Professor Michael McCann is a nationally recognized expert in the
fields of sports law, antitrust, and law and economics. He received
tenure in 2010 and is Director of the Sports Law Institute.
Professor McCann is also Sports Illustrated's Legal Analyst, the "Sports Law" columnist on SI.com (CNNSI) , and he recently joined NBA TV as the On-Air Legal Analyst. He is providing on-air legal analysis of the NBA Lockout and other basketball and law matters. Professor McCann's commentary for Sports Illustrated has attracted national acclaim. He has received recognition from The American Lawyer and the Newhouse School of Public Communications, among other entities, for excellence in journalism.
In addition, Professor McCann is a co-founder of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. He also teaches a sports law and analytics reading group at Yale Law School. It is the first sports law and analytics course to be offered at a law school.
Professor McCann has placed scholarly articles in the Yale Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, Case Western Reserve Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, among other law reviews. His most recent article is American Needle v. NFL: An Opportunity to Reshape Sports Law, 119 YALE LAW JOURNAL 726 (2010).
Professor McCann was a visiting associate professor of law at Boston College Law School in 2008, during which time he also served as Chair of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law and Sports. Professor McCann is also the Distinguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, where he was an assistant professor of law between 2005 and 2008 and where he now teaches a sports law course every summer. While at Mississippi, Professor McCann received the school's most prestigious awards for teaching, including the Professor of the Year Award in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and the Professor of the Year for First-Year Courses Award in all three years. He was also honored with the Phi Delta Phi Professor of the Year Award in 2007-08 and his colleagues named him the recipient of the Shirley Norwood Jones Faculty Award, also in 2007-08.
Professor McCann is also a legal correspondent for the nationally syndicated Dan Patrick Show and he has been frequently interviewed on television programs, including HBO's Bob Costas Now, CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, American Morning, Headline News, and Glenn Beck Show, Fox News' Fox Live Desk, and CNBC's Morning Call and Power Lunch. He has also been interviewed on NPR, BBC, CBC, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, the Lou Dobbs Radio Show, and the Jim Rome Show, and by the New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. Additionally, Professor McCann contributes to two award-winning blogs: Sports Law Blog and The Situationist.
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 and legal counsel to U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan.
Professor McCann received his LLM from Harvard Law School, his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. At Virginia, he was named a Hardy Cross Dillard Fellow, served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, and received the law school's Best Oral Advocacy Award.
- Harvard Law School
- University of Virginia School of Law
- Georgetown University
- CNN Sports IllustratedLegal Analyst, present
- Vermont Law School & Sports IllustratedLaw Professor and Legal Analyst, present