Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Former WVU Football Player the Latest to Sue NCAA
by Michael Gaio March 2014
Former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston is the latest former student-athlete to sue the NCAA. Alston filed suit against the NCAA and college football's five major conferences on Wednesday, claiming they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of an athletic scholarship at less than the actual cost of attending school.
NCAA's Emmert Calls for Student-Athlete Stipends
by MOLLY GEARY Capital News Service March 2014
"There is no one that I've talked to in intercollegiate athletics that thinks the idea of converting student-athletes into employees is a good idea," Emmert said at an event at the University of Maryland. "It would completely change the relationship."
Bill Protects Varsity Eligibility of Mentally Disabled
by ALEJANDRA MATOS; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) March 2014
Minnesota high school students with documented mental disabilities may soon be automatically eligible to play varsity sports if they transfer to a new public school. Legislators will hold a hearing Thursday on a bipartisan House bill that would require the Minnesota State High School League to allow students with a 504 plan or Individualized Education Plan to gain automatic eligibility to play varsity sports if they transfer schools to "reduce barriers to educational access."
NCAA Tables Controversial Football Slowdown Proposal
by George Schroeder, @GeorgeSchroeder, USA TODAY Sports March 2014
Proponents of fast football can celebrate -- as they did Wednesday, when Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin proclaimed "a victory for common sense and protecting the game of football."
OHSAA Approves Revised Competetive Balance Proposal
by Steve Blackledge, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH March 2014
Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner Dan Ross unveiled a slightly revised competitive balance proposal yesterday that he hopes will finally be amenable to public and nonpublic schools alike.
Proposed Law Sets Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocols
by Michael Gaio March 2014
More than 2,000 teenagers die from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year, according to the Connecticut Post. And now the state of Connecticut is trying to do its part to limit that number, particularly in high school student-athletes.
School Mitigates Potentially Devastating FHSAA Penalties
by CHRIS ANDERSON chris.anderson@heraldtribune March 2014
Manatee High's athletic department has been fined and placed on probation by the state for policy violations within the baseball program, though the penalties could have been substantially more severe and devastating to the school district.
ACC Commish: Boeheim Earned Ejection, Nothing More
by The Virginian-Pilot Edition February 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. | ACC commissioner John Swofford agrees that Jim Boeheim should have been ejected after storming onto the court to protest a charging call, but the Syracuse coach won't be disciplined by the league. While noting that the charge was a "judgment call," Swofford wouldn't say whether referee Tony Greene got it right when he whistled C.J. Fair late in the Orange's 66-60 loss Saturday night at Duke. "We don't second-guess judgment calls that officials give. They have to make them all of the time," Swofford said Monday. "That's probably the toughest call in basketball to make, even with the way it's changed."
Union Hearing: Some Players Take Northwestern's Side
by Kevin Trahan, @k_trahan February 2014
The first testimony in the Northwestern football players' unionization attempt came from former quarterback Kain Colter, and on the last day of testimony, three other former players took the witness stand.
NFL Monitoring Fate of Arizona's Anti-Gay Legislation
by Erik Brady, Jim Corbett, and Tom Pelissero February 2014
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has until Saturday to either veto, sign or let become law a bill that would allow businesses in her state to deny service to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people based on the religious beliefs of the business owner.