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Connecticut Whale Facing Challenges in Hartford

Howard Baldwin and the Connecticut Whale are facing financial challenges stemming from a seemingly one-sided lease with the XL Center and a lack of interest from city and state officials.  Baldwin’s enthusiasm, on display with last year’s Whalefest, has not translated into support for the AHL teal, not to mention the return of an NHL team:

“In November we came up with a helluva plan to bring this XL Center area back,” Baldwin Sr. said. “Not much of a response, other than the state saying, ‘I really don’t like your plan and I don’t really believe we’re ready for the NHL.’ That’s just bull. I am totally baffled at the respect we’ve been shown. Am I hurt and pissed? You’re not kidding … by the city and state.

“The fact of the matter is I’ve been very consistent that if you ever want to get back to the NHL, and there is no guarantee, you at least have to have a program to get back. We’ve been consistent that the plan is the Winnipeg plan. That’s down the road. I underestimated how badly this market was damaged. The thing now is make sure you don’t lose the AHL.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Gregg Williams, Bounties and Boxing

Paul Stuart Haberman, who I recently met at the Pace Law School Television and Sports Law Panel, has written an interesting article on the parallels between the New Orleans Saints’ bounty system and professional boxing.  Haberman writes as follows:

Indeed, it is not unusual to see a promotional agreement which provides for additional compensation in the event that the boxer scores a knockout in a given bout. In two sports with rich histories of brutality, why is one under a potentially policy changing assault while the other continues on unscathed with its own bounty programs?

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

University North Carolina Punished by NCAA

The University of North Carolina football program was found to have committed major violations of NCAA rules including academic fraud, impermissible benefits provided by sports agents and unethical conduct by an assistant coach.  Christian Dennie of the College Sports Law Blog has the story.  Click on the above link to review the article in its entirely, including the penalties levied against UNC.

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