Bennett H. Speyer

The Buck Stops Here: Head Coach Responsibility and Guidelines from the Boeheim Case

“The buck stops here.” This is a common adage used when talking about responsibility for actions undertaken by a person or someone associated with that person. For all coaches and especially college head coaches, “the buck” literally stops with them. Collegiate head coaches bear ultimate responsibility for almost all actions undertaken by members of their […]

Student-Athlete Benefits – the Insurance Component

Injuries to high profile athletes consistently make the headlines, including this year where potential Heisman candidates Nick Chub (University of Georgia) and Seth Russell (Baylor University) have both suffered season ending injuries.  So how can a student-athlete protect themselves when an injury occurs?  One of the first steps is understanding the insurance component of collegiate athletics.

O’Bannon Update: Plaintiff’s Arguments Against Stay of Injunction

The Plaintiffs in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association case filed their opposition on Monday to the NCAA’s request to stay the injunction that on Saturday would allow schools to begin offering football and men’s basketball players as much as $5,000 per year to compensate them for use of their names, images, and likenesses.  On […]

Recent Litigation Shows Buyout Clauses Don’t Always Provide Certainty as Designed

Parties to a contract may agree in advance to an amount of money to be paid as damages in the event of a breach – a remedy known as “liquidated damages.”  In March, Shumaker Sports wrote about why it is important for a coach to “Examine your Contract” and carefully assess any liquidated damages provisions […]