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Former Player Brings Antitrust Lawsuit against NCAA Transfer Rules and Scholarship Limits

Former Weber State football player Devin Pugh has filed a class action lawsuit in Indianapolis federal court challenging the NCAA transfer rule restrictions and the limit on the number of scholarships that can be offered by NCAA member institutions. The lawsuit claims that current NCAA mandates, requiring football players to sit out a year before … Continue Reading
November 11, 2015

Minor League Players Granted Conditional Class Certification in Wage Suit

A group of former minor league baseball players alleging they were not paid the minimum wage in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act has been granted conditional class certification in a suit brought in California federal court against Major League Baseball teams. Now, both current and former minor league players will have the opportunity … Continue Reading
October 29, 2015

Ninth Circuit Holds NCAA Subject To Antitrust Scrutiny, But Vacates Injunction Allowing Up To $5,000 Per Year Deferred Compensation To College Athletes

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed in part and reversed in part District Court Judge Claudia Wilken’s August 2014 decision in the O’Bannon v. NCAA. No. 14-16601 (9th Cir. Sept. 30, 2015). The Appeals Court found the NCAA’s compensation rules restricting payment to collegiate athletes violated antitrust laws, but found Judge Wilken … Continue Reading
October 1, 2015

DECISION ALERT-Ninth Circuit Rules NCAA Violates Antitrust Law-Strikes Down Proposed Remedy

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in San Francisco, affirmed in part and reversed in part Judge Claudia Wilken’s August 2014 district court decision that NCAA rules restricting payment to athletes violate antitrust laws. The Ninth Circuit agreed with Judge Wilken’s conclusion that NCAA rules restricting payment to athletes violated antitrust laws and … Continue Reading
September 30, 2015

Minor League Players Strike Out in Effort to Bring Antitrust Class Action against Major League Baseball

A California federal judge has dismissed a putative class action alleging Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig violated federal antitrust law by conspiring to restrict the salaries of minor league players. Miranda et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball et al., No. 14-cv-05349 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 14, 2015). The plaintiffs accused all … Continue Reading
September 24, 2015

Let the NFL Season Begin: Judge Overturns Arbitration Award Suspending Tom Brady

Tom Brady will begin the 2015 NFL season as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots for the 14th consecutive season following U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman’s grant of the National Football League Players Association’s motion to vacate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s July 28, 2015, arbitration award imposing a four-game suspension on Brady. … Continue Reading
September 4, 2015

NLRB’s Decision Roadblocks Union Effort – What’s Next for Student-Athletes?

After holding the potential “employee” status of Northwestern University’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players in abeyance for 16 months, the National Labor Relations Board’s decision not to assert jurisdiction left the parties still waiting for a “real” decision from the Board on the merits of whether college football players may someday be considered “employees” who can … Continue Reading
August 20, 2015

NLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction Over Student-Athletes’ Attempt to Unionize – For Now

Concluding that its assertion of jurisdiction “would not serve to promote stability in labor relations,” the National Labor Relations Board has declined to exercise authority over the College Athletes Players Association’s (CAPA’s) petition to represent scholarship football players at Northwestern University. Northwestern University, 362 NLRB No. 167 (Aug. 17, 2015). Without deciding if the players … Continue Reading
August 17, 2015

NLRB Declines Jurisdiction In Northwestern Case

The National Labor Relations Board has declined to assert jurisdiction in the case involving Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships. As a result, the Board did not determine if the players were employees under the National Labor Relations Act.  Instead, the Board exercised its discretion not to assert jurisdiction and dismissed the representation petition … Continue Reading
August 17, 2015

NFL vs. Brady: NFL Wins Initial Venue Battle

Round One of Deflategate has concluded…it’s now time for Round Two. The initial battle over judicial forums between the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to find the most favorable venue to support their legal position has ended with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ordering the NFLPA’s Petition To... Continue Reading
July 31, 2015

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