Title IX’s Presence in the Player Compensation Era

As part of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Congress enacted Title IX 20 U.S.C. § 1681 (“Title IX”).[1] More specifically, Title IX was enacted to redress past discrimination in athletics and to protect people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that received financial assistance. ... Continue Reading →

Buffalo Sports Law Celebrates 50 Years of Title IX

On behalf of the Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society, we are excited to present a three-day celebration of Title IX. Thursday, June 23, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. This federal civil rights law has been credited with profoundly changing education in the United States by barring sex discrimination... Continue Reading →

Saban v. Fisher: The Recruiting Feud of 2022 Demonstrates the Divide in the Player Compensation Landscape

Our traditional understanding of college athletics has taken a significant hit over the past several months since the NCAA lifted its restriction against players receiving compensation for their Name, Image, and Likeness. The NCAA has since provided little guidance in defining this new space. For example, a summary of the NCAA’s interim policy states: “Individuals... Continue Reading →

The Dissolve of the “Old-NCAA”

Since the NCAA lifted its ban on college athlete likeness compensation, many have waited for regulations set by the NCAA to assure uniform enforcement. However, recent comments from Mark Emmert, President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”), demonstrate the NCAA's scramble to remain relevant.  The NCAA has demonstrated reluctance to transition to a player... Continue Reading →

Adidas Shakes-up the College Athlete Compensation Market

In the months since the Supreme Court released its decision in NCAA v. Alston in June of 2021, we have seen a new market begin to form. This is, specifically, the college-athlete compensation market; more commonly known as “Name, Image, and Likeness” (“NIL”). Traditionally, the NCAA strictly governed all college-athlete compensation opportunities. However, in tune... Continue Reading →

The ACC, PAC-12, and Big Ten Voted “No” to a College Football Playoff Expansion; Their Justifications Illustrate the Sport’s Current Tension Points

The State of College Football Series This article is part one of a multi-part series that will highlight the current state of college football. Part II – The Significance of the SEC in College Football and What it Can Do under the New NCAA ConstitutionPart III – What does the “Alliance” between the Big Ten,... Continue Reading →

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