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The NLRB Continues to Treat Student-Athletes as Employees

On September 22, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an Advice Memorandum relating to Northwestern’s Football Handbook.  Strangely, the Memorandum was written in response to a complaint filed by California Attorney, David Rosenfeld, not because of a complaint filed by a student-athlete. Rosenfeld alleged that Northwestern was guilty of “unfair labor practices” and […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear O’Bannon Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) case.  After 7 years, this case is essentially over. This case has received significant media attention over the past several years. In a nutshell, in 2009, the class that former UCLA basketball student-athlete Ed O’Bannon represents (current and former student-athletes) […]

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The Most Severe Head Coach Penalty in NCAA History

A few months ago, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions issued its report in the long-awaited case of the University of Southern Mississippi.  The case involved violations of academic fraud and extra benefit legislation in the men’s basketball program, and included unethical conduct charges for the former head coach, Donnie Tyndall, and multiple assistant coaches. In […]

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Head Coach Control

In August 2013, the NCAA revised an NCAA rule regarding a head coach’s responsibility for his or her program.  Although the rule had been in effect since April 2005, more emphasis has been placed on this concept of “head coach control” since August 2013.  The reason?  The NCAA membership believed that too often head coaches […]

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