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THIRD CIRCUIT REJECTS NCAA APPEAL ARGUMENT REGARDING STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYEE STATUS UNDER THE FLSA

By Gregg Clifton and Christina Stylianou, of Lewis Brisbois In a long-awaited decision on the NCAA’s interlocutory appeal in Johnson v. NCAA following a February 2023 oral argument, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has now rejected the NCAA’s effort to overturn the District Court’s denial of its motion to…
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Peter Goplerud Talks NIL Rights for Athletes on Sports Law Expert Podcast

Spencer Fane attorney Peter Goplerud was the featured guest on the May 28 episode of Sports Law Expert. The conversation was recorded during the 49th Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference, where Peter served as a panelist. In his discussion with host Holt Hackney, Peter spoke on a wide range of name, image, and likeness (NIL) matters, including rights…
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CCHA Law and The PICTOR Group Announce New Partnership in Collegiate Athletics Space

Church Church Hittle and Antrim (CCHA Law) has announced a strategic partnership with The PICTOR Group, a consulting firm with extensive experience in the athletics sector. This collaboration aims “to enhance the services offered to clients by leveraging the combined expertise and resources of both organizations.” Through this partnership, CCHA Law and The PICTOR Group…
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Sports Lawyer Tim Cedrone Takes the Reigns as GC at Lafayette

Timothy D. Cedrone, who has worked as a sports lawyer in private practice, for the National Football League and for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, has joined Lafayette as the college’s General Counsel. Since 2018, Cedrone served as Associate General Counsel at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In this role, he…
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Texas Tech, Two Docs Brewing Co. Announce Sponsorship Agreement, Creating Official NIL Beer

Texas Tech Athletics announced last week a sponsorship agreement with Two Docs Brewing Co. to launch Raiderland Red Pale Ale as the official NIL beer of the Red Raiders. With the agreement, a percentage of every sale will support NIL funding for Texas Tech student-athletes through the Matador Club, the official NIL collective of Texas…
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Division I Council Votes to Remove Cannabinoids from the Banned Drug Class

The Division I Council voted earlier this week to remove cannabinoids from the banned drug class for championships and postseason participation in football, effective immediately. “The NCAA drug testing program is intended to focus on integrity of competition, and cannabis products do not provide a competitive advantage,” Josh Whitman, chair of the council and athletics…
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Lawyer in General Counsel’s Office Takes Over Coastal Carolina Athletic Department

Chance Miller, J.D., senior deputy athletics director at the University of South Carolina, has been named Coastal Carolina University’s vice president for intercollegiate athletics and University recreation following a nationwide search, according to CCU President Michael T. Benson, D.Phil. Miller begins his new role on July 16, 2024, and will serve on the President’s Cabinet…
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Sports Law Professor to Coach Hockey Team

Hiram Athletics has announced the addition of three new varsity sports, including one that will be coached by a sports law professor. Dr. Jeffrey Curto, a member of the Sports and Recreation Law Association, will coach the school’s first men’s ice hockey team in Hiram history, which begins play in the 2025-26 season. “I’m honored…
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Sports Lawyer to Lead Compliance at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte Director of Athletics Mike Hill has announced the promotion of Katie Renaut, who has a law degree from Elon, as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Development. Renaut was previously the school’s Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Renaut got her start in athletics compliance with the ACC and she also worked for…
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Sports Lawyer Named NCAA Vice President of the Eligibility Center

The NCAA has announced that Michele Osborne, currently serving as managing director of the NCAA’s office of legal affairs, has been named the NCAA’s new vice president of the Eligibility Center. She brings more than 18 years of experience practicing law and working with collegiate athletics departments and administrators. “I am excited to lead the Eligibility Center at…
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