NLRB: Northwestern Football Players are Employees

The regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago issued a ground-breaking decision yesterday: all scholarship players in Northwestern University’s football team are deemed employees of the university and therefore may form a union.   Although subject to a certain appeal, the clear signal is that big-time college athletics is changing, like it or […]

Is the NLI nullified if you are suspended for your high school season?

I recently received a great question regarding the National Letter of Intent (NLI): If a high school athlete signed a NLI for lacrosse during the early signing period, and is then ineligible for the high school team in spring because of a school suspension, will this suspension nullify the NLI? No, a suspension on its own does not […]

Top Story Line of 2013: Coaches Berating Players

1. In the world of coaching, is berating players a thing of the past? At Rutgers with Mike Rice and here in Connecticut by way of a Superior Court case, this question has been raised and in some respects, answered. The question is not only one of cultural shifts but liability. Here is an edited […]

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

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

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, […]

UConn Fires Coach Pasqualoni, Will Pay Buyout

UConn dismissed head football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, following a 41-12 loss to Buffalo.  Although Pasqualoni’s eventual dismissal appeared inevitable in light of the Huskies’ 0-4 start, which includes a loss to Towson State and a missed opportunity to upset Michigan, the timing was a surprise in that a change was made mid-season.  Offensive Coordinator T.J. Weist […]

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

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 […]

Transfer Rules Make the New York Times

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.  […]