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Mike is a long-time sports radio personality with experience at SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Sirius-XM Radio, and ESPN Radio. His podcast focuses on the latest topics in the world of sports law, with bonus episodes on Houston sports.

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Mike is a long-time sports radio personality with experience at SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Sirius-XM Radio, and ESPN Radio. His podcast focuses on the latest topics in the world of sports law, with bonus episodes on Houston sports.

    66 - What Happens Now With Deshaun Watson?

    66 - What Happens Now With Deshaun Watson?

    This episode is about the 22 lawsuits (filed so far) against Texans QB Deshaun Watson in the last month in civil court in Houston, alleging assault, sexual assault, and inappropriate behavior. 
    Mike's guest is Steph Stradley, a Houston-based sportswriter and lawyer at the Stradley Law Firm. She often does legal explainers for fans regarding sports discipline issues, contracts, investigations, and practical aspects of the law. She has a detailed FAQ post about the Watson lawsuits that can be found here.
    (0:54) Mike provides the background on the lawsuits that have been filed against Watson.
    (3:43) What exactly do we know so far?
    (7:12) The plaintiff's lawyer, Tony Buzbee, held a news conference on Tuesday in which two of Watson's accusers revealed their names and gave their stories. Mike and Steph discuss the impact of this news conference and how it has altered the course of this story.
    (10:55) Will we learn anything once Watson formally responds to the lawsuits in court?
    (12:50) Is it possible to maintain a wait-and-see approach with this story, with more information entering the public sphere every day?
    (18:01) Mike and Steph discuss Rusty Hardin (Watson's lawyer)'s response to Buzbee's Tuesday news conference. 
    (27:35) How difficult is it for the defense to "prove a negative" in these types of cases?
    (31:35) Are some of the lawsuits more concerning than others? Can we tell that at this point?
    (34:10) A complainant has come forward to the Houston Police Department, who are now investigating Deshaun Watson. How does this type of investigation work?
    (39:41) What is the NFL's Commissioner's Exempt List, and why does it matter in this case?
    (45:16) Some have suggested that Watson needs to settle these claims as soon as possible. Is that possible? How quickly could a settlement be reached?
    (50:35) Mike and Steph took a variety of Twitter Q and As, including the following topics: Hardin's current quality as an attorney, why Watson couldn't stop the news conference, the projected legal paths forward, Watson possibly staying with the Texans, and whether or not the Mann Act applies to this situation.         
    (1:09:32) Mike's concluding thoughts on what will happen moving forward with the Watson lawsuits. 
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    Music Credit:
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    65 - Will the Supreme Court Change College Sports Forever?

    65 - Will the Supreme Court Change College Sports Forever?

    This episode is about a major sports law case in front of the Supreme Court this week, NCAA v. Alston. The case centers around the application of antitrust law to the NCAA, and the Court faces this question: are the NCAA's eligibility rules regarding compensation of student-athletes a violation of federal antitrust laws? 
    Mike's guest is Chris Sagers, a Professor of Law at Cleveland State University at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. His bio can be found here. 
    (3:21) What is this case all about? 
    (5:13) Why the Supreme Court taking this case concerns some antitrust experts.
    (6:15) Why is the NCAA subject to the federal antitrust laws? 
    (6:50) What's the background on this case? What's been happening before the case reached the Supreme Court? 
    (8:25) What did the plaintiffs really want initially, and what did they get from the courts at the lower level? 
    (9:30) How will the composition of the Supreme Court, with the addition of new Justice Amy Coney Barrett, affect the ruling in NCAA v. Alston? 
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    Music Credit:
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
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    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 13 min
    64 - Does Jeff Luhnow Have a Case Against the Astros?

    64 - Does Jeff Luhnow Have a Case Against the Astros?

    This episode is about former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow's recent lawsuit against the team for breach of contract. Luhnow claims that the team unlawfully fired him for cause in January 2020 and he is seeking more than $22 million in damages.
    Mike's guest is Steph Stradley, a Houston-based sportswriter and lawyer at the Stradley Law Firm. She often does legal explainers for fans regarding sports discipline issues, contracts, investigations, and practical aspects of the law. 
    (1:35) Mike provides the background on Luhnow's lawsuit against the Astros
    (4:47) Why was this the right time for Luhnow to file suit?
    (5:45) Shouldn't this have been resolved in January, when Astros owner Jim Crane fired Luhnow?
    (9:40) Does Luhnow actually want to take his case to trial?
    (11:19) Arbitration will be a significant factor in this litigation. Why is arbitration generally considered to be a negative for plaintiffs? Does the arbitration clause in Luhnow's contract apply, given Major League Baseball's role in suspending Luhnow for the Astros' sign-stealing scandal? Why did Luhnow's lawyers write that the Court should appoint a neutral arbitrator to resolve this dispute?     
    (17:46) Why did Luhnow's lawyers attack MLB's sign-stealing investigation?
    (22:50) Luhnow was suspended by MLB for a whole season for his role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. Mike and Steph discuss whether this suspension was enough for the Astros to fire Luhnow "for cause."
    (27:45) Where did this idea come from that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Jim Crane negotiated Luhnow's suspension?
    (33:40) Mike's concluding thoughts on the Luhnow lawsuit, including Luhnow's possible future in MLB and evaluating the arguments made in the lawsuit.       
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    Music Credit: 
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 41 min
    63 - The Texans Have Fired Bill O'Brien

    63 - The Texans Have Fired Bill O'Brien

    Mike provides his thoughts, for an hour, on Texans owner Cal McNair's decision to fire head coach Bill O'Brien 
    (2:30) Mike's initial reaction to the firing after a Week 4 loss
    (6:13) JJ Watt perfectly encapsulted the feeling in Houston after O'Brien's firing 
    (14:08) Mike's reaction to the report that Watt had a verbal altercation with O'Brien a few weeks ago  
    (24:13) Why Mike fears that Cal McNair will screw up the GM and HC search  
    (34:01) Looking back at O'Brien's tenure in Houston. When was the right time to fire him?
    (38:15) Mike has never gotten over O'Brien's lack of a plan at QB from 2014-2015 
    (45:05) What is BOB's future? Mike explains why he has the ability to be a successful head coach in the future  
    (1:00:27) Some quick thoughts on future GM and HC candidates for the Texans  
    ​The Mike Meltser Podcast is brought to you by Alamo Remedy CBD.
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    Music Credit: 
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    62 - The Texans Are 0-3, Again

    62 - The Texans Are 0-3, Again

    Mike gives his thoughts on the Texans falling to the Steelers 28-21, after a promising first half but very poor second half in Pittsburgh. 
    (2:00) Houston's 1st and 10 plays in the second half were an absolute disaster. 
    (7:06) How do the Texans figure out their impotent rushing attack?
    (14:05) A big picture look at the Texans scheme, comparing Bill O'Brien's coaching to hires to those of Sean McVay and Matt Rhule
    (19:13) Mike analyzes two defensive breakdowns on Pittsburgh's final offensive possession of the game 
    (22:20) The run defense continues to be a major problem for Houston
    (26:21) Mike explains why the playoff picture in the AFC is simpler than you may think, even though we're only three weeks into the offseason 
    (31:19) Why Texans fans shouldn't fear the concept of Cal McNair refusing to fire O'Brien; the fear is actually something else
    (36:41) Mike finishes with some positives, including Deshaun Watson's accuracy and the team's clock management  
    ​The Mike Meltser Podcast is brought to you by Alamo Remedy CBD.
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    Music Credit: 
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 42 min
    61 - Ravens Handle Texans 33-16 in Week 2

    61 - Ravens Handle Texans 33-16 in Week 2

    Mike gives his main takeaways after another unsatisfactory Texans performance, falling to the Ravens 33-16 at NRG Stadium in Week 2 of the NFL Season. 
    (2:00) The big picture problem is that the Texans haven't even been competitive against the Chiefs and the Ravens
    (10:40) Mike weighs in on whether this feels different from the slow starts to the 2015 and 2018 regular seasons 
    (13:50) The Texans went for it on 4th and 1 on their own 34 yard line in the first half. Was it the right move? 
    (18:55) Keke Coutee killed the Texans, again
    (21:17) Mike evaluates the play of the defense 
    (26:21) Mike's thoughts on Deshaun Watson through the first two games of the season   
    (33:10) Mike lists the positives from the loss to the Ravens and looks ahead to next week's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers
    ​The Mike Meltser Podcast is brought to you by Alamo Remedy CBD.
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    Music Credit: 
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 40 min

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