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

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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 […]

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 […]

Kansas State Finally Grants Release to Romero

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On Tuesday, Kansas State provided Leticia Romero with a waiver to transfer to any school outside the Big 12, ending what ESPN.com called “an embarrassing spat.” Kansas State initially denied Romero a waiver due to suspected tampering by the former coaching staff of Kansas State and sustained the denial on appeal.  Subsequently, athletic director John […]

NCAA Transfer Rules: An Argument in Favor of a Union

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During the debate over the potential unionization of collegiate student-athletes, many have argued against a union by pointing to the fact that student-athletes receive scholarships.  That argument misses the point that student-athletes aren’t only looking for compensation and health benefits, but they are looking for a voice in NCAA and university matters.  At present, student-athletes […]

Concussions and the Future of Football

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Last spring, I participated in a discussion at the University of Connecticut School of Law entitled “A Panel Examining the Legal Implications of the NFL Concussion Lawsuits & the Future of Football.”  Sports Law Professor Lewis Kurlantzick moderated the panel, which consisted of me and sports attorneys Rob Romano and Paul Anderson.  We had a great time […]

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

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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 […]

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