21: Lawyerball with Charles H. Martin

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the MASN television rights fees lawsuit between the Orioles and the Nationals with Charles H. Martin. Charles is the author of Lawyerball: The Courtroom Battle of the Orioles Against the Nationals and MLB for the Future of Baseball. We discuss his book and the details and implications of this ongoing lawsuit in this episode.  You can visit his website here and follow him on twitter at @Every1sGuide.

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20: Deflategate Update with Ian Gunn

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the Second Circuit’s recent Deflategate ruling with Ian Gunn. Ian is the first repeat guest for the Sports Law Biz Podcast as well as its inaugural guest. He also is a staff writer for the Sports Esquires, where he has written extensively about Deflategate as well as other legal issues. You can find an archive of his posts on the Sports Esquires here and follow him on twitter at @IanPGunn.

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19: MLB Fan-Safety Lawsuit with Nathaniel Grow

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the recent fan safety class action lawsuit brought against MLB with Nathaniel Grow, Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Nathaniel is also the author of the book Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption, a number of sports-related law review articles, and some sports-law posts on the website Fangraphs. His most recent Fangraphs post, which we discuss in this podcast episode, is entitled MLB Scores Important Victory in Fan-Safety Lawsuit. He is one of the top baseball legal analysts on the internet. You can follow him on twitter at @NathanielGrow.

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18: Sports Law Entrepreneurship with Tony Iliakostas

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the experience of hosting a sports law blog with Tony Iliakostas, the host and founder of the sports law webshow Law and Batting Order. He’s also a sports law contributor for the website LawNewz. Tony is a graduate of Fordham University and an alumnus of New York Law School. He’s also currently a Business Affairs Manager in the Rights Representation Group at Corbis Entertainment. You can follow Tony on twitter at @aliakostas and Law and Batting Order at @LawandBO.

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17: NCAA Issues with Joe Nocera

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses current challenges to the NCAA’s structure with Joe Nocera, an award-winning sports-business columnist for the New York Times. Joe’s most recent book, co-authored with Ben Strauss, is entitled Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA. In this interview, we discuss his research and opinions about problems with how the NCAA operates. You can follow Joe on twitter at @NoceraNYT.

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16: Sustainability in Sports with Brian McCullough

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses protections for student athletes with Brian McCullough, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration & Leadership at Settle University, where he serves as the coordinator of the new Sport Sustainability Leadership graduate specialization and certificate program. In this interview, we discuss the past, present and future of sustainability in the world of sports. You can follow Brian on twitter at @mcculloughbrian.

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15: International Sports Law with Claire Zovko

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses protections for student athletes with Claire Zovko, an international sports lawyer. She also teaches in the International Sports Law Program at ISDE and teaches a class about the Globalization of Sport at the University of Miami. She also hosts a bi-weekly twitter chat called Sports Law Chat. In this interview, we discuss the opportunities and challenges related to careers in international sports. You can follow Claire on twitter at @clairezovko.

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13: Morals Clauses with Kelly Jones

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses morals clauses with Kelly Jones. Kelly is Senior Counsel at Under Armour, an apparel and footwear company. She has years of experience negotiating endorsement contracts (among other types of contracts) on both sides of the bargaining table, previously representing athletes and currently representing a company that  seeks athlete endorsement of its products. In this interview, she provides insight into why morals clauses exist and how these clauses operate in the “real world.” This discussion covers good contractual drafting and negotiation principles for all lawyers, including sports lawyers.

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12: NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Policy with Elliot Rozenberg

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the NCAA’s transgender student-athlete policy with Elliot Rozenberg. Elliot wrote an article about the problems associated with the NCAA’s relatively new policy for transgender athletes that was published in the Spring 2015 edition of the Sports Lawyers Journal entitled “The NCAA’s Transgender Student-Athlete Policy: How Attempting To Be More Inclusive Has Led to Gender and Gender-Identity Discrimination.”

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11: Ethical Issues for Lawyer-Agents with Jeff Meehan

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses potential ethical issues faced by lawyer-agents in the sports world with Jeff Meehan.  Jeff wrote an article about the particular challenges faced by sports agents who are also lawyers that was published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Sports Lawyers Journal entitled “Harvard or Hardball? An Examination of Ethical Issues Faced by Lawyer-Agents.” Although many sports agents have law degrees, the rules of professional conduct that lawyers are subject to potentially expose these lawyer-agents to greater liability than their peers. These are issues not commonly examined, and Jeff explores them in depth during the course of our discussion and in his article.

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