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Brian Porto

Commentator

Brian Porto is Professor of Law and Director of the Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School, and author of "The Supreme Court and the NCAA: The Case for Less Commercialism and More Due Process in College Sports."

  • Good intentions are necessary, but by themselves not sufficient for wise decisions. That was evident recently on newspaper sports pages that featured a…
  • The late George Sheehan, a New Jersey cardiologist who was a guru of sorts to runners a generation ago, once observed: “The runner seeks peace. The walker…
  • Poet A.E. Housman surely did not have Lauren Hill in mind when he wrote To An Athlete Dying Young. Lauren, a 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mt.…
  • Americans like to think of sports as an escape from politics. But recent polls show that America’s much-publicized partisan divide is reflected in our…
  • Recently, I discovered another reason to love living in Vermont. Our state is one of only eleven that permit transgender high school students to play on…
  • Earlier this year, a flurry of news reports announced that Peter Ohr, Director of the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago office, had designated…
  • I was pleased that Governor Peter Shumlin honored Vermont’s 2014 Winter Olympians. This celebratory event reminded me how inspiring I always find the…
  • The football season has ended for most colleges, and the annual feast of bowl games, topped off by the national championship game in January, will soon…
  • I was disappointed to learn that the New England Patriots had cut quarterback Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner who has yet to find a home in…
  • Rutgers University fired its men’s basketball coach, Mike Rice, earlier this year after a video that became an online sensation showed him physically and…