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Daily Fantasy Sports in a New York State of Mind

In what many predicted to be an inevitability, the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry’s two leading operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, are taking to the courts to defend the legality of their games. The outcome of the legal proceeding will reverberate nationwide and could have a profound impact on the rapidly-growing DFS marketplace.

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Could Greg Hardy Have Reduced His Suspension Further? Yeah, Probably…

Soon after Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady’s suspension on September 3, there were some rumblings that, in light of the decision, Hardy intended to discuss with the NFLPA the possibility of appealing the arbitrator’s decision to reduce his suspension from ten games to four. Many believed that the Deflategate decision could improve Hardy’s chances to have his suspension further reduced, or even wiped out altogether. Nevertheless, Hardy announced on Septemeber 10 that he would not appeal to the courts for further review of his suspension.

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Deflated Discipline: Breaking Down Tom Brady’s Win and What It Means

On September 3, 2015, Judge Richard Berman vacated Tom Brady’s suspension from the NFL for his “awareness” or other involvement in Deflategate.[1] Berman’s decision is significant not just for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but for all NFL players and teams because it provides a clear-eyed look at the NFL’s disciplinary process.

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The Final Countdown: What to Expect from Brady’s Last Hearing

The end of Tom Brady’s case before Judge Berman is rapidly approaching. That does not mean his case will be over, just that Berman will play less of a central role in it very soon. Barring any unexpected last-minute settlement, both the NFL and NFLPA will be back in Berman’s courtroom on Monday, August 31, 2015, for a final hearing on the case and discussions with Berman. Both Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will be there, as ordered by the judge. So what should we be expecting at this last court appearance?

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Tom Brady’s Winning Argument

On Wednesday, August 19, the attorneys for the NFL and NFLPA were back in court in New York before Judge Richard Berman for oral arguments. Now that the transcript of the hearing is out we have a better sense of how the arguments went and what Judge Berman is thinking.

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Even If Brady Wins In Manhattan Federal Court, the Final Outcome Is Still Uncertain

Attorneys for the NFLPA and the NFL were back in federal court on Wednesday for oral arguments regarding the propriety of Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Even if Brady ‘wins’ it is not certain that he would play week 1. The uncertainty is entirely dependent on why Judge Berman vacates the arbitration award and more importantly, how he crafts his order to the parties. Remember, there is what should happen and then there is what will happen. With the NFL and the egos involved there is no telling what will happen.

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Was Geno Smith Jawing Off Too Much or Should He Bring Legal Charges Against IK Enemkpali?

On Thursday August 13th, New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith had his jaw surgically repaired with metal plates. Smith suffered two fractures in his jaw when he was punched in the Jets locker room on Tuesday by reserve linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali. On top of being released by the Jets, Enemkpali has the potential for further suspensions, fines, and even legal charges being brought forth against him for his actions inside the locker room.

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Deflategate Legal Filings

Thanks to the honorable Richard M. Berman's decision to unseal the filings in the DeflateGate legal saga we have a wealth of information regarding the NFL's policies and it's relationship with the Player's Association. For sports law nerds the controversy has been like Christmas morning wrapped in opening day and stuffed with Selection Sunday - a dream come true. Below is a listing of the most significant documents and legal filings obtained so far.

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Tom Brady, NFLPA, NFL Settlement Conference Roundup

This morning, after meeting privately with Judge Richard Berman, both the NFL and Tom Brady's legal team took part in a public settlement conference in a Manhattan federal courthouse regarding the two sides ongoing legal dispute over Brady's four-game suspension. There was no shortage of media coverage for event.

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Washington Redskins Trademark Update: Status Quo – For Now

The Washington Redskins and their controversial name are once again back in the national spotlight. Yesterday, United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s cancellation of six of the team’s trademark registrations.  In terms of the public relations battle, the ruling is certainly a …

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