Sports and Entertainment Law NEWS: Miami

Dollar Sign.jpgSports and Entertainment law is a specialized branch of commercial law that focuses on the needs and problems surrounding people or groups in the sports or entertainment field. If you are in the sports or entertainment field, you have more at risk than just money or jail time. If you are misrepresented, it could result in the end of your career. If you have a legal issue, contact a Miami sports and entertainment lawyer who can protect your rights and your career. There are many aspects of law that a Miami sports and entertainment lawyer can address. Here are a few examples of issues you might be facing in your career.

The Justice Department has recently asked NCAA some difficult questions about how the college football league determines which team becomes the national champion each year, and if their current process is legal. The Justice department has decided to investigate after allegations that the NCAA gives some college teams easier access to lucrative bowl games, which also those teams an easier path to the National Championship game. The Justice Department is attempting to determine if the NCAA’s process of determining the college football champion each year is in violations of United States anti trust laws. The Department send an inquiry to the President of the college league asking for reasons why the NCAA does not use a standard play off system, similar to what nearly every other sport uses. Several Utah professors are planning to file a lawsuit against the college league claiming their school is not receiving fair treatment in the current championship model.

In New York, the Titan’s second string quarterback Christopher Simms was cleared of all charges after being arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana. Simms insisted the charges were false and the officer make a mistake. He was arrested after midnight in July at a check point in New York City while on the way home after eating dinner in the city with a few friends. The officer claimed Simms spun out prior to reaching the check point, seemed out of it and smelled of the illegal drug. The officer also claimed Simms insisted there was no drugs in the car because he had already consumed it. A friend of the football player insisted he had previously smoked the drug near the car, which resulted in the residual smell detected by the police officer.

The National Basketball Association’s collective bargaining agreement is set to lapse over the summer, and the NBA commissioner is hoping to avoid the highly publicized National Football Leagues disputes that nearly ended the 2011 to 2012 football season. The commissioner recently expressed hopes that the NBA can keep negotiations out of the courtrooms, insisting that taking the issue to court will not help the two parties reach a new agreement.

If you are facing issues such as these, or any other legal issues related to your field contact a Miami Sports and entertainment lawyer who is experienced and can protect your rights.

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Justice Department’s letter to NCAA: Why is there no playoff?
by The Associated Press, TriValley Central, May 5th 2011