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A Guide Through The Legal World Of Sports With A Fantasy Spin: Fielkow's Law

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight twice a month into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

The date is March 24th. It is almost my turn to pick in the 21st round of a highly competitive, yearly keeper league between 12 of my closest friends from college. I take a look at my cheat sheet and one name jumps out. "Whoa," I think to myself, "Kyle Lohse is still available? That guy was a stud last year!" Of course, I knew why Lohse is still available in the 21st round: as of March 24th, Lohse was still without an employer for the 2013 season. At that point in the draft, I had already made a couple of late round selections on players who would be sitting on my bench/occupying my DL spots for part of the year in Brandon Beachy, Mark Teixiera, and Will Myers, as is often necessary in a keeper league. I needed players who were ready to roll come opening day. Still, I ran a quick search to see, just maybe, if there was a rumor that Lohse was on the verge of a deal with a club. Nothing. So, I gritted my teeth and grabbed the next guy way down on my list, Mike Fiers. Lohse would end up g

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