Labor Expert and Law Professor Michael LeRoy Weighs In on the Current State of College Sports

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University of Illinois Law Professor Michael LeRoyUniversity of Illinois Law Professor Michael LeRoyMichael LeRoy is a self-described college sports fan. He attended the University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina Law School, before returning to Illinois as a law professor in 1986. He even served on the U of I athletic board for eight years. For more than a decade now, LeRoy has been authoring briefs, white papers and opinion pieces tracking the trajectory of college sports, often in less-than-flattering terms. He also is the author of the book “Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment” (Aspen, 2014). In the summer of 2022, the NCAA tried and failed to block an amicus brief submitted by LeRoy, a labor expert, on behalf of student-athletes in Johnson v. NCAA, a potentially transformative case that will determine whether or not college athletes are employees of their institutions. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach spoke to LeRoy on Nov. 17, on the heels of his most recent contribution to Sportico — on the topic of NIL and Title IX — and weeks before NCAA president Charlie Baker proposed a new college athletics subdivision rooted in direct compensation for athletes.

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