Hungry for Victory: Luis Suarez Strikes Bites Again[i] For those of you that actually do work instead of pretending to function while actually watching the World Cup, you may have missed Luis Suarez once again go cannibal on an opposing player. In Uruguay’s match against Italy, Suarez appeared to start gnawing on the shoulder of… Continue reading Hungry for Victory: Luis Suarez Strikes Again
For the second time in 15 years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 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… Continue reading Setting the Record Straight – What The Cancellation of the Washington Redskins Trademarks Really Means
“Não vai ter Copa!” they chant in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and several other Brazilian cities that will host World Cup matches in June and July. “There will be no World Cup,” they say, and they mean to be taken seriously. Protests have exploded throughout Brazil on the eve of the… Continue reading BRAZIL’S NATIONAL PRIDE AND EMBARRASSMENT: WHAT THE WORLD CUP PROTESTS SAY ABOUT BRAZIL’S PAST AND FUTURE
Imagine you are driving along, going the speed limit, with a particular destination in mind. Let’s say the state government has replaced the 75mph sign with a sign that says “Drive only as fast as you need to, but when in doubt 75mph.” This change allows drivers the flexibility to interpret the speed limit liberally,… Continue reading Dr. Enforcement: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love NCAA Interpretive Flexibility
Minutes before the start of Day 2 of the NFL Draft, the league and its fan base were rocked with the breaking report that Cleveland Browns superstar wide receiver Josh Gordon was being suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The violation is presumed to be marijuana related. From Gordon to ex-Giants safety… Continue reading Green with Envy: The Rightful Role of Marijuana in the NFL
If you have been following the early part of the Major League Baseball schedule, you are aware of the recent rash of Tommy John surgeries plaguing young starting pitchers including Miami Marlins’ phenom Jose Fernandez, the Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin, and the A’s A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker. This virus spread to the amateur ranks when… Continue reading Drafting Tommy John
Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon are top prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft “It is our belief that we have a better chance to grow the (financial) pie that gets divided 50-50 if we increase the age and create, in essence a more competitive league.” -NBA Commissioner Adam Silver[i] The rules for eligibility… Continue reading HOW OLD IS OLD ENOUGH? AN OVERVIEW OF DRAFT AGE RESTRICTIONS IN THE NBA
On May 31, 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that PGA superstar Phil Mickelson was being investigated by the FBI and SEC for violating insider-trading laws. Mickelson is being investigated along with activist shareholder and investor Carl Icahn, and gambler Billy Walters. At this point in time, Mickelson, Icahn and Walters are not facing charges.… Continue reading In the Rough: Phil Mickelson Being Investigated for Insider Trading
Last month, two more lawsuits were filed by former NHL players against the NHL alleging that the NHL failed to take adequate steps to protect players from the dangers of concussions and actively encouraged violence in the game in order to increase league revenues. In the over 100-page complaint, the La Couture plaintiffs make many… Continue reading Two More Concussion Lawsuits for the NHL – What’s Next?
On his way to McGaw Hall on the Northwestern campus on Friday, April 25, 2014, Northwestern football player Deonte Gibson couldn’t help but put on a little show for photographers and reporters on the scene by breaking out a few dance steps. His mood and lighthearted antics did not appear to betray the seriousness of… Continue reading Could the NCAA Lose Its Tax-Exempt Status?