Professor of Law
Director, Sports and Entertainment Law Institute
Michael McCann is a professor of law and director of the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI). SELI, which is part of the top-ranked Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, offers students hands-on training & experiential opportunities in this cutting-edge area of law.
McCann is one of the nation’s leading experts in sports law, a seasoned sports attorney, and an award-winning teacher and scholar. He is Sports Illustrated ’s legal analyst, a writer for both Sports Illustrated and SI.com, and the on-air Legal Analyst for NBA TV. McCann has covered the Boston Marathon bombings, NBA, NFL & NHL lockouts, the Penn State scandal, O’Bannon v. NCAA, Lance Armstrong & other stories. 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, TX and authored “My Dance With Lance” (Sports Illustrated, March 11 2013 issue, pages 14-15).
Professor McCann is the author of 18 law review articles and nearly 200 legal columns and investigative articles for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. His law review articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among other prominent law reviews. One notable article is American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity to Reshape Sports Law, 119 YALE L.J. 726 (2010).
In addition to his sports law expertise, Professor McCann is an established expert in media and broadcasting law, antitrust law, contract law, law and technology, food and drug law, disability law, and law and analytics. Along with Jon Hanson, the Alfred Smart Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor McCann is co-founder of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School.
He is also the Distinguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law. Professor 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. He was chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Law and Sports in 2008.
Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor McCann served as counsel to college football star Maurice Clarett in his lawsuit against the National Football League and its age eligibility rule (Clarett v. NFL, 369 F.3d 124 (2nd Cir. 2004); cert. denied, 125 S. Ct. 1728 (2005)). He also served as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, legal counsel to U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan, a litigator at two Boston firms and a communications aide to Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly.
Professor McCann is a regular panelist at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conferences. He provides daily sports law commentary on Twitter @McCannSportsLaw. In 2012, The Huffington Post ranked him #23 on “Top 40 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for NBA Fanatics” & The Sporting Chart named him a “Top 50 NBA Mind on Twitter”.