Good morning, readers. Here at the Marquette Sports Law Society Blog, we are introducing our newest post — “From the Courtroom.” Every week, we will provide you with a host of links on the latest sports law topics of the week.

 

New York Supreme Court judge rules against DraftKings, FanDuel

  • The daily sports fantasy sites took a hit on Friday, as DraftKings and FanDuel are now strictly prohibited to operate business in the state of New York. Nevada also recently prohibited such operation.
  • The issue boils down to whether daily fantasy is predicated on chance, which is illegal, or skill, which is legal.

PGA Tour Reluctant to Gamble on Daily Fantasy Sports

  • The PGA Tour, unlike other professional leagues (i.e. NBA, NFL, MLB), is not willing to indulge in the daily fantasy sports. This lack of initiative was suggested to the Tour by the Florida attorney general.
  • “We’re just kind of sitting back and seeing how it all plays out … It’s still very unsettled.” -PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw.

Steve Sarkisian files wrongful-termination lawsuit against USC

  • Months after being fired by the University of Southern California, the former Trojans head coach and his counsel filed a lawsuit against the school.
  • The Los Angeles Times provides the complaint.
  • Cause of Action #1: Breach of Written Contract (Head Coach Contract)
  • Cause of Action #2: Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  • Cause of Action #3: Failure to Engage in Interactive Process
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #4: Failure to Accommodate
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #5: Discrimination on the Basis of Disability
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #6: Retaliation
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #7: Failure to Prevent Discrimination and Retaliation
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #8: Confidentiality of Medical Information Act
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #9: Invasion of Privacy
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #10: Negligent Disclosure
  • Cause of Action #11: Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy
    • California state law claim
  • Cause of Action #12: Breach of Written Contract (Marketing Agreement)
  • Cause of Action #13: Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing (Marketing Agreement)
  • Cause of Action #14: Negligent Supervision, Training, Hiring, and Retention

Police report: Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired gunshots, ‘choked’ girlfriend in domestic incident

  • Occurred on October 30, 2015.
  • Chapman’s attorney told Yahoo! Sports that he vehemently denies the allegations as stated.
  • Before this news surfaced, the Cincinnati Reds, Chapman’s current MLB team, was in intense trade talks to send Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers. These talks are now on hold.
  • This incident also calls into question the new domestic violence protocol introduced by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Court slams NCAA in Reggie Bush USC violations case

  • According to a California appeals court, the NCAA reached a “predetermined conclusion” surrounding the sanctions imposed by the NCAA.
  • Issue being decided: Whether Todd McNair, former USC running backs coach, knew that Reggie Bush was receiving impermissible benefits.
    • McNair sued the NCAA for, among other causes of action, defamation. The court threw out those other causes of action but upheld the cause of action as to defamation.
    • This case will now proceed to trial.

 

 

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