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:
Oscar Pistorius Sentencing
After more than three years in court, the Oscar Pistorius saga is nearing the finish line. For the second time, Pistorius will sentenced Monday, this time to be for murder after the South African appeals court upped his conviction from manslaughter to murder. In the appeal, prosecutors were able to convince the appeals court that Pistorius knew that someone, even if he didn’t know it was Reeva Steenkamp, was behind the bathroom door he shot through, thus giving Pistorius the requisite level of intent to commit murder. Pistorius faces a minimum sentence of 15 years, although the judge has discretion to give a shorter sentence in some circumstances.
Nick Symmonds Appeals
U.S. Runner Nick Symmonds fight against the USOC and US Track & Field for the ability to include ads for his company, Run Gum, is not over yet. On Friday, Symmonds filed a notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit appeals court after an Oregon District Court dismissed Symmonds’ antitrust lawsuit last month. The District Court held that the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act granted the USOC immunity from antitrust laws. The appeals court has not set a due date for Symmonds’ appellate brief.
— Dan Werly (@WerlySportsLaw) June 11, 2016
Symmonds recently auctioned off “advertisement space” on his arm to T-Mobile CEO John Legere for $21,800. He also filed an affidavit in support of fellow US runner Boris Berian in his lawsuit with Nike.
Interested in this case and other leading up to the Rio Games? Keep an eye on The White Bronco this week, as we will be launching a special featured section on Sports Law in Rio.
Had enough OJ yet?
Disclaimer: I bought the domain name for this site years ago, well before the present day onslaught on OJ-related TV shows, so please don’t blame me for the sudden over exposure of all things OJ. With that said, are you sick of it yet? ESPN’s 30 for 30 eight(!) hour documentary began this weekend and will continue on this week. Here is the schedule:
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) June 12, 2016
Maybe there was too much hype for this documentary, but was anyone else disappointed with the first episode? Having read quite a bit about the case and OJ (my favorite book is this one by Jeffrey Toobin), I didn’t see much new in the first episode. Based on all of those glowing reviews, I am optimistic that the remaining installments are more compelling.