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Ethical Misconduct in Coaching

The recent news of athletic department recruitment scandals - accepting bribes to gain admissions using dedicated roster spots for non-athletes - and for the practice to so easily escape detection is diagnostic of a greater issue within the results-oriented world of collegiate athletics.[1] An environment conducive to ethical misconduct may exist where rules are stretched, improprieties are overlooked and whistleblowing only occurs at great personal risk, both for athletic department employees, as well as students.  Inadequate oversight of unethical misconduct can result in severe consequences, such as the recent and tragic death of a University of Maryland athlete.  In that case, an entire University Board was forced to functionally admit a major athletic program oversight.   Schools and universities must take steps now to ensure that oversight of ethical misconduct, particularly in the athletic department, is being handled appropriately.

Intercollegiate Athletics and Collective Bargaining Agreements

For close to a century, intercollegiate athletics under the umbrella of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the “NCAA”) has operated under the amateurism model, as propagated by the courts, which have consistently held that athletes are students and not employees of the institutions of higher education in which they matriculate.  Thus the origin of the term “student-athlete”, which is a term of art denoting amateurism.  This determination by the courts, although arguably flawed in its reasoning, has provided substantial economic advantages to many of the NCAA member institutions as they generate large amounts of revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships, marketing and sales, lucrative television contracts, merchandising and licensing and sales of paraphernalia to fans with great affinities for their university athletic teams.

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Labor & Employment Newsletter - June 2019

Intercollegiate Athletics and Collective Bargaining Agreements

Proposed Title IX Rule Changes Provide Clarity for Schools, Support for Survivors and Due Process Rights for All

Ethical Misconduct in Coaching

Is the Playing Field Level?

Nonprofit Report - April 2019

The Laws Impacting Automatic Renewal of Membership Dues - The Basics for Associations

Federal Lobbyists Must Now Disclose Past Convictions