Charlie Weis Again Demonstrates Importance of a Favorable Coaching Contract

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The first college football coach to be fired comes early this year as the Kansas Jayhawks announced it will be releasing its head coach, Charlie Weis, from his official duties just four games into the season. Coach Weis posted a 6-22 career record with the Jayhawks, including a 1-18 record […]

Serena Williams, Handling Athletes and Public Relations

Last week, Rob Romano was a guest on ESPN Hawaii–KHLO 850-AM Radio to discuss tennis star Serena Williams’ apology for what she allegedly said about Maria Sharapova and the Steubenville (Ohio) rape case.  Rob did a great job touching upon handling a professional athlete client and providing perspective on the applicable legal issues. Click below to […]

ESPN’s “Broke” Shows that Athletes Need Team of Advisors

Billy Corben’s Broke, the latest film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, explores the issue of athletes finding themselves in financial ruin following their playing careers.  There are numerous lessons to draw from this film, but I locked in on one particular issue. One of the primary themes of the film was that athletes had no idea where their money […]

Umenyiora Splits from Agent to Sign Deal with Giants

I came across an interesting note from the world of agents and NFL contracts.  Osi Umenyiora, the defensive end for the New York Giants who has been lobbying for a new contract, restructured his deal with the team.  Umenyiora, however, didn’t sign on the dotted line until he dropped his agent, Tony Agnone.  Agnone reportedly objected to his client’s signing […]

Should NFL Agents Let Players Take the Wonderlic?

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Reports that LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne scored a 4 on the Wonderlic Test at the NFL Combine, raise the question of why an agent would let his client take the test, especially if the player is unlikely to score well.  Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has done an excellent job covering the issue.  Florio interviewed Jeff […]

Legal Blitz Interview: NCAA Rules on Agents and Advisors in Amateur Hockey

I was recently interviewed by Steve Silver of The Legal Blitz, on the topic of agents and advisors in amateur hockey.  Here is an except from the interview: It is my understanding that the NCAA has a flat-out agent ban in that student athletes or soon-to-be student athletes can not sign with or have any contact with an […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 - Part I

With 2011 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 Tuesday, […]

Why Pro Athletes Need a Team of Professional Advisors

I recently came across an article about a professional athlete who was driving his SUV and collided with another car.  The woman driving the other car suffered neck and back injuries.  This story is not particularly noteworthy, except for one fact.  The athlete’s liability insurance limits are a minimal $25,000 (in Connecticut drivers are required to maintain a minimum […]