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 . . .

Will the real Committee to Reform College Basketball please stand up?

The Knight Commission, that is.  Two weeks ago, Condoleeza Rice's institutionally-sponsored "independent" Committee to Reform College Basketball submitted its recommendations to the NCAA. The "Rice Commission's" suggestions were a predictably corporate and uninspiring regurgitation of the NCAA's company line: the system is fine, it's the other bad guys--the NBA, the apparel companies, the AAU, the agents, the … Continue reading Will the real Committee to Reform College Basketball please stand up?

Personal Foul: The NFL Washington* Cheerleading Squad & The Personal Conduct Policy

It's been a roller coaster week for advocates of women in the sports industry.   Over the weekend, it was revealed that women employees at Nike fought back against a company-wide culture of  sexual harassment, culminating in the dismissal of six top level male executives.  Shortly thereafter, aspiring and current women sports executives cheered the news … Continue reading Personal Foul: The NFL Washington* Cheerleading Squad & The Personal Conduct Policy

Bills, Sabres Shake-Up is a Big Move for Women in Sports     

Buffalo sports fans are in shock, and for good reason.  Just hours ago, Kim and Terry Pegula, owners of the Bills and the Sabres, accepted Russ Brandon’s resignation.  Brandon served as President of both teams and had been part of the Bills organization for more than 20 years. The Buffalo News reports Brandon’s resignation is … Continue reading Bills, Sabres Shake-Up is a Big Move for Women in Sports     

NCAA Commission on College Basketball: A Summary, A Translation and A Take

Yesterday morning, the NCAA Committee on College Basketball reported its recommendations to the world. Below is a summary of the committee's findings, an oversimplified translation, and an even more simplified take. Summary  Section I: Realistic Pathways for Student-Athlete Success Separate the collegiate track from the professional track by ending one-and-done. Make elite high school prospects … Continue reading NCAA Commission on College Basketball: A Summary, A Translation and A Take

Hey Lamar, Let Us Help A Mother Out…

Citing the current rookie wage scale, Lamar Jackson has opted to go without an agent for his first NFL contract (his mother will serve as his manager).  An article published by Mike Florio cited several aspects of the pre and post-draft process where an agent could be helpful.[1] Florio specifically mentions offset language, guaranteed pay, … Continue reading Hey Lamar, Let Us Help A Mother Out…

Behind the Scenes at the NFL Combine

As you may have heard, the NFL Combine wrapped up last month. The annual National Scouting Combine, as its commonly referred to, is held every year in Indianapolis at the end of February/beginning of March. Although its primary purpose is the evaluation of the top draft-eligible prospects, it really serves as an NFL-wide convention that … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the NFL Combine

Can the NHL Solve the NFL’s Marijuana Problem?

  89% of all NFL players smoke weed—at least according to former NFL player Martellus Bennett. The recently retired tight end sparked headlines when he made this high—and pretty specific—estimate on a recent Bleacher Report podcast.  Since then, more former players have spoken to the site about marijuana use in the league. You can listen … Continue reading Can the NHL Solve the NFL’s Marijuana Problem?