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Public Official or Private Citizen? In Free Speech Cases, Courts Must Decide

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

First Amendment retaliation claims may be getting harder to pursue for state employees, as courts seem increasingly likely to view speech as part of the employees' roles as public officials rather than as private citizens....more

High School Football Coach Does Not Have The Right To Pray On The 50 Yard Line After The Game – Lessons From The Ninth Circuit...

Does a school district violate the First Amendment when it prohibits a football coach from kneeling on the fifty yard line and praying with students and members of the public at the end of each high school football game? The...more

Ineligible Coach On The Field – Assessing Whether Restrictions Are Enforceable In Contracts

With the start of college football season around the corner, attention turns to off-season shake ups in coaching staffs. One controversial change involved defensive coordinator Robert H. Shoop. Shoop traded in his blue and...more

Torts – Youth Soccer Association has a duty to require and conduct criminal background checks on its employees and volunteers.

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Jane Doe, a minor, v. United States Youth Soccer Association, Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (February 22, 2017) - This case analyzed whether youth soccer organizations may be liable to a...more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

by Butler Snow LLP on

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

A Closer Look at the New Lawsuit By Baylor Football Coach Art Briles

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

It’s been a tough few months for Baylor football and its former coach Art Briles. Baylor fired Briles in May of this year, after an outside law firm investigated the school’s response to alleged sexual assaults by football...more

Three Point Shot - December 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In Partial Trademark Victory over Chinese Sportswear Company, MJ Posterizes Unauthorized User of Chinese Version of His Name - In Game 3 of the first round of the 1991 NBA Eastern Conference playoffs between the New York...more

Best Practices for Collegiate Coaches Regarding Title IX

Title IX continues to evolve and the future enforcement of the legislation may be somewhat uncertain due to the transition of leadership at the federal level as summarized by Marissa Pollick in her recent post. Despite this...more

A Reminder To Be Careful With Ex-Employees And Confidential Information

by Reed Smith on

A lot of companies rely on retired and otherwise former employees for information in litigation – including product liability litigation. Particularly where a product (such as a drug that’s now gone generic) has a long...more

Legal Question of the Week – November, 2016 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: It is tough being a coach, as I know from personal experience. I was the boys basketball coach before getting this gig as principal. Given my experience, I like to give the coaches at my school advice...more

Bribery and the beautiful game: A typology

by Reed Smith on

It will have saddened many people to read further allegations of wrongdoing in English football. The story, based on classic secret recording methods, was broken by The Daily Telegraph and has been picked up by the entire...more

Put Me in Coach! Using Split Dollar Life Insurance Plans to Compensate Division I Coaches

by Gerald Nowotny on

In August 2016, the national sports media provided details regarding the compensation package for Coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of Michigan. It comes as no surprise to anyone that Division I football and basketball...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #3

by Field Law on

C. In cases involving injuries caused by one player to another during a sporting event, there must be a deliberate intent to cause injury or reckless disregard for liability to be found. Henderson v. Canadian Hockey Assn...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

800-Meter Champion Berian Eventually Outpaces Nike Endorsement Suit... Or Did He? World 800-meter champion Boris Berian is seemingly capable of out-running just about anything these days. Berian is just a year removed...more

The New Wage And Hour Regulations: Is Your Institution in Compliance?

by Fisher Phillips on

The long awaited changes to the federal wage and hour regulations were finally released by the Department of Labor (USDOL) on May 18, 2016. The changes, which generally relate to the salary basis amount required for the white...more

Jocks and Docs: Classifying Postdocs and Coaches Under the DOL’s New Rules

On May 18, 2016, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

The FLSA Overtime Regulations Are Changing December 1, 2016: Colleges and Universities Will be Ready

We’ve had plenty of time to adapt and now the new rules are clear. Colleges and universities will be ready. In the spring of 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage...more

Coaches and Athletic Trainers Under the New FLSA Rules

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As schools seek to adjust to the new Department of Labor overtime exemption rules and increased salary standards, nearly every institution has classification and overtime-calculation questions about athletic coaches and...more

Connecticut General Assembly Addresses Several Employment-Related Bills in Shortened Session

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The “short” session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s biennial term ended on May 4, but there were several employment-related bills that passed in the session’s final days and hours. While most of these bills are still...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Speaks: March 2016

The General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee was active before its March 17, 2016 deadline for approving bills, voting favorably and advancing many bills out of committee....more

More Money, More Problems? – The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches (Employment Matters)

This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that Employment Matters will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. It is no secret that the salaries of coaches...more

The Connection between Coaching and Mentoring and Great Lawyer Careers -- Sporkin's Kids and other Examples

by William Henderson on

My previous post excerpted the introduction "How to Solve the Legal Profession's Diversity Problem." The article suggests that our diversity challenges are rooted in a systems problem. First, our systems for selecting and...more

More Money, More Problems? – The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches

This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. It is no secret that the salaries of coaches of high profile...more

USC Responds to Football Coach’s Claims that Termination Was Discriminatory

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In October of last year, I wrote in this space about how the firing of Steve Sarkisian as head football coach by the University of Southern California (“USC”) may raise legal issues related to the Americans with Disabilities...more

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