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Conflicts & Nepotism – A Dangerous Employment Cocktail

Last week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley removed Alabama State University Trustee Marvin Wiggins for violating the University’s conflict of interest rules. The removal proved once again that if you are responsible for the...more

8/5/2014 - Best Management Practices Colleges Conflicts of Interest Corporate Governance Employer Liability Issues Family Members Hiring & Firing Universities

Summer Semester Checklist – Revisiting Your Coach’s Contract

In the “quiet” period for intercollegiate athletic competition, compensation to college coaches has taken center stage. During the ongoing trial in the O’Bannon v. NCAA litigation, the plaintiff’s expert economist highlighted...more

6/12/2014 - Coaches Contract Renewal NCAA Sports

Bracketology 101: Part 2 – Survive and Advance: NLRB Says Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize

Last week, we placed the union recognition effort of Northwestern University’s football players as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in our blog entry of issues that may change the face of the Final Four. That issue has...more

3/27/2014 - College Athletes NLRB Unions

Bracketology 101 – A Look Ahead at Legal Issues that May Change the Face of the Final Four

This year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament may be the last of its kind. This post explores some of the brewing legal issues that may force big changes to future “Final Fours,” and in turn, the legal rights and...more

3/19/2014 - Athletes Collective Bargaining College Athletes Football NCAA NLRB Unions

It’s The Most Wonderful Time (For 990 Filings) Of The Year

As the nation recovers from the latest series of winter storms, let the rise of temperatures serve as a reminder of the incoming season – tax filing season. For institutional non-profits such as colleges and universities,...more

2/25/2014 - Colleges Executive Compensation Form 990 Income Taxes IRS Universities

State Of The Union – What Are The Ramifications Of Northwestern University Football Players Seeking Union Recognition?

Members of the Northwestern University football team have signed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking recognition as a collective bargaining unit. While the issue of union organizing by student-athletes...more

2/4/2014 - Athletes Football NLRB Sports Unions

25 Years After The Shark: Supreme Court Ruling On The NCAA Casts A Shadow On Current Investigations

Before John Calipari, Rick Pitino and other presently successful college basketball coaches, there was the “Shark”. Jerry “Tark the Shark” Tarkanian held an impressive run as the Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of...more

12/13/2013 - Colleges Disciplinary Proceedings Due Process NCAA SCOTUS Universities

Passive Leads Not Protected – New York Federal Court Rejects Enforcement of Non-Compete

It is a story familiar to many companies. Company hires employee into a managerial position exposing the employee to its confidential and trade secret information. To protect its interests, the company requires the employee...more

11/26/2013 - Non-Compete Agreements Restrictive Covenants

NCAA Gives Deference To The U – How Sanctions Against Miami May Affect Future Investigations

In a Twitter world of brief news updates, the NCAA’s tweet at 6:55 AM on October 22nd was blunt, but not unexpected – “Miami failed to monitor activities of a major booster, resulting in a decade of violations.” While the...more

10/24/2013 - Enforcement Investigations NCAA Universities

A New Players Union? - Implications of All Players United

A recent trend in college athletics has been the display of “APU” wristbands by student-athletes during high-profile football games. All Players United or APU, represents itself as an organization concerned for the well-being...more

10/7/2013 - Athletes Sports Students Unions

Independent Investigations Have Proved Valuable For College Athletics

As recently noted by ESPN senior college basketball writer Andy Katz, the various crises facing intercollegiate athletic programs across the country could benefit from a fresh set of eyes. Increasingly, university...more

6/10/2013 - Athletes Colleges Investigations NCAA Outside Counsel

Five Years in the Making - IRS Releases Findings from Colleges and Universities Compliance Project

The IRS announced it is nearing completion of a five year long compliance project involving tax-exempt colleges and universities. The project, which began with questionnaires to 400 randomly-selected institutions, focused on...more

5/13/2013 - Colleges Exempt Organizations IRS Safe Harbors Tax Exemptions Universities

Termination of Rutgers basketball coach highlights importance of employment advice to athletic departments

Rutgers University announced its termination of the employment of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice. The firing occurred after a media frenzy from the release of video of practices in which Mr. Rice was observed shoving...more

4/4/2013 - Coaches Hiring & Firing Sports Termination Universities

NCAA Obtains a Vital Win on Antitrust Challenge of Athletic Aid Rules

In a recent federal court decision, the NCAA obtained dismissal of a claim that certain rules governing athletic grants-in-aid violated the antitrust laws. The case, Rock v. NCAA, was led by three former student-athletes and...more

3/27/2013 - Athletes Athletics Grants-in-Aid NCAA Scholarships

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