What is the Commissioner’s Exemption List? Why Have I Never Heard of This Before?

The Commissioner’s Exemption List is a previously-not-well-known clause in the NFL Constitution and Bylaws.  Contained in Article 17 which covers “Player Limits and Eligibility,” it states: The Exemption List is a special player status available to clubs only in unusual circumstances. The List includes those players who have been declared by the commissioner to be… Continue reading What is the Commissioner’s Exemption List? Why Have I Never Heard of This Before?

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Should Mr. Met be Replaced by Sexual Harassment Panda? A Look at the Legal Framework Surrounding the Allegations Levied Against the Mets and Jeff Wilpon.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Leigh Castergine filed a complaint against the New York Mets and Jeffrey Wilpon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York claiming Wilpon and the Mets discriminated against her on the basis of sex, pregnancy, and familial status.  This news was essentially buried under a… Continue reading Should Mr. Met be Replaced by Sexual Harassment Panda? A Look at the Legal Framework Surrounding the Allegations Levied Against the Mets and Jeff Wilpon.

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The Ray Rice Fallout

Note:  This is not a defense of Ray Rice or any of the parties involved, but an analysis of the situation as it currently stands.  For the sake of full disclosure, the author resides in Baltimore and is a longstanding Ravens fan.  Finally, I have chosen not to mention Ray Rice’s wife by name because… Continue reading The Ray Rice Fallout

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Clarifying the Chaos: What Is Really Going On With the NFL Personal Conduct Policy

Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Much has been written about the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice, including calls for Roger Goodell to resign or be fired. But few if any articles have taken the time to explain what exactly happened and what could happen from a legal standpoint.  The vast majority of the conversation about the… Continue reading Clarifying the Chaos: What Is Really Going On With the NFL Personal Conduct Policy

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The Unfriendly Confines: Rooftop Owners Sue the City of Chicago and Commission on Chicago Landmarks over Wrigley Field Renovation Project

So it begins. After months, if not years, of posturing, the owners of the rooftop buildings standing tall behind the cozy confines of Wrigley Field finally filed suit  to prevent the Chicago Cubs from breaking ground on their long-anticipated expansion project. But, the rooftop owners are going about it in a wholly unexpected way. A… Continue reading The Unfriendly Confines: Rooftop Owners Sue the City of Chicago and Commission on Chicago Landmarks over Wrigley Field Renovation Project

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The Curious Case of Ed O’Bannon: How the NCAA Managed to Lose Almost Every Point in the Landmark Case and Still Avoid Having to Make Any Sweeping Changes.

On Friday, August 8, the first decision in a wave of litigation against the NCAA hit the shores.  The decision by Judge Claudia Wilken of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California is both important and intriguing.  The decision is the first time in major litigation that a court has not… Continue reading The Curious Case of Ed O’Bannon: How the NCAA Managed to Lose Almost Every Point in the Landmark Case and Still Avoid Having to Make Any Sweeping Changes.

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The Conveniently Timed Barcelona Trade Embargo

In April, FIFA sanctioned FC Barcelona for violating regulations regarding the international transfer and registration of minors (U-18 players), previously discussed here. Barcelona originally appealed FIFA’s decision, during which the FIFA Appeal Committee granted a stay of the initially imposed transfer ban. The Committee’s reasoning included the complexity of the matter and the fact that… Continue reading The Conveniently Timed Barcelona Trade Embargo

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Show Cleveland Some Love! The Mechanics of a Wiggins Love Trade.

Recent media reports have suggested that in addition to ongoing trade talks with Minnesota for superstar power forward Kevin Love, Cleveland has only recently made #1 overall draft pick and fashion trailblazer Andrew Wiggins available in such trade talks.  So let’s forget about ‘would they,’ ‘should they’ make this trade and focus on ‘could they?’ … Continue reading Show Cleveland Some Love! The Mechanics of a Wiggins Love Trade.

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The Curious Case of Chandler Parsons or the Time Daryl Morey Got Too Smart For His Own Good

Perhaps not entirely lost amidst the LeBron decision and an endless stream of “I’m Coming Home” YouTube montages, was a curious series of events regarding NBA up-and-comer Chandler Parsons.  Parsons, a University of Florida alumnus, is a quintessential stretch forward who can shoot lights out from three point range in additional to flashing an all… Continue reading The Curious Case of Chandler Parsons or the Time Daryl Morey Got Too Smart For His Own Good

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Putting Down the Pom-Poms: NFL Cheerleaders Fight for Minimum Wages

Though “cheery” is inherent in the job description, the wages and working conditions for numerous NFL cheerleaders are far from happy. Now, the professional pom-pom’ers are high-kicking back. Since January, former NFL cheerleaders for five different teams – the Oakland Raiders (Raiderettes), Cincinnati Bengals (Ben-Gals), New York Jets (Flight Crew), Buffalo Bills (Jills) and Tampa… Continue reading Putting Down the Pom-Poms: NFL Cheerleaders Fight for Minimum Wages

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