When a School Doesn’t Want You to Sign a National Letter of Intent


I have spent a good deal of time discussing the National Letter of Intent (NLI) on this blog.  Generally, I have concluded that the most elite prospects should considering forgoing the NLI.  On the other hand, less sought-after recruits should sign the NLI rather than risk that scholarship slots will fill up. Recently, I have […]

Connecticut Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Unionize


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 […]

Harbaugh to Michigan – But for How Long?


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 […]

PAC-12 Leads Student-Athlete Focused Reforms


The PAC-12 has adopted a set of reforms designed to increase benefits and protections for student-athletes.  The reforms include: guaranteed four-year scholarships a return to school program for athletes who do not graduate liberalized intra-conference transfer rules enhanced medical coverage for current and former athletes increased athlete representation at PAC-12 meetings Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com has the […]

Guaranteed Scholarships Coming to (Some) D-1 Schools


Over the course of the last few months Maryland, South Carolina and Indiana have announced that they will offer guaranteed scholarships to certain student-athletes.  Although other schools have yet to announce their plans, every Division I recruit and current Division I athlete should use this opportunity to ask whether their scholarship offer, or scholarship, will now […]

CT State Representative: Athletes Should be Able to Unionize


Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of collegiate sports law, as a state representative has entered the unionization conversation. Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon recently announced that she is looking into legislation that would allow athletes from public universities in Connecticut to unionize.  Rep. Dillon’s announcement came in response to UConn basketball player Shabazz Napier, who when […]

UConn Huskies, National Champions!

Doucette UConn

Congratulations to the UConn Huskies, who defeated the Kentucky Wildcats last night to win their fourth NCAA championship in 16 years.  There were so many storylines with UConn’s improbable run: Shabazz Napier’s MVP performance and his comments on the efforts of Northwestern football players to unionize; Kevin Ollie winning a National Championship in only his second year […]

UConn Basketball, the AAC and John Calipari


Congratulations to the UConn men and women’s basketball teams, which both advanced to their respective national championship games to be played on Monday and Tuesday night.  Here a couple of UConn stories from the Hartford Courant with sports business/sports law connections: Jeff Jacobs writes that UConn deserves a bigger stage than the American Athletic Conference. Dom Amore and Paul […]


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