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Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:31:06 GMT
Talk-Sports Closing
Because of the number of pending lawsuits against Talk-Sports, we have decided to shut down the servers until our legal situation stabilizes. The boards will be closed at midnight tonight.
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:48:49 GMT
George Wilson Threatens Legal Action
Somebody claiming to represent George Wilson (NFL) has sent us a cease and desist draft threatening that George Wilson will take legal action if comments were not deleted in 48 hours.
Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:43:53 GMT
Fred Reid Legal Action
Fred Reid of the Blue Bombers has informed us that if his named isn't removed from the website, that he will be taking legal action against us.
Sun, 02 May 2010 00:24:23 GMT
Terrence Wheatley's Privacy Rights

This week, I received an email from Terrence Wheatley's general counsel informing us that they believe that Talk-Sports' Terrence Wheatley's Girlfriend Forum violates his privacy rights, that it is actionable in court and they reserve the right to take such legal action. Terrence plays for the New England Patriots.

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 15:35:11 GMT
BEST, NFL Players and LaRon Landry

I have received emails and letters sent from BEST, an agency representing athletes and NFL Players. They are threatening legal action against Talk-Sports.com for comments on our website and they discuss measures they will take to shutdown Talk-Sports.com. In addition, they have acted upon one of the measures. The emails were sent on behalf of LaRon Landry, an NFL player.

The emails have included a letter from the NFL Players (the players union) to Rapid Spiral Development Inc., the owner of Talk-Sports.com. The letter was supposedly faxed and mailed first class to Rapid Spiral. Rapid Spiral has never had a fax, we do not recall ever receiving the letter, nor do we have such a letter on file. The letter from NFL Players may be fraudulent. We have emailed Tim Christine (Directory of Security) and Tom DePaso (Regional Director) of the NFL Players Association to verify the authenticity of the letter. Neither has responded.

We can only assume from their actions and inactions that BEST and NFL Players are attempting to have Talk-Sports.com shutdown. We have no choice at this time, but to suspend our free bronze membership program for all NFL players. We will send this blog entry as an email to all the affected players.

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:58:53 GMT
Slide Tackles in Soccer
Slide tackles in soccer should be illegal at all levels of soccer. Why? Because adults are stupid. I played a game earlier this past summer with kids and adults and an adult slid tackled a kid. When I called him for a foul, he actually complained. I was quite amazed that and adult would complain about a slide tackle on a kid, while the kid was hurt. He was about 35 and the kid was about 10. It was a fun game. Slide tackles in professional soccer is encouraging kids and adults to do the same in fun soccer. It's stupid and dangerous. Players should be told to stay on their feet and stop slide tackling, no exceptions. Soccer isn't hockey. I love hockey, but I'm sure soccer fans don't want that.
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 06:25:33 GMT
Warrick Dunn and CAA

Four times via email and once via snail-mail, I have received the following cease and desist order from Warrick Dunn's agents at CAA Sports (see link below).

http://www.talk-sports.net/DunnCeaseandDesist092408.pdf

They claim I'm not allowed to use Warrick Dunn's name and picture without his permission. They also claim to be lawyers. I responded six months ago with "I suggest you talk to a lawyer. Your interpretation of the law is wrong." This got rid of them for six months, but they are back. I really have to wonder if Warrick Dunn is getting proper legal advice and if his lawyers are just trying to accumulate billable hours against their client.

I've also found out that CAA and Denise White work together in some manner. If you don't remember Denise, then click on the following link and read.

http://www.talk-sports.net/game/?guid=20080806014708

I can only assume that the sub-industry of serving wealthy sports athletes is thriving. Do these athletes really think they are being properly served? I deal with hundreds of agents every month and most all are reasonable people. I can usually satisfy any concern an athlete has very quickly. At other times, the agents seem more interested in wasting every body's time than accomplishing anything. Hopefully Warrick reads this.

Sun, 25 May 2008 05:08:51 GMT
CAA Sports
In early April, CAA Sports sent me a PDF. I don't open attachments from strangers, so I simply replied such and asked them to send me text. They never did. Today, while reviewing my emails, I decided to convert the PDF to text myself and read it. CAA Sports has demanded that I stop using their client's names and pictures. They claim "The unauthorized misappropriation of an individual's name and likeness for a commercial purpose is an infringement of his personal rights, privacy rights and common law trademark rights". Wow! Sounds like some pretty phony claims. I'm just wondering what the fans think of their heros threatening legal action for using their names. This letter was specific to Warrick Dunn, but CAA also asked me to remove their other clients; Brady Quinn, Tony Romo, Cadillac Williams, Mark Clayton and Malt Stover.
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 02:48:06 GMT
Anouk Leblanc-Boucher wins Bronze

CP: Anouk Leblanc-Boucher of Prevost, Que., avoided an illegal move by a Chinese skater to capture a bronze medal in the women's 500-metre short-track speedskating event at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/news_story/?ID=155013

Randy: Anouk's medal may get bumped to a silver and Kalyna Roberge of Quebec City to a bronze, as it appears the silver medalist lifted her skate at the finish line, which should be a disqualification.

Mon, 16 Jan 2006 00:56:27 GMT
Baseball statistics: history or property?

CNN: Major League Baseball has claimed that intellectual property law makes it illegal for fantasy league operators to "commercially exploit the identities and statistical profiles" of big league players.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/15/baseball.stats.ap/index.html

Randy: Let me get this straight. MLB is choosing to lock-out the fans? I think this blog just found a lead topic.

Mon, 19 Sep 2005 15:25:59 GMT
NHL rule changes

Jacob Murphy: Here is a list of all of the rule changes, and how it will affect (improve?) play.

No more ties

Two-line passes

Restrictions on goalies

Bigger Offensive Zone

Changes to icing

Changes to instigator rule

Areas of emphasis for officials

Unsportsmanlike conduct

http://www.sports-weblog.com/nhl-rule-changes/

Randy: The one rule I absolutely cannot agree with is the goaltender handling the puck rules. The goalie should be allowed to handle the puck anywhere on the ice. This creates interesting opportunities, mostly for the other team, but also prevents injuries by eliminating races for pucks in the corner.

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