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More College Athletic Departments Announce Plans to Work with Spry on Day that Name, Image, and Likeness Laws Go Live

On July 1, two college athletic departments – The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Penn State University (PSU) – announced that they are joining forces with Spry. These partnerships will help their compliance departments manage the opportunities and risks associated with Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) implementation. NIL has emerged as law in some states,…
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NFL ANNOUNCES OUTCOME OF WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM WORKPLACE REVIEW BY SPORTS LAWYER

The National Football League announced yesterday the outcome of the workplace review of the Washington Football Team led by independent counsel Beth Wilkinson, as well as remedial measures and penalties arising out of that review, according to an NFL press release. Wilkinson’s firm (“Wilkinson”) was initially engaged by the Washington club in July 2020.  At…
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NIL: The Ball is in Your Court – What Are You Going to Do With It?

LEAD1 Virtual Forum: “NIL: The Ball is in Your Court – What Are You Going to Do With It?” TUESDAY, JULY 6TH 2pm – 3pm ET (11am – 12:00pm PT) LEAD1, which represents the 131 athletic directors from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, will continue to host a number of virtual forums for ADs, coaches, administrators…
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NCAA adopts interim name, image and likeness policy

The NCAA just made the following announcement: NCAA college athletes will have the opportunity to benefit from their name, image and likeness beginning Thursday. Governance bodies in all three divisions today adopted a uniform interim policy suspending NCAA name, image and likeness rules for all incoming and current student-athletes in all sports. “This is an…
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Supreme Court Backs Cursing Cheerleader, But It’s a Narrow Ruling

By Ken Paulson, Director of @FreeSpeechMTSU When it comes to the free speech rights of students, it’s still 1969 in the U.S. Supreme Court. Today the court ruled 8-1 in favor of a disgruntled high school cheerleader who profanely posted her thoughts about the cheerleading program on Snapchat. That led to a one-year suspension from…
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Robert Fountain Promoted to Texas Rangers Corporate Counsel

Sports lawyer Robert Fountain has been named corporate counsel of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Fountain, a Stetson University College of Law graduate, leaves behind a position as associate general counsel for the United Soccer League, where he spent the previous ten months. From 2014 to the summer of 2020, Fountain was an attorney for…
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Esports Entertainment Group Named Official Esports Tournament Provider of the New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have announced a marketing partnership with Esports Entertainment Group Inc. (EEG), naming the esports company their Official esports tournament provider, beginning on July 1. As part of this relationship, EEG will operate three Rangers-themed esports tournaments utilizing its Esports Gaming League brand and platform. EEG will work with the Rangers organization…
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Lopiano, Drake Group Suggests NCAA ‘Cannot Survive’ After Scotus Ruling

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week in NCAA v. Alston advanced the interests of college athletes and sent a clear message to the NCAA: enactment by the NCAA of any governance rule that has an economic impact will likely precipitate antitrust scrutiny from the federal courts, according to the Drake Group and Donna Lopiano, President…
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Sports Lawyer Grace Falkenbach Named Assistant Director for Compliance at Xavier

Xavier Director of Compliance Leslie Fields has announced the addition of Grace Falkenbach as the department’s assistant director for compliance. “Grace is a rising star in athletics compliance and we’re fortunate to have her joining our team,” said Fields. “She has outstanding practical experience in compliance; but what really sets Grace apart are her abilities…
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Hagens Berman Attorneys Issue Five Guiding Principles of Legislation of NCAA College Athlete Rights to Name, Image and Likeness

Hagens Berman, a national law firm “supporting the rights of college athletes” has issued five guiding principles to members of the Senate Commerce Committee as the committee considers a recently proposed bill proposed by Sen. Roger Wicker, which has “the potential to rob hundreds of thousands of college athletes of the rights to compensation” for…
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