Articles of Interest: Betting In the Bible Belt, Drones and ‘Cubnoxious’ Fans

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

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Articles of Interest: Cyberattack Suit, Horse Race Announcer’s Claim, Sponsorship Of Women’s Sports

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

March Madness! Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Massive Cyberattack After Basketball Game Loss – Higgins v. Kentucky Sports Radio

Horse Race Announcer Sues Over Bill Murray Film That Included His Trademarked Tagline

Sponsorship of women’s sport – the time is now

New center to train sports law lawyers, promote interdisciplinary research

Duke says it is ‘looking into’ lawyer Michael Avenatti’s claims Nike paid Zion Williamson’s mother

NCAA Considers Restrictions To Curtail Use Of Graduate Student Transfers

Trump Campaign Uses ‘Dark Knight’ Music In Campaign Ad, Warner Bros. Says It’s Looking At Legal Options

Dallas Mavericks Fail To Get Trademark For Its Star Player’s Nickname

Review of the Joint Annual Meeting for the IP and SEL Sections

By Angelica N. McDonald

On Friday, April 5, 2019, the Intellectual Property Law and the Sports & Entertainment Law sections of the NCBA combined forces for a special joint Annual Meeting. With parallel and overlapping tracks of law, the meeting covered the latest developments in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and sports and entertainment law.  The attendees were able to gain insight from both in-house and outside counsel on issues related to IP Law, Sports and Entertainment Law, and the intersection of the different practice areas.

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Items of Interest: Gigi Hadid Suit, Fiji Water Girl, ESports Issues

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

Gigi Hadid Photo Provokes Copyright Lawsuit

Fiji Water Girl and Fiji Water Company Cross Streams

The ESports Industry-The Top Ten Labor and Employment Law Issues

State, feds seize $100,000 in fake jerseys and other goods during NBA All-Star Game

California Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Keep Amateur Status While Securing Marketing Opportunities

Amazon’s New “Project Zero” – A Way for Brand Owners to Curb Counterfeits

Soccer players sue for equal treatment, pay

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination

Inside USWNT’s New Equal Pay Lawsuit vs. U.S. Soccer–and How CBA, EEOC Relate

A Look Inside How Courts Have Applied The Wire Act To Gambling

More Kardashian Drama: A Legal Fight Over Ownership of the Kimoji Emoji Set–Liebensohn v. Kardashian

Bribes and Big-Time Sports: U.S.C. Finds Itself, Once Again, Facing Scandal

Breaking Down Conor McGregor’s Latest Round of Legal Troubles and the Potential Consequences

March Madness! Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Massive Cyberattack After Basketball Game Loss–Higgins v. Kentucky Sports Radio

Save Feb. 15: All-Star Weekend Networking Happy Hour

The Sports Lawyers Association is hosting a networking happy hour during the NBA All Star weekend in Charlotte and has invited NCBA SEL members to attend if they are interested. All NCBA Sports & Entertainment Law Members are welcome to attend! Please RSVP in advance if you would like to attend.  Details of the event are as follows:

NBA All-Star Weekend Networking Happy Hour
Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Cotton Room & Upper Deck
144 Brevard Court Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28202

North Carolina Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Section members will receive complimentary admission to the event. Other organizations that have been invited to attend include the Sports Lawyers Association, Black Sports & Entertainment Lawyers Association, NFL Alumni Association, NBA Players Association & Agents, NFL Players Association & Agents, and the Esports Bar Association.


Items of Interest: Tattoo Ownership, CA Sports Betting, Trademark Protection For ‘Scandalous Brands,’ Etc.

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

Athletes Don’t Own Their Tattoos. That’s a Problem for Video Game Developers.

California Sports Betting Faces Tough But Not Impossible Road

Counterpoint: Maybe Athletes Should Rush To The Trademark Office … If They Play For Teams Like The Dallas Mavericks

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The Show Must Not Go On: NCAA Faces Enforcement Hurdle Following Court’s Prohibition Against Show Cause Penalties

By Rob Harrington

A California Superior Court Judge struck down a critical component of NCAA enforcement in early October, ruling that the organization’s “show cause” penalties unlawfully constrain a person’s right to seek employment under California law.[1] Judge Frederick Shaller’s decision gave former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair a victory in his seven-year battle against the NCAA, although it remains uncertain whether that victory can withstand the inevitable scrutiny to be administered by other courts.

The NCAA relies on show cause penalties as one of its most devastating punishments, designed to deter bad behavior by NCAA coaches. The organization reserves these orders for serious offenses, and the orders require that a school hiring (or continuing to employ) an impacted coach to detail for the NCAA how it will monitor the coach. Additionally, if a coach laboring under a show cause order commits further rules violations, the organization will levy more severe punishments to the institution. Because these penalties are affixed to an individual, rather than the school, they can make the coach effectively unhirable.[2]

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‘Big Pimpin’’ and Moral Rights: A Look At a Ninth Circuit Copyright Appeal

By Michael Garrigan

Shawn Carter, professionally known as rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, released the hip-hop track “Big Pimpin’” in 2000. Like many songs in the hip-hop genre, “Big Pimpin’” contains a fair amount of profanity and suggestion. “Big Pimpin’” peaked at #18 on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart. The song also ranks at #467 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Producer, Timothy Mosley, professionally known as Timbaland, provided an eclectic sound bed over which Jay-Z could compose—an infectious, exotic flute melody consumed by a Southern hip-hop beat. The flute melody would eventually be the source of an eleven (11)-year legal dispute.

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Items Of Interest: President Trump, the Iranian Nuclear Deal and the FIFA World Cup

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

How is President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal related to the FIFA World Cup?

Seventh Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year In Residence’ Requirement For Transfers

NHL Secures Federal Court Victory As Class Action Status Denied In Concussion Case

The US Army Gets Armistice With NHL Team Over ‘Golden Knights’ Trademark

Copyright and Tattoos: Who owns your ink?

Black Eyed Peas’ Can’t Trademark #Willpower

Notorious ‘Porno-Trolling Scheme’ Lawyer Pleads Guilty

Restrictive Covenant Targeted in Efforts to Bring Sports Betting to Cherry Hill Site

Why Didn’t Ohio State Fire Urban Meyer? Breaking Down Its Decision From a Legal Standpoint

Marshall University official issues warning about sports betting

The Week In Sports Betting: Here Comes College Football Season For Sportsbooks … And Daily Fantasy Sports?

Five Ways Legal Sports Betting Could Run Off The Rails

Buffalo Wild Wings Partners With DraftKings To Enter World Of Fantasy Football

Coaching contracts demand more obligations

Colin Kaepernick Wins a Ruling in Collusion Grievance Against NFL for Case to Proceed

The Mystery Of Columbia Pictures DMCAing Its Own Leaked Promotional Posters For Its ‘Holmes And Watson’ Movie

NFL Can’t Avoid Copyright Suit by Sports Photographers

Requirements for Submissions to the NCBA Sports & Entertainment Law Section Blog

Blog pieces are geared toward informing laypeople and practitioners of relevant legal issues and current legal events in the areas of sports and entertainment.  It is a great opportunity to get published while in law school!

Submission Requirements:

  • Choose a current/relevant issue in Sports and Entertainment Law and advocate a position.
  • A maximum of 1,500 words in Microsoft Word and 25 footnotes in Bluebook format.
  • Send by e-mail to Kelly Ryan ( and Amanda Whorton ( with the subject line: NCBA Blog Submission
  • Also include the following:
    • A link to your LinkedIn bio
    • How you would like your name to appear on the post
    • A head shot sent as a separate attachment

We look forward to reading your submissions for publication consideration!


Kelly and Amanda

Communications Co-chairs

Sports & Entertainment Law Section

North Carolina Bar Association