September-October 2021

Georgia Tech Basketball Programs and their Continued Compliance Woes

By Michael A. Ross, MS On September 21, 2021, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) placed Georgia Tech’s Women’s Basketball Program on a three-year probationary period and Georgia Tech Athletics added an additional self-imposed $5,000 fine. A 1% additional fine of the women’s basketball program’s annual budget was also added as a prescribed measure to…
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NAAC Announces 2021 Award Winners

The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) has announced its 2021 award winners. The premier honor bestowed by the association was the Frank Kara Award, which this year was given to Matt Burgemeister of the Atlantic Coast Conference. “It is the highest honor that may be bestowed upon compliance professionals,” according to NAAC. “This award,…
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Federal Judge Allows Student-Athletes Wage and Hour Claims Against the NCAA to Continue

By Gregg E. Clifton, of Jackson Lewis The NCAA must defend claims that they are a joint employer from student-athletes seeking to be paid for the time they spend participating in collegiate athletic activities. Despite U.S. District Court Judge John Padova’s dismissal with prejudice of wage and hour claims filed by the student-athletes against more…
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Long Hits His Stride as Powerful Legal Resource in the NCAA Compliance Space

Five years ago, when Jackson Lewis P.C. announced the hire of John G. Long to its Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group, the comments of Gregg Clifton, who led the Group then and leads the Group today, were prophetic. “John has valuable insight into the diverse issues facing the collegiate sports world, and the unique…
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What’s in a Name (Image or Likeness)? Quite a Bit for Star College Athletes

By Matthew Savare, Bryan Sterba, and Zachary Bocian, of Lowenstein Sandler Many years ago, the state of the law regarding name, image, and likeness issues (“NIL” or right of publicity) was once described as a “haystack in a hurricane.”  Such a description accurately depicted (and sadly, still depicts) this convoluted and often confusing area of…
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Will the NCAA’s NIL Ruling Impact Collegiate Esports?

By David A. Moreno Jr. and Alvin Benjamin Carter III, of Brown Rudnick In 2014, Kurt Melcher, an associate athletics director at Robert Morris University, called up an executive at Riot Games, which publishes the popular video game League of Legends. The reason? He was laying plans to form the first collegiate esports team. “This…
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Ohio State Welcomes a Flood of NIL Deals, and the Accompanying Benefits for the Athletic Department

On September 30, The Ohio State University’s Athletic Compliance Department tweeted that its “student-athletes are very impressive! As of today, we’ve reviewed 400 NIL disclosures. Keep up the great work Buckeyes !!” While some athletic departments may be viewing NIL as a necessary evil, OSU is not one of them. Rather, the OSU sees NIL…
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Former TCU Assistant Coach Violated NCAA Ethical Conduct Rules

A former TCU men’s basketball assistant coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a $6,000 payment from a business management company in exchange for agreeing to influence student-athletes to use the company’s services. The assistant coach also provided false or misleading information about his actions and failed to cooperate with the school’s investigation,…
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Journal of NCAA Compliance Expands Editorial Review Board

The Journal of NCAA Compliance (JONC), a peer-reviewed journal published by Hackney Publications, has expanded its Editorial Review Board to accommodate the growing interest compliance professionals have in writing for the publication. JONC (https://journalncaacompliance.com/), which is led by Academic Co-Editors Dave Ridpath (Ohio) and Clay Bolton (Texas A&M – Commerce), has been produced for 15…
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Elmira Committed Financial Aid Violations and Failed to Monitor

Elmira committed major financial aid violations when it awarded merit-based scholarships to student-athletes at a disproportionately higher rate than other students, according to a decision released by the Division III Committee on Infractions. The NCAA enforcement staff and school agreed that Elmira awarded approximately $144,909 in financial aid to 36 student-athletes across 13 sports in…
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