Part II: CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013

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2. Aaron Hernandez charged with murder.  3.  Game commitment clauses gain in popularity in collegiate coaching contracts. 4.  Connecticut continues to be on the cutting-edge of student-athlete rights as the General Assembly introduces new legislation to protect student-athletes.  5.   ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls the NCAA out on Twitter for selling student-athlete jerseys. Stay tuned for CT Sports Law’s […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013 – Part I

2013

6.  The topic of NCAA Transfer Rules has captured the attention of the general media.  Although these rules are in dire need of change, we offered some tips for navigating the current system. 7.  The Connecticut Whale Era ended, leaving the future of professional hockey in Hartford in doubt. 8.  Johnny Manziel had a busy year, […]

NCAA Gets it Right with Steven Rhodes

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After initially ruling former Middle Tennessee State football player Steven Rhodes ineligible because Rhodes played in an organized football league while serving in the United States Marine Corps, the NCAA has reversed field and declared Rhodes eligible immediately. The NCAA’s initial ruling was technically correct in light of the current rules (Bylaw 14.2.3.2.1), but Middle Tennessee […]

Can I lose my Scholarship by Seeking Permission to Contact Another School?

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Here’s a question that I was recently asked: Can a scholarship be canceled if a student-athlete asks for permission to contact another school during the award period? Or does it depend on the school policy? Under NCAA rules, no.   Bylaw 15.3.4.2 provides that a coach or university may only cut your scholarship during the school year if you: Become […]

NCAA Stops Selling Jerseys After Tweet from Jay Bilas

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Last week, ESPN’s Jay Bilas disproved the NCAA’s position that the sales of team jerseys, which contain a student-athlete’s number, but not his name, do not refer to specific student-athletes.  Bilas simply visited the NCAA’s website, typed the last names of prominent players into a search box and the jerseys of those players appeared for sale.  Then he tweeted his findings.  Shortly thereafter, […]

NCAA Investigating Manziel for Selling Autographs

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Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly selling autographs for a five figure sum, according to ESPN. Despite the ongoing lawsuits involving the NCAA and former athletes Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon, NCAA rules regarding amateurism have not changed.  Under NCAA rules, a student athlete is expressly prohibited […]

Questions that All Recruits Should Ask Regarding Transfers

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NCAA transfer rules are in need of reform. But given the current situation, how can a recruit avoid potential issues should he or she wish to transfer at a later date? Ask every coach and athletic director about the school’s policy concerning transfers.  Here are some suggested questions: Will the coach and athletic director commit to providing […]

Transfer Rules Make the New York Times

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Since I began this blog more than five years ago, I have noticed an unmistakable trend regarding the media’s coverage of collegiate athletics.  Issues such as NCAA rules and the National Letter of Intent (NLI), which once seemed relevant only to athletic directors and compliance officers, are now regularly discussed in the media and by the public.  […]

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