5 Prof. Sports & L. 1 (2014-2015)

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March-April  2014  . Volume  5, Issue 1

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Bankruptcy Court Changes 'Ground

Rules' on Houston Astros

By Daniel A. Etna, Partner and Co-
Chair of the Sports Business Group
at Herrick, Feinstein LLP

     raditionally, prior to the start of a
     baseball game, the ball park ground
rules are discussed by the managers. Unfor-
tunately for the Houston Astros, there was
no prior discussion of the ground rules of
thefederalbankruptcycourt for the Southern
District of Texas before the Astros took the
courthouse field.
   The Astros are a partner in a regional
sports network (the RSN) which was
formed as a Delaware limited partner-
ship to televise Astros' baseball, Houston
Rockets' basketball games and other sports
programming in the Houston area. The

other partners of the RSN are the Rockets
and an affiliate of Comcast.
   Pursuant to the RSN's limited partner-
ship agreement, the RSN is managed by its
general partner, Houston Regional Sports
Network, LLC. Houston Regional Sports
Network, LLC is also owned by the Astros,
the Rockets and Comcast. The board of
Houston Regional Sports Network, LLC is
comprised of four individual directors -
one selected by the Astros, one selected by
the Rockets and two selected by Comcast.
These four directors manage the business of
the RSN. As permitted by Delaware law, the
RSN's limited partnership agreement pro-
vides that the partners do not owe fiduciary

          See Bankruptcy Court on Page 14

NFL Sued for Weapons Ban by

M   innesota Police Organ zations

By Chloe Scheller

    ince 2003, Minnesota state law has
    permitted all licensed police officers,
whether on duty or offduty, to carry firearms
into private establishments even when signs
that ban guns have been posted.
  A  decade later, the National Football
League (NFL) has undercut that law with
its own policy. The league decreed recently
that only on-duty officers and private secu-
rity personnel can carry weapons into NFL
   The NFL's new policy didn't sit well with
several Minnesota police organizations,
which filed a lawsuit against the league al-

leging that the policy violates state laws by
infringing on the right of off-duty cops to
carry weapons.
   The plaintiffs, Minnesota Police and
Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) and
Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis,
claimed that the new NFL policy increases
risk to the public. By prohibiting licensed
police officers from maintaining possession
oftheirserviceweapon, theNational Football
League not only violates the law, but places
the public and law enforcement at unneces-
sary risk while impairing the legal status of
police officers, the very people willing to put

See NFL Sued on Page 8


Attorney                    15

MLB,  Players Agree On
Amended   Drug Accord       16

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