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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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  • FSU official details favorable treatment of players

    Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:03:35 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida State University official once in charge of the office that counsels campus rape victims told lawyers suing the school that football players receive special treatment, and that most of the 20 victims who alleged sexual assaults by team members during the past nine years declined to press student conduct charges.

  • NY court hears arguments on fantasy sports

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:39:51 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Wednesday he would not take long to rule on a motion by New York's top law enforcement official to stop the country's two biggest daily fantasy sports companies from operating following two hours of arguments in a packed Manhattan courtroom.

  • E. coli tied to Costco more dangerous than Chipotle outbreak

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:26:02 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — The strain of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad that sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent outbreak that closed some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest.

  • Prosecutors appeal order on Sandusky accuser's complaint

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:05:18 GMT

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania prosecutors are appealing a judge's order that they review a man's claims he was molested as a 16-year-old by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

  • Gambling to feature at New York daily fantasy sports hearing

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:06:03 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge is expected to hear different interpretations of how the country's two biggest daily fantasy sports companies operate at a hearing Wednesday on whether the businesses should be allowed to continue operating in New York.

  • Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:44:07 GMT

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jimmy Woods has been a youth official for nearly 30 years, and he's lost count of how many football games he has refereed and how many times he's been yelled at, threatened or insulted.

  • Boston Marathon bombing survivors brace for movies on attack

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:48:51 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Survivors of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are bracing for the release of two movies, a play and an HBO documentary about the 2013 attack.

  • Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:54:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl."

  • Rockies' Reyes pleads not guilty to abusing wife in Hawaii

    Wed, 25 Nov 2015 02:20:38 GMT

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes is pleading not guilty to allegations of abusing his wife at a Hawaii resort.

  • FIFA ethics committee seeks life ban against Michel Platini

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:23:12 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman's lawyer said Tuesday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter.

  • Review board says cops had no right to arrest NBA player

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:46:50 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board says police had no right to arrest Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (TAH'-boh sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) outside a trendy nightclub in April.

  • LSU's Miles sidestepping questions about his future

    Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:29:36 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Les Miles considers talk about his job security "off limits" right now and he has no interest in retiring.

  • Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:43:10 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain have reached an agreement in a years-long lawsuit that alleged misuse of the basketball star's name in advertising, according to spokespeople for both sides.

  • Schilling subpoena approved, but it's not clear he'll get it

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:11:00 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A subpoena was approved Monday compelling former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to appear before a committee probing Rhode Island's $75 million deal with his failed video game company. But the subpoena is not enforceable outside the state and Schilling lives in neighboring Massachusetts, so it's unclear whether he will ever be served with it.

  • FIFA President Blatter says he was near death in hospital

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:07:22 GMT

    ZURICH (AP) — Without specifying his illness, Sepp Blatter said in excerpts from a television interview that he was near death when hospitalized for stress-related problems this month.

  • A boycott's birth: How the Missouri race protests began

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:36:40 GMT

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — On the day he met with black players for the University of Missouri's football team, graduate student Jonathan Butler hadn't eaten for six days.

  • Lawyers for Winston, Kinsman unhappy on eve of documentary

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:49:23 GMT

    The back and forth between the representatives of Jameis Winston and Erica Kinsman has ramped up on the eve of CNN's airing of the film "The Hunting Ground."

  • Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:44:52 GMT

    They were students and artists, music lovers, parents and newlyweds. The victims of last week's attacks in Paris had varied backgrounds and interests. Among the 130 killed in the attacks, here are some of their stories:

  • The Latest: 10,000 participate in Toulouse peace march

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 21:01:20 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

  • The Latest: Italy: Muslims protest attackers' abuse of Islam

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:04:56 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

  • The Latest: Brussels mayor recommends bars to close early

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:53:39 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

  • The Latest: French bikers pay respect to victims of attacks

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:38:58 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

  • The Latest: 11 doves released before French league match

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:33:02 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

  • NY court documents show big business of daily fantasy sports

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:50:21 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Documents filed at the court examining the legality of daily fantasy sports in New York show a rapidly growing national business built on billions in entry fees.

  • Detective whose story is featured in McFarland USA arrested

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:56:06 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California police detective who was a member of the championship 1987 track team depicted in the movie McFarland USA has been charged with tipping off a drug dealer in return for more than $15,000 in bribes over three years, federal authorities announced Friday in Bakersfield.

  • Column: DraftKings, FanDuel wrong for now, but on right side

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:54:37 GMT

    Say goodbye to all those annoying commercials.

  • Prosecutor: Former lottery official fixed 2011 Oklahoma game

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:43:49 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former lottery security officer who was convicted of rigging an Iowa Hot Lotto game an attempt to win a $14 million jackpot also fixed a game in Oklahoma, an Iowa prosecutor said Thursday.

  • Lawyer: Suit over A-Rod's legal fees settled

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:18 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says his firm has settled its lawsuit accusing New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez of failing to pay legal bills stemming from the Biogenesis scandal.

  • Man gets 25 years in DUI killing of Belhaven football player

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:05:49 GMT

    BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to drunken driving and killing a college football player who was riding a bicycle home from work last Christmas Eve.

  • Lawyers: NFL concussion deal excludes central brain injury

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:10:52 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former players appealing the NFL's $1 billion plan to address concussion-linked injuries asked a court on Thursday to reject the settlement because it excludes what they call the signature brain disease of football.

  • Massachusetts AG proposes tighter regs for fantasy sports

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:24:01 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports companies like FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings would be allowed to continue operating in Massachusetts, but with age and advertising restrictions, disclosure requirements and other new rules proposed Thursday by the state's attorney general.

  • Athletes want probe to go beyond Russian track team

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:58:53 GMT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Cleaning up the corrupt anti-doping system in Russia matters because of these stories:

  • NFL set to defend $1B concussion settlement amid appeals

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:03:28 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL will ask a U.S. appeals court to uphold a potential $1 billion plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players.

  • New charges filed against man in St. Louis robbery-shooting

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:33:31 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man already facing state charges in a robbery shooting that wounded and paralyzed a man as he left a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game with his girlfriend was indicted Wednesday by federal grand jurors on seven felony counts.

  • Ohio State QB Barrett pleads guilty to impaired driving

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:24:37 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has pleaded guilty to a count of driving while impaired and been sentenced to a three-day alcohol education program and fined $400.

  • Ohio State QB Barrett has court date on driving citation

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:39:34 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is scheduled to be arraigned on a citation for operating a vehicle while impaired.

  • Curry held to season-low 22 in Warriors' win over Pistons

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:02:35 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — On a night Stephen Curry struggled with his shot, Golden State barely missed a beat while extending its unbeaten streak.

  • Russia slammed in doping report, faces possible Olympic ban

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 04:23:58 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Russia's status as a sports superpower and its participation in track and field events at next year's Olympics came under threat Monday after a report accused the Russians of widespread, state-supported doping reminiscent of the darkest days of cheating by the former East Germany.

  • Escort lawsuit: 5 women join suit of Katrina Powell

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:56:26 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Five women have joined a lawsuit filed against escort Katina Powell and say she falsely alleges in her book that they participated in prostitution at the University of Louisville.

  • USSF recommends ban on headers for players 10 and under

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:18:24 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation is recommending a ban on headers for players 10 and under, limits for players between 11 and 13 and having medical professionals rather than coaches make decisions on whether players suspected of concussions can remain in games.

  • Illinois fires athletic director after athlete allegations

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 23:31:15 GMT

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas on Monday, saying he had done nothing wrong but a change was needed after the department was plunged into crisis when football and women's basketball players said had been mistreated by their coaches.