Sports Briefs

American Needle v. NFL

In what figures to be one of the most important sports law stories of the year, the case of American Needle v. NFL will be heard by the United States Supreme Court next week.  Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog has posted excerpts from an article by Greg Stohr on Bloomberg.com that provides some interesting commentary on the case:

A broad ruling could insulate professional sports leagues from antitrust claims over video-game licenses, television rights, franchise relocation and even player salaries. Only Major League Baseball is exempt from antitrust laws now.

The NFL dispute “could become the most important sports law case in U.S. history,” said Michael McCann, a professor at Vermont Law School in South Royalton and the author of a law review article on the case. The court will rule by July.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Gilbert Arenas’ Legal Troubles

McCann also details the legal woes faced by Gilbert Arenas, who apparently used his locker with the Washington Wizards as a gun locker.  Arenas faces potential charges under Washington D.C. and/or Virginia law and potential fines and sanctions by the NBA and the Wizards.  For those interested in criminal law, here’s an excerpt from McCann’s article:

Although D.C. gun laws changed after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated a D.C. prohibition on owning certain firearms, D.C. still prohibits a wide range of firearms, including “unsafe” handguns. It also imposes registration and usage requirements on other guns, particularly when transporting them on public spaces, such as roads and highways. Failure to satisfy D.C. gun requirements can result in fines of up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
Click here to read the article in its entirety.  Perhaps Arenas can assert a defense that the guns were merely part of a throwback night honoring the Wizards’ former name, the Bullets.

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