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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 Katie Lever, M.A.

Censorship in College Athletics, What You Need to Know

Every prospective athlete should know that college recruiters comb through the social media profiles of the athletes they recruit. Even if a high school athlete dreams of making it to college, prospects need to be careful about what they post online. A great (and also horrible) example of what can happen if high school athletes

June 25, 2020

Is the “Fairness in Collegiate Athletics Act” Truly Fair? What College Athletes Need to Know About a Federal NIL Bill

Last week, Florida senator Marco Rubio proposed the “Fairness in Collegiate Athletics Act,” one of the few federal bills designed to regulate the economic activities of college athletes competing in the NCAA. Misleading title aside, the bill is problematic, in that it is the first bill of its kind to grant the NCAA rights to

June 24, 2020

Coronavirus and College Football | Are Athletes Covered by Insurance?

As football season approaches, coronavirus is spreading among college football teams. Last week, several players from the University of Alabama tested positive for the disease. Yesterday, two athletes from Kansas State tested positive, as well. These are not isolated incidents, but  even so, athletic departments all over social media are posting videos of their football

June 18, 2020

Taking Control During a Pandemic—What Prospective Athletes Can Do in Spite of the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020, the day the NCAA cancelled March Madness, may very well go down in history as the day the sports world stood still. As the coronavirus spreads, there is tons of uncertainty around the situation, and much of society seems to be at a halt—including in-person athletic recruiting, which the NCAA has banned

May 11, 2020

How Title IX Fails Female Athletes

Last week, Old Dominion University discontinued its wrestling program, citing budget concerns moving forward. University of Cincinnati athletics director John Cunningham slashed men’s soccer as well, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, stating, “there will be different sorts of cuts and pullbacks that schools are going to make, and it’s definitely possible that will include sports

May 4, 2020

Insights from an NCAA Policy Specialist | Don’t Clap for the NIL Announcement Just Yet

Just hours ago, the NCAA’s top governing body made an announcement supporting a proposal to regulate athletes’ rights to profit from their names, images, and likenesses (NIL). Already, sports outlets and fans are celebrating, calling it a landmark decision, and looking ahead to the return of NCAA video games. The overreactions make sense—everyone is clamoring

April 29, 2020

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