Hey, NCAA: Urban’s pouty presser is a fumble worth recovering

Urban Meyer had a little over two minutes to convince the nation that he was sorry. He failed. Instead the three-time national championship-winning coach recited the words given to him on a prepared statement that he might not have read before stepping to the podium--or at least that's what his demeanor showed. Meyer's monotone, unconvincing … Continue reading Hey, NCAA: Urban’s pouty presser is a fumble worth recovering

2018 Buffalo Bills Preseason: Eighteen Penalties and Three Games to Go

The 2018 NFL Preseason officially kicked off on Thursday August 2nd when the Bears and Ravens squared off in Canton, Ohio, and audiences across the country got their first look at the major rule changes implemented for the 2018 season. The fans in Buffalo got their up-close and personal look at the new rules, and … Continue reading 2018 Buffalo Bills Preseason: Eighteen Penalties and Three Games to Go

Maryland Accepts Responsibility for Player’s Death…So Now What?

The word “culture” is thrown around a lot in sports. New coaches come in and talk about building a “culture of winning” or a “culture of hard work.” Frequently that attitude is lauded as building character or heralding a new era of competitiveness; but sometimes, the “culture of winning” morphs from an inspirational ideal into … Continue reading Maryland Accepts Responsibility for Player’s Death…So Now What?

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

Division I Transfers are Still “Basically Screwed” after Seventh Circuit’s Decision

I'm going to guess you've never heard of Peter Deppe before. He was a preferred walk-on punter at Northern Illinois who would have been promoted to a scholarship player until his special teams coach--the guy who promised him the scholarship--left NIU. Deppe's new special teams coach refused to honor his previous coach's offer, and Deppe … Continue reading Division I Transfers are Still “Basically Screwed” after Seventh Circuit’s Decision

A step forward for NCAA Division I transfers, but major hurdles remain

Repeal of Permission to Contact is the first of many steps the NCAA needs to take to do right by Division I transfers.  Last Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA altered one major pillar of its current transfer regime. Starting October 15, where a student-athlete who previously sought to change schools needed to secure a release from … Continue reading A step forward for NCAA Division I transfers, but major hurdles remain

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