National Signing Day and the Law

Wednesday is National Signing Day in college football: an opportunity for high school football players and universities to commit to each other.  Although National Signing Day is an exciting day for players and universities alike, legal issues abound.  At the center of these legal issues is the National Letter of Intent (NLI).  There is a legal question often discussed in Sports Law courses as to whether the NLI is a legally enforceable agreement.  But there are also many more practical issues facing players: there are issues for players under the age of 18; players dealing with schools facing NCAA sanctions; players recruited by coaches who seek greener pastures; and issues for elite recruits, to name a few. 

Connecticut Sports Law has covered these issues in detail:

The Final Word on the National Letter of Intent

Signing Day Brings National Letter of Intent (NLI) into Focus

Talk to My Lawyer: 3 Situations Requiring Counsel in Collegiate Athletics

CTSportsLaw Mailbox: Is the National Letter of Intent Legally Enforceable?

Should Memphis Recruits Be Allowed to Follow Calipari?

National Signing Day: Beware of the National Letter of Intent

Jagodzinski Controversy Overshadowed Plight of Recruits


  1. At last! Someone who unedtrsands! Thanks for posting!

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