Sports Law 2022 – New Landscapes and New Challenges

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In late June 2021, in a resounding 9-0 opinion, the Supreme Court in NCAA v. Alston ruled that certain NCAA restrictions on compensating student-athletes violated antitrust laws. That ruling, coupled with the growing movement to allow student-athletes to secure name, image, and likeness rights, has opened a new world in collegiate athletics. Heretofore amateur athletes are not able to monetize their brands and a whirlwind of activity has occurred since then. This CLE program, taught by Mark Conrad, Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, will analyze the ruling and discuss its effect on the future of student-athletes, focusing on the question of whether they should be treated as salary-earning employees. Other topics will also be discussed, such as continuing effects of COVID on sports and the question of insurance coverage for event cancellation. Labor issues, like the lockout of Major League Baseball players, and the continuing litigation by the U.S. National Women's Soccer Team will also be addressed. 

Other matters discussed include the settlement between victims of Dr. Larry Nasser's sexual abuse and USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the Beijing Olympics and Human Rights issues. Finally, as athlete mental health became a topic of discussion, the ramifications of Naomi Osaka's and Simone Biles's auctions will round out the discussion. 

This event is intended for general practitioners and younger attorneys interested in practice in the field. However, it is open to any attorney who is a sports fan. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Analyze the court's ruling in NCAA v. Alston, which ruled against the NCAA

  2. Discuss the ramifications for the NCAA and sample NIL deals in the wake of the ruling and based on the growing number of states that legalize such agreements

  3. Update the status of the MLB – MLBPA collective bargaining negotiations

  4. Discuss the appeal of the ruling against the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and the possible determinations by the court

  5. Predict the future of sports in the (continuing) age of COVID

  6. Prepare sports stakeholders for greater awareness of athletes' mental health

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