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#41 CantonJester

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Posted 06 February 2024 - 11:49 AM


Just put all the old conferences back the way they were for everything but football.

 

Perhaps. Or just let the Big Ten and the SEC remove themselves from the NCAA entirely. The ACC would immediately shed its west coast teams (as I would assume other larger conferences reduce their own footprints). 

 

Let the athletes who choose the Big Ten or SEC worry about studying at some drop pod in Tumbleweed, Kansas because it’s equidistance relative to their team schedules. 



#42 BSLMikeLowe

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Posted 06 February 2024 - 06:38 PM

You may have read yesterday that the NCAA is investigating Tennessee football for violations of NIL policies (which the Vols have, along with practically everyone else). Now the attorneys general for Tennessee and Virginia have filed a motion in federal court for a TRO to prohibit the NCAA from enforcing NIL policies. I'm not sure that this is The Big One (the case that blows up amateurism in college sports), but we're getting very close.

 

https://twitter.com/...732371764265211


The TRO was denied, so for now the NCAA can enforce its NIL rules. However, the judge also stated the Plaintiffs (Tennessee) are “likely to succeed” based on the merits of their claim under antitrust laws.



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Posted 17 April 2024 - 05:17 PM

Late last year a federal judge in WV issued a preliminary injunction against the NCAA in enforcing its relatively new "only one free transfer for undergrads" policy. Rather than fight it in court it appears the NCAA will throw in the towel on that one, as the D-1 Council voted today to approve unlimited transfers without penalty (provided the player is in good academic standing with the school he/she is departing). It's not official yet, the NCAA's executive board has to vote on it, but it almost certainly will be soon enough.



#44 BSLMikeLowe

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Posted 18 April 2024 - 12:39 PM

Virginia has enacted a law that will allow schools in the state to directly pay athletes for NIL. It goes into effect July 1.

 

https://www.espn.com...ay-athletes-nil



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Posted 29 April 2024 - 02:08 PM

ESPN: UAB becomes first Division I football team to join players association



#46 BSLMikeLowe

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Posted 29 April 2024 - 11:07 PM

ESPN: College sports leaders in deep talks to settle NIL antitrust case vs NCAA

 

This is what's colloquially referred to as the House class-action lawsuit seeking damages for lost NIL money before the NCAA allowed it in 2021. If the class prevailed in trial it could cost the NCAA and DI schools as much as $4B, hence they are very interested in seeking a settlement. As there is also an injunctive class, any settlement is expected to include a framework for future revenue sharing, quite possible via schools directly paying athletes for rights to their NIL.



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Posted 06 May 2024 - 10:25 AM

The College Football Players Association (CFBPA), which is seeking to represent all college athletes, aims to lobby Congress for the ability to collectively bargain on behalf of college athletes without employment status. Both players and schools now appear willing to negotiate revenue sharing and other controls, but the schools are still dead-set against players as employees, and it sounds like players don’t necessarily want that either. Stay tuned….it was a painfully slow journey to get here, but things seem to be ramping up quickly to reach the endgame.

 

https://www.on3.com/...f-pivotal-week/

 

EDIT: Just to add, the reason they need Congress’ help is that currently there is no mechanism for the sides to collectively bargain without players being employees. Hopefully with both sides appearing to have found a good deal of common ground (thanks to a combo of antitrust lawsuits and state laws) Congress will be more willing and able to help out versus before when it was just the NCAA doing all the lobbying.






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