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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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  • As daily fantasy eschews 'gambling' label, scrutiny grows

    Tue, 06 Oct 2015 01:17:49 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stock market traders and chess players — that's who's playing DraftKings, according to CEO Jason Robins, who told a crowd of casino executives last week in Las Vegas that fewer than 15 percent of the players on his site make wagers in traditional sports books.

  • At casino trade show, debate over daily fantasy is hot topic

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:18:38 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The daily fantasy sports industry has gone to great lengths to distance itself from traditional sports wagering and the CEO of the ubiquitous DraftKings website made no effort to get cozy as he sat in front of a crowd of casino executives at a trade show last week.

  • Sheldon Richardson's Missouri court date postponed

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:10:28 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A day after New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson's four-game drug suspension ended, a judge on Monday postponed the Pro Bowler's hearing on charges stemming from his arrest in Missouri this summer following a police chase.

  • Jets' Richardson completes suspension, due back in court

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:28:54 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Just as New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson gets to return to the field after a drug suspension, he'll also see his legal troubles reappear in court.

  • Pitino mum, questions continue about escort allegations

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:51:57 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino has apparently said all he plans to say for now about the troubling allegations outlined in a book by an escort that has led to a sex scandal looming over his men's basketball program.

  • Court strikes down possible payments to college athletes

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:44:50 GMT

    A federal appeals court struck down a plan to pay college football and basketball players in a ruling that NCAA leaders believe supports their contention that the athletes are students and not professionals.

  • Appeals court rules NCAA in violation of antitrust laws

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:33:06 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the NCAA's use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws but struck down a plan allowing schools to pay athletes up to $5,000.

  • FIFA bans Blatter ally Warner for life over repeated bribery

    Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:41:13 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — Four years after stepping down in disgrace, former FIFA vice president Jack Warner was banned from soccer for life on Tuesday, accused of repeated acts of bribery related to World Cup bidding votes.

  • Sepp Blatter tells FIFA staff he has done nothing illegal

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:33:28 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter told his staff he has done "nothing illegal or improper" and has no immediate plans to step down, the FIFA president's legal team said Monday.

  • Sepp Blatter back at work at FIFA HQ, due to address staff

    Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:31:40 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter was due to address FIFA staff on Monday, three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body's headquarters.

  • Prince Ali pushes FIFA bid after rival Platini is questioned

    Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:42:04 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — A day after UEFA President Michel Platini was questioned by Swiss authorities over a FIFA payment, presidential election rival Prince Ali bin al-Hussein on Saturday touted himself as the safe choice to rid the governing body of corruption.

  • NFL asks for expedited appeal of 'Deflategate' ruling

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 23:48:36 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited hearing in its appeal of a federal judge's decision to nix New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension.

  • A quick Q&A on issues ahead for FIFA, Blatter and Platini

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:20:50 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA sank deeper into a crisis on Friday that threatened to take down the two most powerful men in world football.

  • Swiss police open criminal case against FIFA head Blatter

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:27:27 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter was placed under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities on Friday as a probe into soccer corruption reached the highest levels and left his grip on the top job in peril.

  • Michel Platini defends FIFA payment under investigation

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:06:50 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini says a payment to him being looked into by Swiss authorities was for work carried out under contract at FIFA.

  • Swiss statement on criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:46:30 GMT

    BERNE, Switzerland (AP) — Statement provided by the Swiss Attorney General on the opening of criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter:

  • Swiss attorney general opens criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:25:40 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — Swiss attorney general opens criminal proceedings against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

  • FIFA cancels scheduled Blatter news conference

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:34:13 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA canceled a news conference scheduled with President Sepp Blatter without explanation on Friday, fueling the sense of turmoil surrounding football's embattled governing body.

  • Switzerland agrees to extradite official in FIFA case

    Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:52:21 GMT

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss justice ministry on Wednesday granted a U.S. request to extradite Venezuelan football official Rafael Esquivel in a FIFA bribery investigation.

  • FIFA to brief executive committee on US, Swiss probes

    Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:29:12 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's executive committee will be updated this week on the American and Swiss corruption investigations which involve some of its own members, football's governing body said on Tuesday.

  • Trinidad AG paves way for Warner extradition proceedings

    Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:13:23 GMT

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general has signed documents allowing authorities to potentially go ahead with a U.S. effort to extradite former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to face charges in a corruption case that has shaken international soccer, officials said in court Monday.