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Marist Outfoxes Ex-Coach, But Does Not Score Damages

Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on the case of Marist University v. Matthew Brady, The Commonwealth of Virginia and James Madison University.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: LICA Marist 6.21.12).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, […]

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Address Legal Issues Before Starting a Summer Camp

Coach and Athletic Director magazine recently featured my article covering the various legal issues facing coaches running sports camps.  I have addressed contract, business, liability, employment and compliance issues.  Click on the following link to view the article: Address Legal Issues Before Starting a Summer Camp. My sincere thanks to Michael Austin, Editor-In-Chief of Coach and […]

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Laws Help Recruited Student-Athletes Ask the Right Questions

Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act in their November 2011 issues.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: LICA 13-1 reprint Student-Athletes Right to Know Act).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, publisher […]

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O’Bannon Prevails Over NCAA

Friday afternoon proved to be an important day in sports law, as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of the class of plaintiffs led by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon.  In short, Judge Wilken held that the NCAA must eliminate its rules that prohibit college athletes from receiving compensation for commercial use of their names, images and likenesses.  […]

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Former Bluefish Catcher Awarded $940k in Offerman Suit

The verdict is in on the case involving Johnathan Nathans, the former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher who was injured during a game when former major leaguer Jose Offerman infamously charged the mound while swinging his bat after being hit by a pitch.  Nathans was awarded $940k by a jury in Connecticut federal court.  While Offerman was found to be […]

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Redskins Trademark Cancelled: What Does it Mean?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  cancelled six trademarks for the name “Washington Redskins” on the grounds that the mark is offensive to Native Americans. But what does it all mean? Here are answers to some of the questions people are asking: What law is at issue?  The Lanham Act controls trademarks.  In particular, […]

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Athletes and Money

By Rick Krollman Athletes and money is an interesting mix. Talented athletes can go from making nothing to potentially hundreds of millions overnight. The millionaire athlete presents unique challenges for financial advisors. And for the athlete, there are key points to consider when putting together a financial team in order to assure a financial plan […]

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Kansas State Finally Grants Release to Romero

On Tuesday, Kansas State provided Leticia Romero with a waiver to transfer to any school outside the Big 12, ending what ESPN.com called “an embarrassing spat.” Kansas State initially denied Romero a waiver due to suspected tampering by the former coaching staff of Kansas State and sustained the denial on appeal.  Subsequently, athletic director John […]

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NCAA Transfer Rules: An Argument in Favor of a Union

During the debate over the potential unionization of collegiate student-athletes, many have argued against a union by pointing to the fact that student-athletes receive scholarships.  That argument misses the point that student-athletes aren’t only looking for compensation and health benefits, but they are looking for a voice in NCAA and university matters.  At present, student-athletes […]

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Concussions and the Future of Football

Last spring, I participated in a discussion at the University of Connecticut School of Law entitled “A Panel Examining the Legal Implications of the NFL Concussion Lawsuits & the Future of Football.”  Sports Law Professor Lewis Kurlantzick moderated the panel, which consisted of me and sports attorneys Rob Romano and Paul Anderson.  We had a great time […]

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Rob Romano on Donald Sterling

Rob Romano, sports law attorney and professor, recently appeared on AM600 KOGO, San Diego’s News and Talk, to discuss the NBA’s suspension of Donald Sterling.  Rob discusses, among other things: The amount of the fine that the NBA levied upon Sterling; Whether the other NBA owners may force Sterling to sell the team; and What legal […]

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