Connecticut Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Unionize

On the heels of winning the NCAA Basketball National Championship last year, UConn point guard Shabazz Napier was asked about the efforts of Northwestern athletes to unionize.  His response made national news, as he told a reporter that players go to bed hungry. Subsequently, Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon announced that she was looking into legislation […]

CT State Representative: Athletes Should be Able to Unionize

Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of collegiate sports law, as a state representative has entered the unionization conversation. Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon recently announced that she is looking into legislation that would allow athletes from public universities in Connecticut to unionize.  Rep. Dillon’s announcement came in response to UConn basketball player Shabazz Napier, who when […]

UConn Huskies, National Champions!

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, who defeated the Kentucky Wildcats last night to win their fourth NCAA championship in 16 years.  There were so many storylines with UConn’s improbable run: Shabazz Napier’s MVP performance and his comments on the efforts of Northwestern football players to unionize; Kevin Ollie winning a National Championship in only his second year […]

UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari

Congratulations to the UConn men and women’s basketball teams, which both advanced to their respective national championship games to be played on Monday and Tuesday night.  Here a couple of UConn stories from the Hartford Courant with sports business/sports law connections: Jeff Jacobs writes that UConn deserves a bigger stage than the American Athletic Conference. Dom Amore and Paul […]

Friday Sports Briefs

UConn, Danbury Whalers Eye Championship The UConn men’s basketball team competes in the Final Four this weekend in Dallas, tipping off against Florida on Saturday evening.  The UConn women’s basketball team will also compete in the Final Four, playing Stanford on Sunday night.  Last but not least, the Danbury Whalers look to defend their Federal Hockey League […]

4 Ways Colleges May Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness

When UConn defeated Michigan State on Sunday, the fans at Madison Square Garden chanted the name of Huskies’ second-year coach, Kevin Ollie.  This underscores the fact that college athletic teams are often associated with their head coach.  For colleges, the success of one of their coaches reinforces the need to have entered into contracts that […]

Connecticut Sports Law: 6 Years and Blogging

This week marks the sixth anniversary of the launch of Connecticut Sports Law.  Six years ago yesterday, I was discussing the proposed UConn-Notre Dame football series, which ultimately consisted of only one very enjoyable game in South Bend.  I continue to enjoy writing for this site and the area of sports law has cooperated nicely, providing a seemingly […]

UConn Fires Coach Pasqualoni, Will Pay Buyout

UConn dismissed head football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, following a 41-12 loss to Buffalo.  Although Pasqualoni’s eventual dismissal appeared inevitable in light of the Huskies’ 0-4 start, which includes a loss to Towson State and a missed opportunity to upset Michigan, the timing was a surprise in that a change was made mid-season.  Offensive Coordinator T.J. Weist […]