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‘Equal Pay for Team USA’ Act Reintroduced Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

By Doriyon C. Glass and Gregg E. Clifton , of Jackson Lewis   Legislation recently reintroduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joins a growing number of federal bills on pay equity for female athletes. The “Equal Pay for Team USA” Act of 2021, first introduced in 2019, would require equal…
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U.S. Department of Education Will Protect LGBTQ+ Students – Jackson Lewis

By Susan D. Friedfel, Monica H. Khetarpal and Carol R. Ashley. of jackson Lewis It will fully enforce Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from it, the U.S. Department of Education has clarified…
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LEAD1 Association Announces Diversity Fellowship Program to Increase Diversity in FBS Leadership

The LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), which represents the athletic directors of the 130-member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), announced today the creation of the “LEAD1 Diversity Fellowship Program.” This new program will result in a year-long opportunity for each class of people of color and female administrators to better prepare to assume the athletics…
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, Irking Advocates for Having Transgender Kids Compete in Girls’ Sports

The following is a press release from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Office: Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 1028 creating the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” and preserving fair opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and abilities in athletic competition. The bill specifies that an athletic team or sport that is designated for…
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Yakovee Opens Own Sports Law Firm

Experienced sports lawyer Vered Yakovee has opened her own law firm, specializing in sports law and commercial transactions. Yakovee told Sports Litigation Alert that she started Yakovee Law “after lawyer friends at two professional sports teams contacted me to work with them on projects. “Yakovee Law allows me to offer the broad experience I gained…
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Title IX and Cutting Collegiate Athletic Teams During the Pandemic

By Professor Paul Anderson, Director, Sports Law Program and National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School (The following passage is excerpted from an exclusive article that appeared in Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics.) On July 8, 2020, Stanford University announced that it would discontinue 11 varsity sports programs at the…
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Ithaca to Host The State of Gender Equity in College Sport on May 10

The Ithaca College Park School of Communications will host a virtual program, entitled The State of Gender Equity in College Sport, on May 10, from 7 to 8:30 pm (EST). The program, which will be moderated by Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, Professor, Sports Media, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, will feature “a discussion…
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Women’s Sports Policy Working Group Denounces ‘Cancel Culture,’ Releases Model State Statute and Gives Kudos to NCAA

(What follows is commentary from the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group, which is comprised of Olympic gold medalist swimmer Donna de Varona, former President, Women’s Sports Foundation, USOPC Board of Directors; International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles;…
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NCAA Board of Governors Issues Statement on Transgender Participation

The following was released by the NCAA yesterday: The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition. The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in…
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Sports Lawyers Association Announces Virtual Conference – SLA 2.0: Innovation During a Time of Change

The Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) has announced its 2021 conference as a fully virtual event that is scheduled for May 17-21. Here’s a glimpse of what attendees can expect: Pre-conference events, including Meet the Presidents: Past, Present, and Future and the annual Women in the SLA gathering Dynamic speaker lineups featuring some of the top…
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