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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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CT Bar Association Hosting Panel on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Athletics

The Connecticut Bar Association is hosting a sports law event this Thursday.  Connecticut Sports Law guest columnist Rob Romano will participate on the panel.  See below for details. When: Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Quinnipiac University School of Law 370 Bassett Rd North Haven, Connecticut United States Contact: Member Service Center […]

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PAC-12 Leads Student-Athlete Focused Reforms

The PAC-12 has adopted a set of reforms designed to increase benefits and protections for student-athletes.  The reforms include: guaranteed four-year scholarships a return to school program for athletes who do not graduate liberalized intra-conference transfer rules enhanced medical coverage for current and former athletes increased athlete representation at PAC-12 meetings Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com has the […]

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Charlie Weis Again Demonstrates Importance of a Favorable Coaching Contract

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The first college football coach to be fired comes early this year as the Kansas Jayhawks announced it will be releasing its head coach, Charlie Weis, from his official duties just four games into the season. Coach Weis posted a 6-22 career record with the Jayhawks, including a 1-18 record […]

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Guaranteed Scholarships Coming to (Some) D-1 Schools

Over the course of the last few months Maryland, South Carolina and Indiana have announced that they will offer guaranteed scholarships to certain student-athletes.  Although other schools have yet to announce their plans, every Division I recruit and current Division I athlete should use this opportunity to ask whether their scholarship offer, or scholarship, will now […]

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Minnesota Vikings Backtrack – Adrian Peterson Placed On Exempt-Commissioner’s Permission List

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The Minnesota Vikings have reversed its previous position regarding running back Adrian Peterson and have decided to place him on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. What this means it that Mr. Peterson will not be allowed to participate in team practices or play on game day while he addresses child abuse […]

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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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