This Week In Sports Law: Raiders Stadium, FIFA Bribes Cost Company $113 Million, New Baylor Lawsuit – Forbes

Oakland Starts The Process Of Pursuading The Raiders To Stay

Will the Oakland Raiders stay or will they go? It has been a serious topic of discussion for some time. The Raiders have a home waiting for them in Las Vegas, if the NFL approves the move. Alternatively, the Raiders may choose to remain in Oakland if there is enough money to support a new stadium.

The latter option received a boost this week when two legislative bodies approved a nonbinding term sheet concerning a $1.3 billion stadium plan for Oakland. Under the plan, the city of Oakland and Alameada county would provide 105 acres at the Coliseum site to build.

But maybe the “boost” is made up of smoke and mirrors. “There’s no way this would slow down a viable deal in Las Vegas,” said Stanford sports economist Roger Noll, indicating that it is non-binding, non-specific, cannot be evaluated and the NFL would not find it  to be sufficient to warrant consideration.

So, Raiders to Las Vegas?

FIFA Bribes Cost Media Company $113 Million

Argentine sports media company Torneos y Competencias SA has agreed to pay roughly $113 million to avoid charges that it was involved with bribing FIFA officials. $23.76 million of the aforesaid amount comes in the form of a penalty. The rest is being paid from proceeds received by the media company.

It was alleged that Torneos y Competencias SA used sham contracts and invoices in an effort to conceal a scheme that paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to high ranking FIFA officials in exchange for securing support for broadcasting rights to future games.

DirecTV holds a 40% share in Torneos y Competencias SA.

Fired Baylor Employee Files Lawsuit Against Law Firm

The litigation resulting from Baylor’s football team’s sexual assault scandal has spilled over to the school’s legal counsel. The law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP has been sued for committing negligence and defamation as part of its investigation of the scandal. Two of the firm’s partners were personally named as defendants as well.

The lawsuit was filed by Tom Hill, who was an employee for the athletics department before being fired as a result of the investigation. He claims that Pepper Hamilton failed to obtain pertinent facts and important witness testimony. Hill is asking for $60,000 in lost income.

Bode Miller Bashes Former Sponsor For Preventing Him From Skiing

U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller decided that he wanted to break the silence regarding pending litigation with HEAD USA. As background, Miller sued HEAD USA in September, asking for the court to invalidate a restriction in his termination agreement with HEAD USA, which obligates him to continue to compete using HEAD USA equipment.

“I have remained silent about the pending lawsuit with HEAD,” said Miller. “However, as a result of HEAD issuing misleading press statements with false allegations and misinformation – it is important that I set the record straight for both my fans as well as for the entire ski industry.”

Miller says there is no requirement that says he must use HEAD USA equipment since the agreement was terminated with the company.

“This is a nothing more than a case of corporate oppression against an individual ski racer and our start up ski company, Bomber. Throughout our work together, I had a great relationship with HEAD and made many friends there, I have great respect for the company and their equipment.  However, when I retired I moved on and they should not seek to deprive me or my fans from my racing again. California state law clearly states that, with few exceptions, athletes may not be prevented from competing and earning their living. This is my last real chance to race competitively in the World Cup and World Championship, and it is disappointing to me that HEAD is trying to block me from doing that. I just want to ski.”

The Biggest Sports Law Issues Of 2016

A large group of prominent sports lawyers and professors provided their opinions as to the biggest sports law issues in 2016. Each respondent was only allowed to submit one topic area and deliver a short description as to the reasoning.

LawInSport published the conglomeration of responses, which included a discussion of the O’Bannon decision and collegiate athlete rights, daily fantasy sports and gambling laws, the NFL’s concussion litigation and other topics.

Darren Heitner the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C. and Sports Agent Blog. He authored the book, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know.

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