Competitive Cheering a Varsity Sport? Quinnipiac Title IX Case May Provide Answers

UPDATE:  Judge Stefan R. Underhill has ruled that cheerleading is not a sports for the purposes of Title IX compliance.  More analysis to come. Quinnipiac University and its women’s volleyball team await the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Stefan R. Underhill in the Title IX case that was recently tried.  Although Title IX cases naturally […]

Trial Begins in Quinnipiac Volleyball Title IX Case

Trial in the Title IX lawsuit brought by members of the Quinnipiac University volleyball program against the University is set to begin today in United States District Court in Bridgeport. Doug Malan of the Connecticut Law Tribune has a nice piece on the case.  Malan writes that although Quinnipiac reinstated the volleyball program after the […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2009: Part I

With 2009 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 New Year’s Eve.  Thank you for your readership, […]

Sports Briefs

Future of Quinnipiac Volleyball Still in Doubt? A recent post on the Title IX Blog discusses the state of women’s volleyball at Quinnipiac.  More specifically, the post queries whether Quinnipiac will consider once again cutting its volleyball team, now that competitive cheering has resolved the school’s gender inequities. For more on the Quinnipiac Title IX […]

More on Senator Kennedy’s Work on Title IX

ESPN.com’s Mike Fish wrote about Senator Kennedy’s role in Title IX, the landmark legislation that provided increased opportunities for women in athletics.  Fish writes that Kennedy’s legacy in sports is more than supporting the passage of the legislation, but protecting the intent of Title IX throughout his years in the United States Senate: Over the course […]

Senator Kennedy’s Legacy Includes Title IX

With the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, there will surely be innumerable tributes to one of the most accomplished Senators in American history.  Few of those tributes will discuss sports law at great length.  However, Senator Kennedy’s legislative work significantly impacted sports, and sports law.  Kennedy was a key supporter of Title IX of the […]

Friday Night Rights: Advertising and Title IX in High School Athletics

I recently had the chance to speak with Tom Lamb, the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Natick (Mass.) High School.  Coach Lamb is a member of the Massachusetts Football Hall of Fame and in 2005 became only the 28th coach in Massachusetts history to win 200 football games.  Coaching at Natick from 1977-90, Lamb […]

Friday Night Rights: Title IX Applies to High School Athletics

Although most commonly associated with collegiate athletics, such as the recent lawsuit against Quinnipiac, Title IX also applies to high school athletics, not to mention activities beyond athletics.  Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 states as follows: no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from […]