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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  • NFL seeks to dismiss ex-players' painkillers suit

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:06:08 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Football League has asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

  • Georgia's Todd Gurley suspended 4 games by NCAA

    Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:59:57 GMT

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia was hoping to get Todd Gurley back on the field.

  • Canadian organization responds to lawyers' letter

    Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:29:48 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Soccer Association is denying allegations that it targeted players involved in a legal challenge to the use of artificial turf at next summer's Women's World Cup.

  • Flying drones near stadiums could end in jail time

    Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:58:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Operators who fly drones or model planes near or over large sports stadiums and auto racetracks are breaking the law and can be fined and imprisoned for up to a year, the Federal Aviation Administration warned in a notice posted on the agency's website.

  • Judge sets court date for sports betting arguments

    Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:47:37 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A judge who temporarily stopped New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting last weekend has set a court date for the state and the major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to argue whether the ban should be extended.

  • NCAA's Emmert calls N. Carolina report troubling

    Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:17:35 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that findings from a recent investigation into academic fraud at the University of North Carolina are troubling, disturbing and shocking.

  • Attorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union Rice probe

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:45 GMT

    The attorney leading the NFL players' union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.

  • Pro soccer ref charged with fraud in NY, suspended

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:31:18 GMT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A Major League Soccer referee has been accused of collecting New York unemployment benefits while working and has been suspended.

  • UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:57:02 GMT

    Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

  • New Jersey files defense of sports betting effort

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:14:19 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Claims that New Jersey's plan to allow legal sports gambling violates federal law are meritless, the state wrote in a court filing in response to efforts by four major U.S. pro sports leagues and the NCAA to stop gambling from beginning this weekend.

  • Alleged MLB drug supplier pleads not guilty

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:01:33 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A man described by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a black-market chemist who concocted athletic performance-enhancing drugs in his garage pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges arising from Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal.

  • NBA: Dante Cunningham struggles to clear name

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:24:11 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It was after 4 a.m. when Dante Cunningham pulled his truck back into the driveway of his suburban Minneapolis home and saw the police waiting for him.

  • Attorney says Kings' Voynov didn't hit girlfriend

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:41:34 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenseman never hit his girlfriend, and blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding caused partly by the couple's limited ability to speak English.

  • Concussion study says NCAA needs improvement

    Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:50:26 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Colleges remain inconsistent in the way they handle athletes' concussions, according to a Harvard University study that comes more than four years after the NCAA began requiring schools to educate their players about the risks of head trauma and develop plans to keep injured athletes off the field.

  • No. 9 Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement

    Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:14:17 GMT

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Richt said he was optimistic on Wednesday as Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

  • Voynov suspended on domestic violence suspicion

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:45 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely Monday after the two-time Stanley Cup winner's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

  • Pro leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:46:11 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court Monday to stop New Jersey's plan to allow legal sports betting beginning this weekend, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games.

  • Voynov suspended after domestic violence charges

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:59:58 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely Monday following the two-time Stanley Cup winner's arrest on domestic violence accusations.

  • Winston complies with school hearing deadline

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:20:45 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston has complied with the first deadline in Florida State's code of conduct hearing process, the adviser for the quarterback's family said Friday.

  • New advisers say NFL is serious about reform

    Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:03:52 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Beth E. Richie is a professor and a college administrator. She has written articles and books about feminism, battered women and the prison system, and provided training for police, judges and other groups.

  • Ex-clinic owner pleads guilty in MLB drug case

    Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:37:54 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.