As one of our original weekly posts running every Monday morning, “This Week in Sports Law” previews the upcoming week in sports law. The next two week will be relatively slow in the legal world with many lawyers and judges taking much of the holiday season off. Here are some stories to keep an eye on this week:
The Concussion Movie Opens on Christmas Day:
The long awaited opening of Concussion starring Will Smith (Dr. Bennett Omalu), Alec Baldwin (Dr. Julian Bailes) and Luke Wilson (Roger Goodell) is finally upon us. It will be interesting to see how the movie – a rare sports law thriller – fares at the box office. Early review show meh ratings, with a 61 tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here is the official trailor:
The NFL’s Final Deflategate Appeal Brief is due Monday (12/21):
The NFL’s final brief in the Deflategate Appeal, which will respond to the arguments made by the NFLPA/Brady in their recently filed brief, is due this Monday. This will be the final brief submitted by the parties prior to the March 3rd oral argument.
A law professor from New York filed a “friend of the court” brief last week, exposing a conspiracy theory against the NFL in their handling of Brady’s case. Here is our analysis including a copy of the brief. The deadline for additional “friends of the court” briefs has passed (Thanks @SportsLawProf) so this will be the only one filed.
More Deflategate Appeal Coverage:
-[On LawInSport.com] Will Deflategate Lead to Changes in the NFL’s Dispute Resolution Process