Friday Sports Briefs

O’Bannon Lawyers Argue for Class Certification

espn_a_obanon_sy_300Curtis Eichelberger and Karen Gullo of Bloomberg Businessweek wrote an excellent article on the O’Bannon v. NCAA lawsuit.  One of the important distinctions made in this article is that athletes aren’t arguing for “pay for play” – rather, athletes are looking to be compensated for the use of their likeness and images, like any one else whose likeness is used commercially.

Yesterday, a hearing was held before U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on whether to certify the suit as a class action.  Judge Wilken listened to arguments, but did not issue a decision from the bench.  SI.com’s Michael McCann provides an excellent primer on the legal issues involved.

Warrant Issued for Aaron Hernandez

ABC News has reported that an arrest warrant has been issued for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of the death of Odin Taylor.  SI.com’s Michael McCann examines the range of charges that Hernandez could ultimately face.

The Day Connecticut Became Major League

Dennis House has a great blog post on the when the Hartford Whalers came to town.

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