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The Debate About College Athletes as Employees Moves to the National Labor Relations Board

On January 28, 2014, players on the Northwestern University football team filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") seeking union representation. The petition is the first of its kind and, if successful, the Northwestern football team would be the first group of college...

Ballard Spahr LLP: NCAA Cannot Bar Compensation of Student-Athletes for Use of Their Names and Likenesses, Federal Court Says

By Stephen J. Kastenberg and Marcel S. Pratt A recent California federal court decision has further lifted the thumb on the scales that has historically benefited collegiate athletics in weighing whether their association rules violate the federal antitrust laws. In so doing, the court ruled that...

DLA Piper: Monitor Announces Delivery of 9th Quarterly Report to Penn State, the NCAA and the Big 10 Conference

Senator George J. Mitchell and his law firm, DLA Piper LLP (US), announced that today he has delivered his ninth quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (“AIA”) among The Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate...