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Friday, April 07, 2017

MLBers’ Al Jazeera Suit Could Chill Future Doping Coverage

A D.C. federal judge last week raised eyebrows by allowing defamation claims by two Major League Baseball stars to move forward against Al Jazeera over a 2015 investigative documentary that included claims they had used banned performance-enhancing drugs, sending a warning to reporters covering the underworld of doping to more thoroughly scrutinize sources.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to toss defamation claims by Ryan Zimmerman, who plays for the Washington Nationals, and Ryan Howard, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, over allegations in the controversial documentary “The Dark Side,” which aired in late December 2015, that they use a banned performance-enhancing steroid known as Delta 2…..

It is clear that Zimmerman and Howard are public figures, meaning that Al Jazeera and Davies are protected from defamation unless there is a showing that they published the alleged defamatory report with a reckless disregard for the truth in their reporting, the standard from the famous U.S. Supreme Court decision in the New York Times v. Sullivan case, according to professor Jane Kirtley, who teaches freedom of the press and mass communications law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

The question for the judge here, she says, is whether a jury could reasonably find Al Jazeera and Davies had done just that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: al jazeera, defemation, legal, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jury sides with Cleveland Indians in suit brought by fan blinded by foul ball

Rawlins took his then-15-year-old daughter to the game against the Baltimore Orioles and sat along the left field line in the stadium’s lower bowl. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Rawlins claimed the park’s ushers ordered fans to empty the section he was in and several others before a post-game fireworks show.

Rawlins said that he and several other fans stood up and walked up the aisle. As he had his back turned, he heard the crack of a baseball bat connecting with a pitch. He turned toward the field just as a line-drive foul ball struck him in the face.

The impact broke several bones and left him blind in his left eye, court records say. The ball was traveling about 95 miles per hour, according to court records.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2017 at 04:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, indians, legal, protective netting

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

How Mike Trout Could Legally Become a Free Agent

Considering that Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract extension back in 2014 – an agreement that runs through 2020 – this is just an interesting, but hypothetical, thought experiment, right?

Not necessarily. A relatively obscure provision under California law — specifically, Section 2855 of the California Labor Code — limits all personal services contracts (i.e., employment contracts) in the state to a maximum length of seven years. In other words, this means that if an individual were to sign an employment contract in California lasting eight or more years, then at the conclusion of the seventh year the employee would be free to choose to either continue to honor the agreement, or else opt out and seek employment elsewhere.

Although the California legislature has previously considered eliminating this protection for certain professional athletes – including Major League Baseball players – no such amendment has passed to date. Consequently, Section 2855 would presumptively apply to any player employed by one of the five major-league teams residing in California.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, free agency, legal, mike trout

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks sue Maricopa County to explore leaving Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County on Tuesday, seeking to break the team’s lease at Chase Field so that it can seek financiers to build a new stadium or renovate the 19-year-old ballpark.

The Diamondbacks’ lease with the county, which owns the stadium, prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024, and requires the team to play in its current home until 2028.

The Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit is the latest twist in a long-running conflict over which party is responsible for as much as $187 million in repairs and upgrades to Chase Field. The team threatened to sue last year after negotiations with the county broke down.

The county argues that a portion of the upgrades are cosmetic and the team’s financial responsibility, and that the county will have enough money over the long term to meet its share of the obligations. The Diamondbacks counter that the county-run stadium district has not set aside enough money for needed upgrades and is risking safety.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, legal, stadiums

 

 

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