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Athletes are some of the most prized students at colleges across America. After all, they’re tasked with the difficult job of representing their school, while trying to take their own athletic careers to the next level. However, this also means that athletes often have to tiptoe around the various rules and regulations that are currently in play.
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Introducing ⚖The Docket⚖
The Docket strives to keep you informed of current proceedings in numerous sports law cases. Because we can’t possibly cover all of the important cases to watch, and not all of them find their way into ⚡The Blitz,⚡ we’re adding documents as we check the various court dockets we track
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You never know until you try, or at least that’s what they say. We decided to give Patreon a try, but it just didn’t work for us so we have closed down that account. You can still support our journalism by using the various donation buttons around our site. We depend on you, our readers to keep the bills paid so that we can have the tools we need to produce the stories you’ve come to expect from Advocacy for Fairness in Sports. The holidays were rather lean so if you’d like to pitch in a few dollars, we’d really appreciate whatever you might be able to do.
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The 1985 Chicago Bears are considered to be one of the best rosters ever to come together in professional football. There was an intense rivalry between head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan—a rivalry so dysfunctional that it actually fueled the team. The offense, though thrilling, has been referred to as “aim, fire, shoot,” as alluded to in quarterback Jim McMahon’s line in the team’s Super Bowl Shuffle call to arms, “When I hit the turf, I’ve got no plan. I just throw my body all over the field. I can’t dance, but I can throw the pill.” From the defensive side, future Hall of Famer, Richard Dent is credited as saying that Ditka “is the reason we won Super Bowl XX and the reason we didn’t win three.”
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New Jersey SB 971, a bill that advanced out of the N.J. Senate’s Higher Education Committee on Thursday, is a perfect representation of why these measures on a state level will fail to meet their stated goals. No matter how altruistic and heroic the intents of those who sponsor and support the bills in the disparate states considering similar motions are, the measures will ultimately prove as ineffective as the Compromise of 1850 in United States history.
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February 1, 2020 Our picks for the
Ten Most Interesting Sports Law Stories
from the past week. The Super Bowl may be the biggest game of the week, but it’s far from the only one. Sports law never takes a break and we’ve got the “Main Events” covered for you here. Continue reading
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Sometimes what you see tells a story. Sometimes what you don’t see tells an even bigger one. Both statements are true when it comes to the NFL’s Bert Bell-Pete Rozelle Retirement/Disability Plan.
Players have a very difficult task in qualifying for disability benefits, especially if their injuries are related to their careers, and the most difficult level of all to qualify for is “Active Football,” which means the player became disabled within six months of the end of his career. Often players leave the game injured and think they’ll get better. Often they try to rehab for more than six months before they give up and decide to apply for disability, but should they wait six months and a day after their last game, they’ll be forever locked into a lower benefit tier without extensive litigation and often even when they litigate.
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Unfortunately, there has been some bad reporting on a recently introduced bill in the US House of Representatives, H.R. 5528. Contrary to the insinuations of poorly written headlines, the bill would not place a cap on compensation for coaches at NCAA-member universities or establish a limited exemption to federal antitrust laws for the NCAA. Framing the bill as such is not only false but diminishes the real power that the bill would grant. It’s even more potent than the bad reporting suggests.
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