Oliver v. NCAA: Will Agents Infiltrate College Baseball?

oliver2I recently came across an excellent blog – Ultimate Sports Insider – by Michael Cross.  Cross, the Executive Associate Director of Athletics at Princeton University, uniquely covers the business aspects of collegiate athletics.  Most recently he wrote about the case of Oliver v. NCAA (covered here on Connecticut Sports Law), and asks whether the presence of agents will become a daily reality in college baseball by way of the court’s handling of this case.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

In simple terms, it appears that a large hole may now exist in the NCAA’s bylaws as the case awaits trial.  The following quote from the NCAA’s lawyers on March 2, 2009 indicate the extent to which the Association’s lawyers believe there is no enforceable arrangement as it relates to agents since the injunction is allowed to stand while awaiting trial:

The sheer scope of the trial Court’s order is no less than breathtaking. In its efforts to grant Plaintiff the ability to participate in a handful of additional college baseball games, the trial court substituted its subjective judgement for that of the the NCAA’s membership and, with a stroke of the pen, “voided” long standing fundamental rules across all sports and all divisions of a national, private organization. Indeed it is important to note that the trial court’s ruling was not confined to the Plaintiff’s individual sport, or to the NCAA division of which OSU [Oklahoma State University] is a member. Rather, its broad brush extends to schools large and small in Divisions I, II and III and to hundreds of thousands of student-athletes who participate in every NCAA-sanctioned sport.

Click here to read the entire article.

Stay tuned for my take on this issue.

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