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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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  • APNewsBreak: Ex-Clippers owner's wife victorious in lawsuit

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:22:08 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed $2.6 million by a woman her husband showered with gifts, a judge ruled Tuesday.

  • NCAA says it got violent threats after releasing USC papers

    Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:12:45 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NCAA committee members received violent threats after documents were released in a former assistant University of Southern California football coach's lawsuit against the organization, according to court papers.

  • Illinois group says concussions lawsuit 'threatens' football

    Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:47:21 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.

  • Gulati: FIFA could benefit from US World Cup in 2026

    Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:33:55 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati believes his sport could receive a big domestic boost from hosting the World Cup in 2026.

  • AP source: Peterson, Goodell meet about reinstatement

    Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:04:35 GMT

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson met Tuesday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding his reinstatement, eight days before the expected expiration of the suspension that was invoked last season under the personal conduct policy.

  • Authorities: Ex-player for Giants, Dolphins ran Ponzi scheme

    Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:57:33 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A former NFL player and an associate have been charged with running a Ponzi scheme through companies created to provide loans to professional athletes.

  • AP source: NFL, Peterson to meet Tuesday

    Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:37:50 GMT

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will meet Tuesday with the NFL to discuss his playing status, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

  • NCAA to examine events in other states after law dispute

    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:38:00 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert made it clear the association wouldn't tolerate discrimination and was willing to take its business out of Indiana if the state's religious objections law wasn't fixed to his satisfaction.

  • Paterno estate's contract breach lawsuit tossed again

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:20:40 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, a Pennsylvania judge on Monday ruled for a second time.

  • A-Rod cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:41:16 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star's longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge, the last remaining defendant in the probe into steroids illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

  • NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:19:41 GMT

    With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people.

  • Judge lets ex-NHL player lawsuit over concussions continue

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:33:23 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The NHL's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward.

  • Coach Zimmer 'fully expects' Peterson to be with Vikings

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:16:44 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings don't plan to trade Adrian Peterson and fully expect him to be with the team for the 2015 season.

  • AP Sources: NFL hires former ATF chief Jones as counsel

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:05:01 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL has hired B. Todd Jones, the recently resigned director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to oversee player discipline.

  • Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated

    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:04:25 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

  • 5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:21:22 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.