Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the NBA Draft? Every decade or so, a supposedly “can’t miss” prospect out of high school or a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I powerhouse attracts national attention and emerges as the crown jewel of a National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. For instance, in the 2000s, …

The Free Agent Dilemma

Value. Potential. Character. Health.  These are some of the things to consider when players are off the books, a.k.a., free agents. Picture two scenarios. In Scenario A, there is a budding talent who just came off a career year with your team (you are the general manager, so you do not own the team). He …

Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the MLB Rule Four Draft? Pop Quiz: What do Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves (2014), Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts (2012), and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (2015) have in common? Answer: They are all recent household names that were chosen with the first …

Ethical Issues in Sport

The 2016 Entertainment and Sports Law Conference Sponsored by Osgoode’s Entertainment and Sports Law Association, the eighteenth annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on 4 March 2016. The long-running and highly successful conference brings together some of the top IP, entertainment, and sports professionals to talk about …

All Star Game in the North

This past February, the National Basketball Association held its first All-Star Game in Toronto, the first time the event has been held outside of the United States. This was a historic moment for all fans north of the border. “All-Star Toronto 2016,” the banner read two years ago at the press conference. Rising Stars I …

PR WAR

A few thoughts on the very public negotiation between the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista I am normally opposed to opinions that professional athletes are paid too much. Professional sports are highly profitable and athletes are generally paid what the market will bear—within a reasonable range of what they are worth to their teams. But …

Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the NHL Entry Draft? D-Date: With the Toronto Maple Leafs firmly entrenched in last place (as of 17 February 2016) in the National Hockey League (NHL) standings, Leafs Nation has already circled 29 February as D-Date, because a closer look at the NHL calendar would reveal that …

American Meteor Hammer

Kudos to anyone who knew beforehand what a “meteor hammer” was.  My knowledge of the weapons of ancient warfare is limited. I am of the opinion that Kill Bill, Volume 1 is the best Quentin Tarantino film made thus far (although I have yet to see The Hateful Eight).  What he did for female heroines …

On the Road to Kingston

Osgoode Hockey primed for Queen’s Law Cup 2016 Take note: Osgoode’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ Ice Hockey teams are whooping some serious ass this season. It’s a little known fact that there are two extremely good hockey teams representing Osgoode in York University’s Ice Hockey Intramural League. Over the last several months, Osgoode ‘A’ (Tier 1) …