Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The Miami Marlins and Public Fraud

For those of you who are not aware, last night the Miami Marlins agreed to trade 5 major league players to the Toronto Blue Jays for 7 players, a few of which have seen major league service time. All major sports media outlets have covered the trade in great detail, because this is not the […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Programming Note

Hey everybody. I wanted to let you know that I, along with two of my esteemed classmates at William & Mary Law School, am currently on my way to New Orleans to participate in the annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition, a program sponsored by Tulane Law School. The competition simulates baseball’s arbitration process, and allows law students […]

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The NBA Lockout’s next opponent: Federal District Court

Ed’s Note: We are going to skip for now any coverage of the impending Syracuse allegations because I am probably unable to discuss it rationally. I am a biased Syracuse fan who loves Jim Boeheim and Syracuse Basketball. Moving on to regularly scheduled programming: the NBA Lockout once again… By Sam Mann A few days […]

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Another Wrinkle on the NBA Labor Dispute

There has been some dissension in the ranks of the NBA Players Association in recent days. It began with reports questioning the loyalty of President Derek Fisher; he was alleged to have had a “secret” meeting with NBA officials in which he compromised their position by suggesting that the parties agree on a 50/50 split […]

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Using the Courts

By Sam Mann There are lots of reasons for people and/or organizations to use the court system. Sometimes there is a legitimate dispute that cannot be solved outside. Other times one party is making a frivolous claim against another. Some parties are being forced into court by circumstances against their will. Still other times, the courts are […]

Monday, October 24th, 2011

MLB’s Television Ratings, or Is Baseball’s Audience Too Old?

By Sam Mann I promised you a post about MLB’s TV ratings, and I shall deliver. I find tonight to be an extremely opportune time to discuss, because tonight’s numbers will be the ultimate test. Let me explain. It is undeniable that baseball ratings have been decreasing over recent years. It is similarly undeniable that […]

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Goodbye Hypothetical Basketball Association

Our coverage of the NBA lockout has been lacking, but in our defense, it looks like we will still have plenty of time to catch up. The latest “story” to break (and I use the term story loosely) is that several star NBA players will organize and participate in a “world tour.” The implications of […]

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Conference Realignment

By Sam Mann Obviously there has been a lot of movement amongst conferences in major college football, including my university of choice moving from the Big East to the ACC (In case you haven’t noticed, and judging from attendance figures, you haven’t, Syracuse is 3-1 in football. Just saying.) As always, these moves are motivated […]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

The Pittsburgh Pirates – Baseball’s Biggest Story

By Sam Mann Full Disclosure: this post is not really about the law. It’s more about the business/management of baseball. I guess you could draw a tacit connection but I think that sort of stretches it. Nonetheless, I am plowing forward. In what almost everyone would deem a surprise, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in First […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Should We Pay College Athletes? (But only the good ones, of course)

By Sam Mann With all the talk about compliance with NCAA regulations and all the big programs getting sanctioned (add Georgia Tech to the ever-growing list). Apparently ESPN is thinking the same way because this week they ran several articles about the NCAA amateurism dilemma. Today is the oft-referenced topic of whether we should pay […]