UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari

Congratulations to the UConn men and women’s basketball teams, which both advanced to their respective national championship games to be played on Monday and Tuesday night.  Here a couple of UConn stories from the Hartford Courant with sports business/sports law connections: Jeff Jacobs writes that UConn deserves a bigger stage than the American Athletic Conference. Dom Amore and Paul […]

Aaron Hernandez Charged with Murder: Legal and Local Perspectives

After his arrest and release from the New England Patriots yesterday morning, former Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged yesterday afternoon with the murder of Odin Lloyd.  The arraignment of Hernandez, in which assistant district attorney Bill McCauley outlined a timeline that placed Hernandez with the victim and at the scene of the crime, […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Weston Basketball Coach Fired, Rehired There is a great story down the road from me in Weston, Conn., where the high school basketball coach was fired for appearing in what has been described as a raunchy film 10 years ago, while the coach was an actor.  The coach, Mike Hvizdo, was subsequently rehired after a […]

Big East Loses 2 Schools, UConn Hopes for ACC Invitation

Rutgers and Maryland are reportedly leaving the Big East and ACC, respectively, to join the Big 10 (becoming its 13th and 14th teams).  It’s no secret that UConn is hoping that this development leads to an invitation from the ACC.  Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant has written an interesting piece on UConn’s waiting game: […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Jacobs on UConn Football at Fenway and Beyond In the wake of recent reports of a UConn-Notre Dame game at Fenway Park, Jeff Jacobs has an excellent piece on the possibility of UConn playing home football games at venues other than Rentschler Field: In the past, I was against moving games away from Rentschler. The seismic shift […]

Remembering the Hartford Whalers’ Departure

Monday marked the fifteenth anniversary of the announcement that the Whalers were leaving Hartford.  The Whalers’ departure remains a point of contention, and the possible return of the team remains an area of great interest with Connecticut hockey fans.  In fact, posts concerning the Whalers are among the most popular in the four-year history of this blog. The Hartford […]

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NCAA Reforms Discussed Christian Dennie of the College Sports Law Blog has posted an excellent summary of the issues discussed at the recent NCAA Convention held in Indianapolis, covering items such as multiyear scholarships, the $2,000 stipend and the “Cam Newton Loophole.” Kansas, Weis and another Transfer Dispute In the wake of the Todd O’Brien case, […]

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New York Times Series on Derek Boogaard John Branch of the New York Times has published an outstanding series on Derek Boogaard, the late NHL player who passed away earlier this year at the age of 28.  “Punched Out, The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” covers Boogaard’s rise through the junior leagues in Canada to the NHL and is […]