Aaron Hernandez’s Death Makes Him (Legally) an Innocent Man

By Patrick S. White, Esq. Early Wednesday morning, former New England Patriots Tight End and Bristol native, Aaron Hernandez, was found unresponsive in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Maximum Security Correctional Center. An hour later, at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital, Hernandez was pronounced dead of an apparent suicide.  While Hernandez’s death may seem like the end […]

Minnesota Vikings Backtrack – Adrian Peterson Placed On Exempt-Commissioner’s Permission List

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The Minnesota Vikings have reversed its previous position regarding running back Adrian Peterson and have decided to place him on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. What this means it that Mr. Peterson will not be allowed to participate in team practices or play on game day while he addresses child abuse […]

Redskins Trademark Cancelled: What Does it Mean?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)  cancelled six trademarks for the name “Washington Redskins” on the grounds that the mark is offensive to Native Americans. But what does it all mean? Here are answers to some of the questions people are asking: What law is at issue?  The Lanham Act controls trademarks.  In particular, […]

NFL Wisely Settles Concussion Suit for $765 Million

By Patrick White With the kickoff to the new NFL season quickly approaching and the popularity of professional football at an all-time high, the NFL took a decisive step today in protecting its public image when the league and more than 4,500 former players came to a $765 million settlement in the former players’ concussion […]

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: NFL Draft Edition

UConn Football and the NFL Draft Jim Fuller of the Connecticut Post has a good article on the success of UConn football players in  the NFL Draft as well as coverage of the Huskies, including Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who are expected to be selected in this year’s Draft. Facts and Figures from the NFL Draft’s […]

Sports Law Notes from “Elway to Marino”

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series has produced another fascinating film, “Elway to Marino”, produced by NFL Films and Ken Rodgers, which covers the 1983 NFL Draft and the six quarterbacks that were chosen in the first round. The story is told primarily through the eyes of sports lawyer and agent Marvin Demoff, who represented both Elway and […]

How Boise State Protects its Trademark Blue Turf

Last night, the discussion topic in my Sports Law class was trademark law in sports.  We primarily discussed Indianapolis Colts, Inc. v. Metropolitan Baltimore Football Club Limited Partnership, 34 F.3d 410 (7th Cir.  1994), which involved a trademark dispute between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore CFL Colts (back when the CFL had teams in the […]