NCAA to Assist with Family Travel Expenses

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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

The NCAA’s Concept of Amateurism at its Best Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith earned an $18,000 bonus when Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber won the 141-pound wrestling NCAA championship last week.  Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports has the story. As a reminder, in its rules the NCAA states that “student-athletes should be protected from […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Nerlens Noel Injury The knee injury suffered by Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has prompted discussion about the NBA’s rule requiring players to wait one year after high school graduation before entering the NBA Draft.  Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports discusses the “charade” of  the one and done rule.  Warren K. Zola discusses the rule on the Sports Law […]

Johnny Football and Amateurism

I recently examined the trademark law issues involved with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and his nickname “Johnny Football.” Warren Zola looked at the big picture over at the Sports Law Blog, weighing the rights held by Texas A&M and Manziel. Here’s an excerpt: 1. Texas A&M plays in the 2013 Cotton Bowl on January 4th v. […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Sonny Vaccaro Points Finger at Duke, UNC Sonny Vaccaro made news this week when he accused the NCAA of lacking the nerve to punish the likes of Duke and UNC.  Eric Prisbell of the USA Today (via the Sports Law Blog) has the story.  The story reminds me of the first time I saw Vaccaro […]

Legal Blitz Interview: NCAA Rules on Agents and Advisors in Amateur Hockey

I was recently interviewed by Steve Silver of The Legal Blitz, on the topic of agents and advisors in amateur hockey.  Here is an except from the interview: It is my understanding that the NCAA has a flat-out agent ban in that student athletes or soon-to-be student athletes can not sign with or have any contact with an […]

How Does Conference Realignment Promote Amateurism in College Sports?

The foundation of collegiate athletics has taken some serious hits over the last few weeks.  Taylor Branch’s cover story for The Atlantic Monthly, “The Shame of College Sports” rocked the NCAA, and was dubbed by some as one of the most important articles ever written on the subject.  That story was followed by the chaos of conference realignment. […]

From the Vault: Is Amateurism Dead in Collegiate Athletics?

The 2010 NCAA Final Four is set, with only one of the four No. 1 seeds advancing to play in Indianapolis.  While the tournament has been characterized by upsets and exciting finishes, the start of the tournament was characterized by the issue of money in collegiate athletics.  The proposal to expand the NCAA tournament from 64 […]