Howard Baldwin’s Plan to Bring Back the Whalers

Will the NHL return to Hartford?  Not without a new or refurbished arena, according to the commonly held belief.  Howard Baldwin, President of Whalers Sports and Entertainment and chairman of the Connecticut Whale now has a plan to address this need. Baldwin has unveiled a plan to revitalize the XL Center in Hartford, ultimately leading to the return of […]

Howard Baldwin Brings the Whalers to Hartford – 35 Years Later

By Dan Canavan Thirty-five years ago today, the Whalers played their first game in Hartford on January 11, 1975.  Somewhere in the then new Hartford Civic Center, Whalers founder Howard Baldwin was busy greeting fans, receiving accolades, and entertaining community leaders.  Baldwin had just uprooted his World Hockey Association squad from Boston, and moved the […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2009: Part II

Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2009, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.   Oliver v. NCAA.  Does a student-athlete have a right to legal counsel when negotiating a contract with a Major League Baseball Team?  A Ohio judge thinks so, but the NCAA disagrees.  Although this […]

UConn Women Beats Stanford, But Fan Complacency Remains

By Richard Kent  UConn-Stanford women at the Hartford XL Center was all it was cracked up to be and more.  UConn faced its only half time deficit of the season at 40-38 but stormed back in the second half with one of its patented runs to win by 12.   UConn was led by its two all-American candidates, […]

Making the Case for Bringing the NHL Back to Hartford

By Dan Canavan  Although many have weighed in on the likelihood of the NHL’s return to Hartford, few have examined what the city can offer to an NHL franchise.  While a new downtown arena is crucial to lure the NHL, Hartford has much more to offer.  Here are two of Hartford’s primary selling points: 1.  […]

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 […]

Officials Still Discussing Possibility of a New Downtown Hartford Arena

The Hartford Courant reports that Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez continues to convene the task force he appointed to study whether corporate support exists for a new downtown arena to replace the Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Center).  Although the Courant has filed a complaint with the state’s Freedom of Information Commission, seeking public access to the […]

A New Hartford Civic Center: Fantasy or Reality?

It seems that ever since the City of Hartford lost the NHL’s Whalers, stories have circulated about Hartford making a play for another NHL team.  Most recently, real estate developer Lawrence Gottesdiener attempted to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins and move them to Hartford.  The NHL did not appear too excited about the prospects of bringing professional hockey […]