Friday Sports Briefs

Interested in Becoming a Sports Agent? Each year, students in my Sports Law class at Quinnipiac Law School are interested in becoming an agent.  Luckily, I co-teach the class with Rob Romano, who was an NFL agent for many years.  For those interested in becoming an NFL agent, Andrew Brandt’s recent article on is […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 – Part I

With 2011 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on Tuesday, […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Titans and USC Settle Suit Over Running Backs Coach The University of Southern California (USC) and the Tennessee Titans have settled their lawsuit over USC’s hiring of running backs coach Kennedy Pola while he was under contract with the Titans.  The terms of the settlement are confidential.  Despite the quiet end to this suit, the legal issues […]

Selecting an Agent, Using Personal Counsel and Agent Regulation

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Connecticut Sports Law guest columnist Rob Romano for an interview for his new website “Romano on Sports” concerning sports agents.  In particular, we discussed the athlete’s process of selecting an agent, the role that personal counsel can play for an athlete, and the regulation of agents. Rob Romano:  What advice […]

NBA Agent Successfully Sues Fellow Agent

The legal concept of interference with contractual relations continues to arise in the sports arena.  As Connecticut Sports Law has covered in some detail, Marist College successfully brought suit against its former basketball coach, Matt Brady, and his new employer, James Madison University (JMU), after Brady left Marist while under contract.  Marist alleged that Brady breached his […]

3 Ethical Issues for Attorney-Agents

Sports agents who are also practicing attorneys often argue that the Rules of Professional Conduct pose a competitive disadvantage with respect to competitor agents who are not bound by the same ethical rules.  Although attorney-agents often attempt to separate their actions as an attorney from their actions as an agent, an attorney’s ethical duties typically require the […]

Connecticut Athlete Agent Regulation

One of this morning’s panels at the Sports Lawyers Association conference discussed the regulation of athlete agents.  The panel included counsel for the Texas Secretary of State, the entity charged with regulating agents in the Lone Star State – a significant responsibility considering there are 236 colleges in Texas. What type of regulatory system has Connecticut adopted for […]

Joe Linta, Connecticut’s Sports Agent

Is there a market for sports agents in Connecticut?  This is a question that I have been asked a number of times.  My response is often “yes, see Joe Linta.”  (Also, see my post “Is There A Market for Sports Agents in Connecticut?  Next Question!”) Chip Malafronte of the New Haven Register, wrote an interesting […]