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Agents Convicted for Smuggling Cuban Baseball Players

The criminal conviction of two sports agents for smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States in an attempt to sign them to lucrative contracts serves as a reminder for agents, potential agents, and everyone else in the sports industry that compliance with the law is essential, even in the competitive business of sports management. … Continue Reading

NCAA Changes Course: High School Baseball Draftees Allowed To Hire Agents

The NCAA has voted to modify its existing rules dramatically to permit high school baseball players drafted in the Major League Baseball (MLB) amateur draft to hire agents to negotiate contracts with the Major League teams that drafted the players, without sacrificing college eligibility should they fail to successfully negotiate a professional contract. The NCAA’s authorized use … Continue Reading

Uniform Law Commission Approves Changes to Uniform Athlete Agents Act

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) has approved significant changes to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAA) at its recent annual meeting. The UAA, first adopted in 2000, has been enacted in 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Laws similar to the UAA have been enacted by several … Continue Reading

Is ‘Loss of Value’ Insurance Worth The Price For Student-Athletes, Universities??

Disability insurance policies are frequently secured by college football players, especially those who expect to be selected in the early rounds of the NFL draft. These policies are typically secured by the player in one or two forms. One option allows players to secure coverage to protect against “total permanent disability”. Such coverage would only … Continue Reading

Major League Baseball Players Association Amends Agent Regulations To Require Written Exams For Applicants

For the first time since October 1, 2010, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has enacted a series of amendments to its regulations governing player agents. Approved during the MLBPA’s recent annual Executive Board meeting in Orlando, the amendments address the union’s ongoing effort to improve the quality and knowledge of agent applicants. Each … Continue Reading

University of North Carolina and University of Washington Tighten Restraints On Agents Seeking To Contact Student Athletes

Reacting to improper agent interactions with undergraduate student-athletes, the University of Washington and The University of North Carolina have enacted and formally introduced amended agent regulations. Both schools are adding new rules that restrict agent interaction with student-athletes.  The University of Washington’s policy also contains restrictions on financial advisors and their associates. The University of … Continue Reading

Universities and Other Educational Institutions Are Under Scrutiny for Title IX Violations

A year after the issuance of the Department of Education (“DOE”) Office of Civil Rights’ (“OCR”) April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter,” educational institutions are still scrambling to avoid being found in violation of Title IX.   The Letter was in response to an increase in sexual discrimination and assault in the educational setting.  It reminded … Continue Reading

Duke Law School Sports Law Symposium-March 16, 2012

What: Duke Law School’s 2nd Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium – The Business: Recent Developments and New Challenges in Sports, Entertainment and the Law When: March 16, 2012 (9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.) Where: Duke Law School 3043 (map) Schedule of Events 9:00 – 9:20: Registration and Networking Breakfast 9:20 – 9:30: Opening Remarks 9:30 – 10:15: Collective Bargaining Panel … Continue Reading

Why Agents Should Be Aware of All Relevant Agent Athlete Laws

The hefty contracts and marketing deals athletes now command have attracted states’ attention to the conduct of sports agents in light of state laws and regulations.  Forty-three states have athlete agent regulations that regulate the registration, licensing, and conduct of athlete agents.  As the following example illustrates, athlete agents who do not diligently follow state … Continue Reading

Arizona State’s 2nd Annual Conference on Sports & Entertainment Law

The Jackson Lewis Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Group will be a featured participant at Arizona State’s 2nd Sports and Entertainment Law Conference.  The full details of the conference are posted below.   What: Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s 2nd Annual Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 (9 a.m. – 5 … Continue Reading

Oklahoma’s New Sports Agent Law Imposes Steep Penalties for Athlete-Agent Violations

Oklahoma has passed legislation modifying its version of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA) to impose stricter penalties on a broader range of persons.  Authored by President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and Rep. Todd Thomsen (R-Ada), the Sports Agent Act (HB 1586) expands the definition of “agent” and imposes six-figure fines and extended jail … Continue Reading

NCAA Football Powerhouses Reinforce Agent Policies

The elimination of the National Football League Player Association’s regulatory authority over agents following the union’s decertification has prompted several states and universities to take a closer look at their laws and rules to ensure maximum protection for their student-athletes. At the university level, in communications to all agents who served as Certified Contract Advisors … Continue Reading
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