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, […]

Manziel Suspended for One Half of One Game

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ opening game against Rice for violating NCAA rules by signing an excessive amount of autographs.  The NCAA was unable to find any evidence that Manziel accepted money for signing his autograph, despite the overwhelming amount of […]

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 […]

NCAA Investigating Manziel for Selling Autographs

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly selling autographs for a five figure sum, according to ESPN. Despite the ongoing lawsuits involving the NCAA and former athletes Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon, NCAA rules regarding amateurism have not changed.  Under NCAA rules, a student athlete is expressly prohibited […]

Friday Sports Briefs

NCAA Tournament Not Coming to Mohegan Sun Although Mohegan Sun looks to have secured the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball championships in 2014, the NCAA is not interested in holding NCAA Tournament games at the venue in light of its policy against casino venues.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has the story. Time to […]

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, […]

Will Johnny Football Change NCAA Rules on Marketing Likeness?

ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly has an excellent piece on Johnny Manziel, and the fact that NCAA rules prohibit him from profiting off of the use of his likeness. Reilly questions the logic of the NCAA’s ruling that Manziel can keep the proceeds of a lawsuit, but cannot accept a bagel from a booster.  (The so-called “Johnny Football loophole” would not allow for […]