CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013 - Part I

6.  The topic of NCAA Transfer Rules has captured the attention of the general media.  Although these rules are in dire need of change, we offered some tips for navigating the current system. 7.  The Connecticut Whale Era ended, leaving the future of professional hockey in Hartford in doubt. 8.  Johnny Manziel had a busy year, […]

NCAA Stops Selling Jerseys After Tweet from Jay Bilas

Last week, ESPN’s Jay Bilas disproved the NCAA’s position that the sales of team jerseys, which contain a student-athlete’s number, but not his name, do not refer to specific student-athletes.  Bilas simply visited the NCAA’s website, typed the last names of prominent players into a search box and the jerseys of those players appeared for sale.  Then he tweeted his findings.  Shortly thereafter, […]

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 […]

Quinnipiac Law Students on Johnny Football Lawsuit

Johnny Manziel and his rights in the “Johnny Football” nickname continue to provide for interesting discussion.  Last week, my sports law class at Quinnipiac Law School discussed Manziel’s lawsuit against an individual selling “Johnny Football” t-shirts.  Here are a few of the points that we discussed: 1.  Manziel has reportedly brought a number of claims against the t-shirt vendor, […]

Johnny Football Sues T-Shirt Seller

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has filed suit against a man selling T-shirts that read, “Keep Calm and Johnny Football.”  ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell reports that Manziel claims trademark infringement. Manziel’s claim to trademark rights in his nickname, “Johnny Football”, presents an interesting situation under NCAA rules.  The NCAA prohibits a student-athlete […]

Johnny Football and Amateurism

I recently examined the trademark law issues involved with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and his nickname “Johnny Football.” Warren Zola looked at the big picture over at the Sports Law Blog, weighing the rights held by Texas A&M and Manziel. Here’s an excerpt: 1. Texas A&M plays in the 2013 Cotton Bowl on January 4th v. […]

Heisman Saturday: “Johnny Football” Raises Trademark, NCAA Issues

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is now the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded tonight.  If he takes home the Heisman, interest in “Johnny Football” will be at an all-time high.  Accordingly, I wanted to take a closer look at the trademark issues surrounding Manziel’s nickname.  As I recently discussed on “The Beat of Sports”, there […]

Discussing “Johnny Football” and Trademark Law

Yesterday I joined Marc Daniels and Jerry Greene on “The Beat of Sports” (740 The Game, Orlando) to discuss the legal issues involved with Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M seeking trademark registration for Manziel’s nickname, “Johnny Football.”  There is a fascinating interplay between trademark law, the right of publicity and NCAA bylaws.  Click below to listen to […]