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Name, Image, and Likeness: What Colleges and Universities Need to Know

For years advocates for collegiate athletes’ rights have argued that there should be compensation allowed for their participation in intercollegiate athletics.  At the very least these advocates have insisted that the athletes should be able to benefit from the use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL).  In September 2019, California enacted the first law granting NIL rights to collegiate athletes with an effective date of July 1, 2021.  A month later the NCAA Board of Governors unanimously agreed it was time to address its NIL regulations. Subsequently, 27 states have joined in enacting NIL legislation, including 15 that have become effective since July 1.  The remaining dozen will become effective between now and 2023.  Three other states have pending bills with a similar focus.

Deadline Approaching Quickly for Schools to Update Title IX Policies

The Department of Education released the long awaited Title IX regulations focusing on sexual misconduct on May 6.  The regulations were initially proposed in November, 2018.  It is the first time that the Department has issued regulations dealing with sexual harassment or sexual assault.  Previously, the Department has issued Dear Colleague letters setting forth guidance to covered entities.

2018 NCAAF Coaches Salary Database

Spencer Fane LLP attorneys Bob Lattinville and Roger Denny were recently published in USA Today as instrumental contributors to the publication’s annual release of NCAAF coach salaries. USA Today collaborates with the Spencer Fane sports practice duo to prepare the compensation survey, which you can read here.

2017-18 Autonomy 5 Athletics Directors’ Compensation Survey

We reviewed all forms of compensation for the athletics directors at member institutions in the Autonomy 5 Conferences. We analyzed these employment agreements and related documents (the, “Contracts”), which were obtained in partnership with USAToday, and created a sortable database of primary compensation (click here to view the FBS Athletic Director Database, the “Database”).

Intermediate Sanctions Tax: For Athletics Directors It’s Personal

The recent enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has drawn attention from all corners of the intercollegiate athletics industry. 

By The Numbers: FBS Assistant Football Coach Contracts

In partnership with USA Today we collected and analyzed employment agreements for assistant football coaches at public Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) colleges and universities (the, “Sample Set”).

How The New Excise Tax Impacts Coach Compensation

Heralded by some as the most significant overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in decades, the bill (now awaiting the President’s signature before becoming law) formerly known as “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” – its title removed pursuant to a special budget rule – could significantly impact the business of college athletics.

FBS Athletic Directors’ Compensation Survey

We reviewed all forms of compensation for the athletic directors at National Collegiate Athletic Association member institutions of the Football Bowl Subdivision (“FBS”).

By the Numbers: 2016-2017 Autonomy 5 Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Contracts

AthleticDirectorU has teamed with Spencer Fane to provide unprecedented insight into coaching contracts and salaries. Tonight is the first in a series aimed to provide context and clarity.

Amending College Coach Contracts: Let Prudence Not Panic Be Your Guide

Coach Corso’s familiar caution invites consideration of the velocity with which the contracts of his former college football coach colleagues are being renegotiated.