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.  […]

Friday Sports Briefs: March Madness Edition

UConn Beats St. Joseph’s In Overtime UConn managed to advance in the NCAA Tournament by beating St. Joseph’s last night in overtime, 89-81.  Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant has the story. Jay Bilas Profiled Marc Tracy has written an excellent profile of ESPN’s Jay Bilas for New Republic entitled “The Most Righteous Man at ESPN.”  Bilas, of […]

Sports Lawyers Association Conference Wrap Up

I attended the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) Annual Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia.  For those unfamiliar with the conference, it is the largest and most prominent gathering of sports attorneys in the country.  Lawyers from most major sports leagues, teams and organizations attend as well as agents and representatives of the NCAA. Attendance was excellent, with approximately 700 attendees, […]

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 Emmert Take Responsibility for NCAA’s Actions?

ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil has written an interesting piece on the fallout from the NCAA’s improper actions in the investigation of the University of Miami.  O’Neil examines the situation through the perspective of the NCAA’s treatment of head coaches – the NCAA holds coaches strictly liable for violations committed by their staff, even if they were not […]

Monday Sports Briefs

I wasn’t able to post Friday Sports Briefs last week.  In its place, here is Monday Sports Briefs: O’Bannon Scores Again Against NCAA The plaintiffs in O’Bannon v. NCAA (In re: Student-Athlete Likeness Litigation) scored another victory over the NCAA.  The NCAA sought to prevent the plaintiffs from pursuing a cut of live broadcast revenues, but […]

Penn States Extends Bill O’Brien’s Contract

ESPN.com news services has reported that Penn State University automatically extended the contract of football coach Bill O’Brien, per the terms of an addendum to his contract: O’Brien will receive 2016 compensation in 2017-20 per the terms of an addendum to the agreement, which he and acting athletic director Dave Joyner both signed. “Any sanction by […]

Sports Business Careers: Should You Go to Law School?

Over the last few years I’ve blogged about various issues facing students who are seeking careers in sports law and discussed these issues with students in my sports law class.  I’ve covered my thought process in considering whether to be a sports lawyer or sports agent and the importance of internships in the sports industry. But […]