For Top Players, the National Letter of Intent (NLI) is Unnecessary

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This past February, another National Signing Day came and went in college football.  Dubbed by Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples as “the worst contract in American sports”, the NLI is nevertheless alive and well. However, a 4-star recruit from Georgia reminded us that the NLI is completely voluntary and is not a prerequisite to an athletic scholarship. On […]

Waivers and Extreme Sports: Do You “Waive Goodbye” To Your Rights?

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By Christian Gunneson You and your buddies decide that you want to dive through mud, tackle obstacle courses, and sling yourselves through electric fences at a “Tough Mudder” race, “Warrior Dash”, or “Spartan Race.”  Before doing so however, you’re asked to sign a “waiver of liability”.  (Here is one from Tough Mudder in Minnesota).  If, during the race […]

Connecticut Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Unionize

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On the heels of winning the NCAA Basketball National Championship last year, UConn point guard Shabazz Napier was asked about the efforts of Northwestern athletes to unionize.  His response made national news, as he told a reporter that players go to bed hungry. Subsequently, Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon announced that she was looking into legislation […]

NCAA to Assist with Family Travel Expenses

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On Tuesday the NCAA announced that it has granted a waiver to the College Football Playoff to allow it to assist with expenses for players’ family members to travel to the national championship game in Arlington, Texas.  In addition, the NCAA announced a “pilot program” to assist players’ family members travel to the Men’s and […]

Harbaugh to Michigan – But for How Long?

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The news of Michigan’s hiring of Jim Harbaugh last week was met with much excitement and fanfare.  However, the news reminded me of one of my favorite topics: the treatment of collegiate coaching contracts.  It also reminded me of something that Harbaugh said after signing a contract extension to coach at Stanford.  At a press conference […]

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