CT State Representative: Athletes Should be Able to Unionize

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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 […]

UConn Huskies, National Champions!

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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 […]

UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari

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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 […]

NLRB: Northwestern Football Players are Employees

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The regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago issued a ground-breaking decision yesterday: all scholarship players in Northwestern University’s football team are deemed employees of the university and therefore may form a union.   Although subject to a certain appeal, the clear signal is that big-time college athletics is changing, like it or […]

Is the NLI nullified if you are suspended for your high school season?

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I recently received a great question regarding the National Letter of Intent (NLI): If a high school athlete signed a NLI for lacrosse during the early signing period, and is then ineligible for the high school team in spring because of a school suspension, will this suspension nullify the NLI? No, a suspension on its own does not […]

Top Story Line of 2013: Coaches Berating Players

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1. In the world of coaching, is berating players a thing of the past? At Rutgers with Mike Rice and here in Connecticut by way of a Superior Court case, this question has been raised and in some respects, answered. The question is not only one of cultural shifts but liability. Here is an edited […]

Part II: CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013

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2. Aaron Hernandez charged with murder.  3.  Game commitment clauses gain in popularity in collegiate coaching contracts. 4.  Connecticut continues to be on the cutting-edge of student-athlete rights as the General Assembly introduces new legislation to protect student-athletes.  5.   ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls the NCAA out on Twitter for selling student-athlete jerseys. Stay tuned for CT Sports Law’s […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013 – Part I

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6.  The topic of NCAA Transfer Rules has captured the attention of the general media.  Although these rules are in dire need of change, we offered some tips for navigating the current system. 7.  The Connecticut Whale Era ended, leaving the future of professional hockey in Hartford in doubt. 8.  Johnny Manziel had a busy year, […]

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