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New Jersey’s Push for Legal Sports Betting

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football

As the Super Bowl nears two New Jersey congressmen took action and introduced several timely bills designed to allow legal sports betting in the state. Republican U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo introduced a bill that would give all states until 2016 to legalize sports betting. A previous window was opened and closed in 1992 and when… Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Court clears the way for Dodgers sale

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A bankruptcy judge in Delaware approved a settlement today between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports. That action by the Court clears the way for the sale of the team. The settlement appears to end litigation between the Dodgers and Fox Sports. “The agreement with Fox clears the path for the Dodgers to sell… Continue Reading

Barry Bonds appeals conviction

Posted in Baseball, Performance Enhancing Drugs

Barry Bonds has appealed his conviction for obstruction of justice. Bloomberg reports that the former San Francisco Giants outfielder filed a notice of appeal Dec. 21 in federal court in San Francisco. He was sentenced to probation instead of prison time on Dec. 16 and was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to… Continue Reading

Dr. Anthony Galea Sentenced in Federal Court for HGH related offense

Posted in Baseball, Football, Performance Enhancing Drugs

On the same day that Barry Bonds was sentenced to a month of house arrest and two years probation for his part in obstructing the investigation into BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative) and the Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) it peddled, a well respected but largely unknown Canadian doctor was sentenced three-thousand miles away in Federal Court… Continue Reading

Barry Bonds sentencing today in Federal Court

Posted in Baseball, Performance Enhancing Drugs, Punishment, Sentencing

Barry Bonds will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston today to learn his fate for his obstruction of justice conviction. Bonds’ sentencing range under the federal sentencing guidelines is 15-21 months. The government has filed papers with the court asking that he receive the bottom of the guideline range, 15 months, but that the sentence be… Continue Reading

MLB to test for Human Growth Hormone under new contract

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Gregg Clifton Reports in Collegiate and Professional Sports Blog that “Major League Baseball (MLB) and its players’ union have executed a new five year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will run through the 2016 season. The highlights of the new CBA include blood testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and a rise in the minimum… Continue Reading

Shame in College Sports, an indictment of the NCAA

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Track & Field

Taylor Branch, civil rights author and historian, has written a powerful indictment of the NCAA and collegiate sports. Reading this is an education on the exploitation of athletes in major college sports. Read the full article here in the Atlantic. Below is a section from the article that describes the myth of the student athlete. We… Continue Reading

A Retrial of Roger Clemens

Posted in Baseball, Performance Enhancing Drugs

Judge Reggie Walton did what judges are supposed to do when he ordered a retrial of Roger Clemens today–he followed the law. Clearly frustrated with prosecutor Steven Durham, Judge Walton said, he didn’t want to believe that experienced prosecutors willfully violated his pretrial orders when they played the tainted video evidence on day two of trial in… Continue Reading

Government Files Opposition to Clemens Case Dismissal

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The Government has filed documents in opposition to Roger Clemens’ Motion to Dismiss his case after Judge Walton declared a mistrial earlier this summer. The substance of the Government’s arguments is that where Clemens received a mistrial–that he asked for–the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution is no bar to retrial.  The Government acknowledges that… Continue Reading

Hearing Set in Roger Clemens Case

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Hearing on Roger Clemens Motion to Dismiss indictment set. Hearings as to WILLIAM R. CLEMENS: Motion Hearing originally set for 1:30 pm was reset for 9/2/2011 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 16 before Judge Reggie B. Walton. The Government’s response will be filed any day and will be covered here.

Roger Clemens Attorneys File Motion to Dismiss Indictment

Posted in Baseball, Performance Enhancing Drugs

Attorneys for Roger Clemens filed a much expected Motion to Dismiss criminal charges after the mistrial declared by Judge Walton last month.  Rusty Hardin’s motion states: On July 14, 2011, the sixth day of trial in this matter and the second day of testimony, the Government triggered double jeopardy by deliberately defying a pretrial order… Continue Reading

Lenny Dykstra to stand trial

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Lenny Dykstra has been ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles for car theft charges related to his driving off with three luxury cars in California.  Dykstra, his 27 year old accountant, and another apparently left with the vehicles after filing fraudulent lease documents.  Then after this behavior established probable cause that a crime had occured, police… Continue Reading

If the beer can don’t fit, must you acquit?

Posted in Baseball, Performance Enhancing Drugs

Lester Munson with ESPN reports that opening statements in the Roger Clemens perjury trial are underway.  Assistant United States Attorney, Steven Durham, showed the jury in his opening statement “yellowing cotton balls, needles and vials” which had been turned over to the Government from Brian McNamee, Clemens’ long time trainer.  Durham told the jury that… Continue Reading

A Jury To Decide Roger Clemens’ Legal Fate

Posted in Baseball, Performance Enhancing Drugs

Roger Clemens and lawyer Rusty Hardin will be out of Texas and in Washington, DC, this week to begin the Rocket’s trial.  A jury will decide Clemens’ fate legally and probably for Cooperstown as well. The first significant thing to happen is when the jurors will be read the indictment (PDF). Initial impressions are especially important in trials,… Continue Reading