Friday Sports Briefs

ryanhowardRyan Howard Home Run Ball Creates Legal Controversy

The baseball that Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hit for his 200th career home run has become a lesson for contract law students.  After a 12-year-old fan caught the ball, the Phillies invited her to the club house and offered her an autographed baseball in exchange for the home run ball.  The girl took the deal.  But later she (along with her parents and attorney) sought rescission of the deal.  The girl eventually filed a lawsuit, and the ball was returned that day.  Howard Wasserman and Mark Conrad of the Sports Law Blog have a couple of good posts with the details.

Hartford Courant Features Larry McHugh

Jeff Otterbein of the Hartford Courant features former Xavier High School coach, and longtime President of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, Larry McHugh.  McHugh discusses his decision to leave coaching to lead the Chamber:

“In people’s lives, there are decision points that you come to that can go one or two ways. For me, it was to go into pro football or coaching. Then, after 21 years of great success, I was 43 and people thought I could have many more years of that ahead of me. I wanted to try something new and challenging in different ways, and I’m very happy that I did.”

NCAA Settles Oliver Lawsuit

According to Liz Mullen of Sports Business Daily, Andy Oliver has settled his claim against the NCAA.

Andy Oliver, the former Oklahoma State Univ. pitcher who won a court decision earlier this year voiding the NCAA’s regulation prohibiting student athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team, has settled his case against the NCAA, two weeks before it was to go to a jury trial. “I can confirm there is a settlement and that it is confidential,” Oliver’s attorney, Rick Johnson, said late yesterday.

Without a trial and verdict, it will be interesting to see what effect this case has upon NCAA rules and regulations.  For Connecticut Sports Law’s coverage of Oliver v. NCAA, see the following:

Oliver v. NCAA: Court Throws Out NCAA Baseball Lawyer-Agent Rule

Oliver v. NCAA: Will Agents Infiltrate College Baseball?

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