MLB, Red Sox & Bon Jovi Tangled Up in Copyright Lawsuit

Sox and Dawgs has the scoop on the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Bart Steele against Turner Broadcasting, Major League Baseball, The Boston Red Sox, and Bon Jovi.  The lawsuit arises from what Steele alleges to be the improper use of his song “Man I Love This Team” in the production of a commercial for […]

Ellsbury Provides Signature Play, Marazzi Provides Expert Analysis

Jacoby Ellsbury’s steal of home plate against the Yankees provided the signature play and the enduring image of the first Red Sox-Yankees series of 2009.  Whether this play will effect the long-term success of the two clubs remains to be seen.  Nevertheless, Ellsbury’s play brought up an interesting issue: What would have happened had Ellsbury been […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Patriots to Use Franchise Tag on Cassel Connecticut Sports Law has discussed Patriots Quarterback Matt Cassel and his golden opportunity of becoming a starting quarterback in the last year of his contract.   Having outperformed everyone’s expectations, not to mention the uncertainty concerning Tom Brady’s status, Cassel has become a very valuable commodity and is ready […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2008

As we approach the end of Connecticut Sports Law’s inaugural year, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from 2008.  Thank you for your readership and support and I look forward to another year covering the intersection of sports and the law. 1.  UConn and Notre Dame agree to […]

Can They Take My Tickets? The Legal Rights of Sports Teams and Fans

Fan conduct is under the microscope.  Collegiate Athletic Directors, especially in basketball and football, have been trying to come up with solutions to fan behavior that often includes foul language, offensive signs, and personal taunts of opposing players.  The NFL recently instituted a “Fan Code of Conduct.”  These developments have some fans asking the question “what […]

Manny Being Manny or Boras Being Boras?

Photo by Brent Midwood As Major League Baseball has questioned the Boston Red Sox trade of Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB denies that it launched a full investigation), the role of superagent Scott Boras has come under fire.  Was the disruptive, childish and petulant behavior of Ramirez just the latest chapter of the […]

Yankees Consider Legal Action Against Construction Worker

The New York Yankees are apparently considering legal action against the Red Sox-rooting construction worker who buried a David Ortiz jersey in the concrete of the Yankees’ new stadium.  It would appear that both criminal and civil charges could be filed against Gino Castignoli, who turned his one day of work on the new Yankees’ […]