Friday Sports Briefs

UFL to Return for Another Season The fledgling United Football League, which was thought to have met its demise last season, will be back for another season.  Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the story on the UFL’s unlikely return and TV deal with CBS Sports Network. Was Penn State entitled to due process? […]

The Colonial Column: Hartford’s Greatest Hits

This week’s news that the UFL has eliminated the Hartford Colonials from the league was hardly a surprise.  The league’s financial problems were well documented and the Colonials have been rumored to be on the chopping block for some time.  Despite only playing one season, we enjoyed the addition of the Colonials to the Connecticut sporting landscape.  Here are […]

UFL, Hartford Colonials Suspend Training Camp

As you may have read by now, the UFL has suspended its training camp for 30 days and pushed back the start of its season due to financial issues.  It’s fair to wonder whether this suspension will become permanent and the league will shut its doors.  The Hartford Colonials are obviously affected by this development, […]

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 […]

4 Points on the NFL Lockout

What are the implications of the decertification of the players’ union? NFL owners have been exempt from antitrust suits by their players on account of the non-statutory labor exemption.  In its simplest terms, the non-statutory labor exemption favors union agreements over antitrust laws.  (It is the non-statutory labor exemption that ultimately defeated Maurice Clarett’s challenge of the NFL’s […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2010 – Part I

With 2010 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on Monday, January 3.  Thank you for your readership, […]

Lower Transfer Fee Opens Pipeline From UFL to NFL

As of December 1, not a single UFL player had made the jump to a NFL team, raising important questions concerning the intentions of two year-old league.  The UFL’s insistence on collecting a $150,000 transfer fee was the obvious culprit.  When the UFL lowered the transfer fee to $25,000 a few days later, the New England Patriots […]

UFL Reduces Transfer Fee; Patriots First to Sign Player to Active Roster

The UFL has modified its $150,000 transfer fee, which Connecticut Sports Law covered this week.  With the recent change, an NFL team can sign a UFL player to its active roster for a reduced fee of $25,000.  In addition, the fee can be paid by either the NFL team or the player.  Here’s what the […]