Positions

Overview

  • Michael McCann is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UNH Law. Dean McCann is responsible for overseeing the law school’s program of legal education. His specific duties include day-to-day management of UNH Law’s degree programs with an emphasis on implementation and analysis of strategic initiatives to achieve institutional excellence. Dean McCann also supervises senior staff offices, including the registrar and career services, and he manages budgets, contracts and international programing.

    Dean McCann is the Founding Director of the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI). SELI offers hands-on training and experiential opportunities in this cutting-edge area of law. Dean McCann has held several other leadership posts at the University including Chair of the UNH Law Faculty Appointments Committee and Co-Chair of the UNH Law Dean Search and Selection Committee. Graduating students in UNH Law’s Class of 2015 selected McCann to deliver the faculty portion of their commencement address.

    Dean McCann is one of the nation’s leading experts in sports law. He is Sports Illustrated’s Legal Analyst, an Investigative Writer for Sports Illustrated and the on-air Legal Analyst for NBA TV. McCann has authored more than 700 legal columns and articles for SI and is a key member of SI’s investigative team. He has covered the Boston Marathon bombings, Deflategate, the murder trials of Aaron Hernandez, sexual misconduct allegations against players, owners and team executives, the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, the ouster of Donald Sterling from the NBA Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the NFL, the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption, amateurism litigation against the NCAA, concussion class actions, the legality of sports betting and numerous other legal controversies .

    McCann was the first member of the media to interview Lance Armstrong after Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. He interviewed Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas and authored "My Dance With Lance" (Sports Illustrated, March 11, 2013 issue, pages 14-15).

    As a journalist, McCann has also broken several national news stories. Those stories include that relevant FBI wiretaps did not implicate University of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller in the college hoops scandal, that attorneys for Colin Kaepernick deposed New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, that University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino hired his mistress over 150 more qualified candidates, that Donald Sterling informed the NBA of his refusal to comply with the NBA’s sanction and that Sterling hired a legal team with a threat to sue the NBA, and that the Los Angeles Angels were set to trade troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton.

    McCann is also a best-selling author and an accomplished scholar. McCann and former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon co-authored “Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA” (Diversion Books, 2018). The book — which was named by The Christian Science Monitor as the No. 1 Sports Book in Spring 2018 and has been a best-selling book in several Amazon categories — tells the story of O’Bannon’s life in basketball and his historic court case against the NCAA. McCann is also the Editor and co-author of "The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law" (Oxford University Press, 2017). The book is intended for law students, graduate students, college students and attorneys interested in the study of American sports law. In addition, McCann has authored more than 20 law review articles, with placements in the Yale Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among other prominent law reviews. One notable law review article is “American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity to Reshape Sports Law", 119 YALE L.J. 726 (2010).

    McCann is also an established expert in the laws governing journalism, media and communications. Along with Jon Hanson, the Alfred Smart Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, McCann is co-founder of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. Hanson and McCann were recipients of the 2011 Media Prize awarded by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, an international organization of scholars devoted to social and personality psychology.

    In 2016, McCann was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Law School Systemic Justice Project. He is also the Distinguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, where he taught full-time between 2005 and 2008 and won several teaching awards. In addition, McCann teaches in the Oregon Law Summer Sports Institute. McCann has also taught a sports law and analytics reading group at Yale Law School – the first such course to be offered at any law school – and sports law and administrative law courses at Boston College Law School and Vermont Law School. He was chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Law and Sports in 2008.

    McCann’s work as a sports attorney is extensive. In 2004, McCann served as counsel to college football star Maurice Clarett in his lawsuit against the National Football League and its age eligibility rule. McCann was retained by Clarett’s legal team after a paper he wrote in law school – "Illegal Defense: The Irrational Economics of Banning High School Players from the NBA" – was published in the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and read by Clarett’s attorneys. Clarett v. NFL is considered one of the most important cases in U.S. sports law history. McCann has also represented sports technology companies in business development and intellectual property matters. In addition, he has served as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, Legal Counsel to U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan, an antitrust and intellectual property law litigator at Boston law firms and a communications aide to Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly.

    McCann is a regular panelist at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conferences. He provides daily sports law commentary on Twitter @McCannSportsLaw. As of August 2018, McCann has more than 64,500 followers on Twitter. McCann has received numerous honors for outstanding legal commentary. Forbes Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post have named McCann to award lists for top commentary in sports. McCann has appeared as a legal expert on numerous TV shows and film documentaries, including Katie Couric’s 2013 ABC special on the Penn State scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, CNN’s 2015 documentary film “Downward Spiral: Inside the Case Against Aaron Hernandez” and the award-winning 2018 movie “Four Games in Fall,” which focused on Deflategate and science for hire in the legal system.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2014 Do you Believe He Can Fly? Royce White and Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act for NBA Players with Anxiety Disorder and Fear of FlyingPepperdine law review.  41:397-438. 2014
    2011 Antitrust, Governance, and Postseason College FootballBoston College law review. Boston College. Law School.  52:517-549. 2011
    2010 American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity To Reshape Sports LawYale Law Journal.  119:726-781. 2010
    2010 Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Relationship between Leagues and Players: Insights and ImplicationsConnecticut Law Review.  42:901-923. 2010
    2010 The NBA and the Single Entity Defense: A Better Case?Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law.  1:39-61. 2010
    2008 Situationist TortsLoyola of Los Angeles law review.  41:1345-1453. 2008
    2006 It’s Not About the Money: The Role of Preferences, Cognitive Biases and Heuristics Among Professional AthletesBrooklyn Law Review.  71:1459-1528. 2006
    2006 Legality of Age Restrictions in the NBA and NFLCase Western Reserve law review.  56:731-768. 2006
    2006 Social Psychology, Calamities, and Sports LawWillamette Law Review.  42:585-637. 2006
    2006 The Reckless Pursuit of Dominion: A Situational Analysis of the NBA and Diminishing Player AutonomyUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of Business and Employment Law.  8:819-860. 2006
    2005 Dietary supplement labeling: cognitive biases, market manipulation & consumer choice.American Journal of Law and Medicine.  31:215-268. 2005
    2004 Economic Efficiency and Consumer Choice Theory in Nutritional LabelingWisconsin Law Review.  2004:1161-1244. 2004
    2004 Illegal Defense: The Irrational Economics of Banning High School Players from the NBA DraftVirginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.  3:113-225. 2004
    2003 Message Deleted? Resolving Physician-Patient E-mail through Contract LawYale Journal of Law and Technology.  5:102-140. 2003
    2002 A Vote Cast; A Vote Counted: Quantifying Voting Rights through Proportional Representation in Congressional ElectionsKansas Journal of Law and Public Policy.  12:191-219. 2002

    Book

    Year Title
    2018 The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law.  Ed. McCann, Michael.  2018

    Chapter

    Year Title
    Introduction: American Sports Law through Deflategate
    Leagues and Owners: The Donald Sterling Story

    Teaching Activities

  • Deflategate Taught course 2018
  • Deflategate Taught course 2017
  • Article II Sales Taught course 2017
  • Professional Sports Law Taught course 2017
  • Deflategate Taught course 2016
  • Sports Law & Invest Reporting Taught course 2016
  • Article II Sales Taught course 2016
  • Professional Sports Law Taught course 2016
  • Deflategate Taught course 2015
  • Sports Law & Invest Reporting Taught course 2015
  • Amateur Sports Law Taught course 2015
  • Article II Sales Taught course 2015
  • Professional Sports Law Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. American Government & Politics, Georgetown University
  • J.D., University of Virginia
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • Full Name

  • Michael McCann