Sports Law News

Sometimes the biggest stories in the world of sports happen off the field. Contractual disputes, criminal charges, and intellectual property deals all make athletics interesting from a legal perspective as well as a sporting one. Legal developments in sports can race ahead faster than an Olympic sprinter, so it's important to have a reliable source of information. FindLaw's Legal Professional News provides the best coverage of sports law issues, with breaking news and analysis, photos, videos, and social medial posts from attorneys.

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  • A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:41:16 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

  • NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:19:41 GMT

    With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

  • Judge lets ex-NHL player lawsuit over concussions continue

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:33:23 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The NHL's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward.

  • Coach Zimmer 'fully expects' Peterson to be with Vikings

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:16:44 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings don't plan to trade Adrian Peterson and fully expect him to be with the team for the 2015 season.

  • AP Sources: NFL hires former ATF chief Jones as counsel

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:05:01 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL has hired B. Todd Jones, the recently resigned director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to oversee player discipline.

  • Ex-PSU president files defamation suit over Sandusky report

    Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:25:32 GMT

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday that accuses ex-FBI director Louis Freeh of scapegoating him in Freeh's scathing report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

  • Cowboys agree to deal with pass rusher Greg Hardy

    Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:22:47 GMT

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys made their big play in free agency with defensive end Greg Hardy. Now they wait to see how soon the former Carolina player will boost their mediocre pass rush.

  • IOC plans to retest hundreds of doping samples from Beijing

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:37:08 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Armed with more effective methods and targeting specific athletes, the IOC plans to retest hundreds of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a bid to catch any drug cheats who escaped detection at the time.

  • Lawyer: NCAA decision conflicts with previous rulings on pay

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:07:55 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A landmark ruling that opened the door for college football and basketball players to be paid went against all previous court rulings, including a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision, an attorney for the NCAA told a federal appeals court Tuesday.

  • Attorney: NCAA decision conflicts with previous rulings

    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:29:28 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney for the NCAA says a ruling that opened the door for college football and basketball players to be paid goes against previous court rulings, including a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • New Jersey, leagues renew court tussle over sports gambling

    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:31:28 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fight over legalized sports gambling in New Jersey returned to a federal appeals court Tuesday, where attorneys for the state and the country's major sports leagues spent nearly an hour parsing language in a decades-old federal statute and in recent court rulings.

  • New Jersey back in court in fight to legalize sports betting

    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:45:10 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fight over legalized sports gambling in New Jersey has moved back to a federal appeals court.

  • Column: On eve of NCAA tourney O'Bannon to be paid

    Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:13:11 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — This year is different for Ed O'Bannon, even if things have yet to really change. For the first time he goes into March Madness known more for being the guy who upended big time college athletics than the player who led UCLA to the national title in 1995.

  • Ex-Miami pitching coach pleads guilty in steroid probe

    Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:55:09 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A former University of Miami pitching coach pleaded guilty Monday to reduced misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to probation for his actions arising from the baseball steroids scandal centered at a South Florida clinic.

  • Ex-Miami pitching coach to plead guilty in steroid probe

    Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:01:57 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A former University of Miami pitching coach is scheduled to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges for his role in the baseball steroids scandal centered at a South Florida clinic.

  • Column: After damning NCAA report, time for Boeheim to go

    Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:36:54 GMT

    Here's some real March Madness.

  • Bach: IOC doesn't always agree with host country politics

    Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:29:43 GMT

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The International Olympic Committee does not necessarily condone the political or legal systems in countries that it selects to host the games, IOC President Thomas Bach said.

  • AP source: Vikings to meet with Adrian Peterson on Wednesday

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:25:18 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson is about to feel what it's like to be recruited again.

  • AP Source: Greg Hardy to meet with NFL officials

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:04:33 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will meet with NFL officials in New York on Wednesday to discuss his domestic violence case, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

  • Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials

    Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:42:12 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Environmental activists burst into the lobby of a luxury hotel on Rio's Copacabana Beach where IOC officials were meeting Saturday, protesting against ecological destruction related to the 2016 Olympics.

  • Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:46:48 GMT

    In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question.