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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

UPDATE-Michigan Excludes Student-Athletes from Unions

Michigan has become the first state to exclude intercollegiate student-athletes at its public universities from the definition of a “public employee,” and therefore, the right to bargain collectively through a union. An amendment to Michigan’s Public Employee Relations Act signed by Governor Rick Snyder excludes from the definition of “public employee” : (1) “a student … Continue Reading

Michigan Bill Would Bar Student-Athlete Unionization

With a National Labor Relations Board decision on whether football players at Northwestern may proceed with their unionization efforts looming, Michigan is considering a bill that would prevent student-athletes from similarly attempting to unionize. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Al Pscholka, would prevent student-athletes at Michigan’s public universities from exercising collective bargaining rights based on … Continue Reading

NFL and NFLPA Finalize Amended Substance Abuse Policies

After years of intensely contentious negotiations, the NFL and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement on the league’s performance enhancing substance policy and substance abuse policy. Both policies were unanimously approved by the 32 NFL player representatives weeks ago, but were held up by final negotiations. The NFL and the NFLPA have been attempting … Continue Reading

Ray Rice Saga: Not Just About The Punishment Fitting the Crime

The disturbing domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife may raise issues for professional football’s labor relations as well as Rice’s future career as a player. Rice was seen in a hotel video dragging his wife out of an elevator.  National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell investigated and … Continue Reading

Indiana University May Start Trend with ‘Student-Athlete Bill of Rights’

Indiana University (IU) has created the first prominent “Student-Athlete Bill of Rights,” which formally identifies rights guaranteed by IU to its student-athletes during their time at the university and beyond. Indiana University’s Bill of Rights addresses concerns held by current student-athletes and encourages prospective student-athletes to attend IU by expanding its commitment in numerous phases of … Continue Reading

NLRB Grants Review in Northwestern Case; Election to Be Held and Ballots Impounded

As expected, the National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s March 26, 2014 decision finding the scholarship football players at the University to be “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act “as it raises substantial issues meriting review.” While, the election will take place … Continue Reading

Major League Baseball And Its Players Association Reach Agreement On Amended Drug Accord

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have negotiated changes to its current Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program to create the most stringent drug program in baseball history. In an effort to eradicate performance enhancing drugs from the game, the revised drug protocol contains a significant increase in penalties for violations … Continue Reading

Northwestern Scholarship Football Players Found To Be Employees Eligible for Union Representation

Peter Sung Ohr, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board issued a Decision and Direction of Election pertaining to the effort of the Northwestern University football players to unionize. The Regional Director found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading

College Athletes: Students or Employees?

In an unprecedented legal step, the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) has filed a petition with the Chicago-based regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Region 13, seeking to organize the 85 football players receiving athletic scholarships at Northwestern University for purposes of representing them in collective bargaining. Backed by the United Steelworkers … Continue Reading

MLB:First Major Sport To Add In-Season HGH Testing

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced an unprecedented addition to its current drug testing program in an effort to eliminate player use of human growth hormone (HGH). Beginning with the  2013 season, MLB will conduct random, unannounced, in-season blood testing for HGH. All players will be tested at least once during the season. This marks … Continue Reading

THE NHL: TIME TO RETURN TO THE ICE?

The National Hockey League (NHL) season did not start as scheduled on October 11, 2012, because of ongoing labor contract negotiations and the league’s decision to lockout its players.  The NHL rekindled hope for a 2012-2013 season when it made an unexpected counter-proposal to the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and its players. The League’s latest proposal … Continue Reading

The Hits Keep Coming:NFL Referees Association Files NLRB Charge against NFL

It may be the NFL’s offseason, but there has still been plenty of action surrounding “the League” in the legal arena: lawsuits alleging everything from the NFL’s failure to warn players concerning the risks of concussions to defamation resulting from the Commissioner’s public statements about the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.  The NFL will now … Continue Reading

NFL Labor Strife Round II: League Talks With Referees Break Down

The National Football League (NFL) has announced it has begun the process of interviewing, hiring and training potential replacement referees for the 2012 NFL season. The League took this step as collective bargaining negotiations with the National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA) have broken down and the successful negotiation of an agreement may not be … Continue Reading

Major League Baseball Introduces Social Media Policy for Players

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement between owners and major league players, Major League Baseball (MLB) has introduced a new social media policy for all 40-man roster players. In an introductory memorandum to  affected players, MLB acknowledges the importance of social media and encourages player use for communicating with fans. It states, “We … 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

Major League Baseball Reaches New Labor Agreement With HGH Testing Provision

Major League Baseball (MLB) and its players’ union have executed a new five year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will run through the 2016 season. The highlights of the new CBA include blood testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and a rise in the minimum major league salary from $414,000 to $480,000 in 2012 and … Continue Reading
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