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Concussion lawsuits beginning to make an impact.

Many former college football players are coming forward and filing complaints about concussions they sustained while playing for their school’s team. The common thread is that, in almost every case, players claim their schools failed to provide appropriate medical treatment, including warning athl...
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January 17, 2017
Upon Further Review: College Athletes Are Not Employees

The question of whether college athletes are employees has been discussed numerous times on our USA Collegiate Sports Blog, including our post on June 21, 2016 entitled “Are college athletes employees?” Turns out, the answer is no.  At least, for the time being. As reported by Reuters, a U.S. a...
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December 14, 2016
New NCAA Rule Would Allow Student-Athletes to Study Abroad

The NCAA Division I Council has proposed two new rules related to student-athlete time demands that will allow college athletes to pursue internships and semesters spent studying abroad. Under the Council’s proposed rules, the clock on a student-athlete’s five-year eligibility period would stop ...
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October 25, 2016
How the NCAA’s New Eligibility Standards May Impact Recruiting

This summer the NCAA’s new academic standards took effect, which require incoming freshman to maintain at least a 2.3 grade-point average and complete 10 core academic courses by the end of their junior year in high school. Those student-athletes who are unable to meet the new standards may still ...
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October 07, 2016
Supreme Court Refuses to Hear O’Bannon Antitrust Case Against NCAA

In a seemingly disappointing decision for both the NCAA and college athletes, the Supreme Court has decided not to address the issue of whether college athletes are entitled to compensation for their participation in college athletics. College athletes were hoping that the Supreme Court would consid...
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October 03, 2016
Are College Athletes Employees?

There is a great debate in collegiate sports as to whether college athletes should be considered employees of their respective colleges and universities. That debate has only intensified as the issue has played out in several high-profile legal actions. Our USA Collegiate Sports Blog has discussed t...
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June 21, 2016
Ivy League Adopts Rules Limiting Student-Athlete Time Demands

 Last week the Ivy League unanimously voted to adopt two rules aimed at limiting the amount of time student-athletes may be required to participate in their sports. The first rule provides athletes with a 10-hour window during which no athletically countable activities may occur. The second rule pr...
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June 17, 2016
Brian C. Mahoney to Moderate Panel at National Association for Athletics Compliance Convention

Brian C. Mahoney, leader of the Harris Beach USA Collegiate Sports team, will moderate a panel discussion on “Remaining Relevant with Student-Athletes” during the annual convention of the National Association for Athletics Compliance.  The panel discussion will occur Sunday, June 12 from 8:30 t...
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June 10, 2016
More Class-Action Concussion Lawsuits Filed Against NCAA

Four more former student-athletes have filed class-action concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Duke University for head injuries suffered while participating in college football. The lawsuits follow those brought last month by former players from Auburn, Georgia, Penn State, V...
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June 10, 2016
Revised NCAA Academic Integrity Rules Set to Take Effect

For the first time in almost 35 years, the NCAA has revised its academic integrity rules. The revised rules come on the heels of several major academic scandals involving student-athletes at Division I colleges and universities across the country and are aimed at clarifying the NCAA’s role in enfo...
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June 08, 2016