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Making Sense of College Coaching Contracts

“In addition to the growing financial commitments involved, negotiating college coaching contracts has become a far more complex procedure for both parties due to the non-standardized nature of each process and outcome. Unlike professional athletes and actors that collectively bargain for certain rights, every single coaching contract is a unique agreement unto-itself. Understanding the nuances […]

Supreme Court Finds Cheerleading Uniforms Copyrightable in Landmark Apparel Copyright Case

In the first apparel copyright case ever considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., the high court found on March 22, 2017 that decorative elements of a cheerleading uniform could be protected by copyright law. Varsity Brands Inc., the country’s largest cheerleading supplier, sued Star Athletica LLC, an upstart […]

Why Roger Goodell Might Be Glad The Super Bowl Is Not Competing With An eSports Event … Yet

Every year, no sporting event attracts more viewers than the Super Bowl.  That will be the case again when the Patriots and Falcons square off in Super Bowl 51.  But not everything on TV is the same as it has been in the past. In a recent column, Sports Business Journal media reporter John Ourand […]

Best Practices for Collegiate Coaches Regarding Title IX

Title IX continues to evolve and the future enforcement of the legislation may be somewhat uncertain due to the transition of leadership at the federal level as summarized by Marissa Pollick in her recent post. Despite this change, coaches still need to understand and follow the law and regulations in addition to working with university […]

Title IX Enforcement: Potential Changes for Schools and Universities

Schools and universities should be informed that Title IX enforcement in the area of campus sexual assault might be scaled back or even eliminated under the new Trump administration. This is particularly significant for athletic directors, coaches, and conference commissioners who are focused on the proper role of collegiate athletic departments in combating and eradicating […]

Shaw Serves as Panelist at NACWAA 2016 Rally

Proud to attend the excellent panel presentation at the NACWAA Rally yesterday, featuring my Shumaker colleague Dana Drew Shaw, along with a packed room of women athletic administrators. The topic, Legal Aspects of Sport Supervision, led to an important discussion and analysis of the major areas of legal concern in collegiate athletic departments today, together […]

O’Bannon’s End: Supreme Court Rejects Appellate Review

The lawsuit against the NCAA over whether Division I men’s basketball and football players can be compensated for the commercial use of their names, images and likenesses came to an abrupt end on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions by both O’Bannon and the NCAA to review the case. The Supreme Court’s decision […]