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.  […]

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, […]

Friday Sports Briefs

NFLPA Sues NFL for Collusion The National Football League Players Association has filed suit against the National Football League in connection with salary cap penalties levied against the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.  To get the flavor of this case, see articles by ESPN’s Andrew Brandt and Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann. Pitt Files Suit Against The Big East […]

McNamee’s Testimony Pivotal in Roger Clemens Trial

The trial of Roger Clemens has reached a crucial juncture - the testimony of Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer and the only person who claims to have witnessed Clemens  use performance-enhancing drugs.  The cross-examination of McNamee by Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, is intriguing on a number of levels including Hardin’s trial strategy and showmanship.  ESPN’s Lester […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Junior Seau Junior Seau’s tragic passing this week spurred a number of articles about Seau as a player and a person.  Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote an excellent piece on Seau; ESPN Boston has a number of posts regarding Seau’s time with the New England Patriots; and Eric Olsen has a great story about Seau from […]

Friday Sports Briefs

UConn Offers Scholarship to Masuk QB Casey Cochran Sean Patrick Bowley of the Connecticut Post reports that UConn has offered Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran a football scholarship.  Cochran, who has also been offered a scholarship by Boston College, is the son of well-known high school coach Jack Cochran.   He’s coached by John Murphy at Masuk and also trains with […]

Roethlisberger Eludes Prosecution

“We are not condoning Mr. Roethlisberger’s actions that night. We do not prosecute morals. We prosecute crimes.” -Fred Bright, the district attorney for Ocmulgee County (GA) Yesterday’s news that Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged with sexual assault in Georgia provoked a number of interesting articles.  Here are two of the best:  ESPN’s […]

Tuesday Sports Briefs

The State of College Football in New Haven On Wednesday, August 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce will host Chalk Talk, a panel of New Haven’s collegiate football coaches at Hula Hank’s.  The panel features the University of New Haven’s Peter Rossomando, who will lead the return of UNH football; […]