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Senators to Introduce Additional Federal Legislation Regarding Collegiate Student-Athletes

For the second time in a little more than a month, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker have announced plans to introduce additional federal legislation impacting collegiate student-athletes “in the coming months.” This follows the Senators’ previous introduction of the “College Athlete Pandemic Safety Act,” which would eliminate the ability of colleges … Continue Reading

Compliance Considerations for Colleges and Universities Prior To Eliminating Sports in the COVID-19 Era

One of the worst developments of the COVID-19 pandemic has been its impact to college sports and the unfortunate sacrifice of athletics programs across the country affecting all levels of NCAA and NAIA competition. Since March, hundreds of collegiate varsity programs have been discontinued, with more cuts likely coming. Eliminating a varsity sport is never … Continue Reading

NCAA Division III Approves Blanket Student-Athlete COVID-19 Waivers for 2020-21 Seasons

A week after the NCAA Division III Membership Committee encouraged institutions to make the best decisions for their student-athletes’ “happiness, health and safety,” the Division’s Administrative Committee has provided some administrative relief for institutions should the ongoing impact of  COVID-19 affect 2020-21 seasons of athletic competition. Two blanket waivers have been approved for all Division … Continue Reading

Senators Plan to Introduce Federal Legislation to Eliminate Use of COVID-19 Student-Athlete Liability Waivers

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker plan to formally introduce legislation, the “College Athlete Pandemic Safety Act,” to eliminate the ability of colleges and universities to use liability waivers as a basis for student-athletes to return to campus and resume training activities. Reacting to the growing number of schools, including Ohio … Continue Reading

Florida Senator Rubio Introduces Federal Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation

Although Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has just signed into law Florida’s state name, image and likeness legislation, Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has introduced proposed federal legislation to address concerns regarding the ever increasing number of states introducing legislation addressing the name, image and likeness rights for student-athletes within their states. Sen. Rubio’s proposed legislation, … Continue Reading

NCAA Announces Response to Expanding State Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation with Proposed Changes to Bylaws

Following the cancelation of the winter sports championships and the calendar of spring athletic events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA is hoping to reset for the 2020-2021 academic year with a full slate of college football and other fall sports in September. While the NCAA and its members have been focused on student-athlete … Continue Reading

UPDATE: NCAA Rejects Blanket Waiver of Minimum Sports Requirement in Midst of COVID-19

The NCAA Division I Council has rejected the efforts of the leaders of five Division I Conferences (the American Athletic, Mountain West, Mid-American, Sun Belt, and Conference USA conferences) who collectively had asked the NCAA for a blanket waiver on behalf of 27 of the 32 NCAA Division I conferences to eliminate its current requirement … Continue Reading

Lost Revenue from COVID-19 Crisis Prompts Colleges, Universities to Urge NCAA Waiver

Even as some states claim the immediate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to plateau, the potential financial impact of the pandemic on college athletics is just starting to emerge. As college and universities assess potential budget shortfalls as a result of the $375-million loss of their portion of revenue distribution following the cancellation … Continue Reading

#UnitedAsOne Campaign: NCAA and Its Member Schools Create Resource for COVID-19 Information, Updates

Out of the uncertainty and chaos of the cancellation of the NCAA Winter championships and Spring seasons caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, digital and social media leaders at a small group of 50 schools came together to launch the #UnitedAsOne campaign to show unity and support for all student-athletes in college sports. In less … Continue Reading

NCAA Grants Additional Eligibility to Spring Athletes Affected by COVID-19

The NCAA Division I Council has voted to allow schools to permit spring sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their five-year period of athletic eligibility on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While it had previously announced that it would consider and potentially adopt modifications, changes, or waivers to current … Continue Reading

NCAA Will Consider Eligibility Relief for Student-Athletes Affected by COVID-19 Participation Ban

While colleges, universities, and student-athletes across the country continue to react to the ramifications of the sudden and unprecedented cancellation of the NCAA National Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship, as well as cancellation of the collegiate spring sports competitive seasons for sports (including baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s volleyball), the NCAA has … Continue Reading

NCAA Representatives Testify on Capitol Hill Urging A Consistent National Approach to Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Compensation.

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California legislature shook up the collegiate sports landscape with the introduction and passing of legislation allowing college athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) in 2019. Several states have followed California’s legislative lead and proposed similar legislation—with some duplicating the exact terms of the California law, up … Continue Reading

Federal Legislators Form Working Group To Address Student-Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Rights

In a long awaited, but highly anticipated step, a group of United States Senators has announced the formation of a bipartisan working group to assist with ongoing discussions regarding compensation for student-athletes relating to their name, image and likeness. The working group, whose initial members will include Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Murphy (D-Ct), David … Continue Reading

New Legislation Proposed In The State of Washington Pushes For Student-Athlete Compensation In Defiance of NCAA Bylaws

As colleges and universities and student athletes await the long anticipated decision from U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Alston v. NCAA regarding whether scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA violate anti-trust laws, a bill introduced in the State of Washington could provide student athletes in the state with the opportunity to be paid … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declines To Consider Antitrust Case Against NCAA

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a decision holding that NCAA athletes did not have to be paid beyond the cost of attending college. NCAA v. O’Bannon, Nos. 14-16601, 14-17068 (9th Cir. Sept. 30, 2015), cert. denied, No. 15-1167 (Oct. 3, 2016). A U.S. district court had decided the NCAA’s use of the … Continue Reading

Brain Trauma Concerns Have Ivy League Football Coaches Eliminating In-Season Practice Contact. A New Trend?

Reacting to growing concerns about brain trauma, the eight Ivy League football coaches have added to the Ivy League’s restrictive rules limiting contact during spring and preseason practice by unanimously voting to eliminate all full contact drills from regular season practices. The formal adoption of the decision is anticipated during an upcoming vote of the … Continue Reading

NCAA Changes Course, Proposes Rule Allowing Players to Reject NBA and Return to School

The NCAA men’s basketball oversight committee has proposed a significant rule change that would allow undergraduate basketball players to return to school and resume their playing careers after initialing declaring their eligibility for the NBA draft. This proposed amendment is a drastic change from existing NCAA rules which prevent a student-athlete from returning to school … Continue Reading

NCAA Division I Announces Landmark Changes To Governance Structure

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has voted 16-2 to adopt landmark revisions to its governance structure.  The Board’s decision will provide limited autonomy for the 65 “Big 5” institutions in the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and the Southeastern athletic conferences.   These conferences are expected to submit new rules by October … Continue Reading

NCAA Board Endorses More Autonomy For Five Largest Conferences

In an effort to restructure the Division I legislative system, the NCAA Board of Directors has endorsed a proposal that would give more power to schools in the five largest conferences in the NCAA. The endorsement was presented as Northwestern University’s 76 voting eligible scholarship members of the football team prepared to participate in a … Continue Reading

College Football Players Engage In Protest Seeking NCAA Reforms

In an unprecedented protest against NCAA protocols, football players from Georgia Tech, Georgia and Northwestern took to the gridiron with personally marked-up equipment to challenge the NCAA’s treatment of athletes on issues ranging from concussions to guaranteed scholarships. Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee wrote “APU”, an acronym for All Players United, a signature of the … Continue Reading

Congress To Protect Athletes And Universities With Proposed National Collegiate Athletics Accountability Act

Representatives Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) and Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) have introduced the National Collegiate Athletics Accountability Act (H.R. 2903) (http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/2903/text), in a rare bi-partisan proposal. The Act, which would halt federal funds for colleges and universities refusing to take specified measures to protect student athletes and their schools in sports and academic activities, has been proposed … Continue Reading

Despite Missteps in Miami Investigation, NCAA Will Proceed Against School and Others

The NCAA has admitted that certain investigative tactics used in portions of its inquiry into alleged violations of NCAA rules at the University of Miami failed its membership. NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the NCAA enforcement staff “acted contrary to internal protocols, legal counsel and the membership’s understanding about the limits of its investigative … Continue Reading

NCAA SUSPENDS UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROBE FOR APPARENT MISCONDUCT OF INVESTIGATORS, BEGINS EXAMINATION OF ENFORCEMENT METHODS

In a sudden turn of events, the NCAA has suspended its investigation into alleged improprieties of coaches and student-athletes tied to former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, just days after announcing it was making significant progress. NCAA President Mark Emmert has also ordered an external investigation of the conduct of staff enforcement investigators following … Continue Reading

Minnesota High Court Rejects Verdict against University Coach for Negligent Misrepresentation in Hiring

Ending five years of contentious litigation, the Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed a million-dollar jury verdict for negligent misrepresentation against the head coach of the University of Minnesota (“U of M”) Men’s Basketball Team for offering an assistant coaching job to a former assistant coach only later to withdraw the offer.  The University withdrew the … Continue Reading
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