Barbara Osborne

A case recently decided by the U.S. District Court in Minnesota illustrates the complex interactions between stadium development and lease agreements and the expanding scope of protections provided for intellectual property interests including brand and image. In 2012, the Minnesota state legislature passed a statute (Minn. Stat. §§ 473J.01-473J.27) creating the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and providing for construction and financing of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings football team. e MSFA then entered into a contract with the Minnesota Vikings Football Stadium,...Read more

Fantasy sports have become an increasingly popular outlet for average sports fans desiring “ownership” in a fantasy professional sports league. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (2006), 15-18 million players participate annually in fantasy sports leagues. “With fantasy sports generating an estimated $100 million in revenue and growing at a 7%-10% [rate] annually, unions and leagues see a lucrative opportunity to cash in on players’ names and performance” (McCarthy, 2006. p. 1). Given the driving force behind fantasy sports is the combined use of player names and statistics...Read more