Who Really Owns the Stanley Cup?

As most of you remember, there was one year where the Stanley Cup was not awarded because of a labour dispute between the National Hockey League and its players.  This dispute resulted in the 2004-2005 lockout, as well as a lawsuit over the ownership of the Stanley Cup.

The dispute over ownership of the Stanley Cup turns on a unique blend of ancient doctrines and modern rules about property rights in both physical and intangible assets.

I spoke about the Stanley Cup’s history, and the controversy over the NHL’s ownership claims, to the Research Centre for Sport in Canadian Society.  I have also written about this issue with a particular focus on its value as a heuristic to teach property law.

The Stanley Cup Case Study: Changes in the Practice and Pedagogy of Property Law by jeremydebeer