Each Monday The White Bronco’s “This Week in SportsLaw” previews the week to come in the sports legal world. Here is what is going on this week:
Erin Andrews Trial: Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews’ civil lawsuit seeking $75M in damages from the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University begins today in Tennessee state court. The lawsuit alleges that the hotel negligently revealed that Andrews would be a guest at the hotel and failed to discover that another hotel guest modified the peephole of Andrews’ hotel room door.
Marriott International was originally listed as a defendant but was recently dismissed and found to not be responsible for security at a local branch hotel. The lawsuit was originally filed in July 2010. Trial is expected to last ten days. Here is a copy of the complaint.
NFL Combine: The annual NFL combine kicks off Tuesday in Indianapolis with a new sportslaw twist. The NFL is apparently conducting background investigations on each invitee and if the review shows misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault, the player will not be able to attend the combine.
As women’s rights attorney Amy Lauricella and I recently discussed, this policy sounds great but has little teeth in practice. No word on whether the NFL has disqualified any potential invitees so far.
Deflategate Judges Assigned: The Deflategate appeal is scheduled to be argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on March 3rd. On Thursday, the three-judge panel hearing the arguments will be announced. The three judges prior history in ruling on labor issues could impact the outcome of the appeal.
Another remaining wildcard in Deflategate is the Adrian Peterson appeal decision, which is now overdue but could be announced any day. Read how Peterson could impact Deflategate. The White Bronco will have plenty of coverage of the Deflategate appeal in the next couple of weeks. Have a request? Let us know in the comments section.