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Articles by Katie Lever, M.A.

Katie Lever is a former Division 1 runner who never wants to run another 10k again. Instead, she spends her time lifting weights in CrossFit gyms and studying NCAA discourse as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works as a freelance writer for LRT Sports in hopes of helping future college athletes navigate the NCAA.
Katie Lever is a former Division 1 runner who never wants to run another 10k again. Instead, she spends her time lifting weights in CrossFit gyms and studying NCAA discourse as a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works as a freelance writer for LRT Sports in hopes of helping future college athletes navigate the NCAA.

What is the NCAA Doing in the Supreme Court? The Basics of NCAA v. Alston

What is the case about and why is it in the news? NCAA v. Alston is not about name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights, athletic compensation, or athletic employment. The case questions whether or not the NCAA’s capping of educationally-related benefits is a violation of antitrust laws. These laws exist to prevent businesses from engaging

April 5, 2021 Katie Lever, M.A.

What is Going on in Women’s NCAA Sports Right Now?

The NCAA has been under quite a bit of fire for the past few days, and for good reason.  I’m sure you’ve heard the news—before Dick’s Sporting Goods donated a bunch of equipment to women’s basketball players competing in March Madness, the tournament looked like a train wreck. From disparities in swag bags to lower-quality

March 22, 2021

New NIL Bills | What Does 2021 Have in Store So Far?

We’re just over two months into the new year, and a lot is happening in college sports. The Supreme Court will be reviewing NCAA v. Alston soon, literally dozens of state-level NIL bills are in circulation, plus six federal bills, and the current congressional layout makes it at least fairly likely that college athletes will

March 4, 2021

NIL Update, Kicking the Can

Those of us paying attention to the college athlete name, image, and likeness conversation will have to wait a little longer for updates—today, the NCAA decided to delay its decision on whether or not it will amend its NIL and one-time transfer policies moving forward. Here are a few reasons why the NCAA might have

January 18, 2021

New NIL Bill Alert | Examining the Collegiate Athletic Compensation Rights Act

As college athlete name, image, and likeness chatter continues at the close of the year, Mississippi senator Roger Wicker has entered the chat with a new federal NIL bill.  Last week, Wicker introduced the Collegiate Athlete Compensation Rights Act, which is a federal-level NIL bill that would expand the economic rights of college athletes—to an

December 17, 2020

Name, Image, and Likeness Update | NCAA Proposal

On Monday night (10-5-2020) Sports Illustrated announced the NCAA’s latest proposal for modifications to its existing NIL rules. Although the proposal isn’t perfect, it’s the most liberal proposal yet, and closely mirrors key points featured in the handful of state bills that have passed. Here are a few things athletes should know about the NCAA’s

October 15, 2020

NAIA gives Athletes Access to Name, Image and Likeness

On October 7, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics made history when it became the first collegiate sports organization to pass reform allowing college athletes to earn compensation for use of their names, images, and likenesses (NILs). The NCAA has been resisting such reform for decades, and leaves many questions for college athletes, parents, and

October 13, 2020

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