LeSean McCoy’s current predicament presents a unique challenge to the NFL’s much-maligned efforts to combat domestic violence under its Personal Conduct Policy. What may have seemed fairly straightforward – the concept that anyone associated with the NFL should be held to a standard of model behavior – has become murky at best over the course … Continue reading The LeSean McCoy Dilemma: The NFL Can’t Win This One
I'm going to guess you've never heard of Peter Deppe before. He was a preferred walk-on punter at Northern Illinois who would have been promoted to a scholarship player until his special teams coach--the guy who promised him the scholarship--left NIU. Deppe's new special teams coach refused to honor his previous coach's offer, and Deppe … Continue reading Division I Transfers are Still “Basically Screwed” after Seventh Circuit’s Decision
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 step forward for NCAA Division I transfers, but major hurdles remain
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
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 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
While the NFL does everything it can to look bad, the Jets, already looking great after potentially finding their franchise quarterback, have proven that they are ahead of the pack when it comes to handling the dilemma over player protests. Per Bob Glauber , Chris Johnson, the Jets CEO, has stated that he will be … Continue reading New York Jets Are Getting It Right
The great thing about being a sports law "academic" is the ability to take a birds-eye view of "sports" and both laud and critique developments and trends. Too often, of late, as in society as a whole, the critique has far overwhelmed any positive developments. Tonight, however, I was privileged to attend a very … Continue reading The Way It Should Be . . .
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
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