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Game On! Recent Legal Developments and Tax Issues for Collegiate Athletics

This is a period of unprecedented change for collegiate athletics, with potentially surprising tax consequences to the parties involved. Within the past six months, a federal district court held that the antitrust laws...more

High School Football Players (and others) Tweet with Caution

I recently read an article about how college football recruiters are using twitter to screen out potential players for their teams. It’s becoming a somewhat common practice for recruiters to monitor the twitter accounts of...more

Former JSU Women’s Basketball Coach Receives Additional Award in Wrongful Termination Suit

In August, a judge awarded former Jackson State University (JSU) head coach, Denise Taylor, $200,000 in damages for “emotional pain and suffering” she endured during her employment. Taylor was the head women’s basketball...more

School Districts: New Law Expands Child Abuse Reporting Obligations to School Coaches (8/14)

On August 6, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will require school athletic coaches to report suspected child abuse to the authorities. Under state law, school personnel, including but not limited to,...more

Northwestern University Football Players Are Not Employees

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that grant-in-aid scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act. This has raised the question whether such...more

Amicus Briefs Submitted to NLRB on Appeal of Northwestern University Decision

As previously noted in this blog, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has sought amicus curiae briefing in the Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association matter on review of the NLRB Regional...more

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

The NLRB Invites Comments Before Reaching a Final Decision on Whether to Grant Northwestern University Football Players the Right...

On March 26, 2014, Peter Sung Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) Regional Director in Chicago, ruled that football players at Northwestern University were properly classified as employees of the University...more

College Coaching Comebacks Petrino and Pearl Get Second Chances: The Moral(s) of the Story

Bobby Petrino seems to turn every team that he coaches into a winner – and a cash cow. After Petrino took over the Louisville Cardinals in 2003, he increased the team’s revenue from $10 million to $19 million in just three...more

Is the NLRB’s Brown University Decision on Its Last Leg?

The National Labor Relations Board’s treatment of college and university students as “employees” covered by the National Labor Relations Act has been the subject of a tortured history. In the Fall of 2000, in a case...more

Will the Star Quarterback Be Sacked by the Taxman?

On March 26, 2014, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided scholarship football players at Northwestern University are employees because they “perform services for the benefit of the employer...more

Whistleblowing the NCAA into Compliance

Mike McQueary was living his dream. A Pennsylvania State College kid who quarterbacked the Penn State University Nittany Lions, McQuery had climbed the ranks from Coach Joe Paterno's graduate assistant to Penn State's...more

Northwestern University's Football Team Is Scheduled To Vote On Union Representation

At the end of March, in a landmark decision, the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago held that Northwestern University’s scholarship football players are “employees” who can vote to be...more

Gimme A U-N-I-O-N!

Willa Bepayed is a standout attacker and a Senior on State Tech’s volleyball team. Willa read about Kan Doit, the Southeastern quarterback who’s leading the unionization drive before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)....more

NLRB to Decide Whether Northwestern’s Scholarship Football Players Are Students or Employees

Late yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. granted the request for review (i.e., an appeal) filed by Northwestern University in the much-watched case involving the status of Northwestern’s...more

What Exactly is the Long-Term Impact of the NLRB’s Decision? Part 3

While the Northwestern decision applies to private universities, there is a good chance that this rule would affect public universities as well. States have individual statutes and related administrative bodies that govern...more

NLRB Grants Request for Review of Northwestern University Decision

In a not surprising development, the National Labor Relations Board announced today that it has granted Northwestern University’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s decision directing an election among the...more

Are We There Yet?: Do Northwestern Players Have a Union or not?

When a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to vote on union representation, many media reports treated the...more

Student-Athletes: Are They Employees?

Digging Deeper into the History of the NLRB’s Decision and Northwestern’s Appeal - This case started when the “College Athletes Players Association” (“CAPA”) was formed as a union created to represent the Northwestern...more

College Athletes and Unions: A First Strike from the NLRB

On March 26, the Chicago Region of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or the “Board”) decided that college football players at Northwestern University not only are “employees” but also are entitled to form a labor...more

This Week’s Starting Lineup Brought to You by the NLRB

After a disappointing Saturday loss, a college quarterback returns to practice Monday to find his coach ready and willing to revisit the weekend and remind the quarterback that his starting position and scholarship are on the...more

College Football Players Are Employees? Who's Next?

The NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago issued a decision on March 26 in 13-RC-121359 finding the football players at Northwestern University are employees under the NLRA, over the objections of the University. The Regional...more

Flag On The Play: Will Unions Change the Game of College Sports?

In a historic move, members of the Northwestern University football team recently took initial steps to form a union and seek collective-bargaining rights with the university. Shortly thereafter, the team filed a petition...more

Northwestern Football Players and Academic Medical Centers: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

In a move that has surprised many, but not all, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-watchers and collegiate football fans, Chicago-area NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr has determined that Northwestern University...more

NLRB Regional Director Allows College Football Players to Vote to Unionize

On March 26, 2014, Peter Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB or "the Board") Regional Director for Chicago (the "RD"), held that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team are "employees" under...more

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