With 2010 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 Monday, January 3. 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. The United Football League (UFL) comes to Connecticut. From the UFL’s fan-friendly strategy to its problems enforcing its $150,000 transfer fee, Connecticut Sports Law covered all things UFL in 2010.
7. A practice injury to a high school sprinter in East Lyme, Connecticut provides a lesson on liability waivers in Connecticut. The case also raises the issue of whether Connecticut’s policy on liability waivers in connection with recreational activities promotes the intended result.
8. The recruitment of high school athletes. There is perhaps no better illustration of the pitfalls of the recruiting process than Marcus Dupree.
9. The National Letter of Intent (NLI). Students from Quinnipiac School of Law weighed in on the NLI debate with some excellent insight. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that while although most agree that the NLI is not equitable, it appears that the majority of student-athletes are best served by signing the NLI.
10. Player-fan altercations. Although both incidents covered by Connecticut Sports Law appeared to be relatively minor, the fans in both cases sought legal counsel.