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Should UConn Set Aside Funds to Benefit Student-Athletes?

Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of collegiate sports law, again following in the footsteps of California by introducing legislation to protect student-athletes. Proposed Bill 205, An Act Concerning Scholarships for Student Athletes at Public Institutions of Higher Education (the “Connecticut Act”), if it becomes law, would assist student-athletes whose scholarships have not […]

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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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CT State Representative: Athletes Should be Able to Unionize

Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of collegiate sports law, as a state representative has entered the unionization conversation. Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon recently announced that she is looking into legislation that would allow athletes from public universities in Connecticut to unionize.  Rep. Dillon’s announcement came in response to UConn basketball player Shabazz Napier, who when […]

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Friday Sports Briefs: College Players Union Edition

Doyel: Players Union Will Not Ruin College Sports Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com takes issue with what he calls the “DEFCON 1 scare tactics” that NCAA and conference leaders have used to argue against the formation of unions in college sports. John Calipari Compares NCAA to Soviet Union Kentucky coach John Calipari takes issue with the […]

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Another Day, Another UConn Championship

Congratulations to the UConn women’s basketball team which defeated Notre Dame 79-58 to win their record-breaking 9th championship.  The Huskies finish their season a perfect 40-0 and join the UConn men’s team as national champions.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has the story. Congratulations to the UConn women’s basketball team and Coach Geno Auriemma on another national […]

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UConn Huskies, National Champions!

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, who defeated the Kentucky Wildcats last night to win their fourth NCAA championship in 16 years.  There were so many storylines with UConn’s improbable run: Shabazz Napier’s MVP performance and his comments on the efforts of Northwestern football players to unionize; Kevin Ollie winning a National Championship in only his second year […]

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UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari

Congratulations to the UConn men and women’s basketball teams, which both advanced to their respective national championship games to be played on Monday and Tuesday night.  Here a couple of UConn stories from the Hartford Courant with sports business/sports law connections: Jeff Jacobs writes that UConn deserves a bigger stage than the American Athletic Conference. Dom Amore and Paul […]

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Friday Sports Briefs

UConn, Danbury Whalers Eye Championship The UConn men’s basketball team competes in the Final Four this weekend in Dallas, tipping off against Florida on Saturday evening.  The UConn women’s basketball team will also compete in the Final Four, playing Stanford on Sunday night.  Last but not least, the Danbury Whalers look to defend their Federal Hockey League […]

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4 Ways Colleges May Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness

When UConn defeated Michigan State on Sunday, the fans at Madison Square Garden chanted the name of Huskies’ second-year coach, Kevin Ollie.  This underscores the fact that college athletic teams are often associated with their head coach.  For colleges, the success of one of their coaches reinforces the need to have entered into contracts that […]

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Friday Sports Briefs

The NCAA’s Concept of Amateurism at its Best Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith earned an $18,000 bonus when Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber won the 141-pound wrestling NCAA championship last week.  Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports has the story. As a reminder, in its rules the NCAA states that “student-athletes should be protected from […]

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