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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The Legal Implications of MLB's Hacking Scandal

As almost everyone is probably by now aware, the New York Times broke a major story on Tuesday reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into whether the St. Louis Cardinals may have illegally accessed computers belonging to the Houston Astros without authorization. Depending on how high up within the Cardinals' organization this activity went, this has the potential to be one of the more explosive sports law scandals of the year.

I've written a couple pieces on the scandal for the baseball website FanGraphs over the last two days. The first piece considers which federal laws the Cardinals' employees may have violated through their alleged hacking into the Astros' computers, as well as whether the Cardinals team itself could be facing potential criminal liability. The second piece looks at the ways in which MLB's Constitution and collective bargaining agreement may both restrict Commissioner Manfred should he eventually issue sanctions against the Cardinals for the incident.

I hope you have a chance to check the two pieces out.


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