Law360 interviewed Joseph M. Hanna, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, for its examination of the “blockbuster sports cases that kept lawyers in the industry busy across the country” in 2016.
Joe commented on the divisive “Deflategate” Tom Brady controversy, noting that “Similar legal battles could arise out of this ‘gray area’ of [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell’s authority, and this will likely be a point of contention when the current CBA expires in 2020.”
He also provided analysis on the lawsuit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon over NCAA rules restricting compensation for athletes — a case that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear. “The O’Bannon case simply did not get to the heart of the much broader issue of amateurism under antitrust regulations,” Joe said. “Notably, the court could potentially handle this overarching issue in the ongoing grant-in-aid litigation.”