Manziel Suspended for One Half of One Game

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ opening game against Rice for violating NCAA rules by signing an excessive amount of autographs.  The NCAA was unable to find any evidence that Manziel accepted money for signing his autograph, despite the overwhelming amount of […]

Friday Sports Briefs: NCAA Edition

Johnny Football Autograph Investigation Focuses on New Haven ESPN reported that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel accepted $7,500 to sign autographs at the annual Walter Camp Foundation weekend, in New Haven.  Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas News discusses the investigation with sports attorney Michael Buckner. Congress Introduces NCAA Legislation Jon Solomon has an excellent piece on the NCAA […]

NCAA Investigating Manziel for Selling Autographs

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly selling autographs for a five figure sum, according to ESPN. Despite the ongoing lawsuits involving the NCAA and former athletes Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon, NCAA rules regarding amateurism have not changed.  Under NCAA rules, a student athlete is expressly prohibited […]

Friday Sports Briefs

NCAA Tournament Not Coming to Mohegan Sun Although Mohegan Sun looks to have secured the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball championships in 2014, the NCAA is not interested in holding NCAA Tournament games at the venue in light of its policy against casino venues.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has the story. Time to […]

Quinnipiac Law Students on Johnny Football Lawsuit

Johnny Manziel and his rights in the “Johnny Football” nickname continue to provide for interesting discussion.  Last week, my sports law class at Quinnipiac Law School discussed Manziel’s lawsuit against an individual selling “Johnny Football” t-shirts.  Here are a few of the points that we discussed: 1.  Manziel has reportedly brought a number of claims against the t-shirt vendor, […]

Johnny Football Sues T-Shirt Seller

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has filed suit against a man selling T-shirts that read, “Keep Calm and Johnny Football.”’s Darren Rovell reports that Manziel claims trademark infringement. Manziel’s claim to trademark rights in his nickname, “Johnny Football”, presents an interesting situation under NCAA rules.  The NCAA prohibits a student-athlete […]

Heisman Saturday: “Johnny Football” Raises Trademark, NCAA Issues

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is now the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded tonight.  If he takes home the Heisman, interest in “Johnny Football” will be at an all-time high.  Accordingly, I wanted to take a closer look at the trademark issues surrounding Manziel’s nickname.  As I recently discussed on “The Beat of Sports”, there […]

Discussing “Johnny Football” and Trademark Law

Yesterday I joined Marc Daniels and Jerry Greene on “The Beat of Sports” (740 The Game, Orlando) to discuss the legal issues involved with Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M seeking trademark registration for Manziel’s nickname, “Johnny Football.”  There is a fascinating interplay between trademark law, the right of publicity and NCAA bylaws.  Click below to listen to […]