Friday Sports Briefs

Sonny Vaccaro Points Finger at Duke, UNC Sonny Vaccaro made news this week when he accused the NCAA of lacking the nerve to punish the likes of Duke and UNC.  Eric Prisbell of the USA Today (via the Sports Law Blog) has the story.  The story reminds me of the first time I saw Vaccaro [...]

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 Shines a Light Upon Student-Athletes’ Right of Publicity


I am pleased to announce that the Connecticut Law Tribune has included an article that I wrote on NCAA v. O’Bannon in its special section on intellectual property law, which was published today.  Here is an excerpt from the article: Sixteen years after starring in the NCAA tournament, O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA (also referred [...]

Sonny Vaccaro and Harvard Sports Law Symposium

Lewis Rice has posted an excellent write-up of Sonny Vaccaro’s keynote speech at the 2011 Harvard Sports Law Symposium which was held in Cambridge, Mass. on March 25.  Vaccaro’s message and position on big-time collegiate athletics can be described with the following quote: “There’s not one rule in that rule book that advocates for the athlete,” he said. “Everything [...]

Thank You to Harvard Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law

On Friday I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist at the 2011 Harvard Sports Law Symposium, participating in a discussion concerning the relationship between athletes and agents.  The symposium featured some of the most prominent figures in the sports industry and provided excellent discussion and debate on the subject of intercollegiate athletics.  The keynote speaker, Sonny Vaccaro, once again delivered an [...]

Harvard Sports Law Symposium to be Held March 25

I am pleased to announce that I will be a panelist at the upcoming Harvard Sports Law Symposium that will be held on March 25.  I will be participating on the athlete-agent panel.  The symposium features some truly impressive figures from sports law and sports business and promises to be an informative and enjoyable for sports industry [...]

From the Vault: Is Amateurism Dead in Collegiate Athletics?

The 2010 NCAA Final Four is set, with only one of the four No. 1 seeds advancing to play in Indianapolis.  While the tournament has been characterized by upsets and exciting finishes, the start of the tournament was characterized by the issue of money in collegiate athletics.  The proposal to expand the NCAA tournament from 64 [...]

Is Amateurism Dead in Collegiate Athletics?

“Am I nuts?”  Former sneaker pitchman and basketball promoter Sonny Vaccaro wants answers.  How can the NCAA, the networks, the coaches and the athletic conferences all profit from big-time college athletics, while the players get nothing?  How can the NCAA and NBA keep a talented basketball player from earning a living off of his unique [...]


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