Collegiate Student-Athletes Score Victory in Right of Publicity Case

Ryan Hart

In the case of Hart v. EA Sports, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the First Amendment does not trump a student-athlete’s right to publicity, overturning the District Court’s decision.  As Rick Karcher writes on the Sports Law Blog, “this is a highly significant and ground-breaking decision by the Third […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Mike Hvizdo

Weston Basketball Coach Fired, Rehired There is a great story down the road from me in Weston, Conn., where the high school basketball coach was fired for appearing in what has been described as a raunchy film 10 years ago, while the coach was an actor.  The coach, Mike Hvizdo, was subsequently rehired after a […]

Monday Sports Briefs


I wasn’t able to post Friday Sports Briefs last week.  In its place, Monday Sports Briefs: Big East Breakup Becomes Official Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant covers the official breakup of the Big East Conference.  Doyle also covers the impact of the Big East breakup on UConn. McCann Interviews Lance Armstrong Michael McCann of […]

Friday Sports Briefs


Nerlens Noel Injury The knee injury suffered by Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has prompted discussion about the NBA’s rule requiring players to wait one year after high school graduation before entering the NBA Draft.  Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports discusses the “charade” of  the one and done rule.  Warren K. Zola discusses the rule on the Sports Law […]

Friday Sports Briefs


Pennsylvania Sues NCAA over Penn State Sanctions Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has filed suit against the NCAA over the sanctions imposed upon Penn State and its football program.  Michael McCann of provides an excellent analysis of the suit and Tim Epstein offers some interesting observations on the Sports Law Blog. Fired College Football Coaches Net $31 Million Kristi […]

Johnny Football and Amateurism

A&M jersey

I recently examined the trademark law issues involved with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and his nickname “Johnny Football.” Warren Zola looked at the big picture over at the Sports Law Blog, weighing the rights held by Texas A&M and Manziel. Here’s an excerpt: 1. Texas A&M plays in the 2013 Cotton Bowl on January 4th v. […]

Friday Sports Briefs


The Significance of Marvin Miller Notre Dame Law School sports law professor Ed Edmonds has written an interesting piece on the significance of Major League Baseball leader Marvin Miller.  Miller recently passed away at the age of 95. Clark Booth also has an interesting piece in the Dorchester Reporter regarding Miller’s exclusion from the Baseball […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Oracle AC 45's Practice

Auriemma Advocates for Lowering the Hoop in Women’s Basketball UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma recently discussed an interesting suggestion for improving the women’s game: lowering the baskets.  John Altavilla has the story and writes that this isn’t a new idea. Hole-in-One Controversy at Mohegan Sun Rob Harris over at the Golf Dispute Resolution Blog has the story […]