Sports Law

The Well-Intended But Misguided Student-Athlete Equity Act

September 11, 2019

The economics of intercollegiate athletics generate strong and divided opinions. The NCAA’s Division I manual espouses the view that college sports should be “a vital part of the educational system” adhering to “standards of scholarship, sportsmanship and amateurism” and reflecting “a clear line of demarcation between intercollegiate athletics and professional sports.” That line is not…

The ‘Crime’ of Paying College Basketball Stars: Form over Substance?

March 20, 2018

Last September, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that federal charges had been brought against major figures in college basketball. A group of 10 assistant coaches, agents and sneaker executives were indicted with conspiracy to commit bribery, solicitation of bribes, mail fraud and wire fraud. The defendants are accused of paying—“bribing”—some of the nation’s most…