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Law Firm Partners with LSU Men’s Basketball Guard Jordan Wright

Louisiana personal injury attorney Gordon McKernan has announced another Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deal, this one with Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Men’s Basketball guard, Jordan Wright. The signing marks a significant milestone as the first men’s basketball student-athlete to join McKernan’s roster of NIL partnerships. Since the NCAA’s groundbreaking decision to allow student-athletes to leverage…
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Temple Law and Philadelphia Councilmember Partner on Groundbreaking NIL Bill for Area High Schools

The Temple Law community, local athletes and coaches, and members of the press gathered on campus on Jan. 24 to celebrate new legislation that protects Philadelphia high school athletes in name, image and likeness (NIL) negotiations. The bill, titled Youth Name, Image, and Likeness Protection, is the product of a partnership between the Beasley School of…
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Day 2 Recap of NCAA Convention 2024 – Special to Sports Law Exper

By Kasey Nielsen and Joel Nielsen, of Bricker Graydon The second day of the NCAA Convention was as action-packed as the first, but two issues stood out. NCAA goes (back) to Washington Perhaps in a nod to its recent track record, the NCAA doubled-down on its position that federal legislation is the best avenue for…
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THE FINAL LEG OF THE NCAA’S AMATEURISM MODEL BUCKLES UNDER THE ASSOCIATION’S YEAR-END PROPOSAL TO MEMBER SCHOOLS

By Christina Stylianou & Gregg E. Clifton Following a three-year spell of changes in college sports and increased pressure to adapt its policies under the weight of aggressive state legislation and mounting litigation, the NCAA has now issued a proposal that acknowledges the cracks in the NCAA’s longstanding amateurism model. In a multi-page letter to his Division I…
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The Downside of Being a Successful Sports Lawyer?

By Darren Heitner Is there such a thing as doing too much to brand yourself in a particular niche? It’s a question I have been asking myself occasionally as of late. Let me give you some background. Going into law school, I was certain I wanted to be a sports agent. I spent years building…
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Canes Connection Named ‘Official’ NIL Collective of University of Miami Athletics

The University of Miami Athletics announced last week that Canes Connection is now its Official Name, Image & Likeness (NIL) Collective. Legends, which manages corporate sponsorships and multimedia rights for UM Athletics, facilitated the partnership with Canes Connection. “We are excited to announce that Canes Connection is our Official NIL Collective,” Vice President/Director of Athletics…
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BakerHostetler Points to ‘Key Takeaways from Congressional NIL Hearings’

By Ronald B. Gaither Jr., Elizabeth G. McCurrach and Sydney W. Park After the 10th hearing before Congress regarding name, image and likeness (NIL), a federal NIL law is no closer to the finish line. On Oct. 17, six witnesses — NCAA President Charlie Baker, Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti, United States National Team gymnast Trinity…
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Bill Introduced Allowing International Student-Athletes to Enter into NIL Deals

By Elyse Ponterio On October 17th, Republican Senator Pete Ricketts of Nebraska introduced a bill alongside Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut to allow international student-athletes to be able to receive money from name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals.[2] Currently, international student athletes cannot profit from their NIL due to visa restrictions. This bill, called the Name…
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Drake Group Examines Congressional Efforts to Alleviate the NIL Chaos

The Drake Group has released an executive summary of key elements and comments on each of seven legislative initiatives announced thus far in the 118th Congress. There are currently eight federal bills or bill discussion drafts related to college athletes’ rights to monetize their names, images, and likenesses (NILs) via employment outside their colleges and…
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Spencer Fane Officially Launches Sports Law Practice, Expanding Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Work

Spencer Fane LLP iannounced yesterday the formal launch of its Sports Law team, led by attorneys Peter Goplerud, Loren Mulraine, and James Crumlin. Comprising lawyers who have experience in corporate law, entertainment, higher education, intellectual property, and labor and employment, the group already has significant experiences in key aspects of name, image, and likeness (NIL) practice. The team handles legal…
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