Every Friday, The Sports Esquires round up the top stories in sports law as part of our effort to keep you informed about all that is happening behind the scenes of your favorite leagues and teams.
The Oakland Raiders will now pay their cheerleaders, the Raiderettes, minimum wage. The cheerleaders’ annual compensation should rise from about $1,250 to about $3,200. The new contract does not impact the two lawsuits filed against the Raiders. (Link)
On Monday, seven retired NFL players asked a higher court to intervene in the settlement process and reverse what they say was an “erroneous” preliminary approval of the proposal on July 7 by a federal court judge in Philadelphia. (Link)
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended 2 games by the NFL for domestic violence. Many commentators are calling out the League and Commissioner Goodell saying the suspension is too lenient. (Link)
The NCAA has eliminated a release granting permission for the NCAA, a school or conference to use athletes’ names, images or likenesses to promote events without compensating them. (Link)
Judge Claudia Wilken gave preliminary approval to the $60 million NCAA video game settlement. (Link)
The Chicago Cubs filed suit against ‘unofficial mascot.’ The suit alleges trademark infringement, deceptive trade practices, injury to the Cubs’ reputation and unfair competition. (Link)
Alex Rodriguez has been sued by David Cornwell, and his firm, Gordon & Rees for failing to pay 388,000 in legal fees related to the appeal of A-Rod’s 211 game suspension. (Link)
The Major League Baseball Players Association has reportedly filed a grievance against the Houston Astros, contending the team attempted to manipulate the signings of Brady Aiken and other 2014 draft picks. (Link)
Donald Sterling has filed another lawsuit…. This suit seeks damages from the NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver, Shelly Sterling and the LA Clippers Basketball Club. It claims they violated corporate law in attempting to sell the team. (Link) View the complaint here.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it could rule on Luis Suarez’s appeal of his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts. (Link)