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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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  • FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president

    Fri, 22 May 2015 09:43:48 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has been routinely called "scandal-plagued" for much of Sepp Blatter's 17-year presidential reign.

  • As NCAA fends off challenges, antitrust exemption debated

    Thu, 21 May 2015 21:46:16 GMT

    For years there have been discussions within NCAA membership about seeking an antitrust exemption to provide protection from the types of lawsuits that are threatening to forcefully overhaul college sports.

  • Lawyer: Duerson heirs won't appeal NFL concussion deal

    Thu, 21 May 2015 00:08:58 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of the late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson has decided not to appeal the potential $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits.

  • Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

    Wed, 20 May 2015 19:58:54 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it's his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case.

  • Players' union asks Goodell to recuse self from Brady appeal

    Tue, 19 May 2015 23:50:28 GMT

    The players' union has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the appeal hearing for Tom Brady in the deflated footballs case.

  • Business Highlights

    Mon, 18 May 2015 21:56:54 GMT

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  • Kraft-Goodell relationship frayed by NFL investigation

    Mon, 18 May 2015 21:25:11 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner's high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

  • Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit in 'Deflategate'

    Fri, 15 May 2015 21:26:20 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady's lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP's "Deflategate" appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned.

  • NFLPA: We will call Goodell as witness in 'Deflategate'

    Fri, 15 May 2015 15:36:22 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady wants to call Commissioner Roger Goodell as a witness in the appeal of the four-game suspension he was handed for "Deflategate."

  • Brady appeal, bitter deflations spat now in Goodell's hands

    Fri, 15 May 2015 06:49:42 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The sides have bitterly argued in the court of public opinion. Now Roger Goodell plans to try to personally settle whether Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady deserves a four-game suspension for using deflated footballs.

  • NFL commissioner to hear Brady suspension appeal

    Fri, 15 May 2015 03:50:17 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league's punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

  • Brady appeals suspension on deflated balls; Pats rebut NFL

    Thu, 14 May 2015 22:25:49 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.

  • Brady appeals suspension in 'Deflategate'

    Thu, 14 May 2015 20:29:57 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.

  • Pats lawyer: "Deflator" texts about weight loss, not balls

    Thu, 14 May 2015 18:52:58 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Patriots lawyer says the "deflator" nickname used by a ballboy and cited in the NFL's decision to suspend quarterback Tom Brady was about weight loss, not footballs.

  • US court lifts contempt finding in Polo sunglasses dispute

    Wed, 13 May 2015 23:37:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Polo Association cannot be held in contempt for selling sunglasses with a logo that resembles Polo Ralph Lauren's famous trademark of a single horseman whacking a ball, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

  • Ex-Bills, Packers player to appeal NFL concussion settlement

    Wed, 13 May 2015 23:32:24 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first notice of appeal has been filed in an attempt to halt the planned $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits.

  • NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

    Tue, 12 May 2015 20:01:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted Tuesday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs.

  • APNewsBreak: Former player arrested in NC sports agent probe

    Tue, 12 May 2015 17:23:05 GMT

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A former college football player has been arrested and charged with acting as an agent and violating North Carolina's law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts.

  • NFL suspends Brady 4 games for deflated footballs

    Tue, 12 May 2015 14:43:34 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are preparing for a fight.

  • Excerpts from NFL's letters to Patriots, Brady

    Mon, 11 May 2015 22:00:35 GMT

    The NFL on Monday suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the upcoming season for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks, including next year's first-round choice. Here are excerpts from the letters sent by NFL Executive President Troy Vincent to the team and to Brady.

  • Deflated-ball trick nothing new in games people play

    Sun, 10 May 2015 16:25:44 GMT

    If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'.