CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2012 – Part II

Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2012, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and the trademark rights to his nickname, “Johnny Football.” Heisman Saturday: “Johnny Football” Raises Trademark, NCAA Issues Discussing “Johnny Football” and Trademark Law 3.  The pivotal class action lawsuit led […]

Wisconsin Learns a Lesson in Contracts from Bielema Departure

Perhaps this year’s biggest surprise in the college football coaching carousel, was Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin to become the head coach at Arkansas.  Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez mentioned a simple, but important lesson that the school learned from the situation: include a “permission to contact” clause in future coaching contracts, requiring Wisconsin coaches to seek and receive […]

Coaching Contracts and Arbitration Clauses

I am currently working on an article concerning the lawsuit that Marist College brought against its former basketball coach, Matt Brady, and his employer, James Madison University.  One of the issues that arose is the use of arbitration clauses in coaching contracts. Opinions generally differ over the use of arbitration.  Some attorneys believe that arbitrators tend to shy […]

Friday Sports Briefs

RG3 Files Trademark Applications Robert Griffin, III, Heisman Trophy winner and first round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, has filed four trademark applications to protect his name, nicknames and catchphrase, according to Nate Davis of the USA Today.  He has filed applications for the marks “RGIII”, “RG3”, “Robert Griffin III” and “Unbelievably Believable.”  Perhaps Griffin and his representatives read this […]

Marist v. Brady: Jury Find in Favor of Marist, But Awards no Damages

A verdict was handed down in the case of Marist v. Brady yesterday.  The jury found that Marist’s former basketball coach, Matt Brady, breached his contract when he left Marist to coach at James Madison University (JMU), however the jury awarded no damages. According to Sean McCann of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Marist claimed the following damages […]

Marist Settles with James Madison, Goes to Trial v. Brady

In August 2010, I published an article in Sports Litigation Alert concerning a potentially precedent-setting case in the business of collegiate athletics.  The article, entitled A Beacon in Poughkeepsie: Marist Claims Victory Over James Madison in Coaching Contract Suit, discussed the judgment of default that entered against James Madison University (JMU).  The article also spoke to […]

Kent State Sues Former Basketball Coach, Bradley University Over Departure

Another mid-major has taken its former head coach from the basketball court to the court house.  Kent State University (“Kent State”) sued former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford, alleging that he breached his contract with the university by accepting the head job at Bradley University (“Bradley”).  Kent State has also named Bradley as a defendant, alleging that […]

From the Vault: Edsall to Notre Dame Talk Shows All Coaches are Free Agents

The annual Randy Edsall Watch is underway in Connecticut with reports that Coach Edsall has discussed the University of Miami’s coaching vacancy with the University’s Athletic Director.  These reports remind me of the following article that I wrote about the state of collegiate coaching contracts. The reports of Notre Dame’s interest in UConn Head Football Coach Randy […]