Patent Office Rules Against Redskins, Cancels Trademark

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled today in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football Inc., a suit brought by a group of Native Americans seeking to have the Washington Redskins' trademarks canceled on the grounds that the name is disparaging. The plaintiffs achieved a major victory:… »6/18/14 10:00am6/18/14 10:00am


Lawyer Who Aided NCAA's Miami Investigation Faces Ethics Charges

Yesterday, the Florida Bar formally filed ethics charges against Maria Elena Perez, the attorney who represented booster Nevin Shapiro and helped the NCAA illegally obtain evidence against the University of Miami. Perez is accused of 15 separate violations of Bar rules, in providing help for the investigation that… »4/15/14 11:56am4/15/14 11:56am

No, Paying Athletes Won't Bankrupt College Sports

The NCAA's biggest and most bruited argument against compensating players is that athletics programs couldn't take on the additional burden of player salaries without going bankrupt. The argument has a certain appeal to a certain kind of fan, the one who thinks sports took a turn for the worse at roughly half-past… »1/16/14 12:22pm1/16/14 12:22pm

Alex Rodriguez's Suit Against MLB Is The Year's Best Baseball Reading

Late last night, Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, accusing MLB and Bud Selig (specifically named as a defendant) of, and I'm quoting, "improperly marshal[ing] evidence that they hope to use to destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez, one of the most accomplished Major… »10/04/13 11:11am10/04/13 11:11am

How J.J. Redick's Abortion Contract Was Conceived

Tuesday, we brought you a 2007 confidentiality agreement between then-rookie J.J. Redick and model ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez, a bizarre contract that stipulated Redick would have to fake his relationship with Lopez in exchange for her getting an abortion. Today we've obtained more emails and documents showing the… »7/25/13 4:20pm7/25/13 4:20pm

Mike Tyson's Lawsuit Claims His Financial Advisor Embezzled Money From Him

Earlier this week, Mike Tyson canceled the remaining dates of his touring one-man show. You could assume (and still can) that lagging ticket sales played a role, but this might be bigger: Tyson is suing promoter Live Nation and its financial services firm, claiming his financial advisor embezzled money from him and… »2/21/13 9:50am2/21/13 9:50am

The Lawyer For Fred Smoot, Who Double-Donged Two Hookers, Would Like You To Know Smoot Did Not Pee Himself After His DUI Arrest

Yesterday we passed along the news that Fred Smoot, the former cornerback best known for inserting a double-ended dildo into two prostitutes on a Vikings sex cruise, was arrested last month in Washington for a DUI. Among the information in the police affidavit: Smoot urinated down his pants leg while being processed… »1/25/13 4:50pm1/25/13 4:50pm

Read Floyd Landis's Lawsuit Againt Lance Armstrong, Which The Government Could Join Any Day

There's no love lost between Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong, two of America's greatest cyclists with a combined zero Tour de France wins between them. After Landis was nailed for synthetic testosterone use and stripped of his trophies, he turned informer—he made public claims about Armstrong's and the USPS team's… »1/17/13 10:10am1/17/13 10:10am

SEC Schools Spend $163,931 Per Athlete, And Other Ways The NCAA Is A Bonfire For Your Money

College sports are big business, but just how big? In the SEC, on average, schools spend 12 times as much per individual athlete as they do per individual student. Not on the athletes, of course, just around them. There are priorities here. And for most schools, athletic revenue doesn't come close to covering these… »1/16/13 11:35am1/16/13 11:35am

"Dangerously Excessive": How Washington State Football Confronted, And Didn't Confront, The First Bad News Of The Mike Leach Era

"There are no signs of abuse," Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos told reporters last month, after the school had concluded an internal investigation into claims that football coach Mike Leach and his staff had mistreated players in his debut season there. Based on interviews with a dozen football… »1/08/13 1:15pm1/08/13 1:15pm

"In The Oil Business, We Call It A Dry Hole": Angry Letters Boosters Send The AD When The Football Team Goes 0-12

We've examined the difficulties faced by first-year athletic director Jeff Hammond, who inherited a multi-million-dollar budget deficit when he took over at Southern Miss. Complicating matters was the performance of the team, which went 0-12 under new head coach Ellis Johnson. Johnson had been hired under lame-duck AD… »12/27/12 2:35pm12/27/12 2:35pm

Cash-Strapped Southern Miss Tries To Wring More Money Out Of Its Schedule, Considers Canceling BYU Series

Last month, we took a look at the University of Southern Mississippi football program and its athletic director, Jeff Hammond, who a year ago inherited a coach he never wanted and a multi-million-dollar athletic department deficit he had to fix. Last month, he addressed the former by firing coach Ellis Johnson after… »12/26/12 2:00pm12/26/12 2:00pm

"It Is Totally Out Of Control": Here's The Letter That Started Washington State's Investigation Of Mike Leach [UPDATED]

Washington State University announced today that an internal review had cleared football coach Mike Leach and his staff of any misconduct. Last month, star wide receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended for violating team rules, after which he quit the team and released a public letter alleging that coaches had abused… »12/12/12 11:18pm12/12/12 11:18pm

Steve Francis Is Being Sued For $9,000 In Missed Payments On A 1964 Ford Thunderbird

We haven't heard from Steve Francis in a while. Last we checked in, he was being welcomed like a king in China—then left his team after playing less than 14 minutes. Seems he's living back in Houston (in a pretty nice house, so don't worry about Stevie), and buying classic cars, and, allegedly, not paying for them. »10/25/12 4:00pm10/25/12 4:00pm