to missing the playoffs for the 13th straight season. Fast-forward to today. The Raiders are 9-2 atop the AFC West and owner Mark Davis’s forbidden dance with Sheldon Adelson and the city of Las Vegas has made it possible that the Raiders could, in just a few years, be playing in a brand new stadium in one of three major cities.

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Lessons Learned from Deflategate

Deflategate is over. Though the NFLPA may still decide to pursue the case to the Supreme Court, it is highly unlikely that the Court would choose to hear the case. With the case effectively over, what lessons can be learned from one of the highest profile sports law cases ever?

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Quick Hits on Johnny Manziel’s Indictment

As the case has progressed, here are a few thoughts on Johnny Manziel’s indictment, after he was charged with assault causing bodily injury.

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Mock Draft-a-Palooza!

What happens when a bunch of sports lawyers wish they were GMs? A mock draft in preparation for tonight's first round! We hope to beat Kiper/McShay. The Rams are on the clock!

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Down Goes Brady: The NFL Scores a Huge Victory in Deflategate

Once again New Yorkers have dealt Tom Brady a defeat, only this time the loss wasn’t in a Super Bowl, but a courtroom. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit handed Roger Goodell his long-awaited victory. In a 2-1 decision, the panel reversed Judge Berman's decision that had vacated Tom Brady's suspension.

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What’s Behind the Referral of Johnny Manziel’s Case to the Grand Jury and What Action Will the NFL Take?

Johnny Manziel has always had a penchant for attracting controversy. But this time around, he’s bound to receive the type of punishment that he’s been able to elude since his days at Texas A&M. Or is he?

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Previewing the Deflategate Appeal Oral Arguments

Oral arguments in the Deflategate appeal take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Here’s a quick primer to get you caught up on where the case stands, what’s new with the appeal, and what to expect from oral arguments.

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