This Week (7/5) in Sportslaw: NBA Moratorium Ends, Pistorius closure, and OJ’s Birthday

kevin durant lebron jamesEach 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’s July Moratorium Ends

On Thursday, the NBA’s moratorium ends meaning that teams can officially sign players. It will also start the three day clock team’s to match offers for restricted free agents who have signed offer sheets.

It was a wild weekend of team’s agreeing to terms with free agents, highlighted by Kevin Durant’s decision to create a super team in Golden State. Due to an abundance of cap space, team’s spent more than $3 billion on player contracts over the weekend. Last week, The White Bronco covered why the salary exploded this offseason and looked whether the League has a tampering problem.

OJ’s Birthday

OJ Simpson turns 69 on Thursday. He is currently serving a 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada and is eligible for parole in October 2017.   He has been denied parole two times already, but assuming good behavior, there is a good chance that he is released in 2017. You can keep tabs on OJ’s status on Lovelock’s inmate search. His profile reveals some interesting information, included that he goes by the alias “OJ Juice” in prison. Here is his most recent inmate picture:

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Oscar Pistorius Sentencing

After a week long sentencing hearing, which included testimony from Reeva Steenkamp’s family and Oscar Pistorius himself, the presiding judge will announce Pistorius’ sentence on Wednesday. This is the second time Pisorius has been sentenced. His first sentence was vacated after the South African appeals court upped his conviction from manslaughter to murder (it is worth noting that a increased charge on appeal is not something that could happen in the U.S. legal system). 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.

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