Articles matching tag: NCAA
- Column: NCAA Sanctions Syracuse BasketballMarch 9, 2015
“The Emperor has no clothes.” From Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale Although Andersen wrote his fairy tale in 1837, he could have been referring to Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Boeheim has acted the part of an emperor throughout his 37 years at the helm of Syracuse’s successful basketball program. But the Emperor has finally been unclothed. Last week the NCAA Committee on Infractions issued its long awaited report that chastised Syracuse for committing a number of major violations, including academic fraud, extra benefits, illegal booster activities, and ignoring its own drug policy so basketball players wouldn't miss games. Nor did the governing body spare Boeheim. From the report: “During the 10-year period of violations, the head basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program and did not monitor the activities of those who reported to him as they related to academics and booster involvement."
- Column: College Athletes Unrealistic About Playing ProFebruary 9, 2015
“You can do anything you want to do.” How many of us have heard those words spoken by parents, teachers, coaches and peers? But as I tell my students, those words should be taken with a healthy dose of reality. And that admonition is especially true for college athletes. Why? According to data compiled by the NCAA, far too many college athletes in every sport have an unrealistic view of their chances to play pro. Every four years, the NCAA conducts what it calls a GOALS Study (Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in college). The detailed study is a survey of student-athletes in a variety of sports - men’s and women’s - across all three divisions. Student-athletes are asked a broad range of questions about their college experiences including their future expectations to play sports professionally.
- Column: NCAA Admits Defeat in Restoring Paterno WinsJanuary 19, 2015
The biggest news emanating from the recently concluded NCAA annual convention wasn’t the new rules enacted by the Big-5 Conferences, which further distances themselves from the realm of amateurism. As significant as that news was, it took a back seat to the agreement by the NCAA to restore 112 wins to the Penn State University (PSU) football team, 111 of them by legendary coach Joe Paterno. Paterno’s record reverts to its legitimate total of 409-136-3 and restores him to his rightful place as the winningest coach in major college football history.
- Column: NCAA Drug TestsJanuary 13, 2015
The short-handed Oregon Ducks lost to Ohio State 42-20 in Monday’s first ever College Football Playoff (CFP) national championship game. Two Oregon players, wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde, were forced to sit out the game after failing drug tests mandated by the NCAA. Carrington tested positive for marijuana although Forde’s specific violation is unknown. The players were tested prior to the Ducks’ victory over Florida State in the CFP semifinal game the previous week. As with most things involving the NCAA, their role in the drug testing process is controversial.
- Column: College Football Like NFLJanuary 5, 2015
With the first ever Division 1 – Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) – playoff currently underway, perhaps it’s appropriate to ask the question: Is college football now just like the NFL? The answer is… yes and no. No doubt there are similarities between the two. Each strives to maximize revenues but overall the NFL has done a much better job of that than college teams. This year the NFL grossed $10 billion in revenue compared to approximately $3.2 billion by the 120 FBS teams according to the website The Business of College Sports. The figure for colleges is decidedly understated as not all schools report financial data and others don’t include revenue from all sources. Service academies and private schools are not bound by disclosure requirements. In addition, revenue used for college athletics may be intertwined with other University revenue – such as student athletic fees - and some athletic revenue, especially for football, is independent of the University.
- Column: NCAA Says Mo'ne Davis Can Be Paid for Chevy AdOctober 27, 2014
If you’ve been watching the World Series on Fox you may have been surprised by what you saw on the screen. No, I’m not referring to the outstanding defensive plays turned in by players on both teams, or the Kansas City Royals’ shutdown bullpen in the late innings. Based on the pre-series scouting reports those are things we should have expected. What was unexpected was seeing Mo’ne Davis starring in her very own Chevy commercial. The 13-year old Davis took the nation by storm with her talent and personality during the Little League World Series which was broadcast live on ESPN in August. After leading her Philadelphia Taney Dragons team to Williamsport, Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which certainly increased her exposure and no doubt spurred higher magazine sales. It comes as no surprise that Chevrolet would want to recruit the girl-wonder to help them sell automobiles, even though she’s too young to drive one.
- Column: O'Bannon DecisionAugust 11, 2014
When I first began practicing law, a seasoned attorney gave me some sage advice. He said if the law was on my side, argue the law; if the facts were on my side, argue the facts; if neither the law nor the facts were on my side, pound the table. Apparently, the attorneys representing the NCAA in the Ed O’Bannon case received the same advice as they repeatedly pounded the table throughout the trial in June because they had neither the law nor the facts on their side. Therefore, it was no surprise when presiding Judge Claudia Wilken announced her decision last Friday, a mere six weeks after the conclusion of testimony. And it was even less of a surprise that she found for the plaintiffs, ruling that the NCAA violated federal antitrust laws by restricting student athletes from earning money from their likeness and image rights.
- Column: Emmert Disses Minor League SportsJune 23, 2014
If you want to know why the NCAA is out of touch with the rest of the country all you have to do is look at the testimony delivered by its President, Mark Emmert, during his appearance as a witness in the O’Bannon trial last week. The O’Bannon case is just one of a number of high profile lawsuits that have been filed against the NCAA during the past several years. The suit alleges, among things, that the governing body violates federal anti-trust laws by preventing athletes from selling their image rights to the highest bidder.
- Column: NCAA Athletes Are Going HungryApril 21, 2014
On Thursday, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote on a proposal to expand meal options for its student athletes. If you’re a betting person – and if you filled out a March Madness bracket you are – bet the house that the proposal will pass. One of the thousands of petty and arcane rules adopted and enforced by the NCAA limits student athletes on full scholarships to three meals a day or a food stipend. Even greater meal restrictions are placed on walk-ons and those on partial scholarships. No late-night meals or snacks are permitted on the theory that…well, who cares what the theory is? The restrictions are just another example of how the tyrannical governing body abuses the golden goose - student athletes - that makes the suits in the Ivory Towers, i.e., NCAA employees, coaches and athletic administrators, flush with cash.
- Column: Unionization of College AthletesApril 7, 2014
By now, most Americans are aware of the recent decision to grant Northwestern University football players the right to unionize. The ruling, handed down by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) director Peter Sung Ohr, has raised the ire – and fear – of the NCAA and college administrators who have issued confusing and sometimes misleading statements concerning the meaning and impact of the decision on college athletics. Let’s take a look at some of the major issues raised by Ohr’s decision. How did Ohr reach his decision? In order to rule for the players, Ohr had to find that they were employees of the university. By law, an "employee" is a person who  under contract,  performs services for another,  subject to that person’s control,  in return for payment.