Sports Law News

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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  • Taylor apologizes, won't appeal NBA suspension

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:29:38 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An apologetic Jeffery Taylor said he will not appeal the NBA's 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges.

  • Federal judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:47:59 GMT

    A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries, a finding Gov. Chris Christie's administration intends to appeal.

  • Judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

    Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:27:47 GMT

    A federal judge ruled Friday night that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state's struggling horse racing and casino industries.

  • NFL will hear Adrian Peterson's appeal Dec. 2

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:16:54 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Ex-coach's lawyer seeks MLB records in drug case

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:21 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A lawyer for a former University of Miami pitching coach is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coach's upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges, including details of an immunity deal given to the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

  • FIFA to review World Cup corruption report

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:38:56 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question.

  • Judge taking arguments on New Jersey sports books

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:33:28 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for the NCAA and four sports leagues says New Jersey's move to drop a prohibition on sports betting violates federal law and the state's own constitution.

  • Eckert, Garcia to meet amid FIFA probe crisis

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:49:02 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The judge and prosecutor behind FIFA's World Cup bid corruption investigation will meet Thursday in an effort to repair their relations and restore the reputation of a case seemingly in disarray.

  • Peterson's future with Vikings dims further

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:24:03 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were already going to face a difficult decision this winter about Adrian Peterson, with the star running back turning 30 next year.

  • NFL suspends Peterson for at least rest of season

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:19:28 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's dispute with the NFL reached another level when the league suspended Minnesota's star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season.

  • FIFA files criminal complaint over World Cup bids

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:31:44 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The latest twist in FIFA's World Cup bid corruption case has landed on the desk of Switzerland's attorney general.

  • Painkillers probe in NFL 'long way from complete'

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:13:14 GMT

    The five NFL road teams whose medical staffs were interviewed and subjected to spot checks of their bags by federal agents may turn out to be just the first five in line.

  • Only tough options now for FIFA prosecutor Garcia

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:04:12 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Michael Garcia faces a difficult decision after FIFA, soccer's notoriously unaccountable world governing body, released a summary of his investigation into World Cup bidding that the former U.S. federal prosecutor calls "incomplete and erroneous."

  • DEA agents raid NFL medical staffs after games

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:51:49 GMT

    Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

  • DEA agents check at least 2 NFL medical staffs

    Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:28 GMT

    Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

  • Peterson: NFL's discipline process has been unfair

    Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:40:52 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The child abuse case under NFL review for potential discipline of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has become tangled in a dispute between the league and the NFL Players Association over the applicable protocol for the situation.

  • Time to drop hypocrisy and legalize sports betting

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 02:32:05 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jimmy Vaccaro never had to go far to find some action in the Pennsylvania town where he grew up. Even as a teenager he knew the bookie in the backroom of the local candy store, where the cigar smoke was thick and bets could be made on any game in the country.

  • Email shows Penn St. narrowly missed death penalty

    Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:26:41 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 2-year-old email from NCAA's top lawyer, filed Thursday in a court case, documents just how close Penn State came to having its football program shut down over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

  • FIFA under fire after report on Qatar, Russia

    Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:07:27 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — A long-awaited day of judgment on World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar turned into another day of FIFA disarray.

  • Key questions about FIFA's World Cup bid probe

    Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:07:06 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Just when you thought the turmoil surrounding FIFA couldn't get any more tangled, along comes a new twist to stir things up even more.

  • Gibraltar: It's as if we are a 'pariah state'

    Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:23:49 GMT

    GIBRALTAR (AP) — At halftime, it's FIFA 1, Gibraltar 0.