Michael McCann

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Legal Analyst and Writer, Sports Illustrated

Michael McCann is a legal analyst and writer for Sports Illustrated and SI.com and is the founding Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI) at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he is also a tenured professor of law. McCann has won the Professor the Year Award for outstanding teaching several times and written more than 20 law review articles, including placements in the Yale Law JournalWisconsin Law Review and Boston College Law Review.

McCann is the author of more than 200 SI and SI.com articles, covering such stories as the Aaron Hernandez murder case, Boston Marathon bombings, the legality of NFL teams asking college players about their sexual orientation, steroids scandals, NBA, NFL and NHL lockouts, the Penn State scandal and O'Bannon v. NCAA. Along with co-author David Epstein, McCann broke the story on then Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino hiring his mistress over 150+ more qualified applicants for player development coordinator. He was also the first member of the media to interview Lance Armstrong after Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey. McCann's exclusive interview was at Armstrong's home in Austin, TX and is detailed in My Dance With Lance (Sports Illustrated, March 11, 2013). McCann also serves as an on-air legal analyst for SI Now and NBA TV. 

In 2011 the Society for Social Psychology & Personality awarded McCann its Media Prize for excellence in explaining legal topics to a general audience. In 2012 The Huffington Post ranked McCann No. 23 on "Top 40 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for NBA Fanatics" and The Sporting Chart named him a "Top 50 NBA Mind."

McCann has taught sports law analytics at Yale Law School, the first course of its kind at any law school.  Along with Harvard Law Professor Jon Hanson, McCann co-founded the Project on Law & Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School. McCann is also the Distinguished Visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law.  He has presented at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conferences since 2009.

In 2004, McCann served as counsel to college football star Maurice Clarett in his NFL eligibility lawsuit. Clarett v. NFL is considered one of the most important cases in sports law history.  McCann, who is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, was also legal counsel to Congressman Marty Meehan (5th District, Massachusetts), an aide to Tom Reilly while Reilly was attorney general of Massachusetts and Middlesex County District Attorney, and a litigator at two Boston law firms.

McCann is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law and Georgetown University.  He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Kara McCann, a real estate banking analyst.