New NBA CBA, NCAA Draft Entry Rules Lead to More Early Entries

A change to the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement may incentive additional underclassmen to enter the draft, much like the NCAA’s change to its draft entry rules spurred additional declarations last year. Under the new CBA, NBA teams are allowed to have two two-way contracts, which means that it can have players  who have less than…

Sports Agent Laws and UNC Benefits Case

For those who remember the UNC-Chapel Hill extra benefits case from earlier in the decade, there is some additional news that relates not to NCAA rules but, rather, the state of North Carolina’s sports agents laws. Specifically, the former sports agent involved in providing thousands of dollars in extra benefits to the former student-athletes in…

Collective Bargaining Agreements – Professional Sports Leagues

As draft chatter has recently hit a high note in the sport of football and draft declarations are being made in the sport of basketball, Compliance Corner thought that it may be useful to provide links to the collective bargaining agreements for several professional sports leagues. Remember, there are several areas of the NCAA rulebook…

DRR – April 5, 2017 – Blanket Waiver Approved – SWM & DIV – Preparation for National & World Championships

The NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief recently approved a blanket waiver applicable to swimming and diving student-athletes that will continue to allow them to work with coaches during the off-season if they have qualified for, or are very close to qualifying for, the 2017 national championships or world championships. In essence, if a student-athlete has…

DRR – April 4, 2017 – Blanket Waiver for Summer Access – Incoming Frosh and Expenses Prior to Summer Classes

The NCAA recently approved a blanket waiver to allow prospects who will participate in required summer access workouts (football and basketball) but enroll in their summer school courses after the start of said workouts to receive lodging and meal expenses prior to the start of their sumer school courses. Specifically, the NCAA felt it necessary…

SAF and WNBA/ProHoops Combine

For those interested in reading about how an institution can assist a student-athlete with a professional tryout should they be unable to cover their expenses, the NCAA recently clarified the restrictions that are applicable to the Student Assistance Fund and student-athletes that exhaust their eligibility. Specifically, we know that the SAF cannot be used for…

Game Day Simulations and Institutional Camps/Clinics

The NCAA just released a new interpretation ahead of the spring/summer months when institutional camp and clinic season begins. Specifically, the interpretation relates to an institution’s ability to have prospects at the camps/clinics engage in activities that are considered to be game day simulations. So, if an institution is hosting a camp/clinic that includes prospects,…

Judge Wilken Indicates She Will Approve Settlement in Alston

For those following the multi-district litigation that the NCAA and other conference are currently facing, you will recall that the NCAA reached a settlement with plaintiffs in the ongoing Alston suit. The suit sought damages for a plaintiff class that received full scholarships prior to the legislative change to allow cost of attendance scholarships; the class…