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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Staples on NCAA Hypocrisy Re: Minnesota Wrestler Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has written an outstanding story on Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman, whose eligibility and athletic scholarship are in jeopardy because of the motivational music that he produces under his name and sells on iTunes.  Staples writes: Bauman embodies everything for which college athletics should stand. […]

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 […]

Johnny Football and Amateurism

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. […]

Advocating Change of NCAA Transfer Rules

Last week in my sports law class at Quinnipiac Law School, we discussed the state of collegiate coaching contracts.  I began the class by sharing one of my favorite quotes on the topic.  In 2009, Jim Harbaugh, then coach of Stanford University, discussed his new contract extension with the university.  When asked if the contract […]

A Plan to Transform Collegiate Athletics

Warren Zola, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and Chair of the University’s Professional Sports Counseling Panel, has published a plan to transform collegiate athletics on The Huffington Post.  Zola’s plan is centered around three concepts: academic standards and integrity; protecting the interests and improving the experiences of student-athletes; […]

Lockout Lifted: Judge Rules in Favor of NFL Players

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of NFL players on their motion for preliminary injunction, thus lifting the owners’ lockout.  The NFL promises to seek a stay of the ruling and an expedited appeal.  In the meantime, players are trying to decide whether to report for work tomorrow morning and the league is trying to […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Behind the NFL’s Labor Negotiations Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post takes a look behind the curtain at the mediation between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, with mediator George Cohen.  Brandt’s The Busine$$ of Football column is excellent reading for all NFL fans asking the question of whether there will be football in […]