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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.

The Mike Meltser Podcast The Mike Meltser Podcast

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    • 4.9, 154 Ratings

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.

    57 - How Will Washington's NFL Team Pick a New Name?

    57 - How Will Washington's NFL Team Pick a New Name?

    This episode is about Washington's NFL team, which recently announced that it is retiring its long-time nickname. Reports indicate that the announcement of a new name will not be announced because of trademark issues. This episode explores the trademark issues Washington is facing right now. 
    Mike's guest is Yocel Alonso, who practices entertainment law at Alonso PLLC. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and has litigated trademark issues over the course of his career. Yocel's firm can be located here. 
    (4:10) What is a trademark?
    (4:52) What kind of benefits do you have when you own a trademark? 
    (6:03) How does a trademark owner protect the use of the mark? 
    (7:46) How does somebody get a trademark?
    (12:21) There are two parties who are claiming an interest in the trademark "Washington Red Tails." Yocel explains which party has the upper hand. 
    (15:15) How does a possible owner of a trademark show that he has been "using" the trademark? 
    (17:07) If Washington wants to get the nickname "Red Tails," what should they do? 
    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/

    • 25 min
    56 - Why Is Oliver Luck Suing Vince McMahon?

    56 - Why Is Oliver Luck Suing Vince McMahon?

    This episode is about former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck's lawsuit against WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon. 
    Mike's guest is Jason Cruz, an attorney who practices in Seattle, writes for MMA Payout, and has written about the Luck v. McMahon lawsuit. Jason's firm can be located here.
    (2:55) Background on McMahon's decision to hire Luck as the commissioner of the rebranded XFL.
    (5:15) Why the XFL fired Luck "for cause" immediately before filing for bankruptcy.
    (6:06) Why Luck is suing McMahon personally, and not the XFL (Alpha Entertainment) as a business entity.
    (9:03) Why is this a fight that McMahon wants? 
    (9:49) Jason explains what a personal guarantee is. 
    (11:28) Mike and Jason discuss the four arguments that McMahon has made in claiming that Luck was properly terminated "for cause."
    (19:53) What exactly is an "indispensable party" to a lawsuit, and is Alpha Entertainment an indispensable party here?
    (22:25) Jason explains how Alpha Entertainment's bankruptcy affects the Luck v. McMahon lawsuit.
    (24:32) How much is Luck's case hurt by the federal judge staying his case as Alpha Entertainment's bankruptcy plays out first? 
    (26:21) What is Jason's prediction for the resolution of this case? 
    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/

    • 33 min
    55 - What Went Wrong in MLB's Negotiation To Start The 2020 Season?

    55 - What Went Wrong in MLB's Negotiation To Start The 2020 Season?

    This episode takes a look back at the negotiation between Major League Baseball (the owners) and the Major League Baseball Player's Association (the players) to start the 2020 season.
    Mike's guest is Eugene Freedman, special counsel to the President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and experienced labor lawyer. You can read Freedman's analysis about the MLB labor negotiation at FanGraphs. 
    (4:11) Why was there a massive fight over the players receiving fully prorated salaries?
    (5:23) What did the March Agreement say about prorated pay for the players?   
    (8:55) Why the failure of this negotiation could lead the MLBPA to file a grievance.
    (9:47) What is a grievance?
    (11:26) MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made a few strange comments on The Dan Patrick Show about the 60-game schedule.
    (12:25) Does Freedman believe Manfred gave the MLBPA more ammunition in a possible grievance?
    (15:31) What Manfred did to help the owners defend a grievance.
    (18:15) How much is a grievance worth for the MLBPA?    
     
    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/

    • 20 min
    54 - A Conversation About Qualified Immunity for Police Officers

    54 - A Conversation About Qualified Immunity for Police Officers

    This episode is unlike any so far on The Mike Meltser Podcast. Mike focuses on the doctrine of qualified immunity for police officers, which has become a major topic over the last month in the United States. 
    Mike's guest is Erika McDonald, recent University of Houston Law Center graduate and Law Clerk at the Kallinen Law Firm. 
    (5:35) What does qualified immunity for police officers actually mean? 
    (6:50) Why juries aren't hearing many of these types of cases.
    (11:40) Why has the interpretation of the original intent of the law implicating qualified immunity changed so much? 
    (16:30) Erika explains why the burden on plaintiffs has been made so difficulty in modern times.
    (26:00) Why wouldn't plaintiffs just sue police departments and cities, as opposed to individual police officers?
    (28:13) Is it easier or harder to successfully sue a police department? 
    (30:40) What would happen in qualified immunity for police officers was simply abolished? 
    (38:08) What is an ideal solution to fix this area of the law? 
    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/

    • 47 min
    53 - What Should the NBA Do About Older Coaches in Orlando?

    53 - What Should the NBA Do About Older Coaches in Orlando?

    This episode is about the impact of employment laws on the NBA's decisions about older head coaches if (and when) the league resumes play in Orlando. There has been some discussion over the last few weeks about the NBA possibly banning coaches like Mike D'Antonio and Gregg Popovich from the bench, based on the way COVID-19 has impacted older populations.
    Mike discusses the two main employment laws the NBA needs to think about: the ADEA (age discrimination), and the ADA (disability discrimination). 
    The guest for this episode is Philip Berkowitz, a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, a national employment defense firm. 
    (3:20) Berkowitz explains why the NBA can look back to an international battery company for guidance
    (4:39) What would Berkowitz do if he was the NBA's General Counsel?
    (5:30) Is it a good idea for the NBA to make older head coaches wear masks?
    (6:33) Mike explains why recent EEOC guidance makes it extremely difficult for the NBA to exclude any individual employee.
    (9:35) Why shouldn't the NBA just make every worker sign a waiver?
    The Mike Meltser Podcast is brought to you by Alamo Remedy CBD. 
    Website: http://www.alamoremedy.com/
    Promo code: MIKEM
    Music Credit: 
    Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod
    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn
    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 12 min
    52 - How Sports Will Return with COVID-19

    52 - How Sports Will Return with COVID-19

    This episode is about how professional and college sports in America will return in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike's guest is Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at the Oxford College at Emory University in Atlanta.
    (3:45) Why is everyone worried about a "second wave" of COVID-19?
    (5:39) Does Zach like the NBA's "bubble" plan in Orlando?
    (7:31) How critical is daily testing for COVID-19?
    (13:16) How many positive tests would force the need for a shutdown?
    (21:56) Zach's early impressions on the NFL's health and safety protocols for 2020.
    (25:42) Why Zach doesn't think fans in stands makes any sense right now.
    (29:30) What's the latest update on a possible vaccine for COVID-19?
    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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