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Jul 19, 2024

Utah State fires football coach Blake Anderson for 'significant' contract violations

Utah State fired football coach Blake Anderson Thursday for what it called "significant violations of his contractual obligations."

The firing came more than two weeks after the school informed Anderson of its plans to terminate his contract due to actions in the spring of 2023 that violated "both his employment agreement and university policy." The school said it conducted an external review that found he failed to comply with Title IX policies regarding the reporting of sexual misconduct cases.

Utah State fires football coach Blake Anderson for 'significant' contract violations

Jul 19, 2024

Fans file multiple lawsuits over Copa América chaos at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium

Argentina might be the 2024 Copa América champions, but that doesn't mean all fighting over the tournament is over.

Several fans have filed lawsuits against both South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and South Florida Stadium LLC, the operator of the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium, over being denied entry to the Copa final on Sunday, according to ESPN and the Miami Herald.

Fans file multiple lawsuits over Copa América chaos at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium

Jul 19, 2024

Jaguars Sue Ex-Employee for $66.6 Million After Thefts

The Jaguars sued their former employee who stole $22 million from the organization in Florida state court Thursday.

The team is seeking $66.6 million in damages from Amit Patel, who used his position in charge of the team’s virtual credit card program to steal money. He spent the vast majority of the funds on gambling, mainly on FanDuel, but also bought private jet flights, a condo, a Tesla, and other luxuries. The team claims Patel committed civil theft, fraudulent misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Jaguars Sue Ex-Employee for $66.6 Million After Thefts

Jul 19, 2024

Lamar Jackson, Troy Aikman in Legal Battle Over the Number Eight

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson filed a complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over the No. 8, specifically Hall of Famer Troy Aikman’s marketing of the number.

ESPN first reported Jackson’s filings, which claim Aikman’s use of the number on merchandise would be “likely to cause confusion, or cause mistake, or to deceive” buyers as to which quarterback’s goods they are buying.

Lamar Jackson, Troy Aikman in Legal Battle Over the Number Eight

Jul 19, 2024

Odell Beckham Jr. and Nike Claim Victory in Jury Ruling That Hands Both $0

Odell Beckham Jr.’s legal fight against Nike has ended, and both sides are declaring victory.

An Oregon jury in county circuit court ruled Thursday that neither side would pay up the damages each were seeking in the breach of contract case. Beckham sued The Swoosh in 2022 saying it withheld royalties, and Nike countersued, claiming Beckham broke their deal by customizing his gloves and publicizing the contract.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Nike Claim Victory in Jury Ruling That Hands Both $0

Jul 15, 2024

Jon Jones charged with 2 misdemeanors after allegedly threatening a 'terrified' drug-testing agent

UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been charged with two misdemeanors following a police investigation of an alleged incident between Jones and a drug-testing agent in March. According to mmafighting.com, Jones has been charged with assault, a petty misdemeanor, and interference with communications, a misdemeanor. His virtual bond hearing is set for Wednesday morning in New Mexico.

Jon Jones charged with 2 misdemeanors after allegedly threatening a 'terrified' drug-testing agent

Jul 15, 2024

Ticketing Chaos at Copa America Final Could Have Legal Implications

Game tickets are revocable licenses to enter a sports facility and occupy a seat for a specific event.

What happens when people without tickets force entry into a facility and occupy seats purchased by ticket holders, who then show up?

That problem played out at the Copa América final between Argentina and Colombia Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Ticketing Chaos at Copa America Final Could Have Legal Implications

Jul 15, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

The sheer scale of the saga involving Shohei Ohtani’s now former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara seemed stunning earlier this year. But now, as the prolific age of the sports betting scandal is here, an event of this magnitude may be only the first thunderclap signaling a coming storm.

As issues continue to arise—in recent months alone, the NBA’s Jontay Porter and MLB’s Tucupita Marcano received lifetime bans for prohibited betting activity—pro sports leagues are scrambling to master the tightrope walk between embracing the $120 billion legalized sports betting industry and bracing for the next bomb.

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Jul 15, 2024

As Another Men’s Golf Major Season Wraps, Still No PGA Tour–LIV Deal

The world’s best golfers are descending upon Royal Troon Golf Club on the west coast of Scotland this week for the Open Championship, which comes at a pivotal time for the professional sport.

When the tournament tees off Thursday morning, it will be the 10th men’s major championship since the launch of LIV Golf in June 2022. PGA Tour players have won seven of the nine so far, with Brooks Koepka (’23 PGA Championship) and most recently Bryson DeChambeau (’24 U.S. Open) as the only LIV members to claim a major title. But the real leaderboard watch is off the course, where negotiations continue between the PGA Tour and LIV’s financial backers at the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

As Another Men’s Golf Major Season Wraps, Still No PGA Tour–LIV Deal

Jul 15, 2024

Colombian Soccer Federation President Arrested in Copa Madness

Amid the madness in Miami Gardens at the Copa América final Sunday night, the president of the Colombian Football Federation, Ramón Jesurún, was arrested along with his son. The two are accused of getting into an altercation with security guards in the early hours of Monday morning after the team lost 1–0 to Argentina.

Jesurún is also a vice president for CONMEBOL and member of the FIFA Council.

Colombian Soccer Federation President Arrested in Copa Madness

Jul 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

Ambush. Fiasco. Pile of dung. Nonsense.

These are some of the words and phrases to describe the $4.7 billion jury verdict against the NFL in the Sunday Ticket case—parlance used by not just the NFL but also sports law experts interviewed by Front Office Sports. Earlier this month, jurors agreed with the plaintiffs that the league broke antitrust law by colluding to keep the out-of-market package priced artificially high and with a take-every-game-or-none approach.

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

Jul 13, 2024

NCAA denied appeal in college athlete employee case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Thursday affirmed the dismissal of the NCAA’s motion to dismiss Johnson v. NCAA, a case where college athletes argue they are employees of their schools and the NCAA within the meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state laws.

NCAA denied appeal in college athlete employee case

Jul 13, 2024

Pitch invaders in soccer cast spotlight on security protocols

In this “summer of soccer,” a handful of individuals have broken the plane between spectators and players by invading playing fields during live action.

Five people—including a child—made their way to Cristiano Ronaldo in hopes of getting selfies with the iconic striker during the Portugal-Turkey Euro 2024 match on June 21.

Pitch invaders in soccer cast spotlight on security protocols

Jul 13, 2024

The Suns Have Entered the NBA’s Uncharted, Punitive Territory

The NBA’s $76 billion largesse from its new national TV deals hasn’t yet started to reach individual teams. But it soon will, and the economic signs are already starting to show.

The Suns on Thursday signed guard Josh Okogie to a two-year, $16 million deal, with the second year not guaranteed. While hardly remarkable in itself, the agreement pushes the team beyond $400 million in total projected player payroll and luxury tax costs for the upcoming season, according to ESPN salary cap expert Bobby Marks.

The Suns Have Entered the NBA’s Uncharted, Punitive Territory

Jul 12, 2024

Oakland Minor League Baseball Team Experimenting With Fan Ownership

From the start, the Oakland Ballers have aggressively set themselves up as a contrast to the Oakland A’s, who the founders see as everything wrong with modern sports. The Ballers were founded as a team in the independent Pioneer League after the A’s formally announced last year they were leaving Oakland.

This week, the team took its most radical step yet: The current owners want to sell shares of the team to fans and give those fans voting rights.

Oakland Minor League Baseball Team Experimenting With Fan Ownership

Jul 12, 2024

Criminal Charges Mean No Pay for Wander Franco

The Rays put Wander Franco on the restricted list Wednesday. It’s a bureaucratic move with major implications: The shortstop will no longer be getting paid or receiving major league service time.

Franco had been away from baseball while authorities in the Dominican Republic investigated social media allegations that he had sexually abused and human trafficked a 14-year-old girl.

Criminal Charges Mean No Pay for Wander Franco

Jul 12, 2024

Teenage Sprinting Prodigy Sues Gatorade After Positive Test

The world’s fastest teenager is suing one of the biggest brands in sports.

Issam Asinga, still just 19, took the track and field world by storm in 2023. He ran 9.89 for 100 meters and beat Noah Lyles, who went on to win the World Championships in the 100 meters last year and is among the major favorites to win Olympic gold in Paris later this summer. Asinga’s 9.89 was a new world junior record and made him the first U.S. high schooler to break 10 seconds. (He represents Suriname internationally.)

Teenage Sprinting Prodigy Sues Gatorade After Positive Test

Jul 12, 2024

The Pirates Are Facing Political Pressure to Play Better

The hype, both in Pittsburgh and nationally, continues to build rapidly around Pirates rookie phenom Paul Skenes (above). But as the MLB club approaches the start of lease renewal negotiations for the publicly owned PNC Park, some Pennsylvania legislators are still unhappy.

As the Pirates are still three games under .500 entering Friday’s game at the White Sox and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2015, Republican state representatives Tim Bonner and Jim Gregory are arguing those losing ways are depressing taxpayers’ investment in the ballpark.

The Pirates Are Facing Political Pressure to Play Better

Jul 12, 2024

Judge in Mississippi Welfare Case Boots Brett Favre’s Lead Lawyer

In a scathing order handed down by a Mississippi judge, Brett Favre’s lead defense lawyer has lost the ability to represent the Hall of Fame quarterback.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge E. Faye Peterson, who is presiding over the lawsuit to recover millions in misspent welfare funds, wrote that multiple recent filings by Favre’s legal team have had a “pattern and practice of delicate deception with ongoing misapplication of this State’s case law.”

Judge in Mississippi Welfare Case Boots Brett Favre’s Lead Lawyer

Jul 8, 2024

Fox Sports Is Winning Its Bet on Soccer Media-Rights Deals

Fox Sports has gone all in on international soccer tournaments in recent years, and the major financial investment is paying off big-time.

The semifinals of Copa América and Euro 2024 begin Tuesday with plenty of star power left in both tournaments that have already produced record viewership for Fox, which owns U.S. media rights to each event.

Fox Sports Is Winning Its Bet on Soccer Media-Rights Deals

Jul 8, 2024

E. Coli Concerns Could Jeopardize Olympic Events: The Backup Plan

As the start of the Paris Olympics draws near—they’re just 18 days away—signs are pointing to one of the most ambitious ideas of the Summer Games being a bust.

The opening ceremony is set to take place July 26 along the Seine river, with a record 300,000 spectators expected to observe from land. Originally, organizers projected 600,000 fans would be able to watch before slashing the number in half due to security concerns and crowd control. Still, it will be the first opening ceremony outside the main Olympic stadium.

E. Coli Concerns Could Jeopardize Olympic Events: The Backup Plan

Jul 8, 2024

NFL criticizes Sunday Ticket class action ruling, demands reversal

The NFL may have lost the Sunday Ticket class action jury trial last month, but the league will play the long game to see it overturned.

Step one: Try to convince the presiding judge to throw out the loss.

In a motion filed last week for judgment as a matter of law or, in the alternative, a new trial, the league described the jury’s decision to award $4.7 billion in damages as “nonsensical” and “irrational” since—as the NFL sees it—jurors badly miscalculated the award by, among other things, getting “the relationship between actual prices paid and potential overcharges exactly backwards.”

NFL criticizes Sunday Ticket class action ruling, demands reversal

Jul 8, 2024

NFL suspends Steelers CB Cameron Sutton for 8 games following March domestic battery allegation

The NFL announced on Monday that it has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton eight games for violating the league's personal conduct policy following allegations in March that he committed domestic battery by strangulation.

NFL suspends Steelers CB Cameron Sutton for 8 games following March domestic battery allegation

Jul 8, 2024

Bally Sports Parent Drops NHL’s Stars: RSN’s Future More Uncertain

Diamond Sports Group is making another cut to its portfolio of pro teams, just weeks before a crucial court hearing, as the bankrupt Bally Sports parent continues its efforts to tailor its operations to a fast-changing market reality.

The regional sports network operator has petitioned the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to drop the final year of its contract with the NHL’s Stars. DSG had been tied to the Stars in this current deal since 2014, when Bally Sports Southwest was still Fox Sports Southwest, but concluded that continued coverage of the team would be unprofitable.

Bally Sports Parent Drops NHL’s Stars: RSN’s Future More Uncertain

Jul 5, 2024

Grambling State athlete seeks HBCU class status in NCAA bias suit

A federal lawsuit filed by Grambling women’s basketball player Brenda McKinney against the NCAA seeks to certify a class of Black Division I athletes who competed for HBCU schools last year, alleging that they were victims of racial discrimination by the NCAA’s system of academic enforcement.

Grambling State athlete seeks HBCU class status in NCAA bias suit

Jul 5, 2024

Ryan Garcia, already suspended a year, expelled from WBC after hateful comments

Ryan Garcia further turned himself into a boxing pariah on Thursday with a series of hateful online comments which resulted in his expulsion from the World Boxing Council, one of the sports' major sanctioning bodies.

Ryan Garcia, already suspended a year, expelled from WBC after hateful comments

Jul 5, 2024

Another Milestone for NWSL: Angel City FC’s Potential $300M Valuation

The wins just seem to keep coming for the NWSL.

Now into the second half of a season that is on pace to break total match attendance and viewership records, a new mark around franchise valuations appears to be on the way, too.

That’s coming by way of a potential ownership stake sale in Angel City FC. The Los Angeles-based club is said to be valued at a league-high $250 million as Disney CEO Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay close in on the purchase of a controlling share, according to multiple reports.

Another Milestone for NWSL: Angel City FC’s Potential $300M Valuation

Jul 5, 2024

Jontay Porter To Receive Federal Criminal Charges in Sports Betting Scandal

Jontay Porter, the former Toronto Raptor who the NBA banned for life in April after an investigation into his sports betting habits, will face federal criminal charges, new court documents show.

Federal prosecutors linked Porter to a case of four men who have been charged with scheming with a player to make bets. So far, that player has only been referred to as “Player 1,” but the descriptions used line up with Porter’s activities. The criminal information sheet, which doesn’t have any charges for the former player or a court date, was filed Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Jontay Porter To Receive Federal Criminal Charges in Sports Betting Scandal

Jul 1, 2024

Bobby Bonilla Day: A Look at MLB’s Top Deferral Deals and Ohtani’s Pact

The ongoing salary deferrals for former MLB star Bobby Bonilla (above), kicking in once again Monday, have become something of an unofficial holiday. But the arrival of July 1 brings not only another seven-figure check for Bonilla, but serious money for several other former players—as well as an entirely new context for deferrals thanks to an active superstar.

As has been the case since 2011, Bonilla today will receive a $1.19 million annual payment from the Mets, a continuation of a deferral structure created in 2000, and lasting until ’35. But he’s far from alone.

Bobby Bonilla Day: A Look at MLB’s Top Deferral Deals and Ohtani’s Pact

Jul 1, 2024

NHL reinstates Stan Bowman, Al MacIsaac, Joel Quenneville, who resigned for lack of response to Blackhawks sexual assault scandal

The NHL announced on Monday that former executives Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac and head coach Joel Quenneville are eligible to seek employment in the league more than two years after they resigned in the aftermath of the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal.

All three resigned from their jobs in 2021 after an investigation commissioned by the NHL determined that they didn't respond appropriately to allegations of sexual assault within the Blackhawks organization in 2010.

NHL reinstates Stan Bowman, Al MacIsaac, Joel Quenneville, who resigned for lack of response to Blackhawks sexual assault scandal

Jul 1, 2024

Sunday Ticket verdict could expedite push for 18 games

It doesn't take a crystal ball to know that the NFL wants to expand the regular season to 18 games. It also doesn't require psychic powers to know that the league needs to be ready to potentially write a check for $14.088 billion (plus prejudgment interest, post-judgment interest, and attorneys' fees) after all appeals are exhausted.

Sunday Ticket verdict could expedite push for 18 games

Jul 1, 2024

As NIL Turns Three, Collectives and Football Still Control the Industry

Happy birthday, NIL.

College athletes earned the right to monetize their name, image, and likeness on July 1, 2021. Since then, the industry has evolved immensely, from donor-backed collectives instituting a payment system that functions like salaries for football and men’s basketball players, to the historic House v. NCAA settlement paving the way for schools to directly share media-rights revenue with athletes.

The NIL marketplace Opendorse released its annual report Monday assessing the state of the industry, which it projects will be worth $1.67 billion this upcoming academic year.

As NIL Turns Three, Collectives and Football Still Control the Industry

Jul 1, 2024

NBA Champion Boston Celtics For Sale

The NBA champions are officially for sale.

The Celtics majority ownership group, led by Wyc Grousbeck, is planning to put the team on the market. The news was first reported by ESPN and made official by the team shortly after. In a statement, the Celtics said the decision to sell was made “for estate and family planning considerations.” Grousbeck and his investment group bought the team from the Gaston family in 2002 for $360 million. Gatson had previously owned the team since 1983.

NBA Champion Boston Celtics For Sale

Jun 29, 2024

SCOTUS Chevron rejection could upend NCAA, college athlete cases

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday overruled a 40-year precedent that had provided federal agencies with substantial deference in interpreting federal law. The Court’s ruling in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo will mean that agency decisions impacting the sports industry, such as whether college athletes are employees and whether noncompetes for sports executives are legal, will be more vulnerable to challenge in federal court.

SCOTUS Chevron rejection could upend NCAA, college athlete cases

Jun 29, 2024

Knicks-Raptors espionage case heads to arbitration

A federal judge Friday granted the Toronto Raptors’ motion to compel the New York Knicks’ trade secret lawsuit to arbitration. The decision means the dispute will move from the public forum of litigation to a private dispute resolution process overseen by the NBA.

U.S. District Judge Jessica Clarke’s 29-page ruling was not on the merits of the Knicks’ allegations but instead on whether the dispute should even be in court.

Knicks-Raptors espionage case heads to arbitration

Jun 29, 2024

JaMarcus Russell out as high school volunteer coach, sued over $74K donation intended for alma mater

JaMarcus Russell is facing a lawsuit that accuses the 2007 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick of taking money that was meant for the football program at Williamson High School, his alma mater.

According to WKRG, Russell accepted a $74,000 check from Chris Knowles, a local business owner, that was meant as a donation to help the football program purchase weight room equipment.

JaMarcus Russell out as high school volunteer coach, sued over $74K donation intended for alma mater

Jun 29, 2024

What Does the Landmark NFL Sunday Ticket Verdict Mean for Fans?

On Thursday, a jury ordered the NFL to pay consumers and commercial establishments $4.7 billion for violating antitrust law with its Sunday Ticket streaming package. It’s a monumental loss for the NFL in court, one that will be tripled under federal antitrust law to more than $14 billion if higher courts uphold the verdict.

Millions of subscribers and tens of thousands of bars and restaurants stand to see a substantial payout from the settlement, and how the league makes out-of-market games available could change

What Does the Landmark NFL Sunday Ticket Verdict Mean for Fans?

Jun 28, 2024

Michael Phelps Had Strong Words for Congress About Lax Anti-Doping Policies, Again

The most decorated swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps, testified before Congress on Tuesday evening about doping in his sport.

Phelps, alongside four-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Allison Schmitt, criticized the World Anti-Doping Agency, widely known as WADA. Earlier this year, an investigation revealed the organization had allowed 23 Chinese swimmers who had tested positive for banned substances to compete in the Tokyo Games. Two of the athletes brought home gold medals, and eleven of those swimmers are heading back to Paris.

Michael Phelps Had Strong Words for Congress About Lax Anti-Doping Policies, Again

Jun 28, 2024

Rich Paul, Klutch Sports Hit With Breach of Contract Lawsuit in Federal Court

On Wednesday morning, one of the most powerful sports agencies got hit with a lawsuit in federal court over breach of contract.

Mark Termini, an NBA agent who has negotiated deals over the years for players like Ron Harper and Rod Strickland, filed a complaint in the Northern District of Ohio along with his company against Klutch Sports Group and its founder, Rich Paul. Klutch is known for representing athletes like LeBron James, A’ja Wilson, and Draymond Green.

Rich Paul, Klutch Sports Hit With Breach of Contract Lawsuit in Federal Court

Jun 28, 2024

NWSL Expansion and Viewership Surge Driving a Record Season

The NWSL’s two expansion teams and new $240 million media-rights deals are already paying off big-time for the fast-growing women’s soccer league. Halfway through the season, the NWSL is on pace to shatter records around attendance and viewership.

Heading into Week 14, the NWSL has already crossed the one million mark for total match attendance, representing the fastest journey to that number in a single season. Last year, the league surpassed one million fans at games after Week 18.

NWSL Expansion and Viewership Surge Driving a Record Season

Jun 28, 2024

The NFL Lost the Sunday Ticket Trial: Here’s What Happens Next

The NFL was dealt a major blow Thursday as its high-profile Sunday Ticket trial finally concluded.

The jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ordering the league to pay $4.7 billion to residential subscribers in the case, as well as another $96 million to business owners. Those figures can be tripled under federal antitrust law. But despite the defeat for the NFL, the saga is far from over.

The NFL Lost the Sunday Ticket Trial: Here’s What Happens Next

Jun 28, 2024

FIFA Seeking Up to $2 Billion Investment to Expand Streaming

FIFA is seeking to upgrade its streaming situation.

The governing body of international soccer is trying to raise as much as $2 billion to grow FIFA+, according to Bloomberg.

When the free streaming service was launched two years ago, FIFA said it would stream 40,000 games per year, with at least one-quarter of those being women’s matches.

FIFA Seeking Up to $2 Billion Investment to Expand Streaming

Jun 24, 2024

Chiefs cut Isaiah Buggs following multiple offseason incidents: report

The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly released defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs following the player’s recent arrests.

The Chiefs’ decision to cut Buggs from their roster was first reported by the NFL Network on Monday. The team signed Buggs to their practice squad in January and re-signed him to a futures contract in February.

Chiefs cut Isaiah Buggs following multiple offseason incidents: report

Jun 24, 2024

Blue Jays' Orelvis Martínez suspended 80 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy

Infielder Orelvis Martínez, the Toronto Blue Jays' top position player prospect, has been suspended for 80 games without pay after violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy. The suspension was first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Martínez, 22, had just been called up from Triple-A Buffalo for his major league debut Friday. Playing second base, he went 1-for-3 in Toronto's 7–1 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

Blue Jays' Orelvis Martínez suspended 80 games for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy

Jun 24, 2024

With the future of college sports uncertain, one thing is clear: An official and permanent split of NCAA Division I is here

NAPLES, Fla. — Inside the beachside Ritz-Carlton resort along Florida’s southwestern coast, leaders of college athletics met in a second-floor conference room to discuss particulars about the industry’s future.

Those in the room were limited to five men: NCAA president Charlie Baker and commissioners from the SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten.

Not in the room: the other 28 Division I commissioners who milled about on the first floor of the resort wondering the whereabouts of the other four.

With the future of college sports uncertain, one thing is clear: An official and permanent split of NCAA Division I is here

Jun 24, 2024

Marlins’ Free Streaming Offer to Fans Highlights RSN’s Financial Issues

Local media rights typically are one of the largest—if not the top overall—individual revenue sources for most MLB clubs. But such is the troubled state of the regional sports network business that the Marlins have inverted that and turned their local TV situation into a new expense.

Nearly two months into a bitter carriage impasse between the bankrupt Bally Sports parent Diamond Sports Group and Comcast, the Marlins are now offering fans two free months of DSG’s streaming service, Bally Sports+. Normally, the service costs $19.99 per month, and even with the relatively meager size of the Marlins’ fan base, this promotion could easily run well into six figures in total cost to the team, if not more.

Marlins’ Free Streaming Offer to Fans Highlights RSN’s Financial Issues

Jun 24, 2024

ESPN Bet’s Operator Is Reportedly Being Eyed in a Potential Takeover

The difficult task of achieving scale in a sports betting market dominated by FanDuel and DraftKings could help prompt more large-scale dealmaking among the industry’s challengers.

Casino operator Boyd Gaming has approached Penn Entertainment, the operating partner of ESPN Bet, about a potential takeover, according to a Reuters report. The proposed deal—likely premised in part on Boyd Gaming’s interest in Penn Entertainment’s land-based casinos—still faces a variety of obstacles, including the need for approval from regulators and ESPN parent Disney.

ESPN Bet’s Operator Is Reportedly Being Eyed in a Potential Takeover

Jun 22, 2024

Cubs Sue Wrigley View Rooftop Owner Over Seat Sales

The Chicago Cubs filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Wrigley View Rooftop, a business that sells rooftop tickets in a building adjacent to Wrigley Field to watch Cubs games and concerts, for what the team describes as unlicensed sales and intellectual property theft.

The underlying controversy is not new. The Cubs and owners of adjacent buildings have battled in court several times over those owners’ right to generate profits from Wrigley Field events by virtue of their location.

Cubs Sue Wrigley View Rooftop Owner Over Seat Sales

Jun 22, 2024

Organizers Shake Up 2028 Los Angeles Olympics With Swimming at SoFi Stadium

The Los Angeles Olympics are jumping into the deep end.

Games organizers are moving 2028 Olympic swimming to SoFi Stadium in a bold move that will shake up the traditional schedule of the Olympics.

LA28, the organizing committee for the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, announced Friday the swimming events in 2028 will take place at SoFi Stadium, the NFL stadium that hosts the city’s NFL teams.

Organizers Shake Up 2028 Los Angeles Olympics With Swimming at SoFi Stadium

Jun 22, 2024

Collusion grievance over fully-guaranteed quarterback contracts goes to trial this summer

The NFL's summer of law continues. Beyond the ongoing Sunday Ticket trial, another potentially significant piece of litigation is looming.

In 2022, the union filed a collusion grievance regarding the claim that teams are colluding as to fully-guaranteed contracts with certain quarterbacks. Per multiple sources, the grievance will go to trial before a system arbitrator in July and August.

Collusion grievance over fully-guaranteed quarterback contracts goes to trial this summer
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