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Ivy League Reinforces Its Commitment to Student-Athlete Safety With Cancellation of Fall Sports Amid COVID-19 Spikes

Once again, the Ivy League has sent a loud and clear message regarding COVID-19 to the college community. The Ivy League presidents have cancelled all intercollegiate sports until at least January, becoming the first Division I conference to officially suspend its fall semester football schedule in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The league has...… Continue Reading The post Ivy League Reinforces Its Commitment to Student-Athlete Safety With Cancellation of Fall Sports Amid COVID-19 Spikes appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 8, 2020

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 The post Senators Plan to Introduce Federal Legislation to Eliminate Use of COVID-19 Student-Athlete Liability Waivers appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 2, 2020

Universities and Professional Sports Franchises Face Potential Of Unintended Legal Exposure For Well-Intentioned Employment Decisions

Despite the ongoing changes to the workplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing remains unchanged: federal EEO laws and their role in the workplace. As colleges and universities and professional sports organizations make plans for the resumption of play in the next couple of months, university presidents and league officials must address their...… Continue Reading The post Universities and Professional Sports Franchises Face Potential Of Unintended Legal Exposure For Well-Intentioned Employment Decisions appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 26, 2020

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 The post Florida Senator Rubio Introduces Federal Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 18, 2020

Ohio State University Requires COVID-19 Risk Waiver Execution Before Allowing Return to Voluntary Workouts

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is requiring athletic departments at all NCAA levels to plan for their fall 2020 athletic schedules while taking all necessary steps to keep their athletes safe. In addition to requiring its returning football players to submit to a COVID-19 test, Ohio State University has asked all the players on their football...… Continue Reading The post Ohio State University Requires COVID-19 Risk Waiver Execution Before Allowing Return to Voluntary Workouts appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 15, 2020

Administration Offers Exemption from Restrictions on Entry to Foreign Professional Athletes

To support the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 reopening policies, Chad F. Wolf, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, signed an order exempting some foreign professional athletes (and their staff and dependents) who compete in certain leagues, from the COVID-19 travel restrictions that are in place for 30 countries: China, Iran, Ireland, the U.K, and the 26...… Continue Reading The post Administration Offers Exemption from Restrictions on Entry to Foreign Professional Athletes appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 29, 2020

Women’s National Team Misses Goal in Equal Pay Act Claims

A federal judge has dismissed the Equal Pay Act (EPA) claims filed by 28 members of the U.S. Senior Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT) against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), finding the WNT players were actually paid more than their males counterparts on the Men’s National Team (MNT) and the pay differences of which...… Continue Reading The post Women’s National Team Misses Goal in Equal Pay Act Claims appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 5, 2020

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 The post NCAA Announces Response to Expanding State Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation with Proposed Changes to Bylaws appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 1, 2020

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 27 of the 32 NCAA Division I conferences to eliminate its current requirement that...… Continue Reading The post UPDATE: NCAA Rejects Blanket Waiver of Minimum Sports Requirement in Midst of COVID-19 appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
April 27, 2020

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 The post Lost Revenue from COVID-19 Crisis Prompts Colleges, Universities to Urge NCAA Waiver appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
April 17, 2020

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