National Signing Day: Read Before You Sign

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National Signing Day is upon us again in college football.  For student-athletes signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI), the day is full of excitement.  However, the NLI is undoubtedly a one-sided agreement, drafted by the colleges, for the colleges. When student-athletes got wise, and began negotiating escape clauses in the NLI (such as for when the […]

Celebrate National Signing Day, But Beware of NLI

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Last night, the UConn football program held its annual National Signing Day event, introducing fans to the newest Huskies.  The event drew a standing room only crowd, thought to be the best turnout to date.  Coach Paul Pasqualoni and his staff were entertaining and enthusiastic.  As always, it was a first-class event. Here is the list of players that […]

National Letter of Intent Should Drop Provision on Coaching Changes

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When many student-athletes sign their National Letter of Intent (NLI) today, they will be become bound to an agreement that refuses to acknowledge the obvious: coaching changes have become a regular aspect of Division I college athletics.  The NLI, however, clings to the unrealistic notion that student-athletes make their college choice based solely on the school, irrespective of […]

Gunner Kiel Shows that Verbal Commitments are Not Binding

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Gunner Kiel, the top rated pro-style quarterback in high school football, made news last week when we decided to attend the University of Notre Dame, instead of Louisiana State University.  It was the second time that Kiel changed his mind concerning his choice of school.  Kiel originally provided a verbal commitment to Indiana, before switching to […]

National Letter of Intent Signing Dates

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Parents and high school student-athletes who expect to be recruited should take note of the signing dates for the National Letter of Intent (NLI).  For more information, visit the NCAA’s website on the National Letter of Intent.  NLI Signing Dates for Prospective Student-Athletes Enrolling 2012-2013 Sport Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date Basketball (Early Period) Nov. 9, […]

National Signing Day and the Law

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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 […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2010 – Part I

With 2010 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted tomorrow and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on Monday, January 3.  Thank you for your readership, […]

The Final Word on the National Letter of Intent

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National Signing Day became National Letter of Intent Week here at Connecticut Sports Law.  Adding to our prior coverage of the National Letters of Intent was the perspective of four Quinnipiac School of Law Students taking my Sports Law course, Davidson G. Lucas, Martine Trinka, Leo J. White and Dan Mokrycki.  Three of the four students […]