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New Labor Board General Counsel Rescinds Guidance Declaring Student-Athletes ‘Employees’

One of the first actions of new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb was to rescind guidance that college football players at private universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act. Robb’s Memorandum GC 18-02, which created a mandatory Division of Advice review of many Board decisions from the Obama Administration (and...… Continue Reading The post New Labor Board General Counsel Rescinds Guidance Declaring Student-Athletes ‘Employees’ appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
December 7, 2017

Can NFL Players be Fired, Disciplined for Protesting During National Anthem?

President Donald Trump has suggested that the National Football League’s television ratings decline was caused by “fans seeing those people (players) taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem.” Trump has urged fans to “leave the stadium” when players kneel during the national anthem and suggested that NFL team owners fire players who...… Continue Reading The post Can NFL Players be Fired, Disciplined for Protesting During National Anthem? appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
September 25, 2017

Eight United States Senators Implore NCAA to Adopt ‘Uniform Policy’ on Sexual Assault

On the heels of the NCAA’s Board of Governor’s recent policy announcement requiring college coaches, athletics administrators and student-athletes to be educated in sexual violence prevention, eight United States Senators have forwarded a letter to the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. The letter from Richard Blumenthal, Robert Casey, Jr., Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand,...… Continue Reading The post Eight United States Senators Implore NCAA to Adopt ‘Uniform Policy’ on Sexual Assault appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
August 16, 2017

New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted by National Collegiate Athletic Association

Coaches, athletics administrators, and student-athletes must be educated in sexual violence prevention under a policy adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors on August 8, 2017. The new policy provides that annually, every member institution’s president or chancellor, athletic director, and Title IX coordinator will be required to attest that the...… Continue Reading The post New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted by National Collegiate Athletic Association appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
August 14, 2017

Pacific Pro League To Provide Amateur Football Alternative, Glimpse Of Value Of College Athletes

NFL agent Don Yee, longtime representative of Tom Brady, and a list of football notables including ESPN’s Adam Schefter and two-time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan intend to form the Pacific Pro Football League (“PPFL”) with four teams in the Southern California region and commence league play in the summer of 2018. Not seeking to...… Continue Reading The post Pacific Pro League To Provide Amateur Football Alternative, Glimpse Of Value Of College Athletes appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 20, 2017

National College Players Association Urges Prospective Student-Athletes To Negotiate Scholarship Terms With Colleges

The College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) and Executive Director Ramogi Huma’s (Huma) efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team failed when the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the legal ability of these student athletes to form a union. Huma has now shifted his focus to working with the National College Players...… Continue Reading The post National College Players Association Urges Prospective Student-Athletes To Negotiate Scholarship Terms With Colleges appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 16, 2017

Visa Options For Athletes

In these days of “extreme vetting,” entering the United States as a business visitor (B visa or Visa Waiver status, with an ESTA approval) can have its hazards – especially for athletes who need to enter the United States quickly and have no time to spare. [Link to blog on extreme vetting: http://www.globalimmigrationblog.com/2017/05/state-department-proposes-s... ] Earlier this...… Continue Reading The post Visa Options For Athletes appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 7, 2017

NCAA Baseball Coach Fired After Only One Season Following Scholarship Controversy

Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff was fired after one season at the helm of the Crimson Tide baseball program after a disappointing 19-34-1 overall record and a 5-24-1 record against Southeastern Conference competition. However, despite the team’s poor performance and lowest overall win total since 1980, it is believed that Coach Goff’s reported decision to...… Continue Reading The post NCAA Baseball Coach Fired After Only One Season Following Scholarship Controversy appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
June 3, 2017

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Speaking at the Sports Lawyers Association’s Conference in Denver

Jackson Lewis attorneys Gregg Clifton and Paul Kelly, leaders of our Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group, will be guest panelists at the Sports Lawyers Association’s 43rd Annual Conference in Denver from May 18-20.  Gregg is speaking on the panel “TMZ Posted What!? Sports Crisis Management in the Age of Social Media” and Paul on...… Continue Reading The post Jackson Lewis Attorneys Speaking at the Sports Lawyers Association’s Conference in Denver appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 17, 2017

Former NHL Player Receives Probation For Drug Offense

Former NHL player Kevin Stevens avoided a federal prison sentence following a hearing this week in U.S. District Court in Boston.  Stevens, who played in the NHL for 16 years (1987-2002), including  parts of 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, also starred at Boston College and for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.  In the early...… Continue Reading The post Former NHL Player Receives Probation For Drug Offense appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
May 6, 2017

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