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Sports Litigation Alert Reports on the Full Breadth of the Sports Law Industry with Timely, Insightful Articles in Last Two Issues

Beneficiaries of the Alert include both the private sector and higher education, where professors use the Alert with thousands of sports law students. As Hackney Publications closes in on the completion of its 18th year of publishing Sports Litigation Alert, publisher Holt Hackney is especially proud of the last two issues. “We’re touching on every…
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Second Circuit Upholds Decision that Interscholastic Basketball Officials Are Not Statutory Employees

(From the pages of Sports Litigation Alert) By William J. Robers, of Sparks Willson, P.C. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest court to decide that interscholastic basketball officials are not “employees” of either the assigning organization or the schools.  Girard v. International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. et al., 20-981-cv (2d…
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LEAD1 Survey Reveals Strong Majority of FBS Athletics Directors Believe Employment Status of College Athletes Would Impact Funding of Non-Revenue Sports

By Hannah Dewey The LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), which represents the athletics directors of the 130-member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision (“FBS”), recently surveyed approximately 100 of its FBS athletics directors on whether the employment status of college athletes would impact funding of non-revenue sports. Of the LEAD1 athletics directors surveyed, more than 90 percent…
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Major League Soccer Gets Props for Its Racial and Gender Hiring

Richard Lapchick, Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, released the 2021 Major League Soccer Racial and Gender Report Card earlier this week, extolling praise on the association. Using data from the 2021 season, the Report Card includes an analysis of the racial breakdown of…
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Improving the NCAA’s Regulation of Payments to Athletes

By Stephen A. Miller[1] For decades, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) resisted efforts to allow its athletes to earn outside income.  The Association delayed, litigated, formed some task forces, delayed some more… but eventually surrendered in July 2021 after its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue was unanimously rejected.  The surrender…
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Power & Cronin Expands Sports Law Practice Group with Hire of Michael Viverito

Power & Cronin, Ltd announced today the hire of Michael Viverito, building upon its existing sports law practice group. Besides sports law, Viverito will also focus his practice on Corporate Law, Workers’ Compensation, and Intellectual Property. He will support Jared P. Vasilauskas, who heads the practice group. Vasilauskas noted that one of the things that…
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Sports Lawyer Kevin Carpenter Appointed as ITTF’s First Head of Integrity

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has appointed Kevin Carpenter as its first-ever Head of Integrity. In his new role, Carpenter will develop and lead the ITTF Integrity Unit to be at the forefront of the protection of integrity of sport within the Olympic Movement. The ITTF Integrity Unit is an operationally independent unit established…
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The Intersection of Collegiate Athletics and Vaccine Mandates Heating Up, Timely Webinar Set for October 27

Hundreds of colleges and universities across the country, both public and private, have issued mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. Now with the fall semester in full swing students, faculty and staff (especially in athletics) have been challenging the mandates. Institutions find themselves facing litigation that challenges these policies. Well over 100 vaccine mandate lawsuits have been…
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NLRB Issues Provocative Memo on Employee Status of Players at Academic Institutions

Yesterday, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum to all Field offices providing updated guidance regarding her position that certain Players at Academic Institutions (sometimes referred to as student athletes), are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and, as such, are afforded all statutory protections. The memo further advises that, where…
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Attorney Tamika Tremaglio to Serve as Next NBPA Executive Director

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today the selection of Tamika L. Tremaglio as its next Executive Director, succeeding Michele Roberts upon her retirement at the end of the year. Tremaglio will be retiring as the Managing Principal of Deloitte’s Greater Washington practice, where she has served as a trusted advisor and consultant to…
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