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Federal Name, Image, and Likeness Bill Updates

It’s been hard to keep up with all the name, image, and likeness (NIL) chatter this summer, but the NCAA has once again catapulted the conversation ahead for all the wrong reasons. Last week, the Association presented Congress with a draft of federal name, image, and likeness proposals that make for some pretty bold (not

August 3, 2020 Katie Lever, M.A.

Policy Update on Merit, Needs-Based, and Athletic Scholarships in the NCAA

On July 15th, the NCAA’s Division 1 Council voted to adopt legislation that exempts need-and-merit-based financial aid from counting against athletic scholarship limits for partial-scholarship sports. The rule is set to go into place on August 1st, and although there are currently limited details on what the legislation looks like in practice, here are some

July 30, 2020

Key Points for Athletes | NCAA’s Return-to-Sport Guidelines

College athlete health and safety has been on the minds of many coaches, college sports fans, and of course, athletes themselves for quite some time. Several conferences and universities have canceled their fall seasons citing coronavirus concerns, but the NCAA has been largely silent on its call moving forward. Rather than making an Association-wide decision,

July 22, 2020

Keeping up with the Conferences | A Glimpse at Rapid Changes in College Sports

Will there be a fall season? What will happen in the spring? Who is calling the shots here? These questions seem to be on the minds of all of us who follow college sports, and unless you’re invested in the Ivy League, there’s no definitive answer right now. But in Division 1 athletics, one certainty

July 13, 2020

Bad Takes from the NCAA Senate Hearing on the NIL Laws

College athlete name, image, and likeness (NIL) laws are coming, whether leaders in college sports like it or not. That’s why, on July 1st, a group of representatives met in Washington D.C. to discuss the future of athlete NIL legislation moving forward. Unfortunately, plenty of misinformation and bad takes circulated the conference room over the

July 10, 2020

Amid Coronavirus, Are Mandatory Practices Safer Than “Voluntary” Workouts? Yes and No

The NCAA’s Division 1 Council has officially released a six-week plan for teams to begin mandatory practices, and the starting date for these practices varies slightly from school to school. According to ESPN: “For teams that begin the season Labor Day weekend, required workouts will begin July 13, followed by an enhanced training schedule that

July 2, 2020

COVID-19 Risk Waivers | Here’s What We Know So Far

Voluntary workouts are currently underway around the country, and some universities, like Ohio State, are requiring their athletes to sign risk waivers. What do we know about these documents? In short, not much. But as the days pass, the list of universities requiring athletes to sign off is expanding. This is a practice that will likely

June 26, 2020