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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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The Las Vegas Raiders: A Tale of Mark Davis’s Bluff That Could Become a Reality

At first glance, an NFL team in Las Vegas seems fun, intriguing, sexy, and a money-maker for all involved. Add to that the fact that the move would not require additional taxpayer-funded subsidies since the proposed stadium would be financed by private investors, and the move seems to make all the sense in the world. But ultimately an NFL team in Las Vegas is an unlikely proposition due to the legality of sports gambling in Nevada.

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NFL Blitz: The League’s Surprising New Argument

The NFL filed its Deflategate Reply Brief to the Second Circuit on December 21, 2015. While the league mainly reiterated its previous arguments and responded to the NFLPA’s arguments, it also introduced a completely new argument in the last scheduled filing before oral arguments in March. What was the argument, why did the NFL wait so long to make it, and what impact will it have on the case?

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How Congress Gave the Gift of Saturday NFL Football

Ever wondered why we have a few seemingly random NFL games on Saturdays towards the end of the season? Why not Friday night? Why only at the end of the season? The answer lies in the lies in the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961.

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Deflategate Update: Where the Case Stands on Appeal

Since Judge Berman exonerated Tom Brady in September, the Patriots have done much to put Deflategate behind them, charging out to an AFC-best 11-2 record. But the case is far from over and the stakes in the appeal are just as high. Let’s take a look at where the case stands on appeal.

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Injunction Junction: Drama-Filled Day in New York for Daily Fantasy Sports Companies

Last Friday morning a New York state judge ruled that the sites could not offer their contests to state residents while their case against the New York Attorney General was pending. Then in the afternoon, in a stunning reversal of fortune, that ruling was put on hold, permitting the DFS companies to at least temporarily continue to operate in New York. What does it mean for DFS going forward?

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Massachusetts Attorney Announces Regulations for Daily Fantasy

On Thursday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the drafting of a number of consumer protection regulations for the new and rapidly evolving daily fantasy sports industry. These regulations, which will take effect “immediately” upon their filing with the Secretary of State on today, will impose certain requirements on DFS businesses offering contests in the state.

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