January 21, 2022

Theater News for the Week Ending January 21st

By Bennett Liebman

Geva Names Elizabeth Williamson Its New Artistic Director, https://www.americantheatre.org/2022/01/20/geva-names-elizabeth-williamson-its-new-artistic-director/

As Broadway Struggles, Governor Hochul Proposes Expanded Tax Credit, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/theater/broadway-hochul-tax-credit.html

Now Is the Winter of Broadway's Discontent, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/16/theater/broadway-omicron-closings.html

How omicron is wreaking havoc on local theaters, https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2022/01/14/how-omicron-is-wreaking-havoc-on-local-theaters/

Commentary: A missed opportunity with federal pandemic arts relief?, https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Commentary-A-missed-opportunity-with-federal-16789139.php

Reports From Broadway, https://www.wnyc.org/story/broadway-goes-dark-theater-workers-omicron-driven-closures/

Tensions spread on Broadway as more shows go on 'hiatus' due to COVID-19, https://www.amny.com/entertainment/tension-broadway-shows-hiatus/

The life of a Broadway usher explained, https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/on-stage-episodes/2022/01/15/on-stage-the-life-of-a-broadway-usher-explained

A Broadway show about life after incarceration finds its most avid audience in a New York City jail, https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/01/21/clydes-nottage-rikers-island/

The Grace, Grief, and Joy of Terry Teachout, https://www.americantheatre.org/2022/01/18/the-grace-grief-and-joy-of-terry-teachout/

'The Kite Runner' Heading To Broadway, https://deadline.com/2022/01/the-kite-runner-broadway-play-1234914193/

Pulitzer-Winning A Strange Loop Sets Broadway Premiere, https://www.playbill.com/article/pulitzer-winning-a-strange-loop-sets-broadway-premiere-announces-full-cast

Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster Open Up About The Music Man's Broadway Return, https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/01/hugh-jackman-sutton-foster-the-music-mans-broadway-return

Broadway grosses see continued impact from Omicron, https://broadwaynews.com/2022/01/18/broadway-grosses-see-continued-impact-from-omicron/

Spring promises to bring a rebirth of Broadway shows & musicals, https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/broadway/ny-broadway-covid-pause-cancel-20220120-4btejfxcfjdunckavg2uoeiuoi-story.html

Everett Lee, First African-American to Conduct on Broadway, Has Died at 105, https://theviolinchannel.com/everett-lee-the-first-african-american-to-conduct-on-broadway-has-died-aged-105/

Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, Now a Rich Man, Receives a Letter from His HOA, https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/tevye-from-fiddler-on-the-roof-now-a-rich-man-receives-a-letter-from-his-hoa

Performing Arts Reps Warn House Hearing Creative Economy Needs Help, https://deadline.com/2022/01/save-our-stages-actors-equity-house-hearing-performing-arts-broadway-1234915788/

Offscript: Steppenwolf's Next Steps, https://www.americantheatre.org/2022/01/18/offscript-steppenwolfs-next-steps/

James Russell Lees, 1957-2022, https://www.americantheatre.org/2022/01/18/james-russell-lees-1957-2022/

How an improv show hit Broadway, won a Tony Award and is now at ACT, https://www.sfexaminer.com/entertainment/how-an-improv-show-hit-broadway-won-a-tony-award-and-is-now-at-act/

Pioneering playwright, theatrical scholar Paul Carter Harrison dead at 85, https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending/pioneering-playwright-theatrical-scholar-paul-carter-harrison-dead-85/7DMZVRYMYJGV7NHH5PU4AVIWSQ/

How omicron is wreaking havoc on local theaters, https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2022/01/14/how-omicron-is-wreaking-havoc-on-local-theaters/

Brandon Victor Dixon, locally grown Broadway superstar and arts booster, https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2022/01/19/brandon-victor-dixon-locally-grown-broadway-superstar-and-arts-booster/

'My head was exploding with it all': understudies suddenly thrust into the spotlight, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jan/15/my-head-was-exploding-with-it-all-understudies-suddenly-thrust-into-the-spotlight

Augmented Reality Theater Takes a Bow. In Your Kitchen, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/theater/national-theater-immersive-storytelling-studio-all-kinds-of-limbo.html

Mask-wearing in theatres no longer required, as England eases Covid restrictions, https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/theatre-news/news/mask-wearing-in-theatres-no-longer-required-as-england-eases-covid-restrictions

Dames in distress: Britain's theatres count cost of Christmas wrecked by Covid, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jan/14/dames-in-distress-britains-theatres-count-cost-of-christmas-wrecked-by-covid

Sports Gambling News for the Week Ending January 21st

By Bennett Liebman

How Mobile NY Sports Betting Pulled In $150 Million In First Weekend, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/62929/mobile-ny-sports-betting-starts-with-big-first-weekend/

New Yorkers Flock to Online Betting in First Legal Weekend, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-18/new-yorkers-flock-to-online-betting-in-first-legal-weekend?utm_content=business&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter

New York mobile sports bets likely pass New Jersey for No.1, https://www.ncadvertiser.com/news/article/New-York-mobile-sports-bets-likely-pass-New-16785328.php

Mobile sports betting in New York brings interest, optimism and concern, https://www.wamc.org/news/2022-01-17/mobile-sports-betting-in-new-york-brings-interest-optimism-and-concern

BetMGM to Receive $450M Investment Toward U.S. Growth, https://frontofficesports.com/betmgm-to-receive-450m-investment-toward-u-s-growth/

Comparing NJ And New York Sports Betting, https://www.nysportsday.com/2022/01/13/comparing-nj-and-new-york-sports-betting/

Sports Betting Comes to NY, https://www.wnyc.org/story/sports-betting-comes-ny/

NY mobile sports betting raises problem gambling concerns, https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2022/01/20/mobile-sports-betting-raises-concerns-about-problem-gambling

NY Bill Prevents Books From Seeking Lower Sports Betting Tax Rate, https://sportshandle.com/pretlow-tax-rate-modification/

Will Ontario Sports Betting Be Delayed Again By Local Casino Opposition?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/62904/ontario-sports-betting-delayed-local-casino-opposition/

Washington Sports Betting Will Go To Supreme Court, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/62610/washington-sports-betting-case-supreme-court-maverick-ceo/

Sports Betting Bill for Mississippi, https://legiscan.com/MS/bill/SB2462/2022

Sports Betting's Next Big Election Battles Are in California, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/sports/sports-betting-california.html

Entain 1/20/21 Q4 Transcript Call, https://entaingroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/21Q4-Entain-Call-Transcript.pdf

Ladbrokes owner eases earnings guidance, https://www.irishexaminer.com/business/companies/arid-40789467.html

Will Horse Racing Betting Ever Move Onto Mainstream Betting Apps?, https://www.americasbestracing.net/gambling/2022-will-horse-racing-betting-ever-move-mainstream-betting-apps

Socioeconomic Study and Market Analysis of Iowa, https://irgc.iowa.gov/socioeconomic-study-and-market-analysis-spectrum-gaming-group-executive-summary

1 Sports Betting Stat May Help MGM, Caesars, DraftKings Investors, https://www.thestreet.com/investing/sports-betting-stat-may-help-mgm-caesars-draftkings-investors

DraftKings, Barstool Dial Up Florida Sports Betting Heat, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/62762/draftkings-barstool-portnoy-join-florida-sports-betting-push/

Florida Sports Betting Petition Needs More Than Dave Portnoy, https://www.thelines.com/florida-sports-betting-petition-draftkings-fanduel-dave-portnoy-2022/

Federal government will appeal Florida Gaming Compact ruling, https://floridapolitics.com/archives/488214-federal-government-will-appeal-florida-gaming-compact-ruling/

Pennsylvania sports betting ranks third in nation, https://www.axios.com/local/philadelphia/2022/01/14/pennsylvania-sports-betting-ranks-third-in-nation

Should we ban sports betting ads during games?, https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/sports-gambling-advertising-during-games-addiction-20220120.html

How technology has helped online sports betting, https://dailybayonet.com/how-technology-has-helped-online-sports-betting/

DraftKings Investing $1.5M to Help States Fight Gambling Addiction, https://www.thestreet.com/investing/draftkings-invests-1point5-mln-to-combat-gambling-addiction

Analysis: Oklahoma Sports Betting Bill Backed By Questionable Numbers, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/62612/analysis-oklahoma-sports-betting-bill-questionable-numbers/

Sports Law News for the Week Ending January 21st

By Bennett Liebman

Texas' transgender school sports law goes into effect, https://www.texastribune.org/2022/01/18/texas-transgender-sports-law/

What Brands Can Expect from College Sports' Ever Evolving NIL Landscape, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/what-brands-can-expect-from-college-9270143/

Novak Djokovic's French Open appearance jeopardized by vaccine law, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2022/01/17/novak-djokovic-french-open-appearance-jeopardized-vaccine-law/6556490001/

Novak Djokovic Q&A: a wild day, what happens next and the legal view, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jan/14/novak-djokovic-qa-a-wild-day-what-happens-next-and-the-legal-view

Novak Djokovic's Legal Options Are Narrow, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/sports/tennis/novak-djokovic-legal-options.html

New NCAA constitution approved, setting the table for change, https://theathletic.com/news/new-ncaa-constitution-approved-setting-the-table-for-change/yra6aZLEG3FA/

NCAA's New Constitution Passes Decision-Making Power To Divisions, https://www.sportico.com/leagues/college-sports/2022/ncaa-new-constitution-1234658803/

NCAA Members Vote To Adopt New Streamlined Constitution, https://www.law360.com/compliance/articles/1456911/ncaa-members-vote-to-adopt-new-streamlined-constitution

NCAA Embraces Radical Policy Promoting Men Infiltrating Women's Sports, https://thefederalist.com/2022/01/20/ncaa-embraces-radical-gender-policy-that-promotes-men-infiltrating-womens-sports/

With the NCAA backed into a corner, the age of paying college athletes is officially upon us, https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/with-the-ncaa-backed-into-a-corner-the-age-of-paying-college-athletes-is-officially-upon-us/

Penn law student Maya Reddy makes the case for Lia Thomas to compete, https://www.outsports.com/trans/2022/1/17/22883135/maya-reddy-golf-penn-swimming-lia-thomas-trans-athletes-transphobia-protest

Breaking down Alabama's new proposed NIL law, https://www.wbrc.com/2022/01/15/breaking-down-alabamas-new-proposed-nil-law/

NFL Fires Back at Jon Gruden, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/nfl-fires-back-1234658737/

NFL asks court to dismiss Jon Gruden's lawsuit, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/01/19/nfl-jon-gruden-roger-goodell-lawsuit/

NFL files to dismiss Jon Gruden lawsuit, https://theathletic.com/news/nfl-files-to-dismiss-jon-gruden-lawsuit-reveals-former-coach-sent-offensive-correspondences-to-at-least-6-people/AJd7CFkNVQkW/

Giannis Greek Freak Brand Lawsuit Continues His Fervent IP Defense, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/giannis-greek-freak-brand-1234658636/

U. of Michigan settlement latest in school sex abuse payouts, https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article257507184.html

Bettor Suing Baffert Leaving the Racing Game, https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/bettor-suing-baffert-leaving-racing-the-game/

Smack Apparel v. Seattle Kraken, https://heitnerlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/Smack-v-Kraken.pdf

Umpire Angel Hernandez's discrimination lawsuit against MLB dismissed for second time, https://theathletic.com/3083237/2022/01/20/umpire-angel-hernandezs-discrimination-lawsuit-against-mlb-dismissed-for-second-time/?source=emp_shared_article

The IOC must distance itself from open threat and protect athletes' freedom of expression, https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/press-releases/2022/01/20/the-ioc-must-distance-itself-from-open-threat-and-protect-athletes-freedom-of-expression/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Athletes advised to remain silent on human rights, https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/articles/2022/01/19/athletes-advised-to-remain-silent-on-human-rights-as-beijing-2022-warns-against-behavior-counter-to-the-olympic-charter/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kevin Ollie Owed $11.2M After Winning Arbitration Case, https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10024465-kevin-ollie-owed-112m-after-winning-arbitration-case-over-uconn-firing

CAS suspends FIFA decision over Papa Gueye, with Marseille midfielder allowed to play at AFCON, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-10411391/CAS-suspends-FIFA-decision-Papa-Gueye-Marseille-midfielder-allowed-play-AFCON.html

Altitude-Comcast blackout of games prompts Colorado lawmakers to introduce arbitration bill, https://www.denverpost.com/2022/01/14/altitude-comcast-blackout-nuggets-avalanche-colorado-politics/

Seth Fishman's doping case goes to trial, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/01/19/seth-fishman-horse-racing-doping/

January 17, 2022

Week In Review

By Donyale Reavis
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News:


2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, jazz's flexibility has become an asset. On this week's Popcast, a conversation about how the pandemic is continuing to shape the world of jazz recordings, how the genre revives its heroes and also some promising new artists.


After a Star's Killing, Sweden Struggles With 'Gangster Rap'

Hip-hop, the country's most popular music, has quickly become a lightning rod for Sweden's long-roiling problems with gun violence and gang warfare.



Freelance Writer Accuses The Atlantic of Defamation

A lawsuit by Ruth Shalit Barrett centers on the magazine's retraction of her article in 2020 about wealthy parents seeking Ivy League admissions for their children through sports. Barrett was the author of "The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports," an investigative article about wealthy Connecticut parents pursuing Ivy League admissions for their children through various athletic endeavors. The Atlantic published the article online in October 2020 and in its November 2020 print issue. After questions were raised by The Washington Post's media critic, Erik Wemple, The Atlantic took the highly unusual step of retracting the entire article. In a lengthy editor's note, the outlet said that "new information" had emerged that cast doubt on the accuracy of the article and the "trustworthiness" of Barrett. The Atlantic also said that Barrett had encouraged a source to lie to its fact checkers and noted details about Barrett's background, including plagiarism accusations against her in the 1990s when she was a reporter at The New Republic.


Freelance Reporter for The New York Times Is Put on Trial in Zimbabwe

The reporter, Jeffrey Moyo, has been accused of helping two Times journalists enter Zimbabwe from South Africa using bogus credentials, a charge that even the government admits is on 'shaky ground.'


Maya Angelou Becomes First Black Woman on a Quarter

The coins featuring the writer and poet, which began shipping this week, are the first in a series that will commemorate female pioneers in a variety of fields.


Selling Melania Trump, One NFT at a Time

A year after leaving the White House, the former first lady tests the water for her brand. On Jan. 11, not quite a year after Donald and Melania Trump left the White House and less than a week after the anniversary of the attack on the Capitol that took place in his name, four years or so after putting her trademarks on ice and shuttering her QVC jewelry line and her skin-care line, Melania Trump returned to the public eye with a new kind of personal brand and accompanying merch.


Rubin Museum Agrees to Return Stolen Religious Artifacts to Nepal

An investigation launched by the New York cultural institution concluded that the 14th- and 17th-century carvings were "unlawfully obtained."


$1.2M Antiquity Seized From Michael Steinhardt Returned to the People of Libya

The return of "Veiled Head of a Female," a marble antiquity dating back to 350 B.C.E valued at approximately $1,200,000, to the people of Libya occurred this week. In December 2021, the Manhattan D.A.'s Office concluded a multi-year, multi-national criminal investigation into Michael Steinhardt, one of the world's largest ancient art collectors, seizing 180 stolen antiquities valued at $70 million and imposing a first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities. The Veiled Head of a Female is the first object of that collection to be repatriated to its country of origin.


The Founder of Netscape Has Returned $35 Million Worth of Looted Cambodian Antiquities

Netscape founder James H. Clark has surrendered 35 Southeast Asian antiquities from his personal collection after federal investigators determined they had been looted. Twenty-eight were from Cambodia and the rest from India, Myanmar, and Thailand. Clark purchased the pieces for roughly $35 million between 2003 and 2008 from the disgraced dealer Douglas Latchford. Long considered a leading Cambodian art scholar, Latchford was later alleged to have operated a smuggling enterprise for decades, trafficking systemically looted antiquities through Thailand, where he lived. By the time he died, in 2020, he was facing charges of trafficking Southeast Asian antiquities.



Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Lost His Job Over Postgame Prayers

A federal appeals court ruled that a school board in Washington State could require the coach to stop praying at the 50-yard line after high school football games. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case about the high school football coach who lost his job after defying school administrators by kneeling and praying at the 50-yard line after his team's games. The coach, Joseph A. Kennedy, said the actions of school board officials in Bremerton, Wash., violated his rights to free speech and free exercise of religion. The officials responded that the school was entitled to require that its employees refrain from public prayer.


Bob Baffer and Churchill Downs Appeared Headed to Courtroom

Bob Baffert and the owner of Churchill Downs racetrack are squaring off for what is shaping up to be a pivotal courtroom battle over the company's 2-year ban of the Hall of Fame trainer following a positive drug test by his charge, Medina Spirit, the winner of last year's Kentucky Derby. It's not clear when the battle will be joined, but New York Times racing writer Joe Drape reported this week that he had obtained a copy of "a wide-ranging draft complaint" that Baffert's legal team is threatening to file against Churchill Downs Inc., the owner of its namesake racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, and many other gambling enterprises.


On Her Way Up: Yankees Tap Woman as Minor League Manager

Having served as a hitting coach in the team's system, Rachel Balkovec, 34, will be the first woman to manage a team in affiliated baseball. Balkovec will become the manager of a team in the Yankees' minor league system, the Tampa Tarpons. The Yankees hired her in November 2019 as a hitting coach in their minor leagues. She was believed to be the first woman hired as a full-time hitting instructor by a Major Leage team.


Florida Name, Image, and Likeness Rules Draw Lawsuit From High School, College Players

With college athletes now enjoying opportunities to profit from their names, images and likenesses (NIL), it was only a matter of time before high school athletes sought the same chance. In a lawsuit filed in Miami, Sal Stewart, a third baseman at Westminster Christian School in Florida, and Gilbert Frierson, a safety/linebacker at the University of Miami, are challenging a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) bylaw that prohibits high school athletes from "capitalizing on athletic fame." They also contest a restriction in Florida's NIL statute that disallows NIL deals that last beyond a player's competing in college.


Alabama Lawmakers Move to Repeal State's 2021 NIL Law

The lawmaker who last year pushed a state law to allow college athletes to be compensated whenever their NIL is used in promotional material is now trying to undo it. Sponsor Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, told Alabama Daily News, "We were thinking that the NCAA last year was going to go in one direction and they ended up adopting basically a different rule that was kind of a blanket for everybody. And it left us in a place where our state law was more restrictive than what the NCAA adopted."


As WNBA Players Call for Expansion, League Says Not Now

Many players and fans want bigger rosters and more teams, but the WNBA said it can't "expand for expansion's sake" without the money to support it.


How the 'Djokovic Affair' Finally Came to an End, Losing Visa Appeal

Novak Djokovic lost to a government with powerful laws that was determined to make an example out of him. He continues to be at the center of some of the most divisive debates of the pandemic: Individual versus community, science versus quackery. Djokovic has left Australia on an Emirates flight to Dubai, hours after he lost a legal challenge against a decision to revoke his visa. The world No. 1 ranked player had been scheduled to play Monday night in the Australian Open, where he had hoped to ultimately win a record-breaking 21st men's grand slam title. Djokovic, as well as Switzerland's Roger Federer and Spain's Rafael Nadal, are all currently tied with 20 grand slam titles. Nadal, seeded sixth, will be participating in the Australian Open, though Federer will not.




Take-Two will buy Zynga In a Union of Two Top Game Makers

The video game publisher Take-Two Interactive agreed on Monday to buy Zynga, a mobile game maker, for more than $11 billion, in a deal that unites the makers of Grand Theft Auto and FarmVille. With the deal, Take-Two -- known for producing games like Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K for traditional platforms like the Sony PlayStation console and personal computers -- is acquiring a specialist in mobile and social gaming, with Zynga's best-known titles including Words With Friends and other apps.



Judge Allows Federal Trade Commission's Latest Suit Against Facebook to Move Forward

The Federal Trade Commission's antitrust lawsuit against Facebook can proceed, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday, delivering a major win for the agency after its first attempt at targeting the company's alleged monopoly power was dismissed for lack of evidence.
This time, however, the judge found that federal regulators have offered enough proof to argue that Facebook's acquisition strategy -- particularly its takeover of Instagram and WhatsApp -- is driven by a "buy or bury" ethos. In other words, that Facebook allegedly gobbles up competitors in order to maintain an illegal monopoly.


Google Must Turn Over More Documents in a Labor Case

The ruling is the latest legal blow to Google's defense against a complaint that said the company illegally fired and surveilled employees who were involved in labor organizing.


Google's Chief Executive Signed off on Deal at Center of Antitrust Case, States Say

Google's chief executive approved an agreement with Facebook at the heart of an antitrust lawsuit that 16 states and Puerto Rico have lodged against the search giant, according to a portion of the complaint. The lawsuit, led by the Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, argues that Google has obtained and abused a monopoly over the network of technology used to deliver ads online.


State Attorneys General Appeal Court's Dismissal of Their Facebook Antitrust Suit

The appeal will be a test of state attorneys' general ability to play a larger role in tech regulation. A coalition of 48 attorneys general, led by NYS's AG Letitia James filed an appeal on Friday arguing that a federal judge erred in dismissing their high-profile antitrust case against Facebook.


Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas Reddit, Twitter, and Parent Companies of Google and Facebook

The Committee says that the social-media companies' responses to prior requests for information were inadequate. The Committee issued subpoenas after receiving what it called inadequate responses to its prior requests for information. The Committee is demanding records related to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election, domestic extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election.


Jack Dorsey Creates a Fund to Address Bitcoin Developers' 'legal headaches'

Jack Dorsey has announced the creation of a nonprofit group, the Bitcoin Legal Defense Fund, to help developers of the original cryptocurrency facing "legal headaches." In an email sent to the developers' mailing list, Dorsey, a Bitcoin evangelist, wrote that "litigation and continued threats are having their intended effect; individual defendants have chosen to capitulate in the absence of legal support."


Avenatti Files Claim Seeking $94 Million for Alleged Mistreatment in Federal Custody

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who became known for his representation of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and battle with former President Donald Trump, alleges in a new filing with the Federal Bureau of Prisons that he was mistreated while in federal custody in retaliation for his criticisms of Trump and former Attorney General William Barr. Avenatti is seeking $94 million from the United States, or $1 million for each day he says he was held in solitary confinement or lockdown. He alleges under the Federal Tort Claims Act that the federal government is liable for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and false arrest, among other acts, while he was held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in 2020.


Why Did Facebook Reject These Ads?

A new report found that the social network has rejected ads from 60 companies focused on women's sexual health, citing policies on "adult products and services."


Russia Says It Shut Down Notorious Hacker Group at U.S. Request

Moscow said that the ransomware group REvil "ceased to exist" after raids and arrests. It is not clear if the operation will ease tensions with Washington. Russia's main security agency said that at the request of the United States government it had dismantled REvil, one of the most aggressive ransomware crime groups attacking Western targets, and arrested some of its members.


Buying Influence: How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter

China's government has launched a global online campaign to burnish its image and undercut accusations of human rights abuses. Flooding social media with fake accounts and seeking out online critics of the state, the Chinese government is aggressively tapping private businesses to generate conduct on demand.


Cambodia's Internet May Soon Be Like China's: State-Controlled

Under a new decree, all web traffic will be routed through a government portal. The ramped-up scrutiny reflects an increasingly restrictive digital environment in Cambodia, where a new law will allow the authorities to monitor all web traffic in the country. Critics say that the decree puts Cambodia on a growing list of countries that have embraced China's authoritarian model of internet surveillance, from Vietnam to Turkey, and that it will deepen the clash over the future of the web.


Nigeria Lifts Twitter Ban 7 Months After Site Deleted President's Post

The Nigerian Government says that Twitter has agreed to conditions on management of unlawful content and to register in Nigeria. Nigeria has lifted a ban on Twitter, restoring access to millions of users, 7 months after it clamped down on the social media site in a dispute over Twitter's decision to delete a post by the president.The government said that the company had agreed to its conditions on the management of unlawful content, to registering its operations in Nigeria, and to a new tax arrangement.


General News

Justices Reverse Vaccine Mandates On Big Employers

The Supreme Court upheld the stay of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers of 100 or more employees (Large Employers) to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, or in the alternative, a weekly COVID-19 testing requirement (Vax or Test ETS). By upholding the stay, the Supreme Court effectively blocked OSHA from further enforcing the Vax or Test ETS, pending further litigation and a determination on the merits as to whether OSHA has the authority to promulgate the standard. As a result, Large Employers are temporarily relieved from implementing the requirements of the federal Vax or Test ETS. However, employers may continue to be subject to COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements under state and/or local law and may implement their own vaccination or testing policies subject to restrictions of applicable state or local law. In a separate opinion, the Court issued a decision upholding the vaccine mandate issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, meaning that employers who are providers of healthcare services under Medicare and Medicaid must ensure that covered workers are vaccinated against COVID-19.


January 14, 2022

Sports Gambling News for the Week Ending January 14th

By Bennett Liebman

Legal sports betting boomed in 2021, but 2022 might be bigger, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/01/14/legal-sports-betting-states-2022/

The Point: New York sports betting proves a sure thing, https://www.newsday.com/opinion/ny-sports-betting-1.50474263

NY Sports Betting Firms Spend Aggressively Despite 51% Tax Rate, https://www.sportico.com/business/sports-betting/2022/ny-sports-betting-promotions-1234658311/

A Philly company passes on sports betting boom, https://whyy.org/articles/why-a-philly-business-decided-to-sit-out-the-sports-betting-boom/

Bill Would Freeze New York Sports Betting Tax Rate At 51%, https://www.gamingtoday.com/news/new-york-sports-betting-tax-rate-51-bill-freeze/

New York mobile sports betting hits 17.2m transactions in first weekend, https://focusgn.com/new-york-mobile-sports-betting-hits-17-2m-transactions-in-first-weekend

Why New York Sports Betting Is "Mutually Assured Destruction" For Books, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/62348/regulus-new-york-sports-betting-mutually-assured-destruction/

New York shatters online sports betting records in first weekend in January, https://www.crainsnewyork.com/politics/new-york-shatters-online-sports-betting-records-first-weekend-january

Mike Francesa: I Don't Think People Get Where Gambling Is Headed, https://barrettsportsmedia.com/2022/01/10/mike-francesa-i-dont-think-people-get-where-gambling-is-headed/

Google Ads to allow ads for sport betting in New York, https://searchengineland.com/google-ads-to-allow-ads-for-sport-betting-in-new-york-378355?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New York Will Be a Huge Sports Betting Market, but Faces Challenges, https://www.businessinsider.com/what-new-york-mobile-sports-betting-means-for-industry-experts-2022-1

Queens lawmaker hails inaugural weekend of online sports betting in New York, https://qns.com/2022/01/queens-lawmaker-hails-inaugural-online-sports-betting/

Are sports betting kiosks next for gaming in New York State?, https://www.amny.com/sports/sports-betting-kiosks-next-for-gaming-in-new-york/

New York's High Sports Betting Tax Rate Could Hurt DraftKings, FanDuel, https://www.businessinsider.com/what-new-york-sports-betting-tax-rate-means-gambling-companies-2022-1

BETMGM TO LAUNCH MOBILE SPORTS BETTING IN NEW YORK MONDAY, JANUARY 17, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/betmgm-to-launch-mobile-sports-betting-in-new-york-monday-january-17-301461069.html

Card-room operator wants Wash. sports-gambling monopoly on hold, https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/card-room-operator-files-lawsuit-wants-washington-tribal-sports-gambling-monopoly-on-hold-until-it-is-expanded/

Michigan State athletics signs deal with Caesars Sportsbook, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/sports/college/michigan-state/spartans/2022/01/13/michigan-state-spartans-caesars-sportsbook-partnership-igaming/9198104002/

Knowing The Limits Of Your Advantage: Both Bettors And Bookmakers, https://www.unabated.com/articles/knowing-the-limits-of-same-game-parlays

Minnesota Sports Betting Talks Continue Ahead of Legislative Session, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/61893/preliminary-conversations-minnesota-sports-betting/

Sportradar Stock: The Best Play On Sports Betting, https://seekingalpha.com/article/4479117-sportradar-best-play-on-sports-betting

Cramer says wait for industry consolidation before buying online sports gambling stocks, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/10/cramer-says-wait-for-industry-consolidation-before-buying-online-sports-gambling-stocks.html

Will You Have To Pay? Ontario Sports Betting Taxes FAQs, https://www.thelines.com/ontario-sports-betting-taxes-questions-2022/

Canzano: DraftKings lands in Oregon, https://www.oregonlive.com/sports/john_canzano/2022/01/canzano-draftkings-arrives-in-oregon-but-lawmakers-need-to-wake-up-and-lift-college-wagering-ban.html

Sports betting headed for record month after legalization in New York, https://www.axios.com/sports-betting-record-month-new-york-864df462-08ab-439a-bd5d-03191c801a9b.html

Time is running out on a Florida online sports betting ballot initiative, https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sports/clock-is-ticking-on-draftkings-fanduel-backed-florida-online-sports-betting-initiative/

Sports Law News for the Week Ending January 14th

By Bennett Liebman

MLW Media v. WWF, https://heitnerlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/Lawsuit-v-WWE.pdf

Florida NIL Rules Challenged in New Lawsuit Out of Miami, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/florida-nil-rules-1234658232/

Stewart v. Florida High School Athletic Association, https://heitnerlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/HS-NIL-lawsuit.pdf

Will The NCAA Intervene On NIL Deals Tied To Enrollment? https://abovethelaw.com/2022/01/will-the-ncaa-intervene-on-nil-deals-tied-to-enrollment/

New Yorker Files $6B Lawsuit Against Giants, Jets, https://frontofficesports.com/giants-lawsuit/

Tiger Woods SPAC Seeks Sports Tech With Caroline Wozniacki, https://www.sportico.com/business/finance/2022/tiger-woods-spac-seeks-1234658404/

Novak Djokovic's Visa to Australia Once Again Canceled, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/novak-djokovic-visa-1234658292/

Novak Djokovic's slim Australian Open hopes reliant on last-ditch appeal, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jan/14/novak-djokovic-australian-open-hopes-reliant-on-last-ditch-appeal

Varsity Spirit's Antitrust Accusers Seek Company Documents from Ex-VP, https://www.sportico.com/law/news/2022/varsity-spirits-antitrust-accusers-1234658119/

USWNT U.S. Soccer Lawsuit, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/uswnt-us-soccer-1234658160/

Denver Broncos Owners Get Favorable Court Ruling to Put Team for Sale, https://www.sportico.com/law/news/2022/denver-broncos-owners-1234658188/

Judge's ruling clears way for Broncos to be put up for sale, https://theathletic.com/news/judges-ruling-clears-way-for-broncos-to-be-put-up-for-sale/zFKMUdANIFJp/

S.D. Gov. Kristi Noem releases national ad targeting transgender student athletes, https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/sd-gov-kristi-noem-releases-national-ad-targeting-transgender-student-rcna12122

We need to be able to talk about trans athletes and women's sports, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/13/trans-women-sports-uncomfortable-questions/

Professional transgender athletes: when "inclusivity" goes too far, https://www.courierherald.com/opinion/professional-transgender-athletes-when-inclusivity-goes-too-far-the-smartest-man-in-the-room/

The Jolt: Transgender sports will be on GOP's 2022 legislative agenda, https://www.ajc.com/politics/politics-blog/the-jolt-transgender-sports-will-be-on-gops-2022-legislative-agenda/EBXBN7G5SZHS3O3UQSZF6VNEFY/

FIFA Bribe Trial Will Include World Cup Testimony, With Caveat, https://www.law360.com/trials/articles/1455412/fifa-bribe-trial-will-include-world-cup-testimony-with-caveat

Florida NIL bills would offer relief to FSU, other state schools, https://floridastate.rivals.com/news/fsu-state-schools-could-get-nil-help-from-two-new-bills-in-legislature

Lawsuits, blacklisting and Chuck E. Cheese: Bills get aggressive to collect on sponsorship, https://theathletic.com/3067420/2022/01/13/lawsuits-blacklisting-and-chuck-e-cheese-bills-get-aggressive-to-collect-on-sponsorship/?source=emp_shared_article

MLBPA takes stand with agency that bought minor league teams, https://theathletic.com/3067753/2022/01/12/mlbpa-takes-stand-with-player-agency-that-bought-minor-league-teams/

After controversy, pentathlon seeks to be more modern, https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/articles/2022/01/13/the-column-after-controversy-pentathlon-seeks-to-be-more-modern-and-is-already-analyzing-its-fifth-discipline-with-confidence-in-la-2028/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sports technology company calls for centralized system of safeguarding in the U.K, https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/articles/2022/01/12/sports-technology-company-calls-for-centralized-system-of-safeguarding-in-the-uk/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Coates urges sports bodies to propose more women for CAS membership, https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1117778/cas-annual-report

Law Expert Breaks Down Antonio Brown's Potential Legal Case vs. Bucs, https://foxsportsradio.iheart.com/content/2022-01-10-law-expert-breaks-down-antonio-browns-potential-legal-case-vs-bucs/

NFL Sued Over 'Locker-Room Bullying' At Morning TV Show, https://www.law360.com/newjersey/articles/1454829/nfl-sued-over-locker-room-bullying-at-morning-tv-show

Player safety and fan fatigue on the eve of the NFL's 17th game, https://www.si.com/nfl/2022/01/07/17th-game-effects-on-player-safety-fan-fatigue-bottom-line

Lawmakers move to repeal state's 2021 NIL law, https://www.aldailynews.com/lawmakers-move-to-repeal-states-2021-nil-law/

Theater News for the Week Ending January 14th

By Bennett Liebman

'We will weather this storm': Omicron wreaks havoc on Broadway, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jan/10/omicron-covid-coronvirus-broadway-theatre-stage

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage Celebrates Having 3 Shows Running In NYC At The Same Time, https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2022/01/13/lynn-nottage-clydes-mj-the-musical-intimate-apparel/

Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal Drama Critic, Dies at Age 65, https://www.wsj.com/articles/terry-teachout-wall-street-journal-drama-critic-dies-at-age-65-11642115600

Theater Festivals Are Mostly Off--But Here's What You Can See, https://www.vulture.com/2022/01/theater-festivals-are-mostly-offbut-heres-what-you-can-see.html

A Season to Savor a Cherished Musical Again and Again (and Again), https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/07/theater/caroline-or-change-multiple-views.html

'Mr. Saturday Night' casts Shoshana Bean, moves Broadway start date, https://broadwaynews.com/2022/01/12/mr-saturday-night-casts-shoshana-bean-moves-broadway-start-date/

Mockingbird,' Once a Broadway Smash, to Pause Production Amid Omicron, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/12/theater/to-kill-a-mockingbird-girl-from-north-country-broadway.html

Omicron Broadway closures include To Kill a Mockingbird, Bob Dylan show, https://ew.com/theater/broadway-to-kill-a-mockingbird-girl-from-north-country-close-covid-19/

Broadway: "To Kill a Mockingbird" Hibernating, Will Return in Smaller Nest, "Girl of the North Country" Shutting Down, https://www.showbiz411.com/2022/01/12/broadway-to-kill-a-mockingbird-hibernating-will-return-in-smaller-nest-girl-of-the-north-country-shutting-down

'Jack Viertel Retires as Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, https://www.playbill.com/article/jack-viertel-retires-as-senior-vice-president-of-jujamcyn-theaters

Broadway theaters play to lowest capacity of the season, https://broadwaynews.com/2022/01/11/broadway-theaters-play-to-lowest-capacity-of-the-season/

Brad Oscar Is Banking on an Encore, https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/01/12/mrs-doubtfire-pandemic-hiatus/

Broadway extends mask and vaccination policy for theatergoers through April 30, https://broadwaynews.com/2022/01/10/broadway-extends-mask-and-vaccination-policy-for-theatergoers-through-april-30/

Remembering Bob Saget's theater performances, https://www.amny.com/entertainment/theater/ambroadway-remembering-bob-sagets-theater-performances/

Why New York's iconic Palace Theatre is being raised 30 feet, https://www.fastcompany.com/90712872/why-new-yorks-iconic-palace-theatre-is-being-raised-30-feet-off-the-ground

Tributes to Sidney Poitier, https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/07/movies/sidney-poitier#louis-gossett-jr-remembers-acting-with-poitier-in-a-raisin-in-the-sun

How bad timing turned Pioneer Theatre's new play into a COVID-19 metaphor, https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2022/01/14/how-bad-timing-turned/

How Center Theatre Group is pushing forward with live shows, https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-01-11/center-theatre-group-new-show-everyones-talking-about-jamie

At N.J. theaters, the show must go on -- until it can't, https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2022/01/at-nj-theaters-the-show-must-go-on-until-it-cant.html

In London Theaters, the Show (Sometimes) Goes On, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/theater/force-majeure-donmar-life-of-pi-wyndhams.html

'Anything Goes' to steam into U.S. movie theaters in spring, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/broadway-new-york-london-robert-lindsay-tony-award-b1992395.html

Mark Rylance: 'Theatre is a thousand times more enjoyable than film, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jan/08/mark-rylance-theatre-is-a-thousand-more-times-enjoyable-than-film

Appoint people of colour to senior theatre roles, https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/jan/08/people-of-colour-senior-theatre-roles-pravesh-kumar

"Everybody's Talking About Jamie, https://southpasadenan.com/everybodys-talking-about-jamie-ahmanson-theatre/

News: Theatre Washington and DC area theaters unite in extending proof of vaccination and masks, https://mdtheatreguide.com/2022/01/news-theatre-washington-and-dc-area-theaters-unite-in-extending-proof-of-vaccination-and-masks/

January 12, 2022

Week In Review

By Ariana Sarfarazi
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News:


Bowie Estate Sells Catalog to Warner

In a blockbuster catalog deal, Warner's music publishing division, Warner Chappell, has agreed to buy David Bowie's songs for about $250 million, bringing nearly all of the star's work under one corporate roof. The deal encompasses Bowie's entire corpus as a songwriter, totaling more than 400 songs, and includes such classics as "Space Oddity", "Let's Dance", "Heroes".


Tarantino, Defying Suit, Will Sell NFTs of 'Pulp Fiction'

Despite a pending lawsuit by Miramax, Quentin Tarantino will proceed with the auctions of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, associated with his original handwritten screenplay of Pulp Fiction. Miramax sued Tarantino following Tarantino's original announcement of the auction, claiming breach of contract and various intellectual property violations. Tarantino's latest plans to sell the NFTs could prompt Miramax to demand an emergency block of the auctions until the legal issues are resolved.


Grammy Awards Are Postponed, Again, as Virus Variant Surges

For the second year in a row, the Grammy Awards have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 64th annual ceremony, which had been set for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, will be rescheduled, but the Recording Academy has not announced a new date for the show.



Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Photo on Nirvana Album

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Nirvana by Spencer Elden, the baby pictured naked while drifting in a pool on the cover of Nirvana's seminal "Nevermind" album. In the lawsuit, Elden accused Nirvana of child pornography and claimed that he was sexually exploited when the band used the photo of him as cover art. The lawsuit was dismissed on a procedural technicality after the judge found that Elden's lawyers missed a deadline to respond to a motion for dismissal by the lawyers for Nirvana.


With a Law, New York Could Make Fashion History

New York could make history as the first state to pass legislation setting broad sustainability regulations for the fashion industry. A bill for the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act (or the Fashion Act) has been unveiled, and if passed, will effectively hold the biggest brands in fashion to account for their role in climate change. The bill, which is backed by a powerful coalition of nonprofits focused on fashion and sustainability as well as designer Stella McCartney, will apply to global fashion companies with more than $100 million in revenues doing business in New York, which will be pretty much every multinational fashion name.


Thefts Had Publishers Baffled; Now There's an Arrest

The FBI has arrested Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who is accused of stealing unpublished book manuscripts over a period of five years by impersonating publishing professionals over email and targeting authors, editors, agents, and literary scouts who might have drafts of novels or other books. Bernardini, who once worked in publishing as a rights coordinator for Simon & Schuster UK and whose scheme has perplexed authorities for lacking clear motive or payoff, has been charged with wire fraud and identity theft. The scheme affected hundreds over people over five or more years, including high profile writers and celebrities, like Margaret Atwood and Ethan Hawke.


Avant-Garde Festivals Are Sidelined by Outbreak

Multiple niche festivals have been impacted in New York by the recent coronavirus outbreak caused by the omicron variant. The Under the Radar festival, an annual celebration of experimental performance hosted by The Public Theater, has been cancelled. This cancellation comes just after the Exponential Festival, a multi-venue, multi-arts program based in Brooklyn, made the decision to go entirely online. Around the same time, Prototype, a festival of avant-garde opera and musical theater, largely cancelled its 10th anniversary celebration, except for one show, which will open a bit later than scheduled.


Looking at Toys as the Next Big Fashion Frontier

In a new collaboration, Balmain, the French high fashion house, and Barbie will make toys the next big fashion frontier, though no doll itself will be involved. Instead, the collaboration is a 50-piece Barbie-inspired collection for adults modeled by racially diverse avatars that will include three NFTs of one-off looks to be auctioned online. Each of the pieces will come with a doll-size physical design, thus extending Barbie's reach into the digital collectible space, and will be unisex and thus for both Barbie and Ken. Prices for the Barbie x Balmain collection will range from $295 for a T-shirt to $42,495 for a signature gown, though no one knows exactly how much the NFTs will end up before the auction of digital collectibles takes place this month.




In $500 Million Trading Card Deal, Fanatics Buys Topps

Topps, a business synonymous with card collecting, has announced that it had sold its sports card business to Fanatics, a multibillion-dollar, 10-year old fast-growing sports memorabilia empire that once nearly knocked Topps out of the baseball-card game. Topps had previously announced a deal to go public, but was blindsided when it lost its licensing agreements with Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to Fanatics, thus putting its future in doubt.


Australia Tells Djokovic to Go Home

Novak Djokovic, the world's No.1-ranked men's tennis player, was refused entry into Australia over the country's vaccine exemption and was told to leave the country after a 10-hour standoff at the Melbourne airport. Djokovic, who had traveled all the way to Australia to defend his Australian open singles championship, remained in the country as he waited out a legal appeal. Later, an Australian judge found that Djokovic had been treated unfairly after his arrival in Australia, where he had already been cleared to play with a vaccination exemption, and restored his Australia visa and ordered his release. Restoring the visa does not, however, guarantee that Djokovic will be able to play in the tournament, as the Australian government could still cancel his visa, which would lead to an automatic three-year ban on him entering the country.



Olympic Officials Deflect Calls to Press China on Forced Labor

Faced with questions by activists about forced labor in China, Olympic officials are reluctant to look in to whether any Beijing 2022 merchandise might have been made under duress by Uyghurs, as activist groups have charged. While members of the International Olympic Committee initially agreed to meet with activists about potential human rights violations, the International Olympic Committee has recently pulled out entirely from meeting with the Coalition to End Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region to discuss the issue.


North Korea Says It Will Skip Beijing Olympics

North Korea has announced that it will skip the Beijing Olympics due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as well as moves by "hostile forces" that have prevented the country from sending its delegation to China, its closest ally. More specifically, North Korea blamed the United States for preventing the successful opening of the Olympics in China. Although it cannot take part in the Olympics, North Korea has vowed to "fully support the Chinese comrades" in their work to hold an Olympic festival.



Apple's Valuation Soars to Unheard of $3 Trillion

Apple has become the first company to hit $3 trillion market valuation and has ascended rapidly since August 2018 when it became the first American company to be worth $1 trillion, which took 42 years to achieve. The valuation is worth more than the valuation of all of the world's cryptocurrencies, is roughly equal to the gross domestic product of Britain or India, and accounts for nearly 7% of the total value of the S&P 500.


Google Banned from Importing Some Products After Losing Sonos Patent Case

Following a trade court ruling that Google infringed on five audio technology patents held by the speaker manufacturer Sonos, Google will not be allowed to import products that violate Sonos's intellectual property into the United States. The ban, which goes into effect in 60 days, includes Google Home smart speakers, Pixel phones and computers, and Chromecast streaming video devices, which are made in China and shipped to the United States.


Misinformation Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Attack

In a new study, researchers at the Brookings Institution have found that claims of election falsehoods surged on podcasts before the January 6th Capitol riot. For the study, researchers reviewed transcripts of nearly 1,500 of the most popular political podcasts and found that among episodes released between the election and the riot, about half contained election misinformation. In some weeks, 60% of episodes mentioned the election fraud conspiracy theories tracked by the study, thus showing the extent to which podcasts pushed misinformation about voter fraud.


Facebook Suspends Account of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene

Facebook has suspended the personal account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for 24 hours for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus, a day after Twitter permanently banned one of her accounts for posting similar messaging. Greene, a Georgia Republican, is accused of posting falsely about "extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths." The move by Facebook comes after the social network has increasingly changed its content policies through the pandemic, saying in December 2020 that it would remove posts with claims that had been debunked by the World Health Organization or government agencies.


Crackdowns by Beijing Silence Hong Kong Media

Citizen News, a small online news site in Hong Kong known for its in-depth coverage of courts and local politics, will stop publishing following relentless pressure from Chinese authorities thus deepening concerns about the collapse of the city's once-robust media. The closure follows the closure of another online media outlet, Stand News, after hundreds of police officers raided its ofices and arrested editors and charged them with conspiracy to publish seditious materials. The closures signify the demise of independent media in Hong Kong, a city that once had some of the freest media in Asia, as the government of China continues its larger project of dismantling all critical media, which includes all independent media in Hong Kong.


General News

600,000 Miles Away, a Giant Eye Blinks Open

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space observatory ever built, has been fully deployed into space, according to NASA. The telescope, which took 25 years and $10 million to build, is three times the size of the Hubble Space Telescope and is designed to see further into the past than its celebrated predecessor in order to study the first stars and galaxies to turn on in the dawn of time.


Shock, Outrage, and a Deeper Political Divide

A year later, the January 6th Capitol riot has become another wedge in a divided nation as nearly universal outrage after the assault on the Capitol has reverted to separate realities for Democrats and Republicans. A year after rioting supporters of former President Donald J. Trump descended onto the Capitol in order to stop final recognition of a certified free and fair election, not only has America failed to come together to defend its democracy, but it has actually split further apart. A year later, former President Donald J. Trump continues to remain the dominant force of his party, and a viable candidate to reclaim the White House in three years.


Biden Condemns Trump as U.S. Remembers Capitol Riot

A year after the Capitol riot, President Biden denounced former President Donald J. Trump and his allies for holding "a dagger at the throat of America" by promoting lies and violence. Addressing the nation from the National Statutory Hall, which had been invaded by Trump supporters a year ago, Biden used the anniversary of the Capitol siege to condemn Trump for waging an "undemocratic" and "un-American" campaign against the legitimacy of the election system, much as autocrats and dictators do, all to avoid admitting defeat.


After 130 Years, Pardon Clears Record, but Cannot Erase Pain

130 years after Homer Plessy, a racially mixed shoemaker, boarded a whites-only train car in New Orleans and was arrested and charged with violating the state's Separate Cart Act, Plessy has been pardoned for the offense nearly a century after his death. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said his aim in pardoning Plessy is to confront the painful and shameful history that Plessy's case came to represent - a case that ascended all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and paved the way for the "separate but equal" doctrine that gave legal backing to the Jim Crow laws that segregated and disenfranchised African Americans in the South for decades. However, despite the pardon, Plessy's case has left a stain on the fabric of American society and its consequences are still felt today.


Georgia Judge Sentences Three Men to Life in Prison in Arbery Killing

A Georgia judge sentenced both the man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery and his father to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but issued a lesser sentence of life with the possibility of parole after 30 years to the neighbor also convicted of the murder of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whom the three men had chased through their neighborhood. Under Georgia law, the men's murder convictions resulted in mandatory life sentences. The three men also face federal trial on hate crime charges next month.


D.A. Drops Criminal Charges Against Cuomo

The Albany district attorney has announced that Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York will not be prosecuted in the criminal case involving allegations that he groped a former aide in the Executive Mansion in 2020. Although the Albany district attorney said he was "deeply troubled" by the allegations and found the complainant in the case cooperative and credible, he announced that, after review of all the available evidence, that the State has concluded that it cannot meet its burden at trial. The dismissal brings an end to the only criminal charge thus far related to a report from the state attorney general that led to Cuomo's resignation in August 2021.



January 9, 2022

Sports Law News for the Week Ending January 7th

By Bennett Liebman

NFLPA plans to investigate Antonio Brown's claims against Buccaneers, https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2022/01/06/nflpa-plans-investigate-antonio-brown-claims-against-buccaneers-bruce-arians/9115383002/

Bad ankle? Not enough targets? Antonio Brown's exit with Bucs no less confusing, https://theathletic.com/3055452/2022/01/06/bad-ankle-not-enough-targets-antonio-browns-exit-with-bucs-no-less-confusing/

Jalen Hurts FedEx Field Railing Incident Negligence Lawsuit Risk WFT, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/jalen-hurts-fedex-1234657663/

College Athletes Employee Case FLSA Certified for Appellate Review, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/college-athletes-employee-case-1234657539/

MLB Lockout Covid-19 Jon Gruden Roger Goodell NFL Supreme Court NLRB, https://www.sportico.com/law/analysis/2022/mlb-lockout-1234650868/

College Sports' Evolution: Learfield CRO Says Opportunities Abound, https://www.sportico.com/leagues/college-sports/2022/college-sports-evolution-learfield-1234657618/

DC trademark attorney on challenge of keeping new Washington Football Team name a secret, https://wjla.com/sports/washington-football-team/the-challenge-of-keeping-the-new-washington-football-team-name-a-secret-admirals-red-hogs-redskins

Washington NFL Team Punts on RedWolves Citing Trademark Issues, https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/washington-nfl-team-punts-on-redwolves-citing-trademark-issues

The National Labor Relations Board Is Finally Doing Its Job, https://newrepublic.com/article/164800/jennifer-abruzzo-nlrb-enforce-biden-union-agenda

Transfer portal, NIL legislation creating "chaos" in college football, https://www.denverpost.com/2022/01/06/brenden-rice-rick-george-cu-buffs-transfer-portal-nil-ncaa/

A Review of the 2021 Legal ‎Developments, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/from-student-athletes-to-players-a-6189761/

Christine Grant Fought for Equity for Female Athletes, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/sports/christine-grant-title-ix.html

Maine To Consider NIL Law And Classifying College Athletes As Employees, https://abovethelaw.com/2022/01/maine-to-consider-nil-law-and-classifying-college-athletes-as-employees/

Lack of clear NCAA rules creates confusion around NIL, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2022/01/04/lack-clear-ncaa-rules-creates-confusion-around-nil

After Chaotic 2021, NCAA Faces Reckoning On Athlete Rights, https://www.law360.com/employment-authority/articles/1446564/after-chaotic-2021-ncaa-faces-reckoning-on-athlete-rights

Georgia swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle suspended by NCAA, https://www.redandblack.com/sports/georgia-swimming-and-diving-coach-jack-bauerle-suspended-by-ncaa/article_04bb46dc-8557-11e4-a4f5-6baa679c011b.html

Women's Athletes Are Big Winners In College Sports' 2021 NIL Reform, https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcedelman/2022/01/01/womens-college-athletes-are-big-winners-in-2021-nil-reform/?sh=78ff49a1de55

Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick united in legal battle against NFL, https://theundefeated.com/features/eric-reid-colin-kaepernick-united-in-legal-battle-against-nfl/

NFL Says Cowboys Player Can't Fight Drug-Test Suspension, https://www.law360.com/employment-authority/articles/1452433/nfl-says-cowboys-player-can-t-fight-drug-test-suspension

The Jets And Giants Don't Play In New York... And Someone's Suing Over It, https://abovethelaw.com/2022/01/the-jets-and-giants-dont-play-in-new-york-and-someones-suing-over-it/

NFL teams face fines for asking draft prospects about sexuality and parents, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jan/05/nfl-teams-face-fines-for-asking-draft-prospects-about-sexuality-and-parents

Novak Djokovic's visa canceled, star player denied entry into Australia, https://theathletic.com/news/novak-djokovics-visa-canceled-star-player-denied-entry-into-australia-over-vaccine-exemption/Ys0t7xEHvebx/

Australian Open 2022: A Case Study On Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates At International Sporting Events, https://www.lawinsport.com/topics/item/can-athletes-successfully-challenge-covid-19-vaccine-mandates-a-case-study-from-the-australian-open-2022

Understanding Novak Djokovic, https://www.infobae.com/aroundtherings/articles/2022/01/06/behind-the-scenes-understanding-novak-djokovic/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Soccer Star Learns Lesson In 1L Contracts, https://abovethelaw.com/2021/12/soccer-star-learns-lesson-in-1l-contracts/

A note to our subscribers from the founders of The Athletic, https://theathletic.com/3055821/2022/01/06/a-note-to-our-subscribers-from-the-founders-of-the-athletic/?source=twitterhq

Sports Gambling News for the Week Ending January 7th

By Bennett Liebman

Analysis: Which States Could Add Online Sports Betting In 2022?, https://www.legalsportsreport.com/61103/analysis-which-states-could-add-online-sports-betting-in-2022/

Legal Sports Betting In 2022, https://www.legalsportsbetting.com/news/which-states-could-add-legal-sports-betting-in-2022/

NY rolling the dice on mobile sports gambling starting Saturday, https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-gambling-mobile-sports-betting-20220106-vx5a6cssvje2lnwph2ihr7mxcu-story.html

DraftKings co-founder discusses online sports betting launch, https://www.cnbc.com/video/2022/01/07/draftkings-co-founder-discusses-online-sports-betting-launch-in-new-york.html

Mobile sports betting can start in New York on Saturday, https://nypost.com/2022/01/06/mobile-sports-betting-can-start-in-new-york-on-saturday/

Buffalo Bills name FanDuel Group as Official Partner, https://www.buffalobills.com/news/buffalo-bills-name-fanduel-group-as-official-mobile-sports-betting-partner

Mobile sports betting can start this weekend in New York, https://buffalonews.com/news/local/mobile-sports-betting-can-start-this-weekend-in-new-york/article_731d985e-6f16-11ec-b6ee-937393f121a5.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

New York sports betting: First mobile sports wagers to be accepted this week, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-york-to-begin-allowing-mobile-sports-betting-for-the-first-time-on-jan-8-11641493015

Addressing problem gambling ahead of the start of mobile sports betting in NYS, https://www.wivb.com/news/top-stories/watch-addressing-problem-gambling-ahead-of-the-start-of-mobile-sports-betting-in-nys/

New York to Allow Mobile Sports Betting as Soon as Saturday, https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-to-allow-mobile-sports-betting-as-soon-as-saturday-11641498506

Three keys for sports bettors to remember in the new year, https://nypost.com/2022/01/03/three-keys-for-sports-bettors-to-remember-in-the-new-year/

What Do New Betting Regulations In The US Mean For The NFL?, https://worldinsport.com/what-do-new-betting-regulations-in-the-us-mean-for-the-nfl/

Latest Tech Trends Redefining the Sports Betting Industry, https://www.techgamingreport.com/latest-tech-trends-redefining-the-sports-betting-industry/

How US Sports Betting Is Changing Media Companies, https://www.businessinsider.com/how-us-sports-betting-is-changing-media-companies-partnerships-ma-2021-12

How US Sports Betting Is Changing Media Companies, https://www.businessinsider.com/us-sports-betting-deals-that-could-happen-2022-draftkings-fanatics-2021-12

Sports & Betting Cases To Watch In 2022, https://www.law360.com/california/articles/1445713/sports-betting-cases-to-watch-in-2022

Arkansas Racing Commission Votes to Authorize Online Sports Betting, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/arkansas-racing-commission-votes-to-8435409/

Sports betting revenue in Arizona is off to soft start, https://ktar.com/story/4828086/sports-betting-revenue-in-arizona-is-off-to-soft-start/

Delaware betting revenue up 34.4% in 2021 but still below 2019 levels, https://igamingbusiness.com/delaware-betting-revenue-up-34-4-in-2021-but-still-below-2019-levels/

California Tribes Call Out Hypocrisy in Cardrooms' Suit, https://www.casino.org/news/california-tribes-call-out-hypocrisy-in-cardrooms-suit-over-sports-betting-measure/

Kambi seals retail and online sportsbook deal with Affinity Interactive's DRF Sports, https://www.gamingintelligence.com/products/sports/149627-kambi-seals-retail-and-online-sportsbook-deal-with-affinity-interactives-drf-sports/

DraftKings Vs. Penn National Gaming Stock: Which Is The Better Buy?, https://seekingalpha.com/article/4477850-draftkings-vs-penn-national-gaming-stock

Florida gambling fight is all about greed, https://www.gainesville.com/story/opinion/2022/01/04/larry-lowenthal-florida-gambling-fight-all-greed/9047165002/

Florida Sports Betting Update: Referendum Likely Falling Short, Fhttps://www.gamingtoday.com/news/florida-sports-betting-update-referendum-likely-falling-short/

MGM Tops VSO US Gambling Industry Winners of 2021 List, https://www.vegasslotsonline.com/news/2022/01/04/vso-analysis-mgm-tops-list-of-us-gambling-industry-winners-of-2021-as-share-price-rises-47/

House Speaker Ralston endorses legalized gambling constitutional amendment, https://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/business/house-speaker-ralston-endorses-legalized-gambling-constitutional-amendment/article_3d7439dc-6f35-11ec-ae61-effb92edcb32.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share