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Week in Review

By Eric Lanter

Russia Appeals Doping Ban

On Sunday, July 3rd, Russia filed an appeal of the doping ban from the Olympics imposed on the track and field team. The Russian Olympic Committee's spokesman confirmed that the team filed the appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will be heard on July 19th.


Olympics Ease Advertising Blackout

A recent amendment to the Olympic Charter has changed the rules regarding advertising leading up to the Olympics. Now, the floodgates have opened and brands are angling for the public's attention. Some brands have been advertising since earlier in the year, but were required to refrain from mentioning Olympic symbols, such as "Rio," "gold," or even "summer," depending on the context.


British Soccer Teams Brace for Impact of Brexit

The English Premier League (EPL) is one of the "biggest and most successful soccer" leagues in the world, and Britain's exit from the European Union is set to affect the strength of the 20 teams that comprise the EPL. First, it may be more difficult for EPL teams to acquire talent from European countries, given the regulatory scheme. Second, while wealthy foreigners have sought EPL teams as investments, interest is expected to sag if the British economy slows or if the caliber of the EPL as a whole is compromised.


U.S. Women's Soccer Players Renew Fight for Equal Pay

After not having made progress in federal court and at the negotiating table, the U.S. women's soccer team is hoping to garner support with the public to advance its objective of achieving equal pay with the men's soccer team. Leading up to the Olympics next month, the women's team members will sport T-shirts stating, "Equal Play Equal Pay," and will wear temporary tattoos with the same phrase during their send-off matches. At the heart of the dispute is the pay structure for the men's and women's soccer teams. While the men's team members get extraordinary bonuses and salaries based on their selections to play for the national team, the women's team members get paid a flat salary with less opportunity for bonuses.


Danish Museum Acknowledges That Italian Artifacts Were Stolen

On Tuesday, July 5th, the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum signed an agreement providing for Italian artifacts to be returned to Italy. A portion of those artifacts, which the Danish museum bought in the 1970s, were excavated near Rome. While the Danish museum had initially resisted returning the artifacts, it decided to return them after investigations revealed that the artifacts were illegally excavated and exported without licenses.


Ex-Players Seek Return of Paterno Statue

Over 200 former Penn State University football players signed a letter to the university's trustees and president, Eric Barron, on Tuesday, seeking a re-installation of the bronze statue of Joe Paterno and an apology to Mr. Paterno's wife. Mr. Paterno died in 2012, after his statue was removed in the wake of the conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for child sexual abuse.


National Football League Hall of Famer Paul Hornung Sues Helmet Maker

Paul Hornung, a football player in the 1950s and 1960s, sued Riddell, the company that has made helmets for football since 1939. The complaint was filed in Cook County, Illinois, and alleges that the 80-year-old's dementia is owing in part to the repeated concussions he suffered during his time as a football player, which allegedly came as a result of Riddell's helmets. The lawsuit did not specify any damages.


Lionel Messi Sentenced in Tax Case, But Prison Is Unlikely

A Spanish court found on Wednesday, July 6th, that star soccer player Lionel Messi was guilty of tax fraud for using offshore companies to avoid paying Spanish taxes on advertising contracts. The court fined him 2.1 million euros, or $2.3 million, and sentenced him and his father to 21 months in jail. Mr. Messi is expected to appeal the sentence. It is reported that neither Mr. Messi nor his father are likely to serve any time in jail, however.


Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Files Suit Against Roger Ailes

Longtime Fox News anchor, Gretchen Carlson, filed an action against Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News. She asserted that she refused his sexual advances and complained about persistent harassment in the newsroom, to no avail. Mr. Ailes responded with a statement, calling the action a "defamatory lawsuit" that is "not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously."


Bill Cosby's Challenge to Criminal Case Fails

In the Pennsylvania criminal case involving Bill Cosby, the judge ruled on Thursday that Mr. Cosby was not entitled to cross-examine the accuser in that case, Andrea Constand. The judge ruled that the case had sufficient evidence to move forward without having Ms. Constand testify and be subject to cross-examination. Looking forward, the judge set the matter for a September pretrial conference.


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