Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Senators Rip Leagues During Domestic Violence Hearing
by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports December 2014
A Senate Commerce Committee hearing on domestic violence in professional sports resulted in league and union officials getting berated Tuesday about their top executives' refusal to appear, their responses and approaches to incidents of abuse, their collective-bargaining fights and their sports' various tax-exempt and antitrust statuses.
NJSIAA Votes Down Proposal to Toughen Transfer Rule
by Phil Anastasia; Inquirer Staff Writer December 2014
By a 139-98 margin, the schools in the association shot down a proposal that would have required student-athletes who transfer without a change of residence to sit out for 45 days and also to be ineligible for tournament competition.
ACC Announces Proposals Aimed at Student-Athletes
by STAFF REPORTS December 2014
The Atlantic Coast Conference has submitted three legislative proposals to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process as approved by the league's Council of Presidents, the conference announced Monday.
Winston Hearing Raises Legal Questions for Universities
by Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports December 2014
Nearly two years after Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, a hearing scheduled to begin today to determine whether the star athlete violated the school's code of conduct also represents the most high-profile challenge to how universities handle such cases.
Alumni Trustees Seek Access to Sandusky Probe Docs
by Susan Snyder; Inquirer Staff Writer December 2014
About 3.5 million documents plus notes and e-mails are believed to be available from the report prepared by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, said Anthony P. Lubrano, one of the trustees seeking the documents.
NFL Report: Player Salaries Lag Behind Team Valuations
by Frank Fitzpatrick December 2014
While the NFL might be America's game, it can occasionally be as incomprehensible as cricket. There's the coded lingo quarterbacks shout at the line of scrimmage. There's the league's complex salary cap. There's Dan Snyder. But for me the league's least understandable element is something that ought to be simple to explain but never really has been: Why does the richest sports entity in the universe have the lowest average salary of any of the four major professional sports leagues? The NBA's average salary is $5.15 million. In MLB, it's $3.2 million, and in the NHL - a niche sport compared to football - it's $2.4 million.
Opinion: Rice's Return Should Hasten Goodell's Exit
by Todd Harmonson December 2014
Good for Ray Rice. He's a thug who knocked out his then-fiancee and dragged her out of an elevator. He's a social pariah who might never make another dime carrying a football. But he's no liar. If only we could say the same for Roger The Dodger Goodell, the future former commissioner of the NFL who needs to be carried out on the same shield he twisted the truth to try to protect.
IHSA Advances Proposal to Revamp Football Playoffs
by Daily Herald report November 2014
The Illinois High School Association's Legislative Commission voted Monday to refer six proposals to amend the IHSA constitution and bylaws to a vote of the general membership.
Campus Judicial Systems in Legal Gray Area
by Collin Binkley, Mike Wagner, Jill Riepenhoff and Sara Gregory November 2014
Those who work in the campus judicial system say that, because the private proceedings aren't bound by the laws and rules of criminal courts, they function differently and hold different standards. They point out that, legally, schools are allowed to enforce their own rules.
Opinion: If FSU Won't Punish Winston, NCAA Should
by ZACH BRAZILLER November 2014
The NCAA should do what Florida State refuses to do: Punish Jameis Winston for breaking a rule.