Hobey Baker Winner Dryden McKay Accepts 6-Month Ban for Accidental Anti-Doping Violation

[Photo via Mansoor Ahmad/The Reporter] Record-setting Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay has accepted a six-month ban from competition for violating an anti-doping rule, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). McKay was recently named the winner of this season’s Hobey Baker Trophy – the Division I men’s hockey equivalent of the Heisman Trophy –... 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 →

Congress Accuses the NCAA of Title IX Violations

[1] On March 14, just three days before the start of this year’s March Madness tournament, Congress sent a six-page letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert accusing the organization of making “inadequate progress’’ in addressing “historically disparate” treatment of male and female athletes.[2] The letter claimed that the NCAA is “violating the spirit of gender... Continue Reading →

NIL Compensation and Taxes: A Quick Rundown to Ensure NCAA Athletes are Complying with Applicable Tax Laws

In the first tax year with name, image, and likeness compensation implications, NCAA athletes must comply with both federal and state tax laws. Death, taxes, and name, image, and likeness (“NIL”) compensation. NCAA athletes are permitted to profit off their NIL. With this newly granted right, athletes must comply with the applicable United States tax... Continue Reading →

Can student-athletes receive a religious exception to the Western Michigan University’s COVID-19 policy mandating vaccination for only student-athletes?

YES! Western Michigan University cannot mandate a COVID-19 vaccination for student athletes without allowing for any religious exemptions, even though the policy states that the University will consider medical or religious exemptions on an individual basis. According to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Dahl, et al v. Board of... Continue Reading →

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