Significant Legal Issues In Intercollegiate Athletics

2017 witnessed several key developments in the legal and business issues impacting universities and intercollegiate athletics. From new tax laws to FBI investigations, sports gambling to amateurism, there are a number of issues that have the potential to fundamentally alter the operation of college athletics for the foreseeable future.

Crisis in Confidence: Academics In Collegiate Athletics

At the very least, there needs to be a redefining of what constitutes substantial academic assistance. This redefinition should be in terms of how much assistance need be given in an individual case and, more so, in recognizing a systemic failure as constituting substantial assistance without regard to the proofs as to the extent of assistance in individual cases.

Crisis Management: Hartford AD Gillespie & Charlotte AD Rose

New University of Hartford Athletic Director Mary Ellen Gillespie and longtime Charlotte Athletic Director Judy Rose discuss tenants of crisis management with Parker Executive Search's Daniel Parker. In the lengthy conversation, Gillespie highlights the need for full integration with the overall institution, while Rose recounts some situations that shaped how the 49ers document & communicate during tense situations.

The Fallacy Of Fragile Demand for “Amateurism”

At the core of its legal arguments, the NCAA argues (without market-based evidence) that amateurism is unable to stand on its own in the marketplace and that rules that provide for collective punishments, including full-on boycotts of athletes who seek their market rate, are necessary for the product to exist, and therefore the NCAA is immune from antitrust scrutiny.