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Sports Law Links: NCAA Edition

Our daily Sports Law Links update continues this week with our coverage of the latest NCAA sports law headlines. In today’s edition: March Madness, the O’Bannon appeal, John Chavis’s contract dispute, and more.

  • March Madness: performance bonuses abound in coaches’ contracts. A brief primer on how the broadcasting revenues are distributed. More details on the “basketball fund” distribution.
  • Justin Sievert answered some basic questions about the John Chavis contract dispute. More on the liquidated damages clause from Christian Dennie. Chavis recently amended his petition to seek unpaid incentives and vacation time. LSU has challenged the Texas court’s jurisdiction.
  • Here’s the website for the NCAA and EA video game likeness settlements.
  • Ed O’Bannon’s lawyers fought the fee reduction sought by the NCAA. Jon Solomon provided a cheat sheet for the O’Bannon appeal. Nathaniel Grow previewed the case before oral arguments. Marc Edelman noticed the irony in the NCAA’s amateurism arguments occurring a day before its most commercialized event of the year. Matthew Parlow writes on the potential unintended consequences of the decision. Jon Solomon recapped the appellate oral arguments. More on the judges’ questions. Ed O’Bannon’s stronger stance against the NCAA.
  • Paying college athletes: economists say NCAA schools can afford it. Andy Schwarz explains the cash flow model of value and how athlete pay could work. One congressman sees it as an “inevitability.” Crowdfunding NCAA athletes continues to gain momentum with a new website.
  • Jim Boeheim plans to appeal the NCAA’s Syracuse punishments. Justin Sievert previews Boeheim’s likely argument.
  • The NCAA has released documents from the USC-Todd McNair case. You can find the 500 pages of documents directly here. Embarrassing emails contribute to an appearance of bias. David Ridpath calls the process flawed and untenable.
  • The NCAA and UNC seek dismissal of the academic scandal lawsuit. UNC is using 11th amendment and statute of limitations defenses, while the NCAA claims it did not owe the plaintiffs a duty to prevent academic fraud.
  • Armond Armstead is headed for his day in court against the NCAA in his painkiller lawsuit.
  • A Lloyd’s lawsuit and the upcoming NFL draft shine a light on sports insurance and how it affects college athletes.
  • A new group will study Division I transfer rules.
  • Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick envisions two college athletic associations.
  • Warren Zola: Is the NCAA business enterprise crumbling under its own success?

About Ian Gunn

Ian is a New Orleans attorney and a 2014 graduate of Tulane University Law School with a certificate in sports law. Before practicing law, he worked for the legal departments of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the San Antonio Spurs. He also interned for a player representation agency and an international stadium management company. At Tulane, he served as the Editor in Chief of The Sports Lawyers Journal, Senior Managing Editor of The Sports Lawyer, and as an officer for the Sports Law Society. Prior to attending Tulane, Ian graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in philosophy, B.S. in psychology, and minor in political science.

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