Baseball’s Monopoly

Major League Baseball (MLB), has been exempt from antitrust laws since 1922. Throughout the years, many have tried to repeal that exemption but have struck out. Most recently, the Supreme Court has denied to hear the City of San Jose v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball case, stopping all recent progress to having the…

U.S. Women’s National Team Takes A Hit

With the 2016 Olympics just within reach, we can all rest assured knowing that by law, the U.S. Women’s National Team (“USWNT”) cannot strike and will be participating in the 2016 Olympics. A recent decision by Judge Coleman held that, the player’s union had given General Counsel John B. Langel authority to integrate the terms…

The Fitness Battle Rages On.

In 2013, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) published an article in their Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research about CrossFit®. This article would soon come to be known as “The Devor Study”. In this article, the NSCA claimed that CrossFit was an injurious sport, and included with it, injury data related to the…

Bikram Back in Court

A California judge has ruled that Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram (hot) yoga, cannot plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid discovery requests from a former employee. The Fifth Amendment protects people from being held for committing a crime. Since the plaintiff, Sharon Clerkin’s, allegations are not related to criminal conduct, the judge said, there is…

What does an “en banc” hearing mean for Tom Brady?

Tom Brady and the NFLPA officially filed a petition for a rehearing “en banc”. This means that Tom Brady and his legal team are asking for the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to review his case. For the rehearing to be granted a majority of the 13 active judges on the…

CrossFit Inc. Sets Precedent

What kind of workout can one expect on their first visit to a CrossFit box (gym)?  The workout will usually consist of a 500-meter row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 pushups and 10 pull-ups. This “baseline” workout is usually used to assess the new client’s initial fitness level. An Affiliate owner would never suspect…

Troubling Times For Johnny Football

On Janurary 29th, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel (aka “Johnny Football”) was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The assault charge is just another notch in the “troubled belt” of Manziel. Since winning the Heisman trophy in 2012, Manziel has failed to live up to his college potential. Manziel would go on to…

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Cheerleading Copyright Case

Between October 2016 and June 2017, the Supreme Court will be decide if cheerleading uniforms can be protected under copyright law. Varsity, an athletic clothier, holds multiple copyright designs for cheerleading uniforms. In fact, Star attempted to enter the cheerleading uniform market in 2010 and was immediately sued for copyright infringement by Varsity. The appeals…

Goodell’s Absolute Power

Yesterday, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the NFL against the Players Association to uphold the league’s personal conduct policy. The Personal Conduct Policy, which was implemented in 2014, affords commissioner Roger Goodell the power to place a player on the exempt list, or grant leave without pay. Prior to his ruling, the arbitrator encouraged…

Porsche Cleared of Responsibility

Back on November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast and Furious franchise died in a car crash. Walker was killed in the crash while friend, and experienced driver, Roger Rodas was driving a Porsche Carrera GT. Reports from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated the Porsche went…

Generic CrossFit Coming Soon…

CrossFit has become a fast growing industry since entering the fitness world in the early 2000’s. There are now thousands of affiliates, which span across the globe, and each affiliate owner pays a $3,000 annual licensing fee to use the CrossFit brand name. CrossFit, the company, has prided itself on their distinction from other fitness…

NBA May Pull All-Star Game

March 23rd North Carolina’s General Assembly passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act in a special session, where Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 (“HB2”). HB2 requires every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designed for use to be designed and used only by individuals based on their biological sex. There…