Each Monday The White Bronco’s “This Week in Sports Law” previews the week to come in the sports legal world. Here is a look at what is going on this week:
[Be sure to check out The White Bronco’s calendar to keep track of all of the key upcoming sports law dates]
NBA Free Agency
After a wild draft last week (it was particularly nerve racking for this Bulls fan), the NBA offseason rages on with free agency moratorium beginning Thursday at midnight. At 12:01 a.m. EST Friday, teams are free to meet with free agents and players can agree to terms with teams, but cannot actually sign contracts until the moratorium is over on July 7th. With the DeAndre Jordon emoji fiasco last summer in mind, the NBA shortened the moratorium period by five days. The moratorium exists to allow the league time to calculate the exact amount of the salary cap and the luxury tax figure for the upcoming season.
Kevin Durant is the biggest free agency prize this year, and has already announced that he will meet with six teams. The White Bronco will be bringing you NBA offseason content all week beginning with a look at the League’s tampering rules today.
Tennessee’s Answer in Title IX Lawsuit
After a federal judge mostly rejected the University of Tennessee’s request to dismiss the Title IX lawsuit filed against it by eight anonymous women, Tennessee’s response to the allegations is due on Thursday (6/30). The women allege that the university created an environment that enables sexual assaults committed by student athletes. Included among the allegations against the school is this one, related to Peyton Manning’s actions while at UT (he is not a party to the lawsuit):
While it is expected that UT will deny nearly all of the allegations (after all, the university’s motion to dismiss characterized Plaintiffs’ allegations as “throwing mud at the wall in the hope something will stick”), it will be interested to see if they are forced to admit and/or explain some allegations. The WB will post a PDF of the filing as soon as it is filed, stay tuned.
NFL Appeal Decisions?
It seems like we have been waiting forever for the Eighth Circuit to rule on the Adrian Peterson appeal (it has actually been 252 days). Now the Second Circuit’s decision on whether to rehear Deflategate is beginning to drag on. Many of those who are closely following the case thought that that court would have ordered the NFL to respond to Brady’s request (or summarily rejected Brady’s request) by now. Can we read anything into the fact that they have not? Probably not. Unfortunately, courts move at their own speed and there is no point in predicting which way one may rule solely based on how long a decision takes.
Will this be the week that one or both of these decisions finally comes out?