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California Court Orders Records Produced in McNair v. NCAA Defamation Case

The California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) filed a breakthrough opinion February 6, 2015, in the McNair v. NCAA defamation case. Todd McNair, a former assistant football coach at the University of Southern California, sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) after being sanctioned by the Committee on Infractions during the infractions case involving … Continue reading

Penn State Football Wins Restored: Thoughts on What the NCAA Should Consider Next

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) reached a settlement last week resolving a pending lawsuit on the legality of the 2012 NCAA consent decree. The settlement, among other items, restores 112 wins in football that were vacated by NCAA president Mark Emmert during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal; … Continue reading

NCAA Rules Permit Ohio State to Practice Longer than Oregon before National Championship Football Game

ESPN reported on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, NCAA rules permit Ohio State University to practice longer than the University of Oregon prior to the schools’ participation in the January 12, 2014, College Football Playoff National Championship. ESPN explains: “Because Ohio State’s spring semester doesn’t start until Monday, the Buckeyes are not required to adhere to … Continue reading

Michael L. Buckner Quoted in CBSSports.com on UNC Academic Fraud Case

Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of Buckner, was quoted in the October 24, 2014, article, “UNC’s unprecedented academic fraud case will test NCAA”, which was written by Jon Solomon and published on CBSSports.com. Solomon, the National College Football Writer for CBSSports.com, provided an update on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) academic fraud … Continue reading

Michael L. Buckner Quoted in Los Angeles Times on McNair v. NCAA Defamation Case

Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of Buckner, was quoted in an October 26, 2014, Los Angeles Times article, “Court to hear arguments on NCAA motion regarding action on Todd McNair”. The piece, which was written by Los Angeles Times reporter Gary Klein, reports on the latest event in the defamation suit filed by former USC assistant … Continue reading

Buckner Releases New Issue of Higher-Ed Note

Buckner, a global-focused higher-education and sports law firm, has published the August 2014 issue of Higher-Ed Note, provides links to complimentary articles and resources for colleges, universities and athletics departments. The current issue can be downloaded by clicking here. Prior editions, of the newsletter can be read and downloaded on the law firm website, http://www.bucknersportslaw.com/News-Resources/Publications. About … Continue reading

NCAA Legal Update: Federal Judge Issues Decision in Ed O’Bannon Lawsuit

In a decision issued on Friday, August 8, 2014, United States District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the lawsuit filed by former UCLA men’s basketball student-athlete Ed O’Bannon. O’Bannon’s lawsuit challenged the NCAA’s ban on compensating athletes (specifically, O’Bannon sought to force the NCAA to provide student-athletes … Continue reading

Buckner Releases New Issue of Higher-Ed and College Sports Best Practices Alert Newsletter

Buckner, a higher-education and sports law firm, has published the third quarter 2014 issue of Higher-Ed and College Athletics Best Practices Alert newsletter. Topics in this issue of the newsletter include: Keep It or Toss It – How Many Years is Long Enough?: Document Retention and Destruction Best Practices NCAA Division II Summer 2014 Enforcement Review: … Continue reading

Buckner Releases New Issue of Higher-Ed and College Sports Best Practices Alert Newsletter

Buckner, a higher-education and sports law firm, has published the second quarter 2014 issue of Higher-Ed and College Athletics Best Practices Alert newsletter. Topics in this issue of the newsletter include: Title IX Update: OCR Q&A on Title IX and Sexual Violence Title IX Refresher: Key Considerations in Gender-Equity Planning What is a “Failure to Monitor”?: … Continue reading

Northwestern-Athlete Union Issue: Primer on Terms and Concepts, Part II

On April 9, 2014, Northwestern University filed an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) regarding the decision of the agency’s district office, which determined the institution’s scholarship football student-athletes are employees who can unionize. According to the Wall Street Journal, the institution’s appeal stated NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr’s “decision overlooked or … Continue reading