College Football Playoff Expansion

This past Friday, September 2nd, the College Football Playoff Board of Managers unanimously voted to expand the current 4-team playoff structure to a 12-team format by 2026.[1] The new format will include the six highest-ranked conference champions, along with six at-large teams. Id. Moreover, the four highest tanked conferences champions will be seeded one through... Continue Reading →

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 →

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