In this episode, I discuss why Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez theoretically withdrew his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association after he was handed a 162-game suspension from MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
Hey LABO Nation,
In case you don't know from my mentions in episodes of #TheHuddle, I serve as the Vice President of the New York Law School Sports Law Society. In addition to serving in that role, I am the co-chair of the 5th Annual Sports Law Symposium alongside my good friend and society president Jacqui Lamer.
After months of hard work and planning, I am pleased to announce that registration for the 5th Annual Sports Law Symposium is now open. The 5th Annual Sports Law Symposium at New York Law School will happen on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 10 AM to 5 PM, with a networking reception to follow until 6 PM. You can register for the symposium by visiting http://NYLS5LS.eventbrite.com.
We have a slew of panels on deck for this year's symposium, but we're especially pleased with the line-up of panelists that agreed to participate in our symposium. Our panelists include former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, ESPN investigative reporter TJ Quinn, and Senior VP of Investigations for MLB Dan Mullin. Likewise, previous LABO guests will serve as panelists in this year's symposium, including Darren Heitner, Ben Haynes, and David Fish.
If you're a law school student who's passionate about sports law, a sports attorney, a sports business professional, or an aficionado of the sports law industry, this is a symposium you do NOT want to miss. Jacqui and I are confident this will be our best symposium yet.
Please join us and help market our symposium by using the hashtag #NYLS5LS. If you're in the NYC area that day, I sure hope you'll join us!
In this episode, I discuss the lengthy complaint that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed against MLB, the MLB Players Association, and Arbitrator Frederic Horowitz after his suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal dropped from 211 games to 162 games.
SportsNetworker.com's Rising Stars in SportsBiz for 2014: http://www.sportsnetworker.com/2014/01/23/rising-stars-sportsbiz-2014/
In this episode, I sit down with Paul Kilgas, a Wisconsin-based attorney, to discuss the collegiate athletics compliance scene, talk pay-for-play, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of compliance offices in different athletic departments around the county.
Follow Paul Kilgas on Twitter at twitter.com/PaulKilgas
Hey LABO Nation,
When I started LABO in December 2011, I never imagined that this little web-show would get the attention that it's been getting lately. From being featured in an article for the website "The Student Appeal" to even appearing as a sports law analyst for the web-based radio show SportsZone, I have been honored to have my work for Law and Batting Order recognized. And alas, the time has come when LABO will be featured on a new medium. This time, it'll be on TV!
On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, I will have the pleasure and honor of being featured on a NY public television show called "Today's Verdict with David Lesch." If you don't follow "Today's Verdict," it's a 30-minute show that discusses pressing legal topics to everyday people. It airs every first and third Tuesday of the month and is hosted by attorney David Lesch, as the title suggests. I will be interviewed to talk about my work with LABO while attending law school, and perhaps we'll dive into some sports law issues. But the subject of our conversation is unknown at this time.
And because I'm sharing this with you all, I would be equally honored if you had a chance to tune in to the interview! It will be a live to tape show, but the episode will begin at 6:30 PM on BronxNet (Channel 33 if you live in the Bronx). If you don't live in the Bronx, the episode will be streaming at 6:30 via BronxNet's live stream. This will also air on NY's other public television stations MNN and QPTV. However, the dates and times for those airings have yet to be determined.
I'm really excited to be featured in my very first TV interview! But this and much more would not be possible without the support of my viewers! Thank you all SO MUCH for your constant support of LABO, for commenting, for watching, and for sharing LABO with your friends, family, and members of the sports law community.
Thomas Edison simply said once, "There is no substitute for hard work." I have worked hard on LABO all these months and it has certainly paid off. I can't wait to keep working hard and delivering quality content for you all.
Thanks, and to those of you taking finals, GOOD LUCK!
In this episode, I discuss the ongoing investigation of Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston being linked to a sexual assault case. I break down Florida's law on sexual battery and how the law applies to this investigation.
See you next season guys!
Hey LABO Nation,
First, let me kick off with saying THANK YOU! After sharing my saga on Facebook, Twitter, and in my last blog post, I have received an overwhelming amount of messages from many members of LABO Nation. Here are just some of the tweets I received voicing support and frustration after I received news that #TheHuddle was taken down and wouldn't be reinstated.
Anyway, after posting my last blog entry, I waited patiently for YouTube to write back with their decision to accept or deny the appeal to reinstate my video. Alas, it was 11:30 PM on Sunday, November 17 when I received the following email from YouTube.
Alas, I was back to square one, frustrated beyond belief that despite pleading that I had nothing to do with the spam bot activity on my video, that I was still liable for it. The logic that YouTube proposed to take down my video was very flawed. So much so that I challenged the takedown of #TheHuddle once again today, November 19. Below is the email I wrote.
I can't wait to see if YouTube responds. But in the meantime, I also did my own search to see if there were any other YouTube users who were victims of an unjust Section 4H video takedown. Much to my surprise, there are many users who were accused of generating fake views on their own videos. And like myself, they were frustrated that despite being absolutely innocent, YouTube still blamed them.
In the middle of my search, however, I discovered a pro-bono legal service based in San Diego called New Media Rights. New Media Rights, or NMR for short, specializes in helping YouTube users like myself challenge any unjust takedown claims by YouTube. I couldn't help but share my story with NMR, which I did. To make a long story short, I received an email back from NMR, they have shared my story with actual human beings at YouTube, and it seems like there is a legitimate shot that #TheHuddle will be reinstated. That's right, read that last sentence one more time.
Of course, I have a long way to go before progress is made in my fight to reinstate #TheHuddle. However, I'm truly thankful to each and every one of you who has supported my fight to get #TheHuddle back up and running on YouTube, as it should be! I am blessed to have such a supportive fan base like LABO Nation. You guys ROCK!
I'll keep you updated with any developments that happen on my end.
Greetings LABO Nation,
For the past year and 11 months, I have been committed to creating genuine and authentic content. I have never deviated from this principle. My dedication to LABO has given me a plethora of networking opportunities and has also earned me opportunities to intern in places I never imagined were possible. What has made LABO successful, aside from the support of my loyal viewers, has been the grassroots marketing I established. Let it be known that the ONLY ways I have ever marketed LABO or any LABO episode has exclusively been via social media. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I have shared my content in a proper fashion. I have NEVER used a third-party service to falsely generate hits on a single episode of LABO. That's not my style. Not to mention that if I did such a thing, that would assassinate my character and credibility as a law student trying to enter an incredibly niche and competitive industry like sports law.
Well sadly, YouTube thinks I didn't abide by any of these principles. The last episode of LABO, which was the latest installment of #TheHuddle, was taken down by YouTube this afternoon after it was deemed that my video violated YouTube's Terms of Service. How so, you ask? See the email I received from YouTube below.
Here's the backstory. The last episode of the #TheHuddle generated about 5,520 views. That's a lot of views, considering that other episodes of LABO vary from 20 views to 500 views. However, my view count is contingent on several factors:
- Do I have a guest on the show? If so, how notable is my guest?
- How long is my episode?
- Am I discussing a hot topic?
The list could go on, but I think I've made myself clear. According to YouTube, the 5,520 view count is abnormal, which I agree with. HOWEVER, YouTube has the audacity to blame ME for generating this high view count, that I am responsible for having spam bots raid my video to falsely generate views. For the record, this is absolutely false. I shared the video like I normally would on Facebook and Twitter, and the spam bot activity was something out of my control. So YouTube was quick to blame me for something I had no control over and took down this video. It's like blaming an absolutely innocent person for committing murder that the person never committed.
I have gone ahead and appealed the decision to take down the last episode of #TheHuddle. The evidence is abundantly clear that I was never behind falsely generating this content. This was the workings of someone other than myself. Perhaps someone clicked my video link on Twitter and that caused the spam bots to completely inundate my video with falsely generated views.
Rest assured that one way or the other, #TheHuddle will be back up again. I will fight this to the very end. In the meantime, I must thank you all who saw my tweets from earlier today in which I was absolutely livid. While this is the first time I have ever encountered such an issue in the show's history, I'm hoping this will be the very last time.
I will keep you all posted on here as well on LABO's Facebook and Twitter pages on the status of the appeal, regardless of whether my appeal is accepted or denied. In the case that the appeal is denied, I have every intention of re-uploading #TheHuddle, most likely on LABO's website (barring any technical difficulties, of course).
Thank you all so much for the support and loyalty to Law and Batting Order. LABO Nation is truly the best!
#TheHuddle is back once again after a smashing success in its inaugural episode. In this episode, I'm joined by panelists Mike James (President of Penn State's Sports and Entertainment Law Society), Matt Wilson (President of Emory Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Society), and Jacqui Lamer (President of New York Law School's Sports Law Society) to discuss the frequency of NFL player arrests, address the legal issues that players and the NFL may experience, and discuss what can be done to diminish the frequency of player arrests.
Be sure to use the hashtag #TheHuddle on Twitter and Facebook to share your thoughts on this topic!
Follow Mike James on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MikeJamesLaw
Follow Penn State Sports and Entertainment Law Society on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PSUSportsLaw
Follow Matt Wilson on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MattyWil_
Follow Jacqui Lamer on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Jacqui_Kay
Follow the New York Law School Sports Law Society on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NYLSSportsLaw
Hey LABO Nation,
Today, I had the distinct honor of making my debut as a sports law analyst for the online sports talk show "SportsZone" hosted by the great Erich Treslar and Dave Hastings. We spent the entire time talking about the bullying saga surrounding Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito and what the legal ramifications are for Incognito after he senselessly bullied fellow lineman Jonathan Martin.
Many thanks to Erich and Dave for the opportunity to come on SportsZone! I'll be on their show from time to time to discuss legal issues that come up. If you want to tune in to their program, you can watch them live every Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 12 PM EST. Feel free to follow SportsZone also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Enjoy the segment and please feel free to chime in!