Hey NCAA, Are These Reforms Really A Game-Changer?*

The long-awaited NCAA response to the Rice Commission and the FBI's continuing investigation into corruption in Division I basketball was announced today.  In the wake of the most recent scandal involving UNC football players who sold team gear (sneakers) and were subsequently disciplined, the NCAA pledged to "make profound and meaningful changes to college basketball".  … Continue reading Hey NCAA, Are These Reforms Really A Game-Changer?*

Announcing a Seminar/CLE on Sexual Harassment & Discrimination in Education & Athletics Friday, August 3rd

The UB Law Alumni Association in conjunction with Hodgson Russ LLP presents PLAYING BY THE RULES: SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION ISSUES IN EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS Friday, August 3, 2018 Hodgson Russ LLP, 140 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202 Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. Program from 9 a.m. to 12 noon … Continue reading Announcing a Seminar/CLE on Sexual Harassment & Discrimination in Education & Athletics Friday, August 3rd

The LeSean McCoy Dilemma: The NFL Can’t Win This One

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

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

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

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

Women’s Cinderella Teams See Only Rags, Never Riches

While we at SUNY Buffalo celebrate the extraordinary success of our women's basketball team, it is worth noting that the Bulls' initial Sweet Sixteen appearance won't be reaping them any material rewards.  As headlines continue to trumpet the incredible revenue the NCAA generates from March Madness - more than $1 billion last year - the recent … Continue reading Women’s Cinderella Teams See Only Rags, Never Riches