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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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  • AP Source: Browns WR Josh Gordon fails another drug test

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:40:04 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's troubles have deepened. He may be out of chances — and time.

  • Officials file to end lawsuit against Penn State, NCAA

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:24:17 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Penn State and the NCAA over the penalties related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.

  • A summary of the wild 2014 NFL season

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:55:53 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it's the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the Super Bowl is the only football game they will watch all year.

  • 2 ex-UNC athletes sue school, NCAA over academic failures

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:16:22 GMT

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Two former University of North Carolina athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, saying neither has done enough to ensure athletes receive a quality education.

  • Players withdraw complaint in Canada over World Cup turf

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:51:05 GMT

    U.S. forward Abby Wambach and a group of fellow players have withdrawn their complaint of gender discrimination over the artificial turf fields to be used for this year's World Cup in Canada.

  • 409 is small part of part of Paterno's complicated legacy

    Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:28:48 GMT

    Joe Paterno is the winningest coach in the history of major college football — again. There will be no asterisk next to his record 409 victories in the NCAA record book. At least not one that can be seen.

  • NCAA agrees to restore wins to Penn State, title to Paterno

    Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:24:50 GMT

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA agreed Friday to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history.

  • Bowden happy to be No. 2 behind Paterno in career victories

    Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:07:48 GMT

    Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is glad to be No. 2 behind Joe Paterno again after the NCAA restored the late Penn State coach's vacated victories.

  • Column: Maybe Joe will get his statue back, too

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:23:53 GMT

    Feckless, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, inept — if you needed just one episode to illustrate everything wrong about Mark Emmert's tenure as NCAA boss, he just handed it over, tied up with a bow.

  • Column: Maybe Joe will get his status back, too

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:11:36 GMT

    Feckless, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, inept — if you needed just one episode to illustrate everything wrong about Mark Emmert's tenure as NCAA boss, he just handed it over, tied up with a bow.

  • Q&A about new agreement between NCAA, Penn State

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:08:28 GMT

    The NCAA on Friday announced a new settlement with Penn State that replaces a 2012 consent decree they signed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

  • Penn St. gets wins restored, Paterno again winningest coach

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:09:17 GMT

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's football team is getting back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and the late Joe Paterno has been restored as the winningest coach in major college football history.

  • How the Penn State-NCAA consent decree, repeal unfolded

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:10:41 GMT

    Developments in the NCAA sanctioning of Penn State University for its role in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, and the challenges that lead to the repeal of the 2012 agreement between the school and the NCAA:

  • Proposal would restore wins for Penn State, Joe Paterno

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:42:40 GMT

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's football team would get back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and the late Joe Paterno would be restored as the winningest coach in major college football history under a proposed agreement announced Friday.

  • Proposed deal would restore wins for Penn St., Joe Paterno

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:12:51 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA on Friday announced a proposed agreement that would restore 112 wins by the school's football team that were wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and would put the late Joe Paterno back as the winningest coach in major college football history.

  • San Jose loses appeal over proposed Oakland Athletics move

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:49:20 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of antitrust claims in a lawsuit by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball, which accused the sport of illegally blocking a proposed move of the Oakland Athletics to the area.

  • Trainer cleared of race horse abuse allegations in Kentucky

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:35:37 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky regulators have cleared one of horse racing's winningest trainers of abuse allegations made by an animal-rights group claiming it had videotape evidence that Steve Asmussen mistreated thoroughbreds in his care.

  • NCAA loses bid to toss law over $60 million Penn State fine

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:52:34 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday declined to throw out a state law that requires the $60 million fine Penn State has been paying over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal be spent to address child abuse within the state.

  • 2 Penn State trustees say NCAA settlement may be in works

    Tue, 13 Jan 2015 02:12:26 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State trustees said Monday they have learned the university has proposed new settlement terms with the NCAA in a lawsuit related to the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and want their board chairman to tell them the details.

  • Roy Tarpley, drug-plagued former Mavericks center, dies

    Sat, 10 Jan 2015 04:39:19 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday. He was 50.

  • NHL motion to dismiss concussions suit heard in court

    Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:42:04 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The NHL's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was heard in court Thursday, and the federal judge assigned to the case said she saw legal strength in the arguments from both sides.