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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 Despite Missteps in Miami Investigation, NCAA Will Proceed Against School and Others
February 19, 2013

NCAA SUED FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATORY IMPACT OF COACHING CERTIFICATION POLICY

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit on behalf of basketball coach Dominic Hardie alleging that the NCAA’s policy of permanently banning all individuals with a felony conviction from participating in NCAA-certified high school events violates Title II of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The statute bars discrimination on … Continue reading NCAA SUED FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATORY IMPACT OF COACHING CERTIFICATION POLICY
February 18, 2013

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 NCAA SUSPENDS UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROBE FOR APPARENT MISCONDUCT OF INVESTIGATORS, BEGINS EXAMINATION OF ENFORCEMENT METHODS
January 28, 2013

Jackson Lewis Sports Practice Attorney To Participate In Duke Law Symposium

Jackson Lewis attorney Jennifer Harper will participate in Duke Universty Law School’s Sports Law Symposium on January 25, 2012. Harper will be participating in the panel on “Handling Scandal”. The Duke Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS) presents its 3rd Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium: The Changing Economics of the Sports and Entertainment Industries … Continue reading Jackson Lewis Sports Practice Attorney To Participate In Duke Law Symposium
January 22, 2013

MLB:First Major Sport To Add In-Season HGH Testing

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced an unprecedented addition to its current drug testing program in an effort to eliminate player use of human growth hormone (HGH). Beginning with the  2013 season, MLB will conduct random, unannounced, in-season blood testing for HGH. All players will be tested at least once during the season. This marks … Continue reading MLB:First Major Sport To Add In-Season HGH Testing
January 15, 2013

JUDGE RULES NCAA “MALICIOUS” IN USC COACH INVESTIGATION

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association was “malicious” in its investigation of Todd McNair, a former assistant football coach at the University of Southern California, allowing the coach’s defamation suit against the Association to proceed.  The coach had been linked in a report to a scandal surrounding … Continue reading JUDGE RULES NCAA “MALICIOUS” IN USC COACH INVESTIGATION
November 24, 2012

NEW NCAA RULES AIM AT HOLDING COACHES ACCOUNTABLE

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has adopted a new rules enforcement structure that will hold coaches more accountable for violations within their programs.  The new rule also will impose longer postseason bans, of two to four years, and increased fines for schools that continue to violate NCAA rules and regulations. The new structure … Continue reading NEW NCAA RULES AIM AT HOLDING COACHES ACCOUNTABLE
November 1, 2012

THE NHL: TIME TO RETURN TO THE ICE?

The National Hockey League (NHL) season did not start as scheduled on October 11, 2012, because of ongoing labor contract negotiations and the league’s decision to lockout its players.  The NHL rekindled hope for a 2012-2013 season when it made an unexpected counter-proposal to the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and its players. The League’s latest proposal … Continue reading THE NHL: TIME TO RETURN TO THE ICE?
October 17, 2012

NFL Reaches Agreement with Referee Association, Ends Lockout

  The National Football League (NFL) and its regular officials have reached a tentative agreement on a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement, ending an NFL-imposed lockout that began in June. During the lockout, replacement referees oversaw the first 48 regular season games of the 2012 campaign. A questionable touchdown decision made by the replacement officials … Continue reading NFL Reaches Agreement with Referee Association, Ends Lockout
September 28, 2012

University of North Carolina and University of Washington Tighten Restraints On Agents Seeking To Contact Student Athletes

Reacting to improper agent interactions with undergraduate student-athletes, the University of Washington and The University of North Carolina have enacted and formally introduced amended agent regulations. Both schools are adding new rules that restrict agent interaction with student-athletes.  The University of Washington’s policy also contains restrictions on financial advisors and their associates. The University of … Continue reading University of North Carolina and University of Washington Tighten Restraints On Agents Seeking To Contact Student Athletes
July 9, 2012

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