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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  • Soccer governing body sues over player images

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:23:29 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A dispute over U.S. soccer players' images has landed in federal court.

  • 6th man pleads guilty in MLB steroid case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:31:17 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a recruiter of mostly foreign-born players for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the center of the case.

  • 6th man set to plead guilty in MLB steroid case

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:56 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A sixth man has pleaded guilty to playing a key role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:56:47 GMT

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and will publish at least some of the confidential report into the bidding process, President Sepp Blatter said Friday.

  • Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:45:58 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.

  • FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:23:24 GMT

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

  • 49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:39:46 GMT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.

  • APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:36:01 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

  • What's next in World Cup bid corruption case

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:19:33 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Russia and Qatar appear to be the big winners on the day American prosecutor Michael Garcia lost his appeal against FIFA.

  • FIFA dismisses Garcia's appeal of World Cup probe

    Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:25:06 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The status of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts seemed even more secure Tuesday after FIFA dismissed ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal against the handling of his investigation into the bidding process.

  • NCAA head, state officials may take stand at trial

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:58:00 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head of the NCAA, Penn State's former president and former FBI director Louis Freeh are among those who could take the stand in three weeks when a lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania officials goes to trial.

  • Union takes NFL to court over Adrian Peterson

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:02:15 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Monday for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL's suspension of the star running back.

  • NCAA, Pa. officials outline issues as trial nears

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:17:32 GMT

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head of the NCAA, Penn State's former president and former FBI director Louis Freeh are among those who could take the stand in three weeks when a lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania officials is scheduled to begin.

  • Still suspended: Adrian Peterson's appeal denied

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:57:07 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson's appeal was stopped for no gain, when the NFL's unpaid suspension of the star running back was stayed until next spring.

  • Adrian Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:22:27 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL's hard line on Adrian Peterson held up.

  • Owners approve new personal conduct policy

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:39:28 GMT

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds.

  • Ex-Steeler Blount in deal to dismiss pot charge

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:30:19 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would have a marijuana possession charge dismissed if he completes 50 hours of community service by a February court date, a western Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Owners to get update on conduct policy

    Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:45:21 GMT

    NFL owners will be briefed Wednesday on potential changes to the league's personal conduct policy.

  • Swimming, beach volleyball will be on late in Rio

    Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:22:17 GMT

    MONACO (AP) — Swimmers and beach volleyball players will be competing in the midnight hour at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • IOC meets to review Rio, Pyeongchang preparations

    Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:20:14 GMT

    MONACO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach convened his executive board Friday to review the tight deadlines still facing the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the financial troubles surrounding the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

  • Pelicans sign F Dante Cunningham

    Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:37:29 GMT

    Dante Cunningham's basketball exile is over.