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.  […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Red Sox Fan Attacked by Yankees Fan Wins $4.3 million Verdict Monty Freire, a Boston Red Sox fan who was stabbed by a New York Yankees fan at a restaurant, the U.S.S. Chowder Pot III in Branford, Connecticut, was awarded a $4.3 million dollar verdict by a jury in New Haven Superior Court.  Freire was represented […]

Collegiate Student-Athletes Score Victory in Right of Publicity Case

In the case of Hart v. EA Sports, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the First Amendment does not trump a student-athlete’s right to publicity, overturning the District Court’s decision.  As Rick Karcher writes on the Sports Law Blog, “this is a highly significant and ground-breaking decision by the Third […]

Monday Sports Briefs

I wasn’t able to post Friday Sports Briefs last week.  In its place, here is Monday Sports Briefs: O’Bannon Scores Again Against NCAA The plaintiffs in O’Bannon v. NCAA (In re: Student-Athlete Likeness Litigation) scored another victory over the NCAA.  The NCAA sought to prevent the plaintiffs from pursuing a cut of live broadcast revenues, but […]

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 […]

Heisman Saturday: “Johnny Football” Raises Trademark, NCAA Issues

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is now the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded tonight.  If he takes home the Heisman, interest in “Johnny Football” will be at an all-time high.  Accordingly, I wanted to take a closer look at the trademark issues surrounding Manziel’s nickname.  As I recently discussed on “The Beat of Sports”, there […]

Friday Sports Briefs

O’Bannon v. NCAA Scorecard Michael McCann has a brief article in Sports Illustrated summarizing two of the plaintiffs’ recent victories in the potentially game-changing case over the use of the likenesses of NCAA student-athletes. New York Law School Sports Law Symposium The fourth annual New York Law School Sports Law Symposium will be held on […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Jacobs on UConn Football at Fenway and Beyond In the wake of recent reports of a UConn-Notre Dame game at Fenway Park, Jeff Jacobs has an excellent piece on the possibility of UConn playing home football games at venues other than Rentschler Field: In the past, I was against moving games away from Rentschler. The seismic shift […]