Monday, June 29, 2009

Jordan Calls It Quits's-son-ready-for-'life-after-basketball'

Congrats MO Riv on 500

Mariano Rivera got his first RBI of his career as Fransisco Rodriguez walked him and in an run in the 9th...but most importantly Mo Riv picked up his 500th career save. Making him the second to reach that milestone, other than Trevor Hoffman.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

GREAT Commercial

This dog copied Mak's routine...

Friday, June 26, 2009

The life and Money of MJ

Want A Hollywood Lawyer?

How expensive is a Hollywood lawyer?
By Eriq Gardner
Unless you work as in-house counsel at a big company, it's not always easy to figure out the going billing rate for a top law firm attorney. Most firms are limited liability partnerships that don't have the same kinds of financial disclosure obligations many corporations face.
What does a top entertainment litigation attorney make these days?
One way to answer that question is to look at court filings when one party in a legal action is seeking attorneys fees from the other. This isn't a perfect method as attorneys will typically state their most generous fee arrangement, leaving it up to a judge to decide what's really reasonable. But still, it offers some clues.
We mention this because on Monday, attorneys for the film industry filed papers in the Real DVD case about the rates they are charging. Here's the declaration. According to the papers, Akin Gump partner Stephen Mick is billing an hourly rate of $703.80, partner Reginald Steer is billing at $765 and counsel Maria Ellinikos is billing at $490. The MPAA wants Real Networks to fork over $18,000 based on 27 hours of legal work chasing spoiled evidence. The MPAA may seek additional legal fees on other matters at a later time.
A $700 billable hour is about twice as much the average billing rate at a Am Law 200 firm, coming in the midst of a recession that has many law firms reeling and discussing getting rid of the billable hour. But it's not nearly the highest rate we've heard. Bert Fields has famously billed $1000 an hour, and some of the top specialist routinely charge that much.
But still, the new legal filing shows how important this case is to the industry.

Take Down's First

$1 Million Breach of K

Law student seeks to collect on 'Dateline' $1 million challenge
By Eriq Gardner
Any lawyer in his right mind should know better than to go on TV and give the audience a $1 million challenge. One such attorney is learning the hard way that anybody could construe such a challenge to be an actual offer, giving rise to an implied oral contract.
James Mason is an Orlando-based attorney representing a businessman, Nelson Serrano, accused of killing his financial partner and two others in 1997.
In 2006, NBC's "Dateline" featured the crimes, and Mason appeared as a guest to defend his client. During the course of the interview, Mason said it was impossible for Serrano to have committed the murders, since it would have required his client to fly from Orlando to Atlanta, exit one of the busiest airports in the world, and arrive at a hotel five miles away in less than a half hour.
"I challenge anybody to show me, I'll pay them a million dollars if they can do it," said Mason on the show.
The NBC reporter followed up to see if Mason understood the terms of the challenge. Mason responded: "If they can do it in the time allotted? 28 minutes. Can't happen. Didn't happen."
Dustin Kolodziej, an enterprising law student at South Texas College of Law, decided to take up Mason's challenge. In December, 2007, Kolodziej retraced Serrano's alleged route and made a video recording of the travel. He made the Orlando-to-Atlanta-hotel trip in under 28 minutes.
Kolodziej attempted to collect from Mason, who refused, saying his comment on "Dateline" was a joke, and that nobody could interpret his statement as meaning he had any reasonable intention to pay up. Kolodziej pursued Mason further, and Mason wrote back that he'd consider any further communication "extortion and/or mail fraud."
So there you have it. Was Mason's "Dateline" exclamation a rhetorical flurry or an actual offer that created an implied oral contract when Kolodziej accepted?
A Texas district court will decide the answer. Here's Kolodziej's lawsuit against Mason for breach of contract.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson

RIP MJ...Your music was amazing and you will be missed by many. 50 is too young.. <-------Thriller Babby...1982's greatest hit

USA vs Brazil in the FINALS

On Sunday at 2pm the USA Men's Soccer team will play Brazil in the finals of the Confederations Cup in South Africa. This is the FIRST finals appearance for the US Men's soccer team in its history. The US got here by beating the defending World Cup Champions and current #1 team in the world. Spain, by a score of 2-0. The US broke Spain's five game streak without allowing a goal and stunned the Spanish all day long. Tim Howard had to be the man of the match as he made some HUGE saves and was about to preserve the clean sheet in goal.

The US already lost to Brazil 3-0 in the group stages of this tournament and looked pretty bad doing so. After a miracle they advance and beat Spain and are now playing with added fire and confidence. I hope Sunday's game is a good one and that the USA can put the pressure on and get a goal early. However, we need to continue and pressure if we do score like we did against Spain. If we sit back like we did against Italy in the earlier stage we will get murdered by the talented and fast Brazilians.

GO USA!!!!

And...with the first pick, in this years NBA Draft

Tonight in about 2 hours is the 2009 NBA draft. Last year I was in New York at this time and was right outside the draft. Needless to say I am a lot farther away today, but will still be cheering on the Knicks. New York is known for is draft day blunders, however lately I believe NY Sports has made some decent moves. I don't know about Galinari last year, but he could be a good player in the future. Hopefully it will be the near future and he will still be a Knick, but we will see. The Jets have made some great picks lately and I am proud of GM Mike Tannenbaum's decisions to move up and get a lower pick.

In tonight's draft the Knicks have pick number 8 and recently just paid $3 Million dollars to the Lakers for the 29th pick in the draft. I would love to see Steph Curry fall to the Knicks at #8. Realistically, I think Jordan Hill from AZ would be a good pick at #8, but who knows with NY. At #29, I would love to get Brandon Jennings. He is projected to go to the Kings at #27, however they have Kevin Martin. The fact that Jennings went overseas and did not play as much as he could have if he went to college might have played a role in him falling a bit on the draft board. A lot of people have made negative comments about that as far as development for the NBA goes. Taking the money right out of high school sounds like a good decision. Jennings did learn the hard way. Living without hot water sometimes and without the amenities of a top D1 college program.

I am a HUGE fan of Jennings and think he will make a great PG in the NBA. He did not have the grades to go to a great college so he decided to break ground for youngsters like him and play overseas. Being a leader is a great quality that Jennings possesses and I believe he will grow in the NBA and become a star quickly. I just hope the Knicks end up taking the Cali boy. Jennings play flashy but is really a quiet kid who loves his family. Which means he would never turn into a Stephon Marbury type individual. The NBA has quickly become a Point Guard league and "Young Money" would be a great PG to lead a team. New York might eat him alive but it could also turn him into a beast.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tim Howard Plays Basketball???

Earlier this week, the United States Soccer team's top goalie, Tim Howard, was drafted by the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS. Howard grew up in New Jersey and played high school basketball, until eventually heading overseas to play for Manchester United. Howard was the Globetrotters fifth pick, but is unlikely to leave Everton in the EPL to pursue a basketball career for the Globetrotters.

Ronaldo Sets the Futbol Transfer Record

Real Madrid must pay $131 Million to Manchester United for the rights to Christiano Ronaldo's contract. Meaning Real still has to pay Ronaldo a large sum for his personal contract. The 131 million was ONLY for Real to be able to have the authority to speak to Ronaldo's agent and negotiate a contract. A futbol agent overseas can earn more than the average 5% , like most get in America sports. I also read that the player gets a percentage of the transfer fee as well. Meaning even more money for Ronaldo.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Song of the Weekend

Kid Cudi- Day N Nite REMIX............Enjoy!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Here is another interesting story of how you can get your foot in the door at an agency. Sean Carey shows us a great example of the many diverse paths one can take to transcend themselves into the business of becoming an agent....

What is Access Athletes?? Matt Allinson Interview

Below is an iterview by Susan Zaro with Matt Allinson, CEO of AccessAthletes.

Interview with Matthew Allinson-Founder and

Access Athletes is a social and professional platform for athletes and the sports community.
Access Athletes offers its members - athletes, (high school, college, and professional) sports professionals, the media, business, and sports fans - valuable tools, information and networking opportunities. Most notably, Access Athletes features "The Real Athlete Blog," which is an exclusive informational source dedicated to athletes. "The Real Athlete Blog" provides articles from qualified sports industry professionals about an athlete's performance, everyday life, and post-athletic career.

SZ: Matthew your academic history includes, Penn State U. with a double major in Labor Studies and Industrial Relations and Psychology; a Fulbright Scholarship in Jamaica; and Ohio State U., Moritz College of Law where you obtained your J.D. with a concentration in Labor, Intellectual Property and Sports Entertainment Law. Where along the line were you inspired to create Access Athletes and what was your inspiration?

Matt: Since middle school, I had aspired to become a sports agent. When I was growing up, my Dad and I would discuss all the latest news from the sports section of The Baltimore Sun. Often the conversation would center on the legal woes and poor decisions made by many athletes. I could never understand how someone who had everything going for them could throw it all away in a heartbeat. As a competitive athlete, I not only wanted to start helping athletes, but also felt that I had a duty to do so. So, I came up with a plan to attend law school and eventually become a sports agent. This way, I would have the necessary background to counsel athletes on how to avoid certain pitfalls and assist them in developing successful careers.

Along the way, I worked for the NFL Players Association and a few well-known sports agents. It seems as though I was on the fast-track to becoming an agent until my last year of law school. In the spring of 2007, I was at the gym working out with a buddy and the idea to create a website for athletes came to me. After collaborating with my business partner at the time, we decided to file for an LLC and then launch a website, The website was developed while I was studying for the bar exam that summer. I would not recommend that anyone undertake such an ambitious endeavor (especially since my girlfriend almost broke up with me). Looking back, it was definitely not a well-planned decision on my part, but I have no regrets and I'm thankful for my naivety at the time and the ability to bear down to get the job done.

In the fall of 2007, Access Athletes was officially launched. I ended up putting my goal of becoming an agent on hold to pursue my new venture, as well as gain invaluable experience working as a full-time labor attorney with a major entertainment union in Washington, D.C.

Access Athletes has afforded me the opportunity to establish my own niche in the sports industry as a trusted athlete educator. Every day, I am able to live out my dream of assisting athletes with their athletic careers, whether it involves the college recruiting process, referring them to sports professionals and specialists, or simply helping them navigate through personal matters. It is a very fulfilling experience, especially since I am doing what I love to do. This is my passion and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

SZ: In what unique ways is your audience able to utilize and benefit from the social/professional platform that is provided on this website?

Matt: As it stands right now, Access Athletes is unique in that it caters to athletes of all levels-high school, college, and professional-and provides them with access to top-notch educational resources and all the major players in the sports industry that they need to interact with to forge a balanced career.

The existing networking framework allows our members to create a profile that displays their vital information and establish relationships with various individuals in the sports industry to advance their careers. Our featured members must go through a verification process to validate their identities before they are given access to the community. This way, our members can be assured that they will have a legitimate networking experience with credible individuals. The networking platform was also designed to be NCAA-compliant and afford all the high school and collegiate athlete members who use our service a safe networking experience.

As a complement to the social and professional networking platform, "The Real Athlete Blog" (Real Content for Real Athletes), serves as the website's exclusive educational resource. The blog was created to assist athletes by providing them guidance, information, and access to services to improve their athletic performances and lives. One way we accomplish this is by doing the "Athlete Chat" series," in which we conduct interviews with a wide-range of athletes and ask them questions that shed light on an athlete's career. We utilize the insight of athletes and their experiences to educate other athletes on topics that are relevant to having a successful career, anything from being recruited to moving overseas to play professional ball. We have several other popular columns that cater to athletes, including, The Athlete Weekly Rundown, Sports Business Review, and Trusted Athlete Educator. We also cover sports professionals in our Interview with a Sports Professional series. At the end of the day, we live up to our mantra of "Access is Key" and offer exclusive content from top athletes and qualified sports professionals that you can't find anywhere else on the web.

* Note: Access Athletes provided an exclusive interview with Calvin Borel, the Kentucky Derby winning jockey, days after his victory ride on Mine That Bird.

SZ: Are athletes, coaches etc. able to request specific topical information? If so, are you finding surprises as to the topics that are being requested? What are some of the unique topics asked about? Not "x" but pg." :-)

Matt: It's funny that you asked this question. I usually receive questions from athletes and sports professionals via e-mail on a whole host of topics. We just recently launched two new features on "The Real Athlete Blog" that allow people to request information in a more organized fashion. The first one-"Ask Access Athletes" - allows a blog visitor to pose any question that they would like answered about the sports industry. When we receive an inquiry, we will research it and get back to you as soon as we can.

The second feature is called, "Ask the Expert." I'm very excited about this new program. It will feature qualified experts from the sports industry who will answer questions from our readers. All the reader needs to do is to submit a question in the form provided on the "Ask the Expert" section whenever an expert is on the "hot seat" fielding questions. At the end of the week, we will post the questions and answers in the "Ask the Expert" column. This feature will further solidify the educational focus of the site and offer athletes and other readers a chance to pick the brains of the experts.

To answer your question though, I wouldn't say I'm ever surprised about the topics that are requested. They really run the gamut from information about camps, to NCAA eligibility and compliance, to assistance with the agent selection process. There is no rhyme or reason. I have received a myriad of questions from athletes at all different levels pertaining to both on and off-the-field topics.

Recently, one former professional athlete asked me questions pertaining to producing a documentary, generating buzz, and securing a distribution deal. I also had a top prep athlete ask me to help him with his search to transfer to another prep school. Admittedly, this request has taken a great deal of research and our main interest is assisting the athlete in finding a school where he can thrive both academically and athletically.

SZ: How do you envision Access Athletes expanding its offerings in the future?

Matt: In the near future, we will be launching a community application that will take the social networking platform to the next level. This application will be the crux of our business model and will lay the foundation for the website to eventually become a full-service platform. We will also be opening an educational arm of the website that will offer athletes abundant resources, seminars, and other career-enriching opportunities. This will further reinforce our role as the trusted athlete educator, building upon the tremendous success we have experienced with "The Real Athlete Blog" as an educational tool. Without giving away too much more, we will also launch a consulting wing that will specialize in assisting athletes and other members of the sports industry with their business ventures. Stay tuned for some hot new features and applications just around the corner!

SZ: What are the fun, frivolous elements for your audience interacting through Access Athletes?

Matt: Networking with individuals who share similar interests is naturally a fun activity, especially when they can help contribute to advancing your career. In terms of specific features, the frivolous elements include messaging other members, creating discussions by commenting on the blogs, or just showcasing your accomplishments for more exposure with the major players in the sports industry, whether it is other athletes or sports professionals.

SZ: Do you have any favorite motivational stories, tips or quotes that guide you?

Matt: I have always read a ton of motivational books and compiled new inspirational quotes to keep me heading in a positive direction as I make my ascent to the top of the sports industry.

There is one particular story that stands out as my most motivational moment to date. During my freshman year at Penn State, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the legendary Joe Paterno speak and meet him afterward. I was so inspired by his speech that I wrote down a list of quotes from the speech when I got home, making sure that I reproduced them verbatim. Since JoePa's speech, I have always kept this list of memorable quotes up on my wall and it has served as extra motivation to keep pushing myself to new levels. I will leave you with my favorite quote uttered by JoePa that night. It embodies the spirit of Access Athletes and everything I have accomplished up until this point and plan to accomplish in the near future. "If you never have the courage to try, you won't succeed. You have to have confidence. 'I will do this.'

Matt- thank you for taking the time for this interview. You are well on your way to creating a significant niche in the sports world!

USA v Italy Goals and Highlights....

Guiseppe Rossi, the New Jersey born Italian is AMAZING.....

Top Ten Female Athletes

Song of the Day

NERD- RockStar

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MJ Tax

Michael Jackson and taxes...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Stallworth's Sentence...>WOW

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida, a punishment made possible by his cooperation with investigators and the fervent wish by the victim's family to put the matter behind them.

Stallworth, 28, received the sentence after pleading guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking and killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk March 14 in his black 2005 Bentley. The athlete also reached a confidential financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.
Without the plea deal, the DUI manslaughter conviction could have netted Stallworth 15 years in prison. After his release from jail, he must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions will allow him to resume his football career, his attorney said.

Good Luck Phil Mickelson

I am usually rooting for Tiger Woods to win, but this weekend my heart and cheers go out to Phil Mickelson. I would love to see Phil bring home a silver trophy from Bethpage Black to Amy. With everything they are going through right now with Amy's breast cancer winning this weekend would be great for both of them. Amy is beautiful and I hope everything works out for her and her husband. I know how cancer can have an effect on an individuals Psyche and is tough to deal with by everyone in the family....

Good luck this weekend Phil, a lot of people will be cheering for the #2 player in the world this weekend, for a good reason.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bart Scott Talks

We’ve been quite pessimistic about the Jets since last year’s late-season collapse, the loss of Favre, the departure of Coles, and the head coaching change. We’re still thinking 6-7 wins is realistic for next season, but wins hardly matter in year one under a new coach and QB when you have mouthy LB Bart Scott to yap it up. He’s been a quote machine since talking about the “hot sauce” he put on Reggie Bush’s ankle in 2006, and even though he hasn’t played a down with the Jets, Scott’s already jawing with the Dolphins. Love it.

“Who said that?” asked Scott, when told of Crowder’s remarks. “Who’s Crowder? See, I never even heard of the guy. Can I get a bio? You have to give me some personnel reports before you throw names out. I don’t even know the guy.”

Scott’s outburst came in response to Crowder taking a jab at brash new Jets coach Rex Ryan.

“Oh, he’s going crazy,” Dolphins LB Channing Crowder told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He’s going absolutely nuts. I know it’s his first chance to be a head coach and I know he’s excited about life. But, like I said, I’ve never played a football game in June in my whole life. So congratulations to him. He’s the OTA (organized team activity), the OTA Super Bowl winner.”

We asked for a defensive-minded coach, and we got one. We’re already giving Sanchez a pass in year one - the lower expectations, the better. But the defense needs to be much improved.

Said Ryan: “I don’t know this Channing Crowder but he’s all tatted up. I guess I oughta be nervous about him. He’s right about one thing: I’m a first-year head coach. But I’ve been around the game all my life and I’m no different now than I’ve ever been. It’s just that more people are listening. The other thing is, I think he’s wrong because I think you do win in June. I think you win with your preparation. And if I was younger, I’d probably handle him myself. … It’s fun to ruffle some feathers. I have no problem doing that.”

Monday night, Oct. 12. the Jets play at Miami in a heated battle that should be indicative of many AFC games this year...

Stephen Strasburg

195 Strike outs in 109 innings...with a 103 MPH fastball. The kid is certainly amazing, averaging a little under 2 strikeouts per inning, but $25-50 Million good?

How much is the #1 pick in this years MLB Draft, Stephen Strasburg, worth to you? The Nationals are the worst team in baseball and HAVE TO sign their pick this year. If they fail to sign their first draft pick like they did last year, I am afraid they might have less fans attending games than the Florida Marlins had this year.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Salary Cap 101

Ever wonder about the NFL salary cap or how players contracts are structered? On June 27th, former Washington Redskin Salary Cap Analyst, Jimmy Halsell will be educating a group of 15 interested individuals for $40. The session will last rough 3 hours and be conducted online. Click here to sign up and to learn more about the webinar event....

Jets Receivers

"We feel like we have the receivers in our group," Wallace Wright said in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center locker room after this morning's fifth and final practice of the full-squad minicamp had concluded. "Before Plaxico Burress was Plaxico Burress, he had to get the opportunity to become Plaxico Burress. Before Laveranues Coles was Laveranues, he had to get the opportunity. He started off with special teams and didn't play right away.
"That's natural for the public to say 'The Jets need a receiver, Laveranues is gone, who's going to replace him?' It's natural for them to say that. They haven't seen us play."

I am ready for a BIG season from WR David Clowney this year. The former Hokie will be a big, sure-handed target for Mark this season.

YouTube Video of the Week: Access Athletes

Check out my newest featured section on Access Athletes L.L.C. The Real Athlete Blog, the YouTube Video of the Week. The articles talks about the new forms of marketing athletes and agents are using and compares the two newest YouTube athlete videos that are causing a stir in the sports world. Click here to read the article in its entirety. A small portion of the article is below....Check out Access Athletes to read the rest and watch the video....

"Twitter has been the talk of every town the past several months, and with
more athletes getting accounts, it is only likely to increase in popularity,
specifically amongst the elder businessmen and women in society. Twitter has
brought a lot of positive attention to these “new” platforms, but Twitter
imposters have made some athletes and coaches (like Tony La Russa)
file lawsuits and discouraged them from using such sites.

Keeping all the positive and negative effects of Twitter in mind, it is
time to introduce the newest way athletes are marketing themselves and making
their life more transparent. Introducing, the video log (VLOG). The VLOG
is simply a video of an athlete going about his daily routine or showing off a
specific quality. When athletes post VLOG’s onto sites and other mediums like
YouTube, it gives immediate access to fans and allows them to connect with
athletes the second it is posted. YouTube has become a great marketing tool for
upcoming athletes and has given current stars a way to connect to fans. This
type of forum is becoming increasingly important in the world of agents and
athletes. "

Sanchez is Highest Paid Jet EVER

The New York Jets and their rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (the second QB to be drafted in ‘09 behind Stafford at #1) agreed to terms on a 5-year $50.5 million contract with around $28 million guaranteed.

Here are some previous “2nd drafted QBs” dating back to 2005 and their respective contracts:
2008 – Joe Flacco (5-year, $11.9 million)
2007 – Brady Quinn (5-year, $9.25 million)
2006 – Matt Leinart (6-year, $50.8 million)
2005 – Aaron Rodgers (6-year, $65 million)

The New York Jets and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (#2 QB to be drafted in ‘09) agreed to terms on a 5-year $50.5 million contract. Here are some previous “2nd drafted QBs” dating back to 2005 and their respective contracts:
2008 – Joe Flacco (5-year, $11.9 million)
2007 – Brady Quinn (5-year, $9.25 million)
2006 – Matt Leinart (6-year, $50.8 million)
2005 – Aaron Rodgers (6-year, $65 million)

This contract makes Sanchez the highest-paid New York Jet in the organizations history.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Song of the Day: Spatial Utility

D-Rose Budding

"Recently, a photo has been circulating on the Internet which appears to depict
me flashing a gang sign," Rose said in the statement. "This photo of me was
taken at a party I attended in Memphis while I was in school there, and was
meant as a joke ... a bad one, I now admit. I want to emphatically
state, now and forever, that Derrick Rose is anti-gang, anti-drug, and
anti-violence. I am not, nor have I ever been, affiliated with any gang and I
can't speak loudly enough against gang violence, and the things that gangs

"In posing for this picture, I am guilty of being young,
naive and of using extremely poor judgment. I sincerely apologize to all my fans
for my mistake. I pride myself on being a good citizen, and role model, that
young people can look up to and I want to urge all my young fans to stay away
from gangs and gang-related activities."

Above shows the 20 year old Derrick Rose taking accountability for his actions and owning up for a dumb picture that he took in college. This is clearly just some picture of Rose partying with the boys, posing for a picture. He was not trying to rep any gang in any way. I have seen plenty of photos like this by friends and people on facebook who think nothing of the gestures and actions they are taken. Clearly Rose was thinking like that at the time. Below is a little background on D-Rose.

Rose, 20, grew up in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He attended Simeon Career Academy, which he led to back-to-back state titles. After helping Memphis to the NCAA championship game in his freshman year, Rose was the No. 1 pick of the 2008 NBA draft by the Bulls. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and led the Bulls to the playoffs. Recently Rose was implicated in a recent NCAA scandal involving Memphis, which included an accusation that Rose had someone else take his SAT. School officials met with the NCAA, and have not yet ruled on the case.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Music Copyright & Royalties

Here is a decent chunk of a piece from the new describing royalties and the music copyright process. The piece is very informative and dulls the legal jargon down so you can understand the process a lot easier.

"When songwriters compose material, they generally want it to be safe from replication by others. They do not want others to profit from their work. This is accomplished by obtaining a copyright. A copyright gives the author an exclusive right to publication, distribution or adaptation of a piece of work for certain time period. During this time period, no one can use the piece of work without certain permissions. Once the copyright is up, anyone can use the work because it is said to enter the “public domain.” A songwriter’s work is copyrighted as soon as it is in a tangible form such as CD or sheet music. However, most songwriters get their songs registered so as to make it easier for them to receive compensation in court if their copyright is infringed upon. To copyright a song, the songwriter needs to obtain the proper forms. For a sound recording, the songwriter should obtain Form SR and possibly form CON. You can request a copy by mail at US Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 20559, by phone at (202) 707-3000, or at The forms must be filled out and sent back to the copyright office along with $45 and a non-returnable copy of the song. If the form is filled out correctly, a certificate of registration will be sent 4-5 months later.

Once the song is copyrighted, the writer is entitled to mechanical royalties under the Copyright Act. This means that whenever the copyrighted song is further recorded, the writer is entitled to royalties. Thus, the writer is entitled to compensation for each record that the record company produces. As of 2006, the statutory mechanical rate is $.091 for songs that are five minutes or less in length, or $.0175 per minute or fraction thereof per copy for songs that are over five minutes. So as you can see, songwriters can accumulate a ton of money for songs that achieve gold or platinum status. For example, if your song sells 1,000,000 copies, as the songwriter, you would be entitled to $91,000! This is a substantial sum if you have a knack for this sort of thing.

This rate is subject to periodic change. Thus, most songwriters will negotiate with record companies to receive the rate that is in place at the time of the manufacture of the record. Otherwise, if the writer negotiates an agreement where the rate is based on the rate at the time of the song’s release, the songwriter will receive a much lower rate if the song is ever re-issued or re-released. So it is advantageous for the songwriter to negotiate for the rate in place at the time of manufacture....

Most songwriters in the U.S. employ the Harry Fox Agency to handle their mechanical royalties. They issue the licenses and collect the royalties for the songwriters in order to save the songwriters the time and aggravation of going through the mechanical license process. Many other countries have similar agencies that deal with mechanical rights such as MCPA (England), STEMRA (Netherlands), GEMA (Germany), and CMRRA (Canada)...."

Cooley Bar Results Feb 2009

Cooley has some of the top bar results in the state of Michigan. Wow, even I am impressed. We are competing with the University of Michigan for top results in the state. The results are not biased in any way as the information was supplied by the Board of Law Examiners of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Cuban vs SEC

Of course Mark Cuban can not go quietly into the night and arrange a plea deal. He is now suing the SEC....Check out it. This is why Mark is the man and one of the best entrepeneur's in the world. He is not afraid to take a chance on anything that he thinks has a shot...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yanks vs. Saxx

The Yank's lead the majors with 95 total home runs so far this year. I am reporting this while they are still in the 7th inning against the Red, it is likely to rise in the next hour after this post.

The Yank's also lead the majors with 20 come from behind wins. 11 Games have been won on the last at bat.

Stats courtesy of ESPN....

A Different Breed of Cat

Agent Scott Boras says No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg is "a different breed of cat," worthy of a contract far above those of this year's other draft selections.

ESPN MLB analyst Steve Phillips says the Nationals' No. 1 pick, Stephen Strasburg, isn't ready to come up to the big leagues right away. Strasburg needs some time to become acclimated to the MLB lifestyle, Phillips says.

Strasburg was chosen Tuesday by the Washington Nationals, who must sign Strasburg by Aug. 15 to retain his rights.

Boras said Wednesday there's a substantial risk in giving big money to 99 percent of the draftees, but he placed the right-hander from San Diego State among the "premium" 1 percent that have a better track record of major league success.

"An extraordinary player receiving a substantial bonus far above other draft picks has happened before ... Obviously Stephen falls into that class of players," Boras said. "They just happen to have that extraordinary ability."

Boras wouldn't give numbers, but he's expected to ask for a package worth several times the value of the current high-water mark of $10.5 million that Mark Prior received in 2001.
The Nationals have already started their counteroffensive, saying they're not going to throw baseball's salary structure out of whack for one player and that the expectations surrounding Strasburg have reached unrealistic proportions.

"He's a tremendous pitching package," Nationals acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We weren't going to pass on the best player in the draft."

from ESPN......

New Campus in AA

Here is an email that I received a couple days ago about Cooley opening up a new campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Tomorrow, Cooley will announce to the public that the American Bar Association granted acquiescence to open a new campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan this September. We will do so in the facility currently occupied by Ave Maria School of Law, which is leaving Michigan at the end of this month to begin operations in Naples, Florida this fall. We will be leasing the facility for three years with an option to purchase it, but will have no other relationship with Ave Maria. In essence, Cooley's Ann Arbor branch campus replaces Ave Maria School of Law.
The Ave Maria facility is approximately the size of the Temple Building in Lansing--84,500 square feet--and is capable of accommodating a school with approximately 430 students, which is our target population and about the same level that was obtained by Ave Maria before they announced their decision to relocate. The Ann Arbor enrollment will be approximately half the student population planned for the Grand Rapids campus. Since the inception of the School's Strategic Plan, our goal has been to reduce the enrollment at Lansing as the enrollment at the branch campuses grew. We anticipate that eventually Ann Arbor will include approximately 176 new students per year, about half of whom would otherwise attend class at the other branches, which will ultimately reduce the total enrollment at the other campuses by a little over 200 students.

.....The requirements and timing of the ABA review meant that we could not announce this endeavor to you or the public earlier. The ABA decision occurred on Friday, June 5th. We were able to contact those who had already applied to Cooley's fall class beginning two weeks ago. That contact has led to 84 paid deposits for the section that will be offered in Ann Arbor this fall. This number will yield about 60 students, which is about three-quarters of the maximum of 82 that we can accommodate in the largest Ann Arbor classroom. In essence, for this fall we are offering one section in Ann Arbor that otherwise would have been offered in Lansing."

5 Years, $28 Million

Mark Sanchez, the Jets #5 pick in this years draft is only the second player signed in this years draft.

Sancehz signed a contract for 5 years with $28 million guaranteed. It is the lowest guaranteed contract amount in the past 4 years for top 5 quarterbacks picked. He could make around $50-60 Million in his time including incentives and other bonuses.

Part of An Agents Job IS...................

"The average length of a pro football player's career is just over three years. It is my job to help him save as much money as possible in order for him to live a comfortable life once his career is over," says Parker. "We help our clients maintain a budget and teach them throughout their career the value of what they have and how to manage it. It is a learning process for the player and the reward and satisfaction you get being an agent is knowing you have made a positive impact in someone's life."

SC Nominee Sotomayor and Sports

More on Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor and her influence on Sports........

Song of the Day

My cousin Ivan Farkas and his crew......reppin' NY

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Song of the Day

Stu's Song from The Hangover....Classic Andy song from The Office.


Movie To See

The Hangover....Saw it yesterday. Very funny. It is the new Old School and it has Mike Tyson in it.....

Monday, June 8, 2009

LaRusa Sues Twitter

St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony LaRusa has filed suit against Twitter...

I read today that this suit was officially settled out of court. No amount was disclosed but I am guessing it was something nominal if anything at all. LaRusa has made his point....He would have been better off if he would have sued the individuals who falsely used his name and created an account for him on Twitter.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


June 5th is the official one-year anniversary of this blog. LFLS has been around now for over a year!!!! Here's to many more years of quality writing and information on sports and the law.....and a bunch of other interesting topics.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bloggers Watch What You Say: You Can Get Sued

From an article in the wall street journal...

"Bloggers are increasingly getting sued or threatened with legal action for everything from defamation to invasion of privacy to copyright infringement. In 2007 -- the most recent data available -- 106 civil lawsuits against bloggers and others in social networks and online forums were tallied by the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, up from just 12 in 2003. There have been about $17.4 million in trial awards against bloggers to date, according to the Media Law Resource Center in New York, a nonprofit clearinghouse that tracks free-speech cases."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why Can't the USA Win at Costa Rica?

The USA is 0-7 at Costa Rica. Now they are 0-8 in qualifying games at CR.

The pitch is horrible, and the fans are rowdy as usual...

Not only did they lose but they also lost the coaches son Michael Bradley for Saturday against Honduras

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sick Goal By the Sparty, Abdelkader

Here is a clip of the Red Wing's Justin Abdelkader with the Wings third goal in Game 2. This goal was even more amazing live. The former Michigan State Spartan has two goals in two Stanley Cup final appearances. What a start for your first couple of games in the NHL.