From our Intern Jonathan Lee: Sports Recap (May 18-22)

From the gridiron to the race tracks, a lot has happened this week within the sports law world.

The top story this week was the release of Michael Vick, the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, from a prison in Leavenworth, Kansas last Wednesday. Vick was sentenced to serve twenty-three months in jail for his involvement in financing a dog-fighting ring and is now serving his final two months in home confinement in Virginia.

But Vick is not the only NFL quarterback who faced legal issues this week.  Former quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Leaf, was indicted on Wednesday in Randall County on drug and burglary charges.

A former running back, Travis Henry, is in federal custody in Florida after he violated terms of his bond.  Apparently, he consumed alcohol which was prohibited by the bond agreement.  Henry was arrested last October on counts of trafficking cocaine.

In other news, the NFL had several discussions that closed on Wednesday regarding expanding the Rooney rule, which was originally created seven years ago to expand job opportunities for minorities looking to fill head coaching vacancies.  The rule now looks to incorporate the general manager position as well.

Discussions also touched on expanding the NFL season from seventeen to eighteen regular season games, along with reactions to Delaware allowing sports betting following last weeks signing of the legal documents.

In college football, the Tennessee Volunteers were subject to another recruiting violation following an assistant’s post on Lane Kiffin’s Twitter account about an upcoming recruit.  They are now awaiting a response from the NCAA.

Moving to the racetracks, Jeremy Mayfield, who was suspended last week for failing one of NASCAR’s random drug tests, has found out that the positive results were not for performance-enhancing drugs but for another banned substance.  Information would not be released on what the drug was.

NASCAR’s rival F1 racing has won its plan for a $60-million-dollar salary cap for racing teams by 2010 after French courts rejected an appeal by Ferrari to stop the plan from getting through.  According to FIA, the plan is in response to the financial crisis F1 faces.

Court disputes have been a common theme this week as the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes have been forced by Judge Redfield Baum to mediate their current dispute on whether or not the team will be able to move to Ontario, Canada, following ownership disputes.  A status hearing is set for May 27th.

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