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Drake Group Decries NCAA Infractions Decision concerning UMass Women’s Tennis and Former Athlete, Brittany Collen

(What follows is news from the Drake Group today.) The Drake Group, decries an October 16, 2020 NCAA Committee on Infractions decision penalizing college athletes rather than the athletic program administrators who botched the computation of their scholarship checks. Over a three-year period, UMass athletic department administrators failed to properly compute payments when 12 athletes…
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Jim Perzik, Long-Time Los Angeles Lakers GC, Dies of COVID

James L. (Jim) Perzik, a sports lawyer who was active in leadership roles with the Los Angeles Lakers has died at the age of 91. The cause of death was reportedly complications arising from COVID 19. Perzik began his career with the Lakers in 1991 as the team’s general counsel. In a statement, the Perzik…
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Spry Payment Systems Announces Oral Roberts University Athletics Will Test Its NIL Platform

Spry Payment Systems, Inc. (Spry), a technology company that creates a way for colleges and student athletes to embrace the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) movement, has announced that Oral Roberts University Athletics (ORU) will test its NIL platform. What separates Spry from other companies in the space is that its platform was built from…
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COVID-19 Accelerates Expansion of Esports as the Industry Navigates New Obstacles, Survey Finds

Industry insiders believe the spotlight afforded by COVID-19-related shutdowns and restrictions will generate increased investment and deal activity for esports in the near term. Yet, as the third annual Esports Survey Report shows, even esports isn’t immune to the pandemic’s effects. The report is available at here. Conducted by law firm Foley & Lardner LLP…
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Sports Law Attorney Believes Biden May Be Hands Off When It Comes to Sports Gambling

Irwin Kishner, co-chair of Herrick’s Sports Law Group, was quoted in Law360 discussing how voters in Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana approved ballot measures to legalize sports betting, joining 22 other states and the District of Columbia. The article reports that this “state-by-state approach to legalization has created challenges for betting operators, limiting a potential national market.”…
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SFIA Appoints Bill Patterson as New Chief Business Officer

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) has announced the appointment of Bill Patterson as SFIA’s Chief Business Officer, effective immediately. Patterson previously served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Accounts at OpSec Security. “Bill Patterson provides a fresh and innovative approach to the future of SFIA as our organization evolves during this…
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Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports

The Ivy League Council of Presidents has decided that league schools will not conduct intercollegiate athletics competition in winter sports during the 2020-21 season. In addition, the Ivy League will not conduct competition for fall sports during the upcoming spring semester. Lastly, intercollegiate athletics competition for spring sports is postponed through at least the end…
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Morgan Lewis Attorney Writes About How the Change in US Administration May Affect the Sports Industry

Elizabeth C. Polido, an associate in the New York office of Morgan Lewis, just published the following timely piece on the firm’s site: “President-elect Joseph Biden has indicated that he will make significant changes to the policies and practices of the prior administration that will impact the public and employers, including in the sports industry.…
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Program Elimination Clauses in College Coaching Contracts

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from Sports Litigation Alert. It is one of more than a dozen article s that appear issue. The Alert publishes every two weeks and is available by subscription here.) By Robert J. Romano, St. John’s University, Division of Sports Management During the 2019 football season, NCAA member institutions…
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Ever-growing Student Sports Law Network Hosting Inaugural Virtual Symposium November 10-12

The Student Sports Law Network will host its inaugural virtual symposium from Nov. 10 through Nov. 12. The three nights of events will bring together some of the sharpest legal minds from around the country. Each night, in front of registered guests, these accomplished individuals will discuss some of the most-important topics in sports law.…
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