CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2010 – Part I

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.  

The UFL Brings Pro Football Home to Hartford

The Colonial Column: UFL Continues Focus on Fan Experience

The Colonial Column: McCown Leads Return of Pro Football to Connecticut

The Colonial Column: No Luck for Colonials in Las Vegas

Lower Transfer Fee Opens Pipeline From UFL to NFL

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.

Friday Night Rights: School Waivers May Not Be Enforceable

Is Connecticut’s Public Policy of Voiding Liability Waivers Misplaced?

Friday Night Rights: High School Sprinter Settles with School for $325,000

8.  The recruitment of high school athletes.  There is perhaps no better illustration of the pitfalls of the recruiting process than Marcus Dupree.

Dan Fitzgerald on News 8 to Discuss the Recruiting Process

Connecticut Sports Recruiting: National Letter of Intent Basics

Recruiting Lessons from the Case of Marcus Dupree, “The Best That Never Was”

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.

Signing Day Brings National Letter of Intent (NLI) into Focus

National Signing Day: The Law of Letters of Intent

National Signing Day Brings Excitement, Issues for Minors

The National Letter of Intent Violates Doctrine of Unconscionability

The National Letter of Intent Should Remain in Place

The Final Word on the National Letter of Intent

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.

Fan’s Close Encounter with Rick Rypien Unlikely to Produce Large Settlement

Seahawks Fan’s Lawsuit: A Snowball’s Chance?


  1. […] Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2010, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. […]

  2. […] Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2011, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. […]

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