Friday Sports Briefs: NCAA Edition

Johnny Football Autograph Investigation Focuses on New Haven ESPN reported that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel accepted $7,500 to sign autographs at the annual Walter Camp Foundation weekend, in New Haven.  Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas News discusses the investigation with sports attorney Michael Buckner. Congress Introduces NCAA Legislation Jon Solomon has an excellent piece on the NCAA […]

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 […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 - Part II

Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2011, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Ed O’Bannon leads a class action lawsuit against the NCAA concerning the use of the images and likenesses of former players.  This case, which recently spurred a similar lawsuit by the legendary Bill […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Bill Russell Sues NCAA, EA Sports Legendary Boston Celtic Bill Russell has filed suit in a California federal court against the NCAA and EA Sports alleging that the defendants have misappropriated his image and violated antitrust laws.  The case is similar to O’Bannon v. NCAA (see my article on the case, “Calling a Foul”)  and […]

Friday Sports Briefs

The Shame of College Sports Taylor Branch of The Atlantic Monthly has published an article on the state of collegiate athletics that, according to Frank DeFord, “may well be the most important article ever written about college sports.”  The article covers the NCAA’s notion of amateurism, pay-for-play, O’Bannon v. NCAA and other hot-button issues in college sports.  There is […]

High School Students on O’Bannon v. NCAA

I had the privilege of leading a discussion on O’Bannon v. NCAA and the right of publicity with a group of high school students in the Sports and Entertainment Management Program of the National Student Leadership Conference at Fordham University.  Here are some notes and observations that are worth sharing: The students, who were extremely intelligent […]

O’Bannon v. NCAA Shines a Light Upon Student-Athletes’ Right of Publicity

I am pleased to announce that the Connecticut Law Tribune has included an article that I wrote on NCAA v. O’Bannon in its special section on intellectual property law, which was published today.  Here is an excerpt from the article: Sixteen years after starring in the NCAA tournament, O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA (also referred […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Jury Begins Deliberations in Bonds Trial ESPN’s Lester Munson has the story on the final arguments in the Barry Bonds trial.  Munson opines that the prosecution may have saved its faltering case with a brilliant performance during closing arguments.  The case is now in the hands of the jury.  Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated and […]