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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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  • '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.

  • Woman hit by foul ball behind home plate sues Red Sox owner

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:49:33 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A fan struck by a foul ball that went behind home plate last year during a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park has sued the team's principal owner.

  • Identifying zone-read plays makes it tough to protect QBs

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:10:12 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If Chip Kelly, Pete Carroll and other NFL coaches want to run zone-read plays, their quarterbacks are fair game — even when they don't have the ball.

  • Programs run into pitfalls with fining college players

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:53:55 GMT

    Take away game tickets for missing class. Hold back a bowl gift for being late. Maybe even dock a player his $15 per diem for skipping study hall.

  • Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:16:37 GMT

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins said Thursday that one of the babies died after a complicated five-hour separation procedure.

  • Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:20:35 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans.

  • Dibaba on track for double at worlds, seeking world record

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:54:09 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Genzebe Dibaba has some high standards to meet.

  • Indiana administration expects athletes to behave better

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:26:19 GMT

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University President Michael McRobbie sent a tough message to the athletic department this week: It's time for Hoosiers athletes to shape up or they may be on their way out.

  • Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

    Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:24:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person.

  • Gymnastics academy head makes initial court appearance

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:34:45 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy charged with four counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor has made an initial court appearance.

  • Bowfishing tournament in Mississippi River draws complaints

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:43:35 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The teams of fishermen arrived with a seemingly unusual array of equipment — loud airboats, powerful searchlights and scores of bows and arrows.

  • Nike fights subpoena in federal lawsuit against Armstrong

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:37:12 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. is fighting subpoenas for financial documents and witness depositions in the federal government's lawsuit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong, arguing they are irrelevant to the case and could compromise trade secrets.

  • Big 12 supports prohibiting transfers for violence issues

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:20:55 GMT

    Big 12 Conference athletic directors are unanimously backing a proposal that would prohibit schools from accepting transfers who were disciplined for violent acts at their previous schools.

  • Gymnastics academy head charged with child porn, molestation

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:13:18 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy has been charged with child molestation and child pornography after authorities said thousands of explicit images of children were found in his possession.