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Steve Berkowitz
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Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletic proposes separating major college football from the NCAA, and has the details: via
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 25
Replying to @ByBerkowitz
Citing value and number of awards won in a single-year by star athletes, plaintiffs have said this could be as much as $15,000 in a single year. New filing points to lists of awards won by each of last eight Heisman Trophy winners and total value of those awards
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 25
Replying to @ByBerkowitz
This revolves around interpretation of NCAA rules relating to the value of competition/participation awards (championship rings, bowl or NCAA tournament awards, etc.) that athletes could get in a single year.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 25
In new filing about interpretation of injunction in Alston vs. NCAA case, plaintiffs respond to NCAA contention that athletes could be limited to $5,600 - $7,630 in academic incentives a year (this could be paid in cash), by saying limit should be no less than $12,505 a year
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 25
Today's cancelation of Cincinnati-Temple football game means Bearcats will play in AAC title game. As result, coach Luke Fickell is set to receive $50,000 bonus. (UC recently said voluntary pay cuts across the school that had been set to run thru June 30 ended as of Nov. 1)
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 24
Replying to @ByBerkowitz
Confs: Rulings would let "litigation against the NCAA ... continue endlessly" after every change in NCAA pay rules. Also would "cause sweeping changes to college sports, for the first time permitting the payment of very substantial cash sums to student-athletes" for playing.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 24
NCAA & conferences have made separate filings in the case. NCAA: Leaving lower-court rulings intact would "wreak havoc on the century-old institution of NCAA athletics and the law regarding joint ventures."
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 24
Alston v. NCAA case has been officially distributed to the Supreme Court justices today, and a decision about whether to hear it has been scheduled for initial consideration at Court's conference of Dec. 11. The Court could announce it is taking the case as early as that day.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 23
Replying to @ByBerkowitz
The plaintiffs -- citing single-year achievements of athletes such as Joe Burrow, Sabrina Ionescu, Zion Williamson and Baker Mayfield -- have contended the limit should be as much as $15,000.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 23
Replying to @ByBerkowitz
At issue is how to assess the total value of competition/participation awards (i.e., championship rings, MVP, player of year, items for playing in bowl game or NCAA championship event) that athletes can receive in a year under NCAA rules.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 23
In new filing about interpretation of injunction in Alston vs. NCAA case, NCAA continues to say athletes should be limited to $5,600 in academic incentives a year (this could be paid in cash), but now says limit might be $5,980 -- or even $7,630 for FB players and $7,280 for BKB
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 19
Here's a question for college sports that reports on: Why do Black college football head coaches seldom get second chances?
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
Judge Wilken ends hearing without ruling from the bench on whether to dismiss any or all of two Alston follow-up cases that further challenge NCAA limits on athlete compensation, but she has set out a lengthy prospective schedule
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
Judge sketches out schedule of various pre-trial actions that stretches out into the fall of 2023 -- a schedule she describes as very aggressive and probably not realistic.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
Judge Wilken going through an extensive case management discussion in Alston follow-up cases, none of which will be necessary if she dismisses both cases.
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
NCAA contends that new case against athlete compensation limits should fail because of its inclusion of claim that athletes should get share of TV rights revenue, saying that they have no legal right of publicity with regard to live broadcasts
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
Berman also argues that while schools sell access to athletes to donors, athletes so far cannot make money from selling autographs themselves
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
Plaintiffs lawyer Steve Berman argues that new case against NCAA compensation limits presents issue that was not covered by O'Bannon or Alston cases: Athletes' ability to make money through social media, which has been barred so far by NCAA
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
Lawyer for NCAA is arguing that new cases filed as follow-up to Alston should not be allowed to go forward because the new cases are not raising new issues beyond those decided in the O'Bannon and Alston cases
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Steve Berkowitz Nov 18
In the case that the NCAA is seeking to dismiss, plaintiffs are seeking damages that would be connected to college sports television revenue and social media revenue that plaintiffs contend athletes would have gotten in recent years absent NCAA compensation limits
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