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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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  • The Latest: Coe gets to work right away as IAAF president

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:02:35 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local):

  • Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman 1 week before season opener

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:05:24 GMT

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois abruptly fired coach Tim Beckman one week before the start of the season Friday after an investigation of player mistreatment allegations revealed he had meddled in medical issues and inappropriately treated athletes who remained on scholarship after leaving the team.

  • Programs run into pitfalls with fining college players

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:53:55 GMT

    Take away game tickets for missing class. Hold back a bowl gift for being late. Maybe even dock a player his $15 per diem for skipping study hall.

  • Talks go on as lawyers try to win over 'Deflategate' judge

    Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:18:17 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as negotiations aimed at settling the NFL's "Deflategate" scandal drag on, lawyers are seeking every legal advantage in a quest to win over a federal judge.

  • Bears DL Ratliff suspended 3 games for substance-abuse issue

    Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:42:33 GMT

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFL suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season Monday, saying he violated its substance-abuse policy.

  • AP Sportlight

    Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:14 GMT

    1898 — Malcolm Whitman wins the men's singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championship.

  • A history of challenges to NCAA's ban on paying athletes

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:08:36 GMT

    The NCAA's amateur athleticism model, which has withstood various challenges over the years, is being directly challenged in lawsuits that have the potential to remake the college sports landscape.

  • Legal showdown looms over the NCAA's ban on paying athletes

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:07:58 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Fresh off a ruling that Northwestern University football players can't form a union, the NCAA is about to face a more direct challenge to its longstanding policy of not letting schools pay athletes like they're professionals.

  • MLB, players' union announce domestic violence policy

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:31:00 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball can suspend players with pay when legal charges are pending in "exceptional cases" under a new domestic violence policy signed Friday.

  • MLB players' union announces domestic violence policy

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:55:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has unveiled its first comprehensive domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

  • Former NFL cheerleader sentenced to probation for rape

    Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:35:33 GMT

    GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, with every other weekend in custody, after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.

  • Patriots, Saints express mutual admiration at joint practice

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 23:09:45 GMT

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The kinship between Bill Belichick and Sean Payton is apparent in the way they compliment each other, as well as the subjects they'd rather not discuss.

  • 'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:13:06 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four game suspension of Tom Brady over "Deflategate" is in jeopardy as the star New England quarterback returned to practice.

  • Coe beats Bubka for top job in international track and field

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:45:11 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — After a final promise to the international track and field community that he'd always be in its corner, Sebastian Coe won the election to replace Lamine Diack as IAAF president and took up the immediate challenge of restoring the image of a sport grappling with a doping controversy.

  • 'Deflategate' judge grills NFL; hopes to rule by Sept. 4

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:42:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has all but warned the NFL that he can erase New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension if it fails to negotiate a deal in the "Deflategate" case.

  • 'Deflategate' judge: No deal yet; hopes to rule by Sept. 4

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:05:09 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The judge presiding over the "Deflategate" case said Wednesday that he hopes to rule before the NFL opens its season on whether the league was justified in suspending New England quarterback Tom Brady for four games. But he urged a settlement, calling it a "logical and rational option."

  • 'Deflategate' back in court after Brady-Goodell talks fail

    Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:41:24 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returns to practice and lawyers for the NFL and its players union face a federal judge Wednesday after settlement talks failed to reach a deal in football's deflation scandal.

  • AP sources: Brady, Goodell meet but 'Deflategate' unresolved

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:32:13 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Two people familiar with the "Deflategate" legal case tell The Associated Press that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participated in unsuccessful settlement talks in New York on Tuesday.

  • Prosecutor seeks extradition of more FIFA defendants

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:18:56 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for top soccer officials detained overseas in the FIFA bribery scandal are negotiating with U.S. authorities over coming to the United States to face racketeering and other charges, a prosecutor said Friday.

  • Bills claim Enemkpali, day after he punched Jets QB Smith

    Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:57:54 GMT

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan won't excuse linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali for a sucker punch that broke quarterback Geno Smith's jaw in the New York Jets' locker room.

  • Bills claim Enemkpali off waivers after punching Jets Smith

    Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:20:58 GMT

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan won't excuse linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali for a sucker punch that broke quarterback Geno Smith's jaw in the New York Jets' locker room.