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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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  • Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:26:02 GMT

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for his appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • Lottery scandal prosecutor seeks to subpoena Texas attorneys

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:31:10 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa prosecutor wants a judge to issue subpoenas for telephone and bank records of two Texas attorneys who he believes are connected to a former lottery computer security administrator who fixed lottery games in several states.

  • Daily fantasy sports sites aim to make Nevada comeback

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:24:23 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daily fantasy sports websites are trying to get legal after a series of state-level setbacks that shut them down in some parts of the country, but officials who set policy in the gambling mecca of Nevada indicated they won't be bending too far backward for the companies.

  • Wife sentenced for killing 1984 Olympic bronze medalist

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:19:10 GMT

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist was sentenced to a potential life sentence on Tuesday for shooting him in what she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse.

  • School athlete's sex assault case compared to Stanford case

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:30:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing parallels to that of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction.

  • Notre Dame's Butler charged; accused of tackling officer

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:02:21 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A Notre Dame cornerback accused of tackling a police officer and punching him in the side and stomach during an altercation outside a bar was charged Tuesday with felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.

  • Tennessee pays 'communications professional' for aid in suit

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:46:37 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is paying a former adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam to assist in "communications strategies" with lawyers representing the school in a Title IX lawsuit that has since been settled.

  • Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:28:36 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence.

  • Rhode Island reaches $25.6M deal over Schilling's 38 Studios

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:50 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has reached a $25.6 million settlement with two of the financial backers it sued over a disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company.

  • Prosecutor says he doesn't believe Sandusky accuser's claim

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:56:23 GMT

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania prosecutor testified Tuesday he does not believe a man who reached a settlement with Penn State over a molestation claim is the same person seen by a witness being abused by Jerry Sandusky in a university football team shower.

  • Detective charged with perjury wants prosecutor removed

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:21:00 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee detective charged with perjuring himself in a rape case involving high school basketball players is asking a judge to remove the prosecutor.

  • Sports court confirms Russia ban from Rio Paralympics

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:24:29 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Two days after Russia finished fourth in the Olympic medal table, its Paralympic team was barred from the next big games in Rio de Janeiro as punishment for a state-backed doping program.

  • Kidnapping trial delayed for man who killed Peterson's son

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:44:18 GMT

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A kidnapping trial has been delayed for the man serving life in prison without parole for killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota.

  • Daily fantasy sports cleared to resume in New York state

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 01:30:08 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — DraftKings, FanDuel and three other daily fantasy sports operators were cleared to resume business in the state on Monday, just in time for the approaching NFL season and Major League Baseball playoffs.

  • Ex-USC and Raiders QB Marinovich arrested naked with drugs

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:44:09 GMT

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been arrested after being found naked with marijuana and possibly methamphetamine in a stranger's backyard in Southern California.

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  • Speedo USA, 3 other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:55:23 GMT

    Less than 24 hours after the close of the Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte took a major financial hit Monday for a drunken incident he initially tried to pass off as an armed robbery.

  • Sandusky appeal focuses on Victim 2's conflicting statements

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:42:13 GMT

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A man who says he was the boy observed being sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky in a Penn State shower more than 15 years ago gave conflicting statements to authorities and was considered to lack credibility, investigators said during an appeal hearing Monday.

  • Speedo USA, 2 other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:40:09 GMT

    Ryan Lochte lost three major sponsors when swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing giant Ralph Lauren and skin-care firm Syneron-Candela announced in quick succession Monday they were dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery.

  • Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren drop Lochte after Rio incident

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:06:29 GMT

    Ryan Lochte lost two major sponsors when Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren announced Monday they were dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery.

  • Jerry Sandusky's appeals hearing on sex conviction continues

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:18:53 GMT

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The second day of Jerry Sandusky's appeal hearing is underway in Pennsylvania.