Wednesday, May 20, 2015

O'Bannon and NLRB Reminder (and the end of the world as we know it)

From time to time, we have blogged about the O'Bannon case (named after a former UCLA basketball player) and a pending NLRB decision regarding Northwestern U which could affect (end?) the current model of collegiate sports.* Inside Higher Ed has a lengthy analysis/update of those two cases: [excerpt]

...Lorry Spitzer, a tax lawyer and adjunct professor at Boston College Law School, said that while many within college sports disagree with the O’Bannon ruling, conversations like those that took place at the meeting on Tuesday continue to be about how to make the O’Bannon decision work within the current NCAA amateurism framework. That’s a more difficult conversation to have when weighing the implications of the NLRB’s decision, the panelists said, or the effects of another recent lawsuit brought against the NCAA by a former Clemson University football player named Martin Jenkins. “[The O’Bannon decision] is not like the end of the world as we know it,” Spitzer said. “Whereas the Jenkins lawsuit or the NLRB decision really would end the world as we know it. It’s very hard to see how amateur athletics would exist with those in place.”...

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