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Campus Sexual Assault Investigations Need Greater Fairness for All Parties, Trial Lawyers Group Says

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) has released a White Paper on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations aimed at improving the process employed by universities to address campus sexual assaults. Concerns over sexual assaults on college campuses had prompted the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to issue a Dear Colleague Letter, … Continue Reading The post Campus Sexual Assault Investigations Need Greater Fairness for All Parties, Trial Lawyers Group Says appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
April 24, 2017

NCAA To Address Historic Early Recruiting Legislation

Landmark reform to restrict colleges’ aggressive early recruiting tactics of student-athletes is on the agenda at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Council April 12-14 annual meeting. One item, Proposal 2016-26, could make lacrosse the pilot program for creating specific restrictions for the recruiting of high school athletes prior to the beginning of their … Continue Reading The post NCAA To Address Historic Early Recruiting Legislation appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
April 5, 2017

The Browns Employ Creative Use of NFL Salary Cap Structure For Future Success

In a league well known for the copycat tendencies among its franchises, the Cleveland Browns may have set a new National Football League (NFL) standard for evaluating and completing trades. After flirting with a 0-16 season in 2016, the Browns entered the offseason with a record $100+ million in cap space. The NFL’s mandatory salary floor requirement would … Continue Reading The post The Browns Employ Creative Use of NFL Salary Cap Structure For Future Success appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
March 22, 2017

Judge Recertifies MLB Minor League Collective and Class Action

Federal Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero struck a blow to MLB when he reversed course on his earlier decision and recertified a minor league collective and class action against MLB. In July 2016, the court decertified the minor league collective and class action in Senne, et al. v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., … Continue Reading The post Judge Recertifies MLB Minor League Collective and Class Action appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
March 21, 2017

Texas Spotlights Transgender Athlete Issues as Bill Progresses in Legislature

The Texas University Interscholastic League’s constitution requires that student-athletes compete according to the gender on their birth certificate. In February, a 17-year-old transgender male was required to wrestle against females, despite his preference to compete in the boys’ league. He went on to win the Class 6A 110-pound girls’state championship in Texas high school wrestling … Continue Reading The post Texas Spotlights Transgender Athlete Issues as Bill Progresses in Legislature appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
March 16, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded. Accordingly, he explained, the players have all of the rights and protections available to employees under the Act. Click here to read the full … Continue Reading The post NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
February 2, 2017

Update: Minnesota Football Team Ends Bowl Boycott

The University of Minnesota football team ended their boycott of the Holiday Bowl after attempting to overturn the suspension of 10 players for alleged acts of sexual assault and agreed to participate in the upcoming December 27th game against Washington State University. After lengthy meetings with University President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Mark Coyle, … Continue Reading The post Update: Minnesota Football Team Ends Bowl Boycott appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
December 18, 2016

The Potential Trump Effect On The Sports World

While the nation and the world react to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump and theorize what his impending presidency will mean for national policy, the world of sports is not immune from similar meditation. The international nature of professional and collegiate sports has continued to grow during the early portion of this millennium and … Continue Reading The post The Potential Trump Effect On The Sports World appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
November 11, 2016

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 The post Supreme Court Declines To Consider Antitrust Case Against NCAA appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
October 6, 2016

NFL Commissioner’s Powers Affirmed in Eighth Circuit Ruling on Peterson Suspension

NFL-appointed Arbitrator Harold Henderson’s decision to uphold Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for alleged child abuse was proper, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled. NFL Players Association v. National Football League et al., No. 15-1438 (8th Cir. Aug. 4, 2016). The decision marks a … Continue Reading The post NFL Commissioner’s Powers Affirmed in Eighth Circuit Ruling on Peterson Suspension appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
August 4, 2016

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