Sports Law Notes from “Elway to Marino”

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series has produced another fascinating film, “Elway to Marino”, produced by NFL Films and Ken Rodgers, which covers the 1983 NFL Draft and the six quarterbacks that were chosen in the first round. The story is told primarily through the eyes of sports lawyer and agent Marvin Demoff, who represented both Elway and […]

Should NFL Agents Let Players Take the Wonderlic?

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 […]

Undrafted Free Agents Face Tough Decision Between UFL and NFL

Twenty-three of players in last season’s Pro Bowl entered the NFL as undrafted free agents (UFAs), including Wes Welker, Arian Foster and Miles Austin.  This statistic, along with the recent ESPN documentary Brady 6, serve as a reminder that scouting for the NFL Draft is an inexact science. Typically, NFL teams begin signing priority UFAs […]

NFL Draft: Links and Local Connections

Congratulations to UConn’s Anthony Sherman (Arizona Cardinals), Lawrence Wilson (Carolina Panthers), Jordan Todman (San Diego Chargers) and Greg Lloyd (Philadelphia Eagles) for being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Here are some links to the excellent coverage of the UConn draftees by the Hartford Courant’s Desmond Conner: Sherman Is First UConn Player Taken In Draft […]

ESPN’s Brady 6 Documentary Airs Tonight

ESPN’s documentary about Tom Brady and the quarterbacks chosen ahead of him in the 2000 NFL Draft airs tonight at 8 p.m.  For Patriots fans and followers of the NFL Draft, the documentary should provide a refreshing change from talk of the NFL lockout.

UConn Players Impress at NFL Combine

In 2009, the UConn football program left an undeniable impression upon the NFL Draft, with four players chosen in the first two rounds.  In 2010, two UConn players were chosen.  UConn looks to continue its success in the 2011 NFL Draft, and is off to an excellent start with an all-time high of six players invited […]

NFL Draft Week

With the NFL Draft set to kick-off in prime-time on Thursday night, here are some links to get you prepared.  Age Restrictions in the NBA and NFL Drafts  Remember Maurice Clarett?  Check out this excellent piece from Michael McCann and Joe Rosen on age restrictions in the NFL and NBA, which we discussed in my Sports […]

Commissioner Huyghue Discusses UFL at Rentschler Field

UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue spoke to the assembled media at Rentschler Field on a variety of items concerning the business of  the UFL.  Here are some notes and highlights from the discussion: Single Entity The UFL employs a single entity business model.  All teams share a single training facility and one General Manager handles personnel matters for all four […]