Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding

Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on Gunner Kiel and verbal commitments in the recruiting process.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, publisher of Legal Issues in Collegiate […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Super Bowl Clean Zones Create Controversy, Lawsuit Michael McCann has an excellent article and analysis on concerning the NFL’s use of “clean zones” in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s Super Bowl, and a lawsuit arising out of the use of clean zones at the Super Bowl last year in Dallas.  McCann describes clean zones […]

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

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 […]

Term Sheet Between Urban Meyer and Ohio State

Urban Meyer was officially named head football coach at The Ohio State University on Monday after rampant speculation that he’d come out of retirement to coach the Buckeyes.  For those of you who are interested in coaching contracts, click here for a copy of the term sheet that Meyer signed with OSU.  I’ll post some notes and observations concerning the […]

Ohio State Highlights National Letter of Intent’s Coaching Changes Policy

I recently read about an Ohio State football recruit who signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Ohio State, but asked for, and was granted, his release.  Other players who orally committed to Ohio State have also changed their minds.  None of this comes as a surprise considering the NCAA investigation concerning allegations of improper benefits during Jim Tressel’s […]

Friday Sports Briefs

BOSTON – MARCH 8: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 8, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Canadian Prosecutors Consider Charges Against Chara Canadian prosecutors are reportedly considering charging Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins with assault after his check on the Canadians’ Max Pacioretty left Pacioretty hospitalized.  According to Richard Weir of the Boston Herald, charges against Chara would be unlikely, at least under US law.  Typically, tort actions arising from in-game conduct require intentional […]