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NFL and Players Union Agree to New Game Day Concussion Protocol Enforcement Policy

In the latest efforts to improve player safety, the NFL and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) have announced an agreement to implement specific penalties for violations of the league’s game-day concussion protocol. The agreement calls for greater mandates on player protection and higher penalties for non-compliance. Player concussions in the NFL increased by an … Continue Reading The post NFL and Players Union Agree to New Game Day Concussion Protocol Enforcement Policy appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 28, 2016

Minor League Baseball Players Strike Out On Wage Claims Against MLB, Judge Decertifies Collective and Class Actions

A judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has granted MLB’s motion to decertify the collective of former minor league baseball players against major league baseball, the Commissioner, and several MLB franchises alleging they were not paid the minimum wage in violation of the FLSA. He also denied the plaintiffs’ … Continue Reading The post Minor League Baseball Players Strike Out On Wage Claims Against MLB, Judge Decertifies Collective and Class Actions appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 22, 2016

University of Tennessee Settles Title IX Lawsuit For $2.48 Million

The University of Tennessee announced on July 5, 2016, that it had settled a Title IX lawsuit filed against it by eight female plaintiffs for $2.48 million. The women alleged that the University fostered a culture of indifference by ignoring sexual assaults committed by athletes, which, in turn, created a hostile environment for females on … Continue Reading The post University of Tennessee Settles Title IX Lawsuit For $2.48 Million appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 20, 2016

NFL v. Brady: Headed for the Supreme Court?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has denied New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s petition for a hearing en banc over his suspension for allegedly taking part in a plot to deflate footballs. As Patriots fans prepare for the first four games of the 2016 season without their perennial … Continue Reading The post NFL v. Brady: Headed for the Supreme Court? appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 14, 2016

Proposal in Congress Would Prevent Overtime Pay for Minor Leaguers

Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) have introduced the Save America’s Pastime Act  (SAPA) to preserve the decades-old minor league pay structure which prevents players from receiving overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Bustos withdrew her support for the legislation almost immediately after its introduction following her constituency’s negative reaction, … Continue Reading The post Proposal in Congress Would Prevent Overtime Pay for Minor Leaguers appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 7, 2016

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 The post Brain Trauma Concerns Have Ivy League Football Coaches Eliminating In-Season Practice Contact. A New Trend? appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
March 4, 2016

USCIS Proposal May Increase Strike Zone for Professional Athletes

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields. If the proposal becomes effective, athletes will have greater flexibility in satisfying the O-1 visa criteria. Under current USCIS regulations, an athlete may qualify for an O-1 visa … Continue Reading
February 16, 2016

USCIS Proposal Clarifies Criteria for Athletes

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields. If the proposal becomes effective, athletes will have greater flexibility in satisfying the O-1 visa criteria. Under current USCIS regulations, an athlete may qualify for an O-1 visa … Continue Reading
February 12, 2016

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
January 19, 2016

Transgender Locker Room Policy Eludes School District Facing Government Sanctions Under Title IX

An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has held. The OCR released its findings on … Continue Reading
November 22, 2015

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