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Sports Law Links

Each week The Sports Esquires keep track of the sports law headlines so you don’t have to. This week’s edition features the Cardinals’ punishment for hacking the Astros, NFL domestic violence issues, and more.

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Collegiate Athletes, Trademarks and O’Bannon: Closing the Door on the Olympic Model

College football season is in full swing, and that means a renewed interest in collegiate players trademarking their names and nicknames as well as increased conversation about pay-for-play. Unfortunately for players and proponents of compensating student-athletes, the Ninth Circuit’s decision in O’Bannon firmly shut the door on the possibility of the Olympic model.

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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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Setting the Record Straight – What The Cancellation of the Washington Redskins Trademarks Really Means

For the second time in 15 years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the federal registrations for six trademarks of the Washington Redskins on grounds that the team name is disparaging to Native Americans. The amount of incorrect information circulating about this decision is astounding. Particularly during the hours immediately following the decision, multiple major news sources were issuing incorrect or misleading reports about the impact of the USPTO’s decision. This article will attempt to set the record straight by laying out the complete history of the case and it’s reasonably certain future. No opinion on whether the name should be changed will be given.

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