Four stories worth your consideration:
- If you’re seriously concerned about where colleges will find the money to pay student-athletes if that dark day ever comes, let me suggest that such payment would be a better use of money than Michigan State spending half-a-million large on a PR firm to track social media on people who are upset with the school over the Larry Nassar scandal. You really need to spend big bucks to confirm that somebody suing you doesn’t like you? Hell, I’d have taken that gig for half price.
- From California: “In the midst of March Madness, Assemblymember Chris Holden announced introduction of his legislation, Assembly Bill 2747, the College Athletes’ Civil Rights Act of 2018, to protect to college athletes from harmful policies by the National College Athletics Association (NCAA). The legislation would allow college athletes to self-organize, create the possibility of the “Olympic Model” for college athletes such as commercial sponsorship, and help protect college athletes from abuses by college coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff. If adopted, the legislation would be the first law in the country to regulate the NCAA.”
- It looks like Jeffrey Kessler’s case is going to trial. This doesn’t sound promising for the NCAA: “In a 36-page opinion, Wilken did not give either side total victory. However, she rejected several of the NCAA’s critical contentions and set the stage for the plaintiffs to seek a new system that would apply to Division I men’s and women’s basketball players and to football players at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.” Read the whole thing and remember a couple of key points. One, Wilken has already ruled and been affirmed on appeal that the NCAA violated antitrust law. Two, Kessler isn’t asking for money damages as relief, just asking for the restrictions set in place by the NCAA to be removed. And this is where it seems to get particularly chilling for the NCAA’s chances: “Under antitrust law, these types of restraints can exist if a defendant can show that the limits have certain benefits. In Wednesday’s ruling, Wilken said the NCAA produced “no evidence” to support six justifications it had offered in these cases, and she rejected the evidence they offered for a seventh.”
- Everybody’s cashing in on Loyola-Chicago’s run to the Final Four, except, of course, the players, none of whom are expected to play in the NBA.