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 […]

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

Connecticut Golf Course Subject of  Appellate Court Decision Topstone Golf Course in South Windsor, Conn. was the subject of a dispute between its developer and owner of the land on which it is built, which recently reached the Connecticut Appellate Court.  According to Rob Harris of the Golf Dispute Resolution blog, the dispute arose from a bonus […]

The NFL and Labor Peace

I recently came across two articles that discuss the NFL’s relationship with its players’  union, the NFLPA, following the collective bargaining agreement that was supposed to bring labor peace for the next decade. Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football Writer has published an interesting piece in the Kansas City Star, focusing on the collusion lawsuit involving […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Tebow Demands that T-Shirt Maker Cease & Desist Use of Name Tim Tebow’s attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to a t-shirt company that has been selling shirts with the words “My Jesus” in a logo similar to that of New York Jets.  The Company website references Tebow in its description of the shirt.  Michael David […]

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 […]

Roger Goodell on NFL Legacy Fund

The NFL and its players’ union have reached an agreement on how to distribute the $620 million Legacy Fund created in the new collective bargaining agreement.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the Legacy Fund in a letter to NFL fans, which I have posted below. To NFL Fans: We hope you are enjoying the NFL season. […]

Friday Sports Briefs: College Football Edition

Al Golden and the Case for Longer Coaching Contracts Dave Krieder of MaxPreps has written an excellent article on his interview with Tom Lemming about Miami football coach Al Golden.  Lemming believes that Miami needs to extend Golden’s contract to allow him to clean up the program.  Lemming also believes that longer contracts would alleviate cheating by […]