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Sports Venues and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Throughout the country, sports teams and their venues have been hit with an uptick of public accommodation lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), along with its state and local counterparts. The ability to obtain attorney’s fees makes these cases attractive to plaintiffs’ firms. Plaintiffs include fans, who team up with...… Continue Reading The post Sports Venues and the Americans with Disabilities Act appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 15, 2019

Senate Bill Proposes Equal Pay for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

A bill to prevent any federal funding for the 2026 men’s World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay to the U.S. women’s and men’s national teams was introduced by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on July 9, 2019. Manchin’s bill comes just a few days after the U.S. women’s team swept...… Continue Reading The post Senate Bill Proposes Equal Pay for U.S. Women’s Soccer Team appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 11, 2019

Proposed New Jersey Legislation Would Bar Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

A bill (NJ A-5564) introduced in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly would amend the state’s Law Against Discrimination to broaden the definition of “race” to provide greater protection for individual hairstyles and prohibit hair discrimination in the workplace, housing, and schools. The amendment would protect “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited...… Continue Reading The post Proposed New Jersey Legislation Would Bar Discrimination Based on Hairstyle appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 9, 2019

UPDATE: NCAA Flexes Its Muscle in Response to California Fair Pay To Play Act

NCAA President Mark Emmert has predicted that it would become “impossible” for the NCAA to consider California colleges eligible to participate in national championship competitions should California pass the Fair Pay To Play Act (SB 206) and allow college athletes to maintain their amateur status while accepting pay for marketing their name, image and likeness (as...… Continue Reading The post UPDATE: NCAA Flexes Its Muscle in Response to California Fair Pay To Play Act appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 27, 2019

Esports Star Tfue Sues To Void His Contract With FaZe Clan

Fortnite player Turner Tenney, professionally known as “Tfue,” has sued to void his contract with Esports team, FaZe Clan, Inc. Tfue’s action, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that the terms of the contract he signed to play for FaZe Clan’s Fortnite team are grossly oppressive, onerous, and one-sided and in violation of California...… Continue Reading The post Esports Star Tfue Sues To Void His Contract With FaZe Clan appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 21, 2019

Agents Beware: Representation Agreement May Not Be Enforceable If It Violates State Sports Agent Laws

A North Carolina law designed to protect student-athletes may determine the enforceability of Prime Sports Marketing’s contract with former Duke University star Zion Williamson. While Williamson is preparing to become a member of the New Orleans Pelicans after his name is announced as the No. 1 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, he is also...… Continue Reading The post Agents Beware: Representation Agreement May Not Be Enforceable If It Violates State Sports Agent Laws appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 16, 2019

UPDATE: California SB 206 – Collegiate Athletics: Fair Pay to Play Act Moves Forward

The Fair Pay to Play Act, introduced by California State Senate Majority Whip Nancy Skinner, has passed an initial hurdle toward becoming law as the California State Senate passed the proposed legislation by a 31-4 vote total. The California Assembly will now consider the measure in the near future. The proposed legislation (as discussed in...… Continue Reading The post UPDATE: California SB 206 – Collegiate Athletics: Fair Pay to Play Act Moves Forward appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 23, 2019

NCAA Considers Restrictions To Curtail Use Of Graduate Student Transfers

While the focus of the recent Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Game between University of Virginia and Texas Tech centered around the entertaining overtime finish culminating in Virginia’s first ever basketball championship, another storyline arose involving the runner-up Red Raiders. Specifically, graduate transfers played a role in Texas Tech’s magnificent tournament run due to the ability of...… Continue Reading The post NCAA Considers Restrictions To Curtail Use Of Graduate Student Transfers appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
April 10, 2019

Visas For eSports Gamers On The Rise

Professional athletes who are “internationally recognized” are eligible for the P-1 visa and eSports (video games) at the professional level have become such major athletic events that eSports players have been granted these visas more and more often. https://www.collegeandprosportslaw.com/labor-law-and-sports/the-esports-... In 2013, the USCIS for the first time recognized an eSports player as an athlete and...… Continue Reading The post Visas For eSports Gamers On The Rise appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
March 25, 2019

California Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Keep Amateur Status While Securing Marketing Opportunities

The opportunity for college level student-athletes in California to take advantage of potential marketing opportunities while still maintaining their amateur status could soon become a reality. A report from the National College Players Association and Drexel University Sports Management Program concluded that 82 percent of full-scholarship athletes who live on campus and 90 percent of...… Continue Reading The post California Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Keep Amateur Status While Securing Marketing Opportunities appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
March 5, 2019

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