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Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and West Virginia University, his former employer, have settled the school's lawsuit over the $ 4 million buyout. WVU will receive the entire $ 4 million, $ 1.5 million from Rodriguez in three annual payments beginning in January 2010 and $ 2.5 million from...
I was interviewed yesterday by a reporter for The New York Times on the subject of cheering speech; he seemed resistant to many of my arguments and suggested that others would be, as well (he might be right about that last point). Anyway, here are two new examples of cheering speech for the record...
Big news in Mets land today, as the team's owners settle what was originally a $1 billion lawsuit brought by victims of Bernard Madoff. While the settlement is for $162 million, they will likely end up paying much, much less. Here's my take for SI.
Here is an interesting story from yesterday's Washington Post on the ongoing over the remains of Jim Thorpe, the great Native American athlete of the early 20th century. In 1953, Thorpe's third wife gave his body to two neighboring towns in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania--Mauch Chunk and...
The Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School is thrilled to announce our upcoming panel on emerging issues in ski, snowboarding and resort law. Here are the details:The Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School presentsA Panel Discussion on Emerging Legal Issues in Ski, Snowboarding and...
The Pittsburgh Pirates recently hired Bryan Stroh as Vice President and General Counsel. It's been a productive month for him. He played key roles in the team winning its arbitration case against first baseman Garrett Jones and re-signing All Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen to a...
Brad Smith, a UNC undergrad, has analyzed President Obama's NCAA bracket, finding a statistically significant relationship between the number of wins Obama picks for a team and that team's location in a potential swing state in this fall's election, a relationship beyond the national average. (H/T:...
The sports law conference season is in full swing. The University of Miami School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society has organized the 15th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium. The April 14, 2012 event is co-hosted by the Miami Marlins and held at the team's new stadium. ...
Why the Brewing Scandal Involving the St. Louis Rams’ Defensive Coordinator Would be a Non-Starter in Professional Boxing Just a week or two ago, it was professional boxing’s turn again to come under international scrutiny following Dereck (Del Boy) Chisora’s antics both before and...
Now that “March Madness” is underway, two important articles this weekend highlight the irony that is big time college athletics in 2012. The first article, “Everybody Wants a Piece of Nerlens Noel” written by Pete Thamel in The New York Times, highlights the recruiting efforts by colleges for the...