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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Randy: Let me get this straight. MLB is choosing to lock-out the fans? I think this blog just found a lead topic.
Jacob Murphy: Here is a list of all of the rule changes, and how it will affect (improve?) play.
No more ties
Restrictions on goalies
Bigger Offensive Zone
Changes to icing
Changes to instigator rule
Areas of emphasis for officials
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.