Waivers and Extreme Sports: Do You “Waive Goodbye” To Your Rights?

By Christian Gunneson You and your buddies decide that you want to dive through mud, tackle obstacle courses, and sling yourselves through electric fences at a “Tough Mudder” race, “Warrior Dash”, or “Spartan Race.”  Before doing so however, you’re asked to sign a “waiver of liability”.  (Here is one from Tough Mudder in Minnesota).  If, during the race […]

O’Bannon Prevails Over NCAA

Friday afternoon proved to be an important day in sports law, as U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of the class of plaintiffs led by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon.  In short, Judge Wilken held that the NCAA must eliminate its rules that prohibit college athletes from receiving compensation for commercial use of their names, images and likenesses.  […]

Former Bluefish Catcher Awarded $940k in Offerman Suit

The verdict is in on the case involving Johnathan Nathans, the former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher who was injured during a game when former major leaguer Jose Offerman infamously charged the mound while swinging his bat after being hit by a pitch.  Nathans was awarded $940k by a jury in Connecticut federal court.  While Offerman was found to be […]

Concussions and the Future of Football

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 […]

NLRB: Northwestern Football Players are Employees

The regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago issued a ground-breaking decision yesterday: all scholarship players in Northwestern University’s football team are deemed employees of the university and therefore may form a union.   Although subject to a certain appeal, the clear signal is that big-time college athletics is changing, like it or […]

Now this is Sports Law…Beer Fraud

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – a sports law issue that involves beer. Fans of the Idaho Steelheads hockey team are suing the owner of the team’s arena, alleging that the arena charged more for a “large” beer than “small”, despite the fact that both cups hold the same amount of beer.  Rebecca […]

Collegiate Student-Athletes Score Victory in Right of Publicity Case

In the case of Hart v. EA Sports, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the First Amendment does not trump a student-athlete’s right to publicity, overturning the District Court’s decision.  As Rick Karcher writes on the Sports Law Blog, “this is a highly significant and ground-breaking decision by the Third […]

Coaching: Is Berating Players as Obsolete as the Single Wing Offense?

The Mike Rice situation at Rutgers has many rethinking the boundaries in the coach-player relationship.  Although Rice’s methods involved an uncommon amount of physical contact, the verbal barbs that he threw at his players probably reminded many of their former coaches.  But have perspectives changed on what is considered tough coaching and what is inappropriate […]