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Every sport has a set of rules, but there are also rules that govern sports in general. From antitrust law to labor issues to criminal justice, the law is a major behind-the-scenes player in the world of sport. For some, the legal aspects of the sporting world hold more fascination that what actually happens on the field of play. For those dedicated legal gamers, FindLaw’s Sports News is the leading source of timely information about developments in sports law, with breaking legal news, expert attorney analysis and interesting stories from a number of excellent sources.

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  • Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:50:44 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers.

  • Baylor handling of sex assault cases gets outside probe

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:20:14 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University has hired a Philadelphia law firm to independently investigate the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including one against defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.

  • Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:16 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said Wednesday.

  • Autopsy: Football player shot by police had drugs in system

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:10:48 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A black college football player killed by a white police officer likely used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

  • Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:23:12 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion."

  • Emails show nuances to 'Concussion' controversy, NFL fears

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:00:39 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaked emails about the fact-based football drama "Concussion" paint a complicated picture of the internal dealings between Sony executives, lawyers, external consultants and filmmaker Peter Landesman in the early stages of development of the head-trauma film.

  • Video shows mass baptism on high school football field

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:02:53 GMT

    VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — A video of football players and a coach being dunked into a small tub of water during a mass baptism on a public high school football field is drawing criticism from a religious-freedom group, and officials in Georgia say they're investigating.

  • Ohio reviewing high school team's use of tiger cub mascot

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:12:29 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials are reviewing whether a live tiger cub being used as an Ohio high school football team mascot meets standards for possession of dangerous animals, the state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

  • Sony says 'Concussion' wasn't softened to placate NFL

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:57:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures insists that the Will Smith film "Concussion" was not "softened" to placate the NFL.

  • Man charged in connection with OJ Simpson Heisman theft

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:33:44 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a man in connection with the theft of the University of Southern California's copy of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago.

  • Column: Has NFL's PR machine finally met its match?

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:23:46 GMT

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Commissioner. Enjoy your lump of coal.

  • Officials investigate mass baptism on school football field

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:27:02 GMT

    VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — A school district says it's investigating a mass baptism on a public high school football field after video footage of the Aug. 17 incident was posted online.

  • Ex-NFL running back Phillips charged with killing cellmate

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:10:15 GMT

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.

  • 'Concussion' director says no compromises were made for NFL

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:15:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after its trailer debuted online and months before it hits theaters, the Will Smith football head-trauma film "Concussion" is already sparking controversy.

  • Wrestler 'Superfly' Snuka charged in girlfriend's 1983 death

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:34:38 GMT

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago.

  • Man accused of harassing American Indian students cleared

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:14:00 GMT

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of using racial slurs and spilling beer on American Indian students during a hockey game was cleared of a disorderly conduct charge Tuesday, more than a month after a trial in the controversial case attracted more than 200 people.

  • Court case against Titans' wide receiver continued 2 weeks

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:10:52 GMT

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter's trial on misdemeanor charges arising from a July bar brawl has been pushed back to Sept. 15 so defense attorneys can try to produce a key witness.

  • FIFA scandal becomes exhibit at Mob Museum in Las Vegas

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:37:29 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Al Capone, with raised eyebrows, appeared to be taking a curious sideways glance at the two-minute video of soccer playing and talk about corruption and crooks.

  • Man mistaken for hat-wearing bank robber seeks $3.3 million

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:37:00 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Rodolfo Valladares wore the wrong hat to the wrong Miami bank while trying to cash a $100 check in a case of mistaken identity that's led to a court battle over $3.3 million.

  • US, Swiss federal prosecutors to give update on FIFA cases

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:47:37 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — The American prosecutor who launched the bribery case that rocked FIFA is stepping on Sepp Blatter's home turf.

  • Los Angeles City Council poised to vote on 2024 Olympic plan

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:54:55 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate.

  • Japan scraps Olympic logo over plagiarism allegation

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:39:24 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday decided to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials.

  • Japan could scrap Olympic logo over plagiarism allegation

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:58:10 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are expected to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games on Tuesday following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials in presentations of the design.

  • Los Angeles poised to vote on 2024 Olympic plan

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:03:01 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate.

  • Chad Curtis can't interview women in sexual misconduct case

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:22:07 GMT

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former MLB player Chad Curtis says the young women who accuse him of sexual misconduct at a Michigan high school are looking for a payday.

  • Prosecutor: Ex-Colts LB McNary ignored woman's pleas to stop

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:37:05 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor said in opening statements Monday that former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary ignored a woman's requests to stop after he began having sex with her at his apartment last December.

  • No settlement: Goodell, Brady await 'Deflategate' ruling

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:08:06 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two.

  • TNA Impact wrestler 'Bram' charged with domestic battery

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:23:55 GMT

    GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay-area police arrested a professional wrestler after authorities say said he pinned his girlfriend to the bed by her neck and held her in a room against her will.

  • APNewsBreak: Email shows U. Iowa 'mandate' for female coach

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:13 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa athletics department administrators ordered a female be hired over male candidates for an assistant track coaching job regardless of qualifications, an internal email from the head coach alleges.

  • Goodell, Brady in 'Deflategate' await judge's ruling

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:17:41 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two.

  • No deal reached for Goodell, Brady in 'Deflategate'

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:28:46 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of "Deflategate."

  • Rape trial set to begin for ex-Colts linebacker Josh McNary

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:05:02 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary, who is accused in the rape of a woman in December, is scheduled to begin Monday.

  • Goodell, Brady due in court for 'Deflategate' case hearing

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:01:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are expected back in a New York courtroom Monday after failing to settle the "Deflategate" case.

  • Goodell, Brady due in court for 'Deflategate' case

    Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:19:18 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are expected back in a New York courtroom after failing to settle the "Deflategate" case.

  • The Latest: Coe gets to work right away as IAAF president

    Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:02:35 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local):

  • Lawyer: Tony Stewart's response to lawsuit 'appalling'

    Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:04:35 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a racecar driver who was killed when he was run over by Tony Stewart's car says legal claims by the NASCAR star in response to a lawsuit are "appalling."

  • Stewart claims he didn't see man on track before fatal crash

    Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:28:35 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NASCAR star Tony Stewart said he didn't see a driver walking on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him, and noted the racer was impaired by marijuana and shouldn't have been outside his car, according to court papers filed Friday.

  • Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman 1 week before season opener

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:53:06 GMT

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A week before the start of the football season, a difficult summer for the University of Illinois became chaotic as coach Tim Beckman was fired after an investigation found he tried to influence medical decisions and pressure players to play with injuries.

  • Prosecutors: No retrial for white officer who shot black man

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:37:57 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state prosecutors announced Friday that they won't retry a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, saying that talking with jurors after the mistrial helped convince them they cannot get a conviction.

  • An Olympic-sized question mark: Housing in plan for 2024

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:20:50 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The centerpiece of the proposed 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be a $1 billion village where thousands of athletes would eat, sleep and stroll on tree-lined walks and clipped lawns.

  • Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it's copied

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:02:08 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Summer Games was copied from a Belgian theater.