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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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  • No indictment for escort, staffer in Louisville sex scandal

    Thu, 25 May 2017 23:18:05 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky grand jury declined to indict an escort and former Louisville men's basketball staffer in a sex scandal that engulfed the program.

  • Audit: Iowa athletics IT director submitted false invoices

    Thu, 25 May 2017 22:11:15 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa athletics department's information technology director spent school money on personal items for his home and then submitted false invoices to cover his tracks, according to a state audit released Thursday.

  • Charges: Sex traffickers took hundreds from Thailand to US

    Thu, 25 May 2017 22:05:45 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be "modern day sex slaves," according to an indictment unsealed Thursday that charges high-level members of what authorities called a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that concealed millions of dollars in earnings.

  • School settles lawsuit tied to misconduct by ex-MLB player

    Thu, 25 May 2017 21:41:45 GMT

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A school district in western Michigan has settled a lawsuit with four young women who say they were inappropriately touched by a former Major League Baseball player who worked at Lakewood High School.

  • UNC responds to 3rd set of NCAA charges in academic case

    Thu, 25 May 2017 21:24:12 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains steadfast in its belief that the NCAA is overreaching in its investigation of the school's long-running academic fraud case.

  • New suspect in Texas day care assault; DA reopening the case

    Thu, 25 May 2017 20:48:11 GMT

    GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Central Texas say they've identified a new suspect in the molestation of a young boy for which a former high school football star was previously convicted.

  • Winery or 'weedery': Vineyards rip up grapes, switch to pot

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:18:15 GMT

    JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers.

  • Police: Truck crashed on purpose into famed Nevada brothel

    Thu, 25 May 2017 19:09:15 GMT

    A man was arrested before dawn Thursday after he backed a tractor-trailer through the front gate of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel and crashed it into the building's front door, according to authorities and the owner of the famed Nevada establishment featured in the CatHouse reality television show.

  • 21 indicted in Thailand-to-US sex-trafficking ring

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:52:50 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be "modern day sex slaves," according to an indictment that charges 21 people in what authorities called a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that used an elaborate money laundering scheme to conceal millions of dollars in earnings.

  • House OKs bill requiring sports groups to report sex abuse

    Thu, 25 May 2017 17:15:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Angered by allegations that some members of USA Gymnastics were sexually abused, the House overwhelmingly backed legislation on Thursday that requires amateur sports groups recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to report claims of sexual abuse to police.

  • Hall of Famer's widow causes stir with memorabilia auction

    Thu, 25 May 2017 00:20:47 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The family of baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell said it is hurt and angry that his widow is auctioning his memorabilia, including his World Series ring and his National League MVP award.

  • Feds: Supreme Court should nix New Jersey sports betting bid

    Wed, 24 May 2017 21:24:41 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's yearslong efforts to allow legal sports betting have brought more opposition from the federal government Tuesday.

  • Ex-aide to soccer federation leader pleads guilty in scandal

    Wed, 24 May 2017 20:21:41 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former aide to the president of the North American professional soccer federation pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single charge — money laundering conspiracy — in a worldwide soccer scandal.

  • Texas moves to soften voter ID law after judge finds bias

    Wed, 24 May 2017 00:49:38 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday, watering down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities.

  • Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

    Wed, 24 May 2017 00:23:33 GMT

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Mont. (AP) — Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall.

  • Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight

    Wed, 24 May 2017 00:04:26 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man acted strangely long before he caused a disturbance on a plane that prompted fighter jets to accompany it to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline's hesitancy to be caught on video booting a passenger could have played a role in allowing him to fly, experts say.

  • Authorities: Girl, 2, dead after man used 'wrestling moves'

    Tue, 23 May 2017 23:45:18 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 2-year-old Missouri girl died after her mom's boyfriend injured the toddler using "wrestling moves" that included picking her up and slamming her on the ground, authorities said Tuesday.

  • 3 Michigan State players accused of assault violated policy

    Tue, 23 May 2017 21:56:34 GMT

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University investigated an alleged sexual assault and found that three football players violated campus policy, a lawyer said Tuesday.

  • Kansas' Jackson diversion requires apology, anger classes

    Tue, 23 May 2017 17:52:34 GMT

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson must attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year as part of a diversion agreement arising from his confrontation with a Jayhawks women's basketball player last year.

  • A year before World Cup, Russian clubs battle financial woes

    Tue, 23 May 2017 13:07:16 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kuban Krasnodar's fans hoped that signing Andrei Arshavin would herald long-awaited success for their club. The local governor hoped for a pre-election boost.

  • New Jersey Assembly votes to regulate daily fantasy sports

    Mon, 22 May 2017 21:47:25 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly on Monday approved legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports.