The Application of EU Competition Law to Professional Soccer: How the Success of Professional Soccer in America May Depend on the Treatment of Professional Soccer in Europe (Introduction)

by Krikor Meshefejian February 6 2007, 16:26
Recently, David Beckham, a widely recognized soccer superstar, was hired to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, a professional soccer team which is a member of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. This signing could have a tremendous impact on the success of professional soccer in the States. But, an ongoing legal debate currently taking place in the European Union, regarding the treatment of professional soccer under the Treaty Establishing the European Community (EC Treaty) may have an even greater impact on professional soccer in America, as the treatment of soccer in EU may significantly affect European players' willingness to play in the MLS, instead of in Europe. This article discusses the application of EU competition law to the rules and regulations of professional soccer in Europe. How competition law is applied may affect the willingness of soccer superstars to play in the MLS instead of in Europe, where professional soccer leagues are thought to currently be more prestigious. [More]

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America’s Pastime of a Time Past: Baseball has lost its special place in the American courts, but why? (Part 2 of 2)

by Kamran Chaudri November 26 2006, 18:59
I. Introduction



The introductory section of Flood v. Kuhn entitled "The Game" earned Justice Blackmun a smirk retort from Justice Douglas in a dissenting opinion.[1] Even Justice White who joined in the judgment of the Court noted his disapproval of the rant.[2] Even still, based on the legal doctrine of stare decisis (let the decision stand) the Court allowed a poorly-reasoned precedent stand to protect the once-beloved baseball from antitrust regulation.[3] But the courts have now redacted the special treatment previously given to baseball partially because its profit-oriented nature has become apparent. [More]

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America’s Pastime of a Time Past: Baseball has lost its special place in the American courts, but why? (Part 1 of 2)

by Kamran Chaudri October 30 2006, 19:11
I. Introduction



Baseball has enjoyed a special place in the hearts of American sports fans. It is touted as America’s pastime. As Americans, judges are not immune to either the love of the game or the special status it holds in American culture. While other sports faced antitrust regulation with respect to the reserve clause, baseball was exempted by the courts. [1] The reserve clause restricts the right of the player to contract with a team other than the one he is currently signed with.[2] Justice Blackmun, in his famous opinion in Flood v. Kuhn, pays homage to the baseball gods with a nearly seven-page-long introductory section entitled “The Game.”[3] This storied past of baseball (MLB) no longer holds sway as recent rulings evidence. Specifically, in the CBC v. MLB Advanced Media, a federal district court recently held that MLB did not have rights over player names and statistics so as to require fantasy baseball leagues to purchase such rights from MLB.[4] [More]

Confirmed test results: A new uphill battle for American cyclist Floyd Landis

by Kamran Chaudri October 2 2006, 19:14
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It goes by many different headlines: doping, steroids, performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). It is an issue that rears its head in competitive sports time and time again. A controversy has been building for years and is currently unfolding: allegations of a champion American cyclist having used PEDs during the Tour de France. But the American cyclist that the French accused for so long is retired, and his former teammate now sits opposed to the pointing finger of the cycling world. This time the cycling world has some evidence to support its claims. [1] This article analyzes the charges that the current Tour de France champion cyclist Floyd Landis faces and the course of appealing those charges. [More]

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Sports Stadiums: Do Franchises Really Need Public Financing to Build Their New Stadiums

by Sandeep Marreddy September 29 2006, 18:54
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Many people have spent a summer night or a Sunday afternoon at the ballpark or stadium watching their favorite teams. These stadiums are an integral part of a professional sports franchises operations. In recent years there has been a surge in new stadiums being built by teams as they take advantage of the willingness of cities to provide public financing. Since 2000 there have been 17 new stadiums built for National Football League and Major League Baseball teams. [1]. In addition, several teams are in discussions for the building of new stadiums in the next few years. [2]. [More]

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O'Brien v. Ohio State University: Implications for Future Employment Agreements

by Krikor Meshefejian April 26 2006, 16:27
In 2004, Ohio State University officials announced that they were firing then-coach Jim O'Brien because of NCAA violations that allegedly breached O'Brien's contract with Ohio State. [1] O'Brien was the head coach for the men's basketball team, and was fired for loaning out $6,000 to a foreign player who the University was trying to recruit. [2] He then sued the University for a breach of their employment agreement. On February 15, 2006, Judge Joseph T. Clark of the Ohio Court of Claims ruled that O'Brien was unlawfully fired, despite the fact that he had indeed broken NCAA rules. [3] O'Brien had violated the terms of his contract, but the violations were not serious enough to warrant his firing. [4] This article evaluates the court's decision, and its implications on future contractual relationships between coaches and universities. [More]

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