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University of California, Berkeley Will Cut 5 Sports Effective in the 2011-2012 Academic Year

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Thursday, 30 September 2010 13:46

In July 2010, a panel of professors and alumni criticized the administration of the University of California, Berkley (“Berkley”) for substantial spending on athletics programs.  Currently, the Berkley athletics department has expenses of $69 million, yet revenues total only $57 million.  The $12 million shortfall is bridged by student registration fees and the chancellor’s discretionary fund.  Last summer, Berkeley announced it will provide no more than $5 million per year of support for the athletics department beginning in 2014.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 00:00

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of Tennessee—Chattanooga (“Chattanooga”) committed major violations of NCAA legislation.  The case primarily pertains to 137 impermissible text messages sent to prospective student-athletes and 74 impermissible telephone calls.  After the investigation concluded the case was submitted to the Committee through the summary disposition process, which is an alternative to a formal hearing before the Committee that may be utilized when the NCAA enforcement staff, the member institution, and involved individuals agree to the facts of an infractions case and that those facts constitute major violations of NCAA legislation.

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The Athlete Agent Act: Marvin Austin Testifies Before the North Carolina Secretary of State

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

In 1997, a substantial push was made by a variety of entities and individuals involved in athletics to codify legislation to protect student-athletes and institutions of higher learning from unscrupulous athlete-agents.  After significant review and revisions, in 2000, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws introduced the Uniform Athlete Agent Act (“Agent Act”).  Subsequently, thirty-nine (39) states adopted the Agent Act and three (3) states currently have existing non-Agent Act legislation (California, Michigan, and Ohio).  Additionally, the federal government codified the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (“SPARTA”) in 2004.

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Bush Returns the 2005 Heisman Trophy

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

The Heisman Trophy (“Trophy”) is one of the most highly regarded awards in all of college athletics.  The Trophy was first awarded in 1935 to Jay Berwanger, a running back from the University of Chicago.  Since its inception, the Trophy has been bestowed upon legends like Davey O’Brien (1938), Doc Blanchard (1945), Doak Walker (1948), and Roger Staubach (1963) and more recent college football icons, Tim Tebow (2007) and Sam Bradford (2008).  It goes without saying that the Trophy has a rich history in fabric of intercollegiate athletics and has been awarded to student-athletes who personify the values of the Heisman Trophy Trust (“Trust”) and add special meaning to the term student-athlete.

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Western Athletic Conference v. Mountain West Conference: Conference Realignment – The Legal Showdown Begins

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

It appears the discussions of realignment in intercollegiate athletics are just beginning and, now, the legal showdown begins.  Last week, the Western Athletic Conference (“WAC”) filed suit in state court in Colorado against the Mountain West Conference (“MWC”) and former members California State University, Fresno (“Fresno State”) and the University of Nevada (“Nevada”).

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