A few morsels rounded up for your reading pleasure:
- A reminder about the value of that free education the NCAA touts: “According to 2018 report from USC’s Race and Equity Center, just 55% of black athletes from the Power Five conferences, which include college sports’ most profitable programs, graduate in six years as compared to 69.3% of all student-athletes.”
- This is a detailed breakdown of how we got to California’s Fair Pay to Play Act, as well as what we might expect to see if there’s a court challenge (assuming it passes, of course).
- Scratch Mike Leach on the subject of paying players and he sounds a lot more like Dabo than Mike Leach.
- For those of you who don’t get how antitrust law and cartels work, remember that you don’t have to buy tuna fish.
Soon, grasshoppers, soon.
Jeez, I don’t know what all the twists and turns in Jackie Sherrill’s lawsuit against the NCAA are, but I’d sure like to.
What I am fairly certain of is that when Donald Remy says something like this,
“Rather than continuing what already has been a lengthy legal process, all parties have agreed to confidentially settle the claims in this case without admissions of liability or responsibility. We thank the court and jury for their service and professional participation in the process.”
… Sherrill is probably on firm ground in claiming vindication.
Assuming that a certain attorney who’s been holding things up gets her head out of her derriere, the other shoe from Alston is about to drop.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday came closer to clearing the way for more than 50,000 current and former college athletes to finally receive their shares of a $208.7 million legal settlement with the NCAA and 11 major conferences concerning the association’s current compensation limits…
The plaintiffs’ lawyers have developed a list of roughly 53,000 football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players who are set to get some share of the settlement money, according to Wednesday’s ruling. Those who played their sport for four years will get an average of about $6,000 apiece, the ruling said.
The reason the players are about to receive settlement relief: “The damages settlement covers scholarship athletes in Division I men’s basketball, Division I women’s basketball or Bowl Subdivision football whose award was limited by NCAA rules to basically tuition, room, board, books and fees.” In other words, the NCAA directed schools to collude and limit the labor market in violation of federal antitrust law.
And, remember, kids, this is a settlement, so you won’t hear Donald Remy crowing about how this is some sort of vindication for the NCAA.
No shit, Mark. Seems like there’s a way to change that.
Emmert added that the association does not believe the courts should decide what qualifies as a benefit tethered to education.
“We just find that an unworkable proposal that anytime you want to have a discussion over whether or not something is or isn’t tethered [to] education, we have to go back to a judge and have that debate and discussion. That just seems inherently inappropriate and not an appropriate role for the judiciary, but one that does fit the role of the NCAA,” Emmert said.
Eh, forget I mentioned it.
Who knows what’s going to crawl out?
A federal judge in Texas ruled Thursday that a law firm must turn over thousands of records that lawyers believe will give a fuller accounting of how Baylor University responded to sexual assault allegations made by students.
Judge Robert Pitman said in his order that Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton must produce all materials related to its internal review that resulted in a 2016 summary report finding an “institutional failure at every level.”
The firm “must produce all materials” in its control that Baylor either has not produced or doesn’t possess, Pitman determined. He swept aside several objections that Pepper Hamilton had lodged, including that the federal court in Waco, home to the university, did not have jurisdiction in the matter. He ordered that the materials be provided by April 11.
I have no idea myself, but hope it puts Ken Starr in the worst possible light.
A few nibbles here, a few nibbles there, and pretty soon you’ve got a full buffet.