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59 - COVID-19 Sports Insurance Losses & Ravens Release Earl Thomas

The Mike Meltser Podcast

Release Date: 08/24/2020

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The Mike Meltser Podcast

Mike provides his thoughts, for an hour, on Texans owner Cal McNair's decision to fire head coach Bill O'Brien  (2:30) Mike's initial reaction to the firing after a Week 4 loss (6:13) JJ Watt perfectly encapsulted the feeling in Houston after O'Brien's firing  (14:08) Mike's reaction to the report that Watt had a verbal altercation with O'Brien a few weeks ago   (24:13) Why Mike fears that Cal McNair will screw up the GM and HC search   (34:01) Looking back at O'Brien's tenure in Houston. When was the right time to fire him? (38:15) Mike has never gotten over...

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Mike gives his thoughts on the Texans falling to the Steelers 28-21, after a promising first half but very poor second half in Pittsburgh.  (2:00) Houston's 1st and 10 plays in the second half were an absolute disaster.  (7:06) How do the Texans figure out their impotent rushing attack? (14:05) A big picture look at the Texans scheme, comparing Bill O'Brien's coaching to hires to those of Sean McVay and Matt Rhule (19:13) Mike analyzes two defensive breakdowns on Pittsburgh's final offensive possession of the game  (22:20) The run defense continues to be a major problem for...

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Mike gives his main takeaways after another unsatisfactory Texans performance, falling to the Ravens 33-16 at NRG Stadium in Week 2 of the NFL Season.  (2:00) The big picture problem is that the Texans haven't even been competitive against the Chiefs and the Ravens (10:40) Mike weighs in on whether this feels different from the slow starts to the 2015 and 2018 regular seasons  (13:50) The Texans went for it on 4th and 1 on their own 34 yard line in the first half. Was it the right move?  (18:55) Keke Coutee killed the Texans, again (21:17) Mike evaluates the play of the...

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The NFL season is back! Mike gives his thoughts on a disappointing 34-20 loss for the Texans at the hands of the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. (1:52) Why this was basically a "non-performance" by Houston (5:16) Why Mike believes the schedule is a major problem for this Texans team (10:04) The Texans matched up terribly with the Chiefs (11:29) Breaking down some of the key sequences in the game, particularly in the first half (18:50) The biggest issue for Houston was in the trenches (23:15) Why couldn't the Texans hit big plays offensively? (29:20) Mike lists the few positives coming...

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59 - COVID-19 Sports Insurance Losses & Ravens Release Earl Thomas show art 59 - COVID-19 Sports Insurance Losses & Ravens Release Earl Thomas

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This is a 2-part episode of the Mike Meltser podcast, which explores the insurance aspect of the massive losses the sports industry has sustained due to COVID-19 and the Ravens attempting to terminate Earl Thomas's contract for "conduct detrimental to the team." Mike's guest is Vince Morgan, who is one of the nation's most prominent corporate policyholder litigators and a partner at Bracewell LLP in Houston. You can find out more information about Vince . (2:53 ) Why are the Houston Rockets suing their insurance company? (4:25) What language determines whether business-interruption insurance...

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This episode is a preview of Texans training camp, which is underway in Houston in advance of the 2020 season opener on September against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike's guest is his former co-worker Cody Stoots, who has worked as a sports radio host at SportsRadio 610 in Houston and SB Nation Radio.  . (4:07) Reflecting on the DeAndre Hopkins deal  (5:45) What has to happen for the Hopkins deal to look a little better in the future? (10:38) Can the skillset of the WRs bring out the best in Deshaun Watson? (14:30) How exactly will the Texans run the ball this year? (20:03) Which...

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This episode is about Washington's NFL team, which recently announced that it is retiring its long-time nickname. Reports indicate that the announcement of a new name will not be announced because of trademark issues. This episode explores the trademark issues Washington is facing right now.  Mike's guest is Yocel Alonso, who practices entertainment law at Alonso PLLC. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and has litigated trademark issues over the course of his career. Yocel's firm can be located .  (4:10) What is a trademark? (4:52) What kind of...

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56 - Why Is Oliver Luck Suing Vince McMahon? show art 56 - Why Is Oliver Luck Suing Vince McMahon?

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This episode is about former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck's lawsuit against WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon.  Mike's guest is Jason Cruz, an attorney who practices in Seattle, writes for MMA Payout, and has written about the Luck v. McMahon lawsuit. Jason's firm can be located . (2:55) Background on McMahon's decision to hire Luck as the commissioner of the rebranded XFL. (5:15) Why the XFL fired Luck "for cause" immediately before filing for bankruptcy. (6:06) Why Luck is suing McMahon personally, and not the XFL (Alpha Entertainment) as a business entity. (9:03) Why is this a fight...

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This episode takes a look back at the negotiation between Major League Baseball (the owners) and the Major League Baseball Player's Association (the players) to start the 2020 season. Mike's guest is Eugene Freedman, special counsel to the President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and experienced labor lawyer. You can read Freedman's analysis about the MLB labor negotiation .  (4:11) Why was there a massive fight over the players receiving fully prorated salaries? (5:23) What did the March Agreement say about prorated pay for the players?    (8:55) Why the...

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This episode is unlike any so far on The Mike Meltser Podcast. Mike focuses on the doctrine of qualified immunity for police officers, which has become a major topic over the last month in the United States.  Mike's guest is Erika McDonald, recent University of Houston Law Center graduate and Law Clerk at the .  (5:35) What does qualified immunity for police officers actually mean?  (6:50) Why juries aren't hearing many of these types of cases. (11:40) Why has the interpretation of the original intent of the law implicating qualified immunity changed so much?  (16:30) Erika...

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This is a 2-part episode of the Mike Meltser podcast, which explores the insurance aspect of the massive losses the sports industry has sustained due to COVID-19 and the Ravens attempting to terminate Earl Thomas's contract for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Mike's guest is Vince Morgan, who is one of the nation's most prominent corporate policyholder litigators and a partner at Bracewell LLP in Houston. You can find out more information about Vince here.

(2:53 ) Why are the Houston Rockets suing their insurance company?

(4:25) What language determines whether business-interruption insurance policies cover COVID-19 losses?

(6:32) Why Wimbledon and the NCAA were able to collect money from their insurance companies after the cancellations of Wimbledon and the NCAA Tournament, respectively.

(8:40) Where does "civil authority" come in? 

(10:00 ) Vince's thoughts on the future of COVID-19 related litigation in the sports context

(10:52) Mike explains the fight that is in store after the Baltimore Ravens released safety Earl Thomas on Sunday for "conduct detrimental to the team." Will the Ravens be able to terminate his contract and avoid paying Thomas the $10 million he is owed in guaranteed money for 2020? Mike explains the process in store and analyzes the likely arguments from the Ravens and from the NFLPA (on Thomas's behalf).

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Slow Burn by Kevin MacLeod

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