Tagliabue Issues Split Decision on Saints Players

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue lifted the suspensions of New Orleans Saints players Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita in connection with the bounty scandal that has hung over the team all season. In his decision, Tagliabue treaded carefully, supporting Goodell’s findings while lifting the suspensions of the players.  Only Fujita, however, was fully exonerated: I affirm Commissioner Goodell’s […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Interested in Becoming a Sports Agent? Each year, students in my Sports Law class at Quinnipiac Law School are interested in becoming an agent.  Luckily, I co-teach the class with Rob Romano, who was an NFL agent for many years.  For those interested in becoming an NFL agent, Andrew Brandt’s recent article on ESPN.com is […]

Sorting out the New Orleans Saints Bounty Litigation

Gabe Feldman, professor at Tulane Law School and director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, has posted an excellent summary of the increasingly complicated litigation between the New Orleans Saints players suspended in the bounty scandal and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  The post appears on Grantland.com’s blog, The Triangle. Here is an excerpt of Feldman’s post: So, […]

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: NFL Edition

Saints Suffer Severe Penalties for Bounty System New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended by NFL Commissioner for one season for his role in the bounty system employed by the team.  Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the Rams, was suspended indefinitely for his role in the system.  General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for […]

The Legal Consequences of the Saints’ Bounty System

Michael McCann of SI.com and Sports Law Blog has written an excellent article detailing the legal issues involved with the bounty system organized by former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.  McCann explores both criminal and civil remedies for the actions of Williams and the Saints.  Here is an excerpt of the article: The […]

From the Big Game to March Madness

Trademark issues associated with major sports events are in season.  Fresh off of the short-lived controversy concerning the Saints rallying cry of ‘Who Dat?’ Geoffrey Rapp over at Sports Law Blog brings us “March Trademark Infringement Madness.” In his discussion of the NCAA’s defense of the ‘March Madness’ mark, Rapp shared an interesting piece of […]

‘Who Dat’ – NFL, Lousiana Attorney General Clarify Proper Use of Saints Rallying Cry

The two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl are known for heavy analysis of the participating teams, anticipation of the best commercials and party planning.  Recently, another Super Bowl tradition has taken hold: the NFL’s zealous protection of its trademarks. The latest example involves the New Orleans Saints, and the chant “Who dat say […]