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 →

Say goodbye to the “student-athlete”

And just like that, the term originally developed by the NCAA in its quest to dodge potential workers' compensation claims from injured college athletes has been wiped from the lexicon. Earlier today, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo released Memorandum GC 21-08 stating her position that collegiate athletes, including specifically D1 FBS football... 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 →

Niagara University Under Fire

Ben Nigro had been the head coach of the mens and womens swimming teams for 14 years at Niagara University. He had become a mainstay at the University. However, he is no longer with the program after allegations that Nigro made sexual remarks toward female swimmers and encouraged gender-based harassment in his program. To make... Continue Reading →

NBA Agents Say No Thank You To The NCAA

The FBI's investigation into fraud, improper benefits and various other pay for recruit schemes rocked college basketball. It exposed a shady underground that the public largely didn't know existed, but that some insiders had known was there all along. In response, the NCAA formed the Rice Commission in order to, "gather information and expert opinions... Continue Reading →

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