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Faculty, staff reflect on Muhammad Ali and his Northeastern ties

Jack Gri­nold, Northeastern’s leg­endary sports infor­ma­tion director, says watching the heavy­weight champ’s training ses­sions at Matthews Arena in 1964 “were some of the most delightful after­noons I’ve ever spent.” In 1994, Ali received an hon­orary doc­torate of public ser­vice from North­eastern. The trans­for­ma­tional sports figure died on Friday. Here, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity reflect on Ali’s life and legacy.


3Qs: Is the end near for daily fantasy sports?

Fed­eral and state author­i­ties have become par­tic­u­larly inter­ested in the prac­tices of daily fan­tasy sports web­sites like Fan­Duel and Boston-​​based DraftK­ings. Here, law pro­fessor Roger Abrams explains why observers con­clude the sites are games of chance and pre­dicts forth­coming fed­eral oversight.

American Football next to a Pile of Cash on a Grassy Field

3Qs: Judge rules for Tom Brady, vacates ‘Deflategate’ suspension

On Thursday, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Richard M. Berman over­turned New Eng­land Patriots quar­ter­back Tom Brady’s four-​​​​game sus­pen­sion imposed by the NFL—and which Com­mis­sioner Roger Goodell later upheld—stemming from the “Deflategate” […]

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3Qs: Brady ‘Deflategate’ suspension upheld. What’s next?

The NFL on Tuesday upheld Patriots quar­ter­back Tom Brady’s four-​​game “Deflate­gate” sus­pen­sion. School of Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams talks about what could come next on the legal land­scape, and pre­dicts “the begin­ning of the end” of Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner.


3Qs: FIFA hit with ‘red card’ over corruption charges

The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice on Wednesday indicted 14 indi­vid­uals on charges alleging wide­spread cor­rup­tion at FIFA, inter­na­tional soccer’s gov­erning body. Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams exam­ines the crim­inal inves­ti­ga­tion and what it could mean for the sport.

FIFA headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland

3Qs: When team names are out of bounds

Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams dis­cusses the recent deci­sion by the U.S. Patent and Trade­mark Office to cancel the trade­marks of the Wash­ington Redskins.


Remembering Nelson Mandela

North­eastern fac­ulty experts weigh in on Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

Nelson Mandela

Sports—a good political platform

A new book by Roger Abrams, the Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at North­eastern and a leader in the field of sports law, exam­ines the crit­ical role sports have played in pol­i­tics and history.


3Qs: What’s next for Lance Armstrong?

Road racing cyclist Lance Arm­strong has report­edly admitted to using per­for­mance enhancing drugs in an exclu­sive inter­view with Oprah Win­frey. We asked a trio of experts to explain how this news will affect him in the court of law and public opinion.


3Qs: Does the punisment fit the crime at Penn State?

[media-​​​​credit id=20 align=“alignright” width=“150”][/media-credit]The NCAA levied a series of severe penal­ties against Penn State University’s foot­ball pro­gram on Monday in the wake of a child sex-​​​​abuse scandal involving former assistant […]


3Qs: Case closed on steroid era in baseball?

Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams ana­lyzes the reper­cus­sions of base­ball great Roger Clemens’ acquittal Monday of lying to Con­gress about steroid use.

Roger Abrams

3Qs: Is the NBA season doomed?

On Monday, the NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer, began the process of dis­banding their union and pre­pared for legal action against the owners. This devel­op­ment in the NBA labor nego­ti­a­tions could jeop­ar­dize the entire 2011–2012 season. We asked Roger Abrams, Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law, to dis­cuss the legal details of the NBA lockout, and what both sides seek to gain and lose going forward.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

3Qs: A lawyer’s-eye view of pro football’s latest victory

Roger Abrams, the Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at Northeastern’s School of Law, exam­ines the new NFL labor agree­ment and the state of the sport.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

3Qs: NFL season likely—after a season of litigation

NFL owners and players failed to reach a new labor deal ear­lier this month. As a result, the NFL lockout is on, and now the matter is headed to court. Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams assesses the legal process and weighs in on the prospects for saving the 2011 NFL season.

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Interesting issues all in the game

Throughout his­tory, sports have con­sis­tently shed light on issues of jus­tice and fair play in society. Roger Abrams, the Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and an expert in […]

Q&A: Do the umps need glasses—or some electronic help?

The annual rite of October, the Major League Base­ball post-​​​​season, has been marked this year by a number of umpiring calls so obvi­ously wrong that they’ve become as much of […]

Obama taps Northeastern honorary degree recipient for U.S. Supreme Court

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law hon­ored U.S. Supreme Court nom­inee Sonia Sotomayor during 2007 com­mence­ment exercises.

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


Early baseball and the urban political machine

Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-26, 2012.


"Blog Entries"

Huffington Post, Jan. 2012.


Sports Justice: The Law and Business of Sports

Northeastern University Press, 2010.

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