Super Bowl Sunday Legal Fun!

This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will face off in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. In honor of the event, we thought we’d look at some of the legal issues, past and present, surrounding this annual clash of the titans.

First a trip down memory lane:

  • It’s been 8 years since Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime “wardrobe malfunction,” that lead to an FCC revamp of fines and regulations. The incident is still being discussed in the courts; it came up last month at the Supreme Court hearing FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (read the transcript of this amusing discussion here or listen to audio here ).  
  • Dallas Cowboys season-ticket holders were promised prime seats for Super Bowl XLV, but were given “folding chairs and obstructed views,” so they filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, Cowboys ream and owner Jerry Jones.
  • Check out Bleacher Report’s 7 Most Shocking Arrests in Super Bowl Week History to see some of the players’ pre-Bowl shenanigans. 


And in preparation for Sunday’s big game: