SEL Section Articles of Interest (April 2020)

Members of the Sports & Entertainment Law (“SEL”) Section found the following recent third-party articles to be of potential interest to the Section. Feel free to reach out to the SEL Section communications chairs (Kelly Ryan and Amanda Whorton) if you would like to submit either personally written pieces or other third-party articles found that would be of interest to the entire SEL Section members.

The Legal Complications of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponement

New York Sports Clubs Sued for Still Charging Gym Fees for More Than 600,000 Members Despite Coronavirus Closure

Fair Winds to Copyright Holders: States Have Sovereign Immunity from Infringement Suits

NBA May Reduce Players’ Salaries Due to COVID-19 Shutdown

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REMINDER: SEL Section Trivia Night (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

By Sheila Spence

Join the NCBA Sports and Entertainment Law Section this Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. for #TriviaThursdays! Prizes will be available for winners. Please RSVP by May 6, 2020 using the link below. Join us on Zoom and get to know our Council and Section members. Pour a glass of your favorite beverage, throw on your old sports jerseys or favorite band T-shirts, and get ready to answer some questions about the sports and entertainment industry! Once you RSVP, the zoom link/information will be distributed.

When | Thursday, May 7| 6-7 p.m.

Where | Zoom (both a video link and a dial-in will be available)

RSVP | Click here.

Sports & Entertainment Law Section Trivia Night (Thursday, May 7, 2020)

By Sheila Spence 

Please join the NCBA Sports and Entertainment Law Section on May 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. for #TriviaThursdays! We may be stuck at home, but that won’t stop us from having a little fun. Join us on Zoom and get to know our Council and section members. Pour a glass of your favorite beverage, throw on your old sports jerseys or favorite band T-shirts, and get ready to answer some questions about the sports and entertainment industry! There will be prizes for the winners! Please RSVP by May 6, 2020 using the link below. Once you RSVP, the zoom link/information will be distributed.

When | Thursday, May 7th | 6-7 p.m.

Where | Zoom (both a video link and a dial-in will be available)

RSVP | Click here

SEL Chair’s Comments

By Brandon Huffman

I am working in my attic again. My firm has grown, but this is where it began. It is a fortress of solitude as dogs bark and kids rage in the floors beneath it. I am fielding calls from clients and answering emails like normal, but the tone has shifted. There are more calls about deals being called off and more emails about getting out of obligations or getting relief from the government. There are also more human conversations happening by Zoom, Skype, Hangouts, and Houseparty. I’m hearing more questions about individual well-being and mental health than ever before.

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Sports & Entertainment Law Section Articles of Interest (March 2020)

Members of the Sports & Entertainment Law (“SEL”) section found the following recent third party articles to be of potential interest to the section. Feel free to reach out to the SEL section communications chairs (Kelly Ryan and Amanda Whorton) if you would like to submit either personally written pieces or other third party articles found that would be of interest to the entire SEL section members.

NFL Players Association Executive Committee Member Files ULP Against Own Union and Its Leaders

The Sports World Responds to COVID-19

NCAA Will Consider Eligibility Relief for Student-Athletes Affected by COVID-19 Participation Ban

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Sports & Entertainment Law Section Articles of Interest (February 2020)

Members of the Sports & Entertainment Law (“SEL”) section found the following recent third party articles to be of potential interest to the section. Feel free to reach out to the SEL section communications chairs (Kelly Ryan and Amanda Whorton) if you would like to submit either personally written pieces or other third party articles found that would be of interest to the entire SEL section members.

XFL’s Second Act in Hands of Lawyers, With Three Running Teams

How Talent Deals Are Evolving As Studios Become Streamers

SAG-AFTRA Revealed Qualifications and Protocols for Intimacy Coordinators

AFM Unveiled a Shorter Schedule for 2020 and On

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The Future of College Sports Conference (Co-hosted by Duke Law and The Fuqua School of Business)

By Zach Flagel 

Duke Law and The Fuqua School of Business are co-hosting a Future of College Sports Conference to take place on March 6 and 7 (the weekend of the Duke-UNC game).

The conference will be hosting, among others:

  • Jay Bilas, ESPN analyst
  • David Robinson, NBA Hall-of-Famer
  • Congressman Mark Walker (NC)
  • Amy Perko, CEO of the Knight Commission
  • Robin Harris, Executive Director of the Ivy League
  • Donald Remy, NCAA COO/Chief Legal Officer
  • Stan Wilcox, NCAA VP of Regulatory Affairs
  • Leading sports law litigators at Winston & Strawn and Robinson Bradshaw

A full speaker list and registration details can be found at the conference website. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Zack Flagel if you have any questions.

Sports & Entertainment Law Section Articles of Interest (January 2020)

By various authors

Members of the Sports & Entertainment Law (“SEL”) section found the following recent third party articles to be of potential interest to the section. Feel free to reach out to the SEL section communications chairs (Kelly Ryan, kelly.ryan@katten.com and Amanda Whorton, amwhorton@gmail.com) if you would like to submit either personally written pieces or other third party articles found that would be of interest to the entire SEL section members.


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Pending State Bills Propose to Limit The Ability of Transgender Student-Athletes to Compete

BuzzFeed Wins Libel Suit Regarding “King of Bullsh*t News” Article

Virginia Considering Student-Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Legislation

As The NCAA Formulates Options, More States Opt To Use Legislation As The Solution For Name, Image and Likeness Rights

Inspiration to Infringement: Copyright Issues in Scripted Entertainment Inspired by Song Lyrics

Duke Law’s 10th Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium (Friday, January 17)

By Zack Flagel

On behalf of Duke’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society, you are cordially invited to attend Duke Law’s 10th Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium Friday, January 17.

This year, the theme is “Athlete and Artist Rights in the Evolving Sports, Entertainment, and Music Industries.”

The Symposium includes a panel addressing the USWNT/Equal Pay Movement and a corresponding Keynote Address by Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a prominent women’s sports advocate and Duke Olympic gold medalist. The Symposium will also feature panels on the film and music industries.

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Sports & Entertainment Law Section Articles of Interest (December 2019)

Members of the Sports & Entertainment Law Section found the following recent third party articles to be of potential interest to the Section:

Want To See Pete Davidson Do Standup? There’s An NDA You Have To Sign First…

A slam-dunk? Sweeping and dramatic changes may be coming to the NBA

Federal Legislators Form Working Group To Address Student-Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Rights

Questions Raised Over Marketing Restrictions on Olympic Athletes

Tepper Sports files for 8 trademarks for Charlotte’s MLS team name

No Apologies: Marc Jacobs Pushes Back on Nirvana’s Copyright and Trademark Infringement Claims