Friday Sports Briefs

Bill Russell Sues NCAA, EA Sports Legendary Boston Celtic Bill Russell has filed suit in a California federal court against the NCAA and EA Sports alleging that the defendants have misappropriated his image and violated antitrust laws.  The case is similar to O’Bannon v. NCAA (see my article on the case, “Calling a Foul”)  and [...]

Coors Sues Patriots over Skunked Beer Deal

Don Jeffrey at Bloomberg.com (via Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk) reports that MillerCoors LLC has filed a lawsuit against the New England Patriots alleging that the team reneged on an exclusive sponsorship contract, and instead, has pursued a more lucrative agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev NV. Here’s an except of Jeffrey’s article: “We negotiated in good faith with the [...]

UFL Reduces Transfer Fee; Patriots First to Sign Player to Active Roster

The UFL has modified its $150,000 transfer fee, which Connecticut Sports Law covered this week.  With the recent change, an NFL team can sign a UFL player to its active roster for a reduced fee of $25,000.  In addition, the fee can be paid by either the NFL team or the player.  Here’s what the [...]

Friday Sports Briefs

UConn Players Make UFL’s New York Roster Former UConn football players Dan Davis and Alfred Fincher were listed on the roster of the UFL’s New York Sentinels.  The Sentinels are scheduled to play the Florida Tuskers at Rentschler Field on November 12.  Keanu Reeves is not listed as a QB for the Sentinels. David Givens [...]

Coverage of the Plaxico Burress Debacle

The Plaxico Burress situation is intriguing on a number of levels, involving the criminal justice system, NFL player contracts and even health care law.  The sensational nature of the story combined with the New York Giants’ success this season has resulted in wide-ranging, in-depth media coverage.  Perhaps no writers have covered the story as well [...]

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