Friday Sports Briefs

NCAA Seeks Changes Stewart Mandel of has an interesting piece on the changes that are being discussed by Mark Emmert and a group of 50 university presidents and chancellors at the NCAA retreat, including changes to the Academic Progress Rate (APR), full cost of attendance scholarships and an overhaul of so-called “nuisance” rules. California Athlete-Agent […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Thanks to Ben Berger of As he mentioned on, Ben Berger was a guest lecturer in my Sports Law class at Quinnipiac School of Law this week.  Ben’s presentation was excellent and his knowledge of the business of soccer, especially MLS, was tremendous.  Although we tend to focus on the four major sports leagues […]

Friday Sports Briefs

John Daly Loses Libel Suit, Tweets Reporter’s Phone Number Over on the Sports Agent & Sports Lawyer Blog,  Jason Wolf covers John Daly’s libel suit against the Jacksonville Times-Union newspaper.  According to Wolf, the judge in that matter granted summary judgment in favor of newspaper, finding that there was no “actual malice” and that the offending column […]

Attorney General Works to Block Proposed Golf Course

As Connecticut golfers start to dust off their clubs and visit the local driving ranges, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is taking extraordinary measures to block the development of the Yale Farms Golf Course in Litchfield County, as reported by Rinker Buck of the Hartford Courant: In what Blumenthal, the state attorney general, called an […]

Attorney General to Investigate Hole-In-One Insurer

One of the joys of playing in a golf tournament is lining up your shot for the hole-in-one prize.  With the shiny new car parked by the tee box, you ignore your previous slices, hooks and duffs and briefly believe that you can make the shot and drive off with the new car, or with an […]

Sports Briefs: Morals Clauses, Chad Ocho Cinco, LPGA English Requirement

Brian Socolow, a partner at Loeb & Loeb, LLP, offers an excellent article on morals clauses in player contracts with their teams and the companies that they endorse. The Cincinnati Bengals’ receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson will only have his new surname, “Ocho Cinco,” on the back of his jersey once he pays Reebok for […]

Legality of LPGA English Language Requirement May Hinge on Connecticut Case

The LPGA’s recent news that it would require its players to speak English certainly caused a stir in the sporting world and beyond.  The reaction of most was “can they do that?” According to Alan Shipnuck’s article on, the answer to that question hinges largely on a high-profile Connecticut case.  That case arose from a […]

Sports Law in the News

Players Named in Mitchell Report Still Without Team’s Buster Olney wrote about the trouble that MLB players named in the Mitchell Report have had finding employment.  The story of Jay Gibbons, a capable player who has written to every major league team asking for a minor league contract is intriguing.  Gibbons even volunteers to […]