Friday Sports Briefs

New York Times Series on Derek Boogaard

John Branch of the New York Times has published an outstanding series on Derek Boogaard, the late NHL player who passed away earlier this year at the age of 28.  “Punched Out, The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” covers Boogaard’s rise through the junior leagues in Canada to the NHL and is sure to provoke debate over the role of fighting in hockey.  In light of the recent news that Boogaard had the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the New York Rangers have reportedly been told to keep quite on the subject.

Take some time to read this series.  Branch’s work on this tragic story should be award-winning.

Yale Law School to hold panel on the Year of the Lockout

On December 12, the Yale Law and Business Society will host a panel discussion titled “Lockouts and Leverage: Lessons from the NFL and NBA Lockouts and New Collective Bargaining Agreements”.  The panel will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. and will be open to the public.  The NBA and NFL lockouts, the corresponding litigation and the resulting collective bargaining agreements will be discussed.

AP Reporter Jimmy Golen will be the moderator, while Michael McCann and George Priest will serve as panelists.

Big East Announces Expansion Plans

John Marinatto, Commissioner of The Big East has announced plans to expand, adding San Diego State and Boise State as football-only members, and Houston, Southern Methodist and Central Florida as members for all sports.  Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant has the story.  Jeff Jacobs, also of the Courant, writes that UConn and the other members of the reformed Big East have a tenuous commitment to the conference in his article Don’t Believe Anybody In This Big East Expansion Fib.

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