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Zion Williamson v. Prime Sports: Round Three

(Editor’s Note: Below is an article from the latest Sports Litigation Alert. Occasionally, we share full or partial articles from other sports law periodicals produced by Hackney Publications) By Jeff Birren, Senior Writer Sports Litigation Alert has previously reported on the litigation between NBA player Zion Williamson and his one-time marketing agent, Prime Sports Marketing. …
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Former AD: College Athletic Programs Must Not Evade Title IX Obligations Critical to Female Athletes’ Success in Monetizing New NIL Rights

Donna Lopiano, former University of Texas AD and a leader for women’s rights in collegiate athletics, recently sent out the following missive in her role as President of the Drake Group. “Newly enacted laws give college athletes the opportunity to earn substantial incomes by monetizing their names, images and likenesses (NILs) through product endorsements, appearances…
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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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Knight Commission Releases Report Seeking to Bridge Finances in Collegiate Athletics with Educational Mission

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released last week a major proposal to require the NCAA, the College Football Playoff (CFP), and Division I conferences to “more closely connect the distribution and spending of billions in shared athletics revenue distributions with the broad educational mission of NCAA Division I college athletics programs.” Its perspective continues…
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Spry Announces Partnership with St. Edward’s University to Help School Manage Compliance with the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Movement

Spry, a technology solution designed to help colleges and universities navigate the rapidly evolving Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) landscape, has announced an agreement with St. Edward’s University, an NCAA Division II school in Austin, Texas, to help the school’s athletic department manage compliance issues that arise as student-athletes sign contracts to leverage their NIL.…
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Sports Law Professor Joshua Gordon Appointed as Faculty Athletics Representative

Joshua Gordon, Woodard Family Foundation Fellow and senior instructor of sports business and law at the University of Oregon, has been named the school’s next faculty athletics representative (FAR). In this role, Gordon will work with the president and the faculty to ensure the academic integrity of the intercollegiate program, promote the well-being of student-athletes,…
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The Atlantic East Conference Turns to Spry to Manage Compliance with the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Movement

The Atlantic East Conference and Spry announced Thursday a conference-wide partnership to help each school manage the NIL compliance landscape.  In a proactive move, conference leadership will assist in providing Spry software to all seven of the Atlantic East schools. “We are excited to partner with Spry, an industry leader in the NIL space, to…
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Sports Lawyer Anthony Martinez To Lead Compliance at Grand Canyon University

Anthony Martinez is the newest addition to the Grand Canyon athletics department leadership, taking on the role of Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. Martinez spent the last four years at San Diego, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance. In his role at GCU, Martinez will lead the department’s compliance efforts…
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Mike McIntyre Named Legislative Committee Co-Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section.

Attorney Mike McIntyre of Ward & Smith has been named Legislative Committee Co-Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section. McIntyreHe has served in this role handling federal affairs for the last six years and has been nominated and reappointed each year. The Sports and Entertainment Law Section includes lawyers who…
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Sports Law Professor Named Dean of Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Bridget Niland has been named dean of Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Niland comes to NU from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo/Project Play WNY, where she served as the director of Project Play Western New York, a collaborative effort with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Youth Sports Initiative to provide children…
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