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 →

The NCAA Has its First Sip of Alcohol

Photo Via: Islamorada Beer Company Twitter NIL laws are still uncertain, and a college athlete signs the first NIL agreement with an alcohol company July 1st, 2021 marked a historic day in college sports. The state of Florida led the charge and numerous states — Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas — followed in... Continue Reading →

The Big 12 Loses its Biggest Names

On July 26, 2021, The University of Texas and The University of Oklahoma formally notified the Big 12 conference of their intention to leave. Their destination- the South Eastern Conference (SEC) by the year 2025. The move confirmed rumors and reports that had been circulating in the days prior. The move sent shock waves through... Continue Reading →

Rodeo Read

Photo via: The Buffalo News Author Note: This is a newly implemented weekly read that will be released Monday mornings! A quick read to catch you up in sports and law. A lot has happened recently in sports. No, I am not talking about the Masters. However, congratulations to Hideki Matsyuma for being the first... Continue Reading →

Hey, NCAA, This Looks Bad…Really Bad.

Over the past few years, BSELS contributor, Joe Schafer (@jwschafe), has reported on the NCAA's long history of inequitable and questionable conduct. Yesterday marked another example of that inequitable conduct. Yesterday, March 18, University of Oregon Women's Basketball player, Sedona Prince, used social media to reveal the glaring discrepancy between the men's and women's weight... Continue Reading →

Their Name, But Not Their Property

Photo via: USA Today Sports The NCAA continues to restrict players rights to their own name, image, and likeness Hashtags have become the posters of protest for the internet. Movements that once were marched on the grounds of cities are now being championed on social media. March Madness NCAA athletes are tweeting with the hashtag... Continue Reading →

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear NCAA Athlete Compensation Case

Photo Credit: unafraidshow.com On December 16, 2020, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear an appeal from the NCAA and eleven of its top-level conferences in a case that challenges the Association's restriction on student-athlete compensation. In 2021, the high court will decide whether the NCAA's rules which limit athlete compensation to scholarships is... Continue Reading →

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