CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013 – Part I

6.  The topic of NCAA Transfer Rules has captured the attention of the general media.  Although these rules are in dire need of change, we offered some tips for navigating the current system. 7.  The Connecticut Whale Era ended, leaving the future of professional hockey in Hartford in doubt. 8.  Johnny Manziel had a busy year, […]

Warren Zola on “The Summer of Sports Law”

Warren Zola has posted an outstanding article on The Huffington Post concerning the legal events that have shaped the sports landscape during the summer of 2012.  From the Olympics, to Penn State, to the labor issues in professional sports, and beyond, Zola has it covered.  For those of us who teach sports law, Zola also provides a great starting […]

Friday Sports Briefs

New York Times Series on Derek Boogaard John Branch of the New York Times has published an outstanding series on Derek Boogaard, the late NHL player who passed away earlier this year at the age of 28.  “Punched Out, The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” covers Boogaard’s rise through the junior leagues in Canada to the NHL and is […]

Howard Baldwin’s Plan to Bring Back the Whalers

Will the NHL return to Hartford?  Not without a new or refurbished arena, according to the commonly held belief.  Howard Baldwin, President of Whalers Sports and Entertainment and chairman of the Connecticut Whale now has a plan to address this need. Baldwin has unveiled a plan to revitalize the XL Center in Hartford, ultimately leading to the return of […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins As you all know by now, the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years.  Boston goalie Tim Thomas was awarded Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.  ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald has written a nice piece on […]

From the Vault: Why Not Us? – Five Things Hartford Needs to Be Major League Again

The NHL’s return to Winnipeg has naturally resulted in conversations concerning whether this move makes the NHL’s return to Hartford more likely.  Former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin, currently running the Connecticut Whale, believes that Winnipeg has provided a model for Hartford.  I was reminded of a great article by Dan Canavan in November 2009 on this topic.  […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Stanley Cup Draws Strong Ratings in Hartford After the announcement that the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers will move to Winnipeg, many fans of former Hartford Whalers asked “why not Hartford?”  A few days later, Hartford drew the fourth-highest TV rating in the US for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup: 1. Boston, 25.5/39 2. Providence, 16.7/24 3. Buffalo, […]

If Winnipeg Can Support a NHL Team, Why Not Hartford?

This morning True North Sports and Entertainment is expected to announce its purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers and its intention to move the franchise to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Naturally, Hartford Whalers fans are asking whether this move bodes well for the return of the beloved Hartford Whalers.  Susan Bigelow at CT New Junkie has written an excellent article on this topic.  Here is an excerpt: […]