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.
7. Quinnipiac eliminates volleyball team and is hit with a Title IX lawsuit.
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.
9. UConn football makes presence known in NFL Draft; agents flock to Connecticut.
10. Colleges and Universities flex muscles asserting trademark rights in school colors.