NFL Annual Meetings: Yesterday, the NFL annual meetings — consisting of league employees, owners, coaches, and general managers — kicked off in Boca Raton, Florida. While some of the League’s biggest sportslaw issues are in a holding pattern (Deflategate, Adrian Peterson appeal), legal issues will likely remain be the focus of the meetings. Expect topics to include:
- NFL’s recent admission that there is a link between football and CTE
- The NFL’s excessive penalty of the Chiefs for free agency tampering
- Roger Goodell’s possible decreased role in player discipline
The biggest piece of news to likely come out of these meeting is which of the 19 proposed rule changes are implemented. In order for any rule to be passed, it must receive 24 of 32 team votes. Here is a full breakdown of each of the proposed rules.
One date to keep your eye on? Roger Goodell will hold a press conference at the conclusion of the meetings on Wednesday.
New York MMA Legislation: After a seven-year battle, MMA is finally set to be legalized in New York. Currently, New York is the only state with a MMA ban. This is likely to change on Tuesday, when the New York Assembly (which apparently has the requisite support) votes on a bill to legalize the sport.
According to a UFC spokesperson, it is planning to hold one event in New York in 2016 and four events annually moving forward.