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Much Ado About Nothing: Northwestern’s New NLRB “Decision”

Last month the NLRB issued an advice memorandum concerning the Northwestern football handbook, and the team’s unlawful social media rules. A footnote in the memo assumes for the purposes of the memo that Northwestern’s scholarship football players are employees. This memo was one person assuming an employee status in a limited circumstance, not a reversal of last year’s NLRB ruling, and is still miles away from the NLRB declaring student-athletes to be employees.

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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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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 latest NFL arbitration ruling, the U.S. women’s soccer dispute, and more.

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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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Because I Said So: Paternal Court Rules Penn Student Athletes Are Not Employees

The United States District Court for the Southern Division of Indiana ruled on Berger vs. NCAA, in what was a very interesting, if unheralded decision. This particular case involved the questions of whether or not student-athletes are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and if so, whether or not the NCAA and its membership institutions were violating the FLSA by failing to pay the student athletes minimum wage.

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A Surprising MVP Candidate in Kansas City Royal Lorenzo Cain

Lorenzo Cain put together an MVP caliber season in 2015. He may not win the award but a strong season and continued development year in and year out have made him a premier center fielder. His future earnings in 2016 and beyond should reflect that.

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Punting or Prudence: The NLRB Decision on Northwestern

On Monday, August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against Northwestern football players on athletic scholarship, preventing them from forming a union. First, this decision did not rule as to whether or not they considered the student-athletes employees. What the NLRB decided is that it would decline jurisdiction on the matter, for not falling within the confines of the National Labor Relations Act.

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The Genius in Yoenis Cespedes’s Contract

An explanation of how Yoenis Cespedes is getting out of the last two years of team control under the Reserve System

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