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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  • State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:38:13 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

  • Steelers' Joey Porter fined $300 over scuffle outside bar

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:02:51 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month.

  • The Latest: Video shows assistant Steelers' coach scuffle

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:24 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the incident outside a bar that led Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter to be fined for disorderly conduct (all times local):

  • Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:25:24 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin told a Miami jury Tuesday he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without any valid papers because he feared being kidnapped or worse after he was smuggled from Cuba by a group linked to a sports agent and a baseball trainer.

  • Lawsuit: Black cop told to style hair like white officer's

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:15:03 GMT

    HILLSIDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer has sued her department, saying she endured years of racial and gender discrimination that included supervisors telling her to style her hair like a white officer's.

  • Marlins' Hechavarria back on stand in Cuban smuggling trial

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:05:06 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — It's a second day of testimony for Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in the trial of a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer accused of smuggling players out of Cuba.

  • Steelers' Joey Porter fined $300 over dispute at bar

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:55:06 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter has been fined $300 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month.

  • Steelers' Joey Porter to plead guilty to fracas citations

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:40:56 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter plans to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct citation stemming from a dispute with a bar bouncer and a police officer last month.

  • NJ officer sues her department, claiming discrimination

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:40:30 GMT

    HILLSIDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer has sued her department, claiming she endured years of racial and gender discrimination.

  • Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:16:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

  • How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:50:40 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier?

  • Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:19:21 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

  • High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:51:17 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.

  • High school transgender wrestler wins Texas regional title

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:10:48 GMT

    ALLEN, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old Dallas-area high school transgender wrestler who is transitioning from female to male has won a girls regional championship after a female opponent forfeited the match.

  • Broner outpoints Granados in 10-round welterweight bout

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:54:30 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Boxing in his hometown after a tumultuous year of legal and personal troubles, Adrien "The Problem" Broner fought to a split decision over Adrian Granados in a 10-round welterweight bout Saturday night at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

  • Vanderbilt rallies to beat No. 21 South Carolina 71-62

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:13 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 17 points and Riley LaChance had 14 to help Vanderbilt beat No. 21 South Carolina 71-62 on Saturday night.

  • Jets cornerback Revis' court date Thursday on fight claims

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:50:45 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

  • Jets cornerback Revis turns self in following fight claims

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:46:11 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has turned himself in to Pittsburgh police following charges alleging he was involved in a fight with two men last weekend.

  • The Latest: Senator seeks immediate reporting of sex abuse

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:36:53 GMT

    MASON, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a criminal case against a Michigan sports doctor who is charged with sexual assault (all times local):

  • NASCAR's Danica Patrick adamant she fairly promoted sponsor

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:57:26 GMT

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick defended her support of former sponsor Nature's Bakery on Friday and insisted she never promoted any rival products as her racing team and the food company veer toward a court fight.

  • Marlins' Hechavarria admits lying in Cuban smuggling probe

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:21:18 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a federal jury Friday he lied to investigators about knowing a key figure in an alleged Cuban ballplayer smuggling network linked to a Florida sports agent and a trainer.