Super Bowl Law

One of the things you realize not long after starting law school is that the law is ubiquitous; you can’t escape it even when you’re taking a break from studying to watch the Super Bowl.  Whether it’s FCC violations for wardrobe malfunctions, player and ref lockouts, or multi-million dollar contracts to broadcast the game, law plays an important part in the business of football.  This year, local rules prohibiting the posting of unauthorized signs and banners in New Orleans during Super Bowl week were the subject of litigation.  The ABA Journal reports that a federal judge has scaled back the size of the “clean zone,” so that noncommercial speech will be allowed in a larger portion of New Orleans during the game.