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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 Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
March 4, 2019

The ESports Industry-The Top Ten Labor and Employment Law Issues

While Major League Baseball and the NFL often speak of growing revenue, Esports has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity and an accompanying increase in revenue streams of its own. Buoyed by investments into Esports organizations from international stars like Michael Jordan and Drake, and the increasing popularity of Esports stars like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins...… Continue Reading The post The ESports Industry-The Top Ten Labor and Employment Law Issues appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
February 27, 2019

State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals

While colleges, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt many of Secretary DeVos’s anticipated regulatory modifications. Click here...… Continue Reading The post State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
February 5, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday Considerations Following the Murphy Decision?

Millions of Americans will tune in on Sunday, February 3rd to the Super Bowl to watch one of the biggest sporting events of the year. This year’s game will again feature the New England Patriots, but it will be the first Super Bowl since the Supreme Court’s landmark case Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn.,...… Continue Reading The post Super Bowl Sunday Considerations Following the Murphy Decision? appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
January 31, 2019

New Legislation Proposed In The State of Washington Pushes For Student-Athlete Compensation In Defiance of NCAA Bylaws

As colleges and universities and student athletes await the long anticipated decision from U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Alston v. NCAA regarding whether scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA violate anti-trust laws, a bill introduced in the State of Washington could provide student athletes in the state with the opportunity to be paid...… Continue Reading The post New Legislation Proposed In The State of Washington Pushes For Student-Athlete Compensation In Defiance of NCAA Bylaws appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
January 10, 2019

New Proposed Title IX Regulations Raise Unique Institutional Concerns For Rights Of Accused

As colleges and universities review the Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations revising process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, they must consider the potential impact of what appears to be clearly greater protections for those accused of sexual misconduct, including student-athletes. The proposed regulations will formally replace guidance and...… Continue Reading The post New Proposed Title IX Regulations Raise Unique Institutional Concerns For Rights Of Accused appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
November 20, 2018

NLRB Avoids Question Of Whether UFC Fighters Are Union Eligible Employees…For Now!!!!

National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Region 4 Regional Director Dennis Walsh recently dismissed Section 8(a)(1) and 8(a)(3) unfair labor practice charges filed by mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Leslie Smith against ZUFFA, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship (‘UFC”) alleging that her contract to fight was not renewed in retaliation for her union organizing efforts and...… Continue Reading The post NLRB Avoids Question Of Whether UFC Fighters Are Union Eligible Employees…For Now!!!! appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
October 25, 2018

‘One and Done’ May Soon Be DONE!

The controversial NBA rule that keeps basketball players from beginning their professional careers until they’ve completed one year of college play may soon be history. The NBA has formally announced that “elite” 18-year-old basketball players will be able to move forward with their professional careers beginning with the 2019-20 season, skipping the current mandate that...… Continue Reading The post ‘One and Done’ May Soon Be DONE! appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
October 22, 2018

NCAA Show-Cause Penalties Violate State Law and Are Illegal, California Judge Rules

One of the NCAA’s strongest penalties has been declared illegal in California. California Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller issued a final decision finding NCAA “show-cause” penalties to be a violation of California state law. Arising from a lawsuit filed more than seven years ago by former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair, Judge Shaller, confirming...… Continue Reading The post NCAA Show-Cause Penalties Violate State Law and Are Illegal, California Judge Rules appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
October 10, 2018

NHL Secures Federal Court Victory As Class Action Status Denied In Concussion Case

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson has denied the class-action status sought by a potential class of several thousand current and former players suing the National Hockey League (NHL) alleging that the league was negligent in its care and prevention of head trauma and that it fraudulently concealed the long-term impact of head injuries...… Continue Reading The post NHL Secures Federal Court Victory As Class Action Status Denied In Concussion Case appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
July 13, 2018

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