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…

State Laws Hinder Future College Basketball Scheduling

As the political realm has become much more involved in the goings-on of the NCAA, here is another story that indicates how state legislatures are influencing college athletics. Per a story on NBC Sports, a potential home-and-home series between the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Kansas men’s basketball teams has been scuttled due…

State Legislature Proposes Bill to Protect Student-Athletes

For those closely following state legislatures for matters related to NCAA rules and/or student-athlete welfare, another state bill has been proposed that would seek to impose additional protections for student-athletes within the state. Specifically, a bill was recently sponsored in the state of Connecticut to establish an athletic protection commission to monitor and enforce student-athlete…