A big step forward, but NCAA Division I transfers are still “basically screwed”

Repeal of Permission to Contact is the first of many steps the NCAA needs to take to do right by Division I transfers.  Last Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA altered one major pillar of its current transfer regime. Starting October 15, where a student-athlete who previously sought to change schools needed to secure a release from … Continue reading A big step forward, but NCAA Division I transfers are still “basically screwed”

UB Panel to Present on Diversity & Inclusion in Athletics at National Conference

Kathy Twist, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration & Senior Woman Administrator, Sharon Nolan-Weiss, UB Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Nellie Drew, Sports Law professor, will be presenting a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in athletics on June 19th in Albany.   The presentation, entitled "Diversity & Inclusion in Athletics:  Legalities, Policies … Continue reading UB Panel to Present on Diversity & Inclusion in Athletics at National Conference

Is There Room for More Than One Golden Knight in 2018?

The Vegas Golden Knights are having a historic season, three games from winning the Stanley Cup in just their first year in the NHL.  The franchise appears bound for great things, and the story of the Golden Knights is an example of some of the best of sport, bringing the people of Las Vegas together … Continue reading Is There Room for More Than One Golden Knight in 2018?

The NFL Anthem Protest: Reconciling the Land of the Free AND the Home of the Brave

The timing is more than a little ironic.  Just as the Milwaukee Police Department released video showing Bucks guard Sterling Brown being tasered for double parking in a handicapped spot in front of a Walgreen's -- at 2:00 am -- the NFL issues its new anthem "policy".  The Milwaukee Police Department disciplined the officers involved … Continue reading The NFL Anthem Protest: Reconciling the Land of the Free AND the Home of the Brave

The Matt Patricia Dilemma: the NFL’s Personal Policy Conundrum

Hardly to anyone's surprise, the NFL has chosen not to punish Matt Patricia or the Detroit Lions for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.  Patricia, now 43, was accused of sexual assault during a spring break trip while still in college in 1996.  Although he was indicted, the case was dismissed over thirty years ago.  According … Continue reading The Matt Patricia Dilemma: the NFL’s Personal Policy Conundrum

Professor Nellie Drew in the news on SCOTUS Sports Betting Ruling

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court held that "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own." This holding effectively opened the door for each state to determine whether it will legalize  sports gambling--unless (of course) Congress steps in with legislation … Continue reading Professor Nellie Drew in the news on SCOTUS Sports Betting Ruling

The Supreme Court helped create today’s NCAA Cartel

. . . and the next good legal challenge will strip it of its power.  As the battle over student-athlete compensation is more present in the national conversation than ever before, it is important to understand why the NCAA and its member institutions can refuse to pay college athletes. The simple answer is that  the Supreme Court … Continue reading The Supreme Court helped create today’s NCAA Cartel

Condoleeza Rice now endorses student-athlete NIL Compensation . . .

given the proper "legal framework." Two weeks ago Condoleeza Rice's Committee to Reform College Basketball addressed, but refused to recommend how to address student-athlete compensation for use of name, image and likeness (NIL) because the issue was currently on trial before Judge Claudia Wilken of the Federal District Court for Northern District of California. Hours … Continue reading Condoleeza Rice now endorses student-athlete NIL Compensation . . .