Johnny Manziel – A CLE


Clay Travis

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Johnny Manziel is more than just a dynamic college football player, he’s an incredible case study into the legal issues that college athletes face. With the rise of both college athletics and social media, student athletes are becoming celebrities on a national scale. As such, these “student athletes” face unique legal issues while also navigating the waters of NCAA eligibility.

Over the course of three years at Texas A&M, Manziel faced criminal charges for a late night fight, he formed JMAN2 Enterprises and successfully obtained the trademark for his “Johnny Football” nickname, and he also faced NCAA discipline for an incident involving the potential payment for giving autographs.

This program dissects each of these incidents in Manziel’s career with a focus on how lawyers can counsel clients facing similar issues. Topics include criminal charges, trademark, and how legal issues can sometimes intersect with NCAA eligibility issues. Given the changing landscape of both college athletics and sports media, these issues are sure to become more and more common.

Missouri lawyers: Outkick CLE classes are considered “self study” and are subject to a 6 hour cap per year. Self study classes cannot be carried over to the next year and may not be used to satisfy the professionalism, ethics or malpractice prevention education requirements of Rule 15.

New York lawyers: Outkick CLE courses will count toward your New York CLE requirement under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy. To read the policy in full, please see the New York CLE Board website.

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