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    Australian Football Transgender Ban Is Discriminatory

    Because the recent decision to block transgender female Hannah Mouncey from playing in the women’s Australian Football League was not based on evidence, it is discriminatory against transgender athletes and based on sexual stereotyping. This is a serious civil rights problem, and not only in Australia, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

    NC Won't Enforce 'Bathroom' Law Against Trans People

    North Carolina reached a deal with LGBT advocates Wednesday that would allow transgender individuals in the state to use public facilities that match their gender identity, potentially ending a lawsuit that challenged the state’s infamous law restricting transgender people's access to public restrooms.

    Big Leagues Go To Bat For Federal Sports Betting Ban

    The NCAA joined the NFL and other major professional sports leagues to hit back Monday at claims that a federal prohibition on state-authorized sports betting is unconstitutional, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the law does not force states to enact or administer federal policy.

    NCAA Says UNC 'Sham' Classes Didn't Violate Rules

    An NCAA panel on Friday ruled that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill didn’t violate association policy because “sham” classes at the heart of the case were open to the general student body, not just student-athletes.

    NCAA Basketball Bribery Case Calls Amateurism Into Question

    College basketball is reeling from criminal corruption charges over schemes involving sports agents and shoe company executives that flout National Collegiate Athletic Association amateurism rules, but some experts say the case raises questions over the efficacy of the amateur system as college basketball has become a billion-dollar business.

    September Madness: The Problem With NCAA Corruption Case

    I'm not saying the charges filed last month against 10 individuals in a college basketball corruption scheme are legally flawed — not all of them, anyway. But I do question whether bringing multiple felony charges on these facts is sound exercise of prosecutorial discretion, says Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor.

    NCAA May Revamp Student-Athlete Transfer Rule

    The NCAA said Wednesday it might overhaul a Division I transfer policy that has been the subject of multiple antitrust suits, potentially preventing coaches and colleges from restricting financial aid to student-athletes who switch schools.

    Northwestern Can't Strike Deal Talks Info From Transfer Suit

    An Illinois federal judge refused Friday to strike portions of a former basketball player's complaint that mention settlement talks with Northwestern University, in a suit over the loss of a scholarship and NCAA rules requiring athletes to sit out a year after transferring.

    Student-Athletes, NCAA Seek Final Approval Of $75M Deal

    Former student-athletes on Friday asked an Illinois federal court for final approval of a $75 million settlement in multidistrict litigation against the NCAA over head injuries, saying that given reports of young NFL players diagnosed with brain damage after death, the medical monitoring program that is part of the deal can’t come soon enough.

    Louisville Suspends Basketball Coach Amid Corruption Probe

    The University of Louisville on Wednesday suspended the head coach of its men's basketball team, Rick Pitino, a day after the Kentucky school admitted its involvement in a federal corruption investigation into an alleged scheme to bribe recruits that also involves an Adidas executive.

    5th Circ. Won’t Rehear $4.4M Yahoo March Madness Ruling

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday said it will not reconsider a panel's determination that Yahoo Inc. owes $4.4 million after backing out of a deal with prize insurer SCA Promotions Inc. involving a March Madness contest, cementing the reversal of a district court ruling originally awarding the internet giant a $550,000 refund.

    AGA Calls For Unity With Native Group On Sports Betting Ban

    The American Gaming Association on Thursday asked members of the National Indian Gaming Association to continue working alongside the AGA in its efforts to get the federal prohibition on sports gambling lifted.

    Ex-USC Player Urges 9th Circ. To Revive NCAA Wage Suit

    A former University of Southern California linebacker on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to revive his putative minimum wage and overtime pay class action against the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference, arguing that he and other student athletes are “unquestionably” employees.

    9th Circ. Won’t Rethink Decision Over NCAA No-Felons Rule

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday refused to rethink its ruling that the NCAA could keep its policy excluding convicted felons from coaching in NCAA-sanctioned youth basketball tournaments.

    Rift Widens Over States' Role In Sports Betting

    The gambling industry’s arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court that sports betting is a state’s rights issue could widen a gap between the industry and major professional sports leagues, which have said they prefer a federal law if they are going to support legalizing the practice at all.

    NCAA Athletes Seek $45M In Fees, Costs For Grant-In-Aid Deal

    Student-athletes in a lawsuit against the NCAA and 11 athletic conferences over allegedly anti-competitive caps on scholarships asked a California federal judge Wednesday to approve nearly $45 million in attorneys' fees, expenses and costs for class counsel stemming from a $209 million settlement reached in March.

    18 States, AGA Tell High Court Sports Betting Ban Improper

    The American Gaming Association on Tuesday went all-in on states’ rights, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal law that prevents states from allowing sports betting, with a total of 18 states having thrown their weight against the law.

    Law Banning Sports Betting Must Fall, NJ Tells High Court

    The state of New Jersey, a state horsemen's association and a group of policy think tanks urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to deem the federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports wagering unconstitutional, arguing in briefs that Congress can’t compel the Garden State to maintain an unwanted ban on sports betting.

    Female Athletes Say $75M NCAA Concussion Deal Is Unfair

    A proposed subclass of women's lacrosse players objected Wednesday to the $75 million settlement reached in the multidistrict litigation against the NCAA over student-athletes' concussions, saying the deal robs the players of their chance to change NCAA rules about helmet usage in their sport.

    Insurer Must Act To Save Football Concussion Coverage Suit

    A federal judge in Texas issued an order Tuesday giving Great American Assurance Company until Friday to explain why he shouldn't dismiss a lawsuit it filed against a National Collegiate Athletic Association conference more than 90 days ago, saying the conference has yet to be served with the lawsuit. 

    5 Questions As The NCAA Mulls Getting Into Esports

    The NCAA recently said it would explore its "potential role" in esports, a move that comes as more and more colleges launch teams. But observers are curious what the NCAA's involvement might look like, and whether some of its more controversial rules would apply. Here, experts identify five key questions about the NCAA and esports.

    Yahoo Gets $4.4M March Madness Ding In 5th Circ. Reversal

    The Fifth Circuit said Monday that Yahoo Inc. must pay $4.4 million after backing out of a deal with prize insurer SCA Promotions Inc. involving a $1 billion NCAA March Madness contest, reversing the technology giant's $550,000 refund on an initial payment to SCA.

    Players Say NCAA 'Amateurism' Is No Defense For Antitrust

    College football and basketball players challenging the NCAA's rules against players' being compensated beyond school attendance costs laid out their case Friday to a California federal judge, ripping the NCAA’s dedication to “amateurism” in college athletics as an invalid defense to the anti-competitive limits on compensation.

    Baylor Waived Privilege On Parts Of Pepper Hamilton Report

    Baylor University waived its attorney-client privilege tied to a Pepper Hamilton LLP investigation of sexual assaults at the school by disclosing findings and conclusions from the firm’s report, but can still assert work-product privilege to keep a majority of the report confidential, a Texas judge held Friday.

    Game Developer Says It’s Ready To Fight NCAA Trademark Suit

    A game developer accused of infringing the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “March Madness” trademark said he should not be found in default for failing to answer the NCAA’s complaint, telling an Indiana federal court Thursday that there is good reason for the delay.