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Exceptional Insurance: Safeguarding the Superstar

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

By Jeffrey S. Kravitz, Esquire & Sekou Campbell, Esquire Sam Kahn, Jr. of ESPN Radio recently reported that Johnny Manziel is exploring the option of "Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Insurance," provided by the NCAA. The insurance coverage is reported to be routinely sought by players in Manziel’s position. Insurance, a frequent theme on this blog, poses interesting… Continue Reading

Catfishing: Online Impersonation Generally Not Illegal…Yet

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

By Maura L. Burke, Esq. Earlier this month, news broke that Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was the victim of an elaborate hoax involving an online relationship with an imaginary girlfriend. Aside from starting the newest Internet trend of “Teoing”, the linebacker’s well-reported fake girlfriend ruse brought to light the prevalence of “catfishing” scams.  The… Continue Reading

Death of a Football Player

Posted in Sports History

By Jeffrey S. Kravitz, Esquire Jovan Belcher had his whole life ahead of him and now he and his girlfriend are gone. According to the Daily News, he kissed the corpse after he shot her, before killing himself. Law allows us to grow as we grow old. Athletics often rob us of that luxury. As… Continue Reading

Should Freshmen Be Eligible for the Heisman?

Posted in Sports History

By Jeffrey S. Kravitz, Esq. Johnny Manziel is putting up numbers for Texas A&M that make him, if not the odds on favorite for the Heisman, at least a face that we will see at the New York Athletic Club when the award is given. And why not? Does anyone doubt that Kareem Abdul Jabbar… Continue Reading

NFL Referees All Set to Magically Disappear

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

By Jeffrey S. Kravitz and Sekou Campbell According to the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, the NFL has reached a tentative agreement to end its lockout of the referees.    Ed Hochuli, whom Jeff Kravitz has worked with (as a lawyer not a ref), reads “Rules. Lots of Rules.” This year, during the lockout,… Continue Reading

Students or Employees?

Posted in Labor & Employment, Sports Business and the Law

Education is a unique commodity. Beyond the ability to earn more in the marketplace, education has an intrinsic value. It gives individuals the tools to more fully engage the entire observed world psychologically, personally, professionally, politically, and philosophically. Few other endeavors so dramatically expand rather than diminish returns of investment over time. Thus, questions of compensation in the school setting pose particular… Continue Reading


Posted in Sports Business and the Law

At my former firm, I was succeeded as office managing partner by someone who was a religious Christian. A wonderful guy, he started a prayer group on campus. The other partners were not pleased and nominated me to talk with him. My response was, "sure, make the Jewish kid do it." I was not happy but took… Continue Reading

What, Are You Nuts or Something?

Posted in Personal Injury

As featured on California Lawyer, January 2011 edition, former athletes are starting to seek workers’ comp as a result of brain injuries or trauma. The lead plaintiff featured in the article is Fred McNeill of my alma mater, UCLA. McNeill was a great collegian, makes a great appearance and is in that sense the perfect… Continue Reading

Congress and the NFL

Posted in Sports Business and the Law

As detailed by Chad Pergram in his FoxNews.com article dated March 4, 2011, Debate on Spending: “The Conversation Will Continue,” there are ongoing talks in Congress re budget cuts, but nobody is talking.  The Speaker deferred to the Vice President and Mr. Biden was (gasp) noticeably mum and brief. Ditto the NFL, which has a… Continue Reading

It’s Just a Game

Posted in Personal Injury

As detailed in the Wichita Eagle at Kansas.com, Boise State’s kicker, who missed three game winning field goals, has been getting death threats (as well as some support) in the blogosphere. I went undergraduate and then to law school with a football player who created a situation that arguably allowed USC to go to the… Continue Reading

Pat Haden: Sports Lawyer and Athletic Director

Posted in Education

On July 21, 2010, USC announced appointment of former professional quarterback Pat Haden as their new athletic director.  Hayden is a lawyer by profession, having gone to Loyola Law, my alma mater. My favorite story involves a friend (not a sports fan) meeting Haden on a line (before there was online) to buy books.  Hayden, who… Continue Reading