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Branding for Cannabis Businesses in MA

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Massachusetts Cannabis Branding Massachusetts voters chose to legalize recreational cannabis in the state during the November 2016 elections. Recreational sales were later authorized to begin in July 2018. Businesses entering the cannabis markets in Massachusetts face unique legal branding and advertising-related challenges. The federal government provides many of the strengthened […]


The Supreme Court Sports Betting Case and its Aftermath

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The Supreme Court Tackles Sports Betting The Supreme Court ruled on May 14ththat the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional. Immediately, speculation centered on which states would move to legalize sports gambling. Further speculation involved the role of the major pro sports leagues and the NCAA. Those […]


The NBA Should Copy the NHL for Once

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When Gary Bettman left the NBA to become the NHL’s commissioner in 1993, he brought some of the NBA’s roadmap with him. Bettman swiftly expanded the league and changed the NHL’s division names and playoff format to mirror the NBA. He also amplified the league’s national TV presence, made the […]


Why the NHL Skipped the 2018 Olympic Games

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Because the National Hockey League’s franchise owners did not want the players to participate. That is the answer. The NHL released a statement on April 4, 2017 to announce that the league would not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Multiple mitigating reasons have been floated by […]


Grumpy Cat Gets Richer; Wins $710,000 Jury Award

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Grumpy Cat, Ltd. vs. Grenade Beverage For a curmudgeonly feline, Grumpy Cat is thriving financially. His most recent monetary success is a $710,000 award from a jury in U.S. District Court. The case was a copyright and trademark licensing dispute pitting the Plaintiff, Grumpy Cat Limited, against the Defendant, Grenade […]