For Top Players, the National Letter of Intent (NLI) is Unnecessary

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This past February, another National Signing Day came and went in college football.  Dubbed by Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples as “the worst contract in American sports”, the NLI is nevertheless alive and well. However, a 4-star recruit from Georgia reminded us that the NLI is completely voluntary and is not a prerequisite to an athletic scholarship. On […]

Connecticut Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Unionize

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On the heels of winning the NCAA Basketball National Championship last year, UConn point guard Shabazz Napier was asked about the efforts of Northwestern athletes to unionize.  His response made national news, as he told a reporter that players go to bed hungry. Subsequently, Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon announced that she was looking into legislation […]

CT Bar Association Hosting Panel on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Athletics

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The Connecticut Bar Association is hosting a sports law event this Thursday.  Connecticut Sports Law guest columnist Rob Romano will participate on the panel.  See below for details. When: Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Quinnipiac University School of Law 370 Bassett Rd North Haven, Connecticut United States Contact: Member Service Center […]

Athletes and Money

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By Rick Krollman Athletes and money is an interesting mix. Talented athletes can go from making nothing to potentially hundreds of millions overnight. The millionaire athlete presents unique challenges for financial advisors. And for the athlete, there are key points to consider when putting together a financial team in order to assure a financial plan […]

Concussions and the Future of Football

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Last spring, I participated in a discussion at the University of Connecticut School of Law entitled “A Panel Examining the Legal Implications of the NFL Concussion Lawsuits & the Future of Football.”  Sports Law Professor Lewis Kurlantzick moderated the panel, which consisted of me and sports attorneys Rob Romano and Paul Anderson.  We had a great time […]

Another Day, Another UConn Championship

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Congratulations to the UConn women’s basketball team which defeated Notre Dame 79-58 to win their record-breaking 9th championship.  The Huskies finish their season a perfect 40-0 and join the UConn men’s team as national champions.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has the story. Congratulations to the UConn women’s basketball team and Coach Geno Auriemma on another national […]

UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari

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Congratulations to the UConn men and women’s basketball teams, which both advanced to their respective national championship games to be played on Monday and Tuesday night.  Here a couple of UConn stories from the Hartford Courant with sports business/sports law connections: Jeff Jacobs writes that UConn deserves a bigger stage than the American Athletic Conference. Dom Amore and Paul […]

Friday Sports Briefs

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The NCAA’s Concept of Amateurism at its Best Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith earned an $18,000 bonus when Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber won the 141-pound wrestling NCAA championship last week.  Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports has the story. As a reminder, in its rules the NCAA states that “student-athletes should be protected from […]