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NCAA Division II Secondary Case Review: Complimentary Admissions

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its educational series on NCAA legislation through a review of selected cases involving secondary rules-violations. Today’s post reviews a secondary case involving a violation of NCAA Division II Bylaw (institutional contests in the SA’s sport). The bylaws provide:

Bylaw Institutional Contests in the Student-Athlete’s Sport: An institution may provide four complimentary admissions per home or away contest to a student-athlete in the sport in which the individual participates (either practices or competes), regardless of whether the student-athlete competes in the contest.

The bylaw was cited in Secondary Case Number 51652 (April 12, 2012) involving a men’s basketball student-athlete, which is summarized below:

Facts: On January 16, 2012, the institution provided a men’s basketball student-athlete (SA) more than four complimentary admissions to a home contest. Specifically, on January 16, 2012, the institution hosted a men’s junior varsity basketball game. SA wrote down six guests on the pass list for complimentary admissions. The men’s basketball coaches did not check the pass list before it was turned into the gate before the game. The violation was discovered when the pass list was turned into the compliance office the day following the game.

Additional Facts: None.

Institution Action: The institution implemented new pass list guidelines as all pass lists will now go through the game event manager. SAs are now only allowed 2 complimentary admissions, and names of those people must be turned in by 5pm the day before the contest. This issue will be discussed at the next staff meeting.

Enforcement Action: No further action should be taken by the NCAA in the matter. However, SA is ineligible for intercollegiate competition until he makes restitution for the impermissible benefits to a charity of his choice if the value is $100 or less, or until his eligibility is restored by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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