CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2009: Part I

With 2009 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on New Year’s Eve.  Thank you for your readership, comments, questions and support this year.  I look forward to another year covering the intersection of sports and the law.

6.  Legal issues in high school athletics.  From defamation suits against parents, to criminal actions against coaches, to national letters of intent, to selling advertising rights, the legal and business aspects of sports permeated high school athletics in 2009.

Is the National Letter of Intent Legally Enforceable?

National Signing Day: Beware of the National Letter of Intent

Corporate Advertising in High School Athletics

Title IX Applies to High School Athletics

Connecticut Coach Awarded $88k in Libel Lawsuit Against Parent

Advertising and Title IX in High School Athletics

Recruiting and Specialization in High School Athletics

Trial of Coach in Player’s Death May Change High School Athletics


7.  Quinnipiac eliminates volleyball team and is hit with a Title IX lawsuit.

Quinnipiac Faces Title IX Lawsuit Over Elimination of Women’s Volleyball

Title IX Lawsuit Brings More Unwanted Attention for Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac Volleyball Players Testify in Title IX Lawsuit

Expert Analysis of Quinnipiac’s Compliance With Title IX

Quinnipiac Volleyball Team Reinstated After Injunction

8.  Phoenix Coyotes file for bankruptcy; NHL attempts to keep team in desert.  CT Sports Law contributing editor Dan Canavan provided the most comprehensive legal analysis of the Coyotes bankruptcy of anyone on the internet and did so with an eye towards Connecticut and the former Hartford Whalers.

Phoenix Coyotes Seek Bankruptcy Protection, Sale: Winners & Losers

Will The Attempted Relocation of The Phoenix Coyotes Help Bring The Whalers Back to Hartford?

Dan Canavan Interviewed on CBC Radio Regarding Phoenix Coyotes Sale

Part I: Bankruptcy Court Yet to Rule on Phoenix Coyotes Case

Part II: Bankruptcy Court Yet to Rule on Phoenix Coyotes Case

NHL Wins the Battle in the Desert, But Will it Win the War?

Phoenix Coyotes Auction to Favor Local Bidders

As Phoenix Coyotes Saga Continues, Hartford is Silent

Dan Canavan Interviewed on Phoenix Coyotes Bankruptcy

NHL Declares Victory Over Balsillie in Bankruptcy Case

NHL Finally Takes Ownership of Phoenix Coyotes

9.  UConn football makes presence known in NFL Draft; agents flock to Connecticut.

UConn’s Donald Brown Reverses Field, Headed to NFL

UConn Football Plays Major Role in NFL Draft

UConn Football’s Success Brings More Agents to Connecticut

10.  Colleges and Universities flex muscles asserting trademark rights in school colors.

Can Universities Trademark Their Colors?


  1. [...] CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2009: Part II Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2009, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. [...]

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