• Ruling Heartens 'Redskins' Opponents, Changes Nothing

    by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    The Washington NFL team can still call itself "Redskins." That didn't change with Wednesday's ruling by a federal trademark board. But opponents of the name, who call it a racial slur, hope team owner Daniel Snyder will change it on his own.

  • O'Bannon Case: Is NCAA Defending the Indefensible?

    by Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) June 2014

    The NCAA might be losing the Ed O'Bannon case. If testimony this week is any indication, the NCAA is reeling in its effort to protect the notion that student-athletes are just engaging in their favorite hobbies while being given full rides on the academic taxi. In a San Francisco courtroom this week, defense attorneys for the NCAA are trying to prop up the idea that student-athletes should not receive money for use of their images. Petitioners are arguing that they should get a cut when schools, who collect billions of dollars in revenue, use their likenesses and images for promotions and advertisements.

  • Gold's Gym Hit with $6M Judgment Over Contract Terms

    by Stephanie Hoops June 2014

    The Ventura County district attorney has secured a $6 million judgment against Gold’s Gym of Oxnard in connection with a civil action alleging the gym had illegally profited off members for years by making it nearly impossible to get out of gym contracts.

  • Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.

  • Stadium Surveillance Key in Convicting Railing Slider

    by Shawn Campbell; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    Video surveillance from Ralph Wilson Stadium that showed Robert Hopkins sliding down a rail and climbing back up to his seat five times before falling from the upper deck and injuring another fan was the key to his conviction Tuesday, prosecutors said. "The video speaks for itself," Assistant District Attorney Michael Drmacich said, "and I think that the jury came to the same conclusion. ... It's great to have video evidence of a crime taking place. It makes it a lot easier as a prosecutor."

  • WVU AD Luck Looks at O'Bannon Case as Lawyer Himself

    by Dave Hickman June 2014

    If you're like me, the Ed O'Bannon proceedings in Oakland give you an offensive lineman-sized headache. At just about the time you think you've figured out the direction the plaintiffs and the NCAA are going, they veer off into another one. Then again, if you're like Oliver Luck, you relish in the accounts.

  • Witness: Buffalo Fan Ignored Pleas to Stop Railing Slides

    by Shawn Campbell; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    Despite pleas from other fans urging him to stop, Robert Hopkins kept sliding down a railing in the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to a fan who was at the Nov. 17 Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets. Jon Deeks, who sat in the same section as Hopkins, testified Friday in Orchard Park Town Court that he saw Hopkins slide on the railing. During Hopkins' third or fourth slide, Deeks said he heard a woman plead with him to stop. Other fans in the section told him to stop, too, Deeks said.

  • Opinion: By Waffling, Sterling Keeps Making it Worse

    by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    He is going to fight, then he's not going to fight. He's going to sue, then he's not going to sue. Now, Donald Sterling is going to fight and sue the NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver and his wife, Shelly Sterling. Until he decides he's not going to do that. Which could be tomorrow, the day after or next week.

  • Lawsuits Against NCAA Starting to 'Change the Landscape'

    by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    On Day 1 of the trial in the Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, the biggest development had nothing to do with O'Bannon, even though he was the opening witness Monday.

  • Braves Appeal Lawsuit Involving 2010 Foul-Ball Injury

    by Bill Rankin; Staff June 2014

    The foul ball sliced into the seats behind the Atlanta Braves dugout and rocketed into the head of an 8-year-old boy. On the mound, pitcher Julio Teheran collapsed into a crouch, clasping his head with his hands. The batter, Milwaukee Brewers' outfielder Carlos Gomez, knelt, bowed his head and made the sign of the cross. Play was briefly suspended, and the TV cameras followed the boy's father as he carried the stricken child out of the stands. "It was fast and hard," Teheran said of the line-drive foul that struck the young fan May 20 in Atlanta. "No one had a chance to get out of the way." The field-level seats behind each dugout at Turner Field can be dangerous territory, particularly when a major league hitter fouls a line drive at 90 mph into the crowd. (An engineering professor who testified in a Boston Red Sox case said the foul ball that struck a woman in the face went from bat to fan in one second.)