Michael McCann

Founding Director of UNH Law Sports & Ent Law Institute | Legal Analyst & Writer for Sports Illustrated, SI.com & NBA TV

Location
Greater Boston Area
Industry
Higher Education
Current
  1. University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center,
  2. NBA TV,
  3. Sports Illustrated
Previous
  1. Vermont Law School,
  2. Boston College Law School,
  3. Office of U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan
Education
  1. Harvard Law School
Websites
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Background

Summary

I am the founding Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI) and a tenured Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. SELI offers hands-on training & experiential opportunities in this cutting-edge field. I've won the Professor the Year Award for outstanding teaching & authored more than 20 law review articles, including in the Yale Law Journal.

I'm also a Legal Analyst and Writer at Sports Illustrated & SI.com and NBA TV's On-Air Legal Analyst. I was the 1st member of the media to interview Lance Armstrong after his interview with Oprah Winfrey. My exclusive interview was at Armstrong's home in Austin, TX and is detailed in "My Dance With Lance" (Sports Illustrated, March 11, 2013 issue, pages 14-15).

At SI, I'm responsible for selecting and writing about "The 15 Most Influential Sports Agents" and "The Most Powerful Law Firm in Sports". I've authored more than 250 SI and SI.com articles, covering such stories as the Aaron Hernandez murder case, Boston Marathon bombings, steroids scandals, league lockouts and O'Bannon v. NCAA. Along with David Epstein, I broke the story on Bobby Petrino hiring his mistress over more qualified applicants.

My awards for sports journalism: In 2013, Boston Magazine named me one of the “Best Boston Sports Personalities on Twitter.” In 2012, the Huffington Post ranked me #23 on “Top 40 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for NBA Fanatics” & The Sporting Chart named me a “Top 50 NBA Mind”. In 2011, the Society for Social Psychology & Personality awarded me its Media Prize.

I taught sports law analytics at Yale Law School (1st course of its kind) & co-founded the Project on Law & Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. I'm also the Distinguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law.

In 2004, I served as counsel to college football star Maurice Clarett in his NFL eligibility lawsuit. Clarett v. NFL is one of the most important cases in sports law history.

Specialties:Sports Law, Sports Business, Media Law, Broadcasting Law, Criminal Law, Antitrust, Torts, Contracts Law, Consumer Law and Food and Drug Law.

Experience

Director of Sports and Entertainment Law Institute, Professor of Law

University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center
– Present (1 year 9 months)Concord, NH

In July 2013, I will join the University of New Hampshire School of Law (where I am currently a visiting professor of law) to launch a new sports and entertainment law institute and to be a tenured professor of law. The institute will be part of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, which is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best intellectual property law programs in the country. The institute will offer courses in sports and entertainment law, skill-based workshops, and assistance and guidance in helping students obtain experiential opportunities in the sports and entertainment industries.

On-Air Legal Analyst

NBA TV
– Present (3 years 5 months)Greater Atlanta Area

Providing on-air legal analysis of the NBA Lockout and other basketball and law matters.

Legal Analyst and Writer

Sports Illustrated
– Present (7 years 2 months)

• Legal analyst for Sports Illustrated and SI.com stories and writer of “Sports and the Law” column on SI.com.

• Had exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong - his first interview after interviewing with Oprah Winfrey.

• Responsible for selecting and writing about the "15 Most Influential Sports Agents" and "Most Powerful Sports Law Firm"

• Along with Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein, broke story on University of Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino hiring his mistress over 150+ more qualified applicants for the position of Player Development Coordinator.

• Have covered such news stories as the Boston Marathon Bombings. Congressional hearings on Major League Baseball and steroids, Michael Vick’s federal trial on dog fighting charges, O.J. Simpson’s robbery trial, and the United States Justice Department’s investigations into Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

• Have received recognition from The American Lawyer, the Newhouse School of Public Communications for excellence in journalism and the Society for Social Psychology and Personality (2011 Media Prize) for excellence in journalism.

Co-Founder

Harvard Law School Project on Law and Mind Sciences
– Present (7 years)

Co-founded with Harvard Law School Professor Jon Hanson, the Project is devoted to understanding the implications of social psychology, social cognition, and other related mind sciences for law, policymaking, and legal theory.

Disintguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law

Mississippi College School of Law
– Present (9 years 2 months)

Teaching a sports law class every summer. From 2005 to 2008, was an assistant professor of law and classes taught included sports law, torts, health care law, immigration law, and consumer law.

Contributor

Sports Law Blog and The Situationist
– Present (9 years 3 months)

Sports Law Blog is the leading blog devoted sports and the law and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the three best sports business blogs. The Situationist, which is the official blog of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School, was recently named Best Social Psychology Blog.

Professor of Law (with tenure) and Sports Law Institute Director

Vermont Law School
(4 years 11 months)

• Courses include sports law, torts, sales, and antitrust.

• Earned tenure and promoted from Associate Professor of Law to Professor of Law in May 2010.

• Named Director of Sports Law Institute in August 2010.

• Chair of Faculty Appointments (Hiring) Committee and member of Budget Committee.

• AALS Representative (Alternate).

• Adviser to Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Judge for Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Boston College Law School
(8 months)

Taught sports law and administrative law in the fall 2008 semester. Adviser to Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Judge to Law School's Negotiation Competition.

Legal Counsel

Office of U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan
(2 years 10 months)

Provided advice to Congressman Meehan, who represents the 5th Congressional District in Massachusetts and serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, on legal and policy matters. Also wrote speeches and drafted various documents.

Counsel

Maurice Clarett's Legal Team (Clarett v. NFL)
(7 months)

Provided labor and antitrust analysis in case involving an Ohio State University football player who was deemed ineligible for the NFL Draft due to his age. Assisted in the drafting of briefs and other legal memoranda, and reported to Alan Milstein, lead counsel, of Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose & Podolsky, P.A.

Skills

  • Legal Research
  • Sports Law
  • Legal Writing
  • Entertainment Law
  • Sports

Education

Harvard Law School

LL.M., Sports Law and Law and Economics

Activities and Societies: Finalist for John M. Olin Law and Economics Award

University of Virginia School of Law

J.D.

Activities and Societies: Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Dillard Fellow, Best Oral Advocacy Award

Georgetown University

B.A., Government

Activities and Societies: President of Blue and Gray

Organizations

Honors & Awards

2007-08 Professor of the Year Award (voted on by entire law student body)

2007-08 Professor of the Year for First-Year Courses Award (voted on by first-year law students)

2007-08 Phi Delta Phi Professor of theYear Award (voted on by members of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity)

2007-08 Shirley Norwood Jones Faculty Award (voted on by tenure and tenure-track faculty)

2006-07 Professor of the Year Award (voted on by entire law student body)

2006-07 Professor of the Year for First-Year Courses Award (voted on by first-year law students)

2005-06 Professor of the Year for First-Year Courses Award (voted on by first-year law students)

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