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

2012

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

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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

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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 [...]

O’Bannon Turns Up the Heat on NCAA

O’Bannon v. NCAA, already one of the most important and fascinating cases in the area of sports law, just became much more interesting.  O’Bannon now seeks permission to expand the class action include current Division I football and basketball players.  To this point, the suit included only former athletes.  Michael McCann has an excellent piece [...]

Friday Sports Briefs

NCAA Pushes for Vaccaro Records in O’Bannon v. NCAA After I posted an update on O’Bannon v. NCAA on Tuesday, another story emerged: the NCAA is pushing for the discovery of Sonny Vaccaro’s records concerning his role in the lawsuit.  Vacarro has been referred to as an unpaid consultant for the plaintiffs and has worked to add former [...]

O’Bannon v. NCAA Update

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A quick update on In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name and Likeness Litigation, better known as O’Bannon v. NCAA, the class action lawsuit concerning the use of the likenesses of former college basketball players in video games produced by EA Sports.  I wrote a piece for the Connecticut Law Tribune on O’Bannon last spring, which can be [...]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 - Part II

2011

Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2011, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Ed O’Bannon leads a class action lawsuit against the NCAA concerning the use of the images and likenesses of former players.  This case, which recently spurred a similar lawsuit by the legendary Bill [...]

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