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13 Legal Issues Collegiate Athletics 1 (2011-2012)

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November 2011 Volume 13, Issue 1

Legal Issues in

A  Report of Court Decisions, Legislation and Regulations Affecting Collegiate Athletics


2   Minnesota State Appeals Court Upholds
    Award   to  Assistant  Coach
A Minnesota state appeals court has upheld a $1 million award
to basketball coach fimmy Williams, who sued the University of
Minnesota after Head Basketball Coach Tubby Smith offered Wil-
liams an assistant coaching job on his staff an offer that was later
rescinded by UM.

3   A  Legal  Perspective on Brain Injuries and
    Youth   Athletics  -What You Need to Know
 Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among young athletes have gar-
 nered increased attention recently, due in large part to a growing
 awareness in the medical and athletic communities regarding the
prevalence and potentially devastating effects of head injuries in
youth sports. This increased knowledge and awareness has resulted
in an ever-changing landscape for schools, athletic programs and
sports leagues as it relates to the risk of head injuries and the man-
agement ofthat risk. Consequently, in order to minimize the sever-
ity and occurrence ofhead injuries, and the potential exposure for
same, schools, leagues, coaches, athletes, and parents must consider a
number  offactors.

5   Court   Concludes Company is on the Hook
     to Nichols   College  for 'Defective'Turf
A Massachusetts state appeals court has found that the parent com-
pany of a subsidiary that installs artificial turf in sports facilities is
subject to an arbitration clause. The clause was triggered when the
customer, Nichols College, alleged that the turf was defective.

6   Court   Dismisses Ex-Student's Antitrust Claim
    against   NCAA
A federal judge from the Southern District of Indiana has dismissed
with prejudice the antitrust claim brought by two student athletes

against the NCAA, who charged that the association and its mem-
bers engaged in a blatant price-fixing agreement and restraint.

8   Laws   Help  Recruited   Student-Athletes Ask
    the  Right  Questions
The recruiting process is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most
student-athletes. College coaches, however, recruit hundreds ofplay-
ers each year. Therefore, it is paramount that student-athletes and
their parents are educated on the process, especially when athletic
scholarships are involved.

9   Big  East  and  W. Va. Sue  Each   Other  in
    Realignment Fracas
The Big East Conference responded immediately to a lawsuit from
West Virginia University, byfiling one of its own in an effort
to keep the schoolfrom departing the conference for another 27

12  When Lightening is Imminent, Evacuation
    Takes   Center  Stage
As evacuations offans from high school and college stadiums due
to lightning have increased over the past several years, debate over
whether these evacuations are necessary or not has ensued. People
have been left wondering whether these evacuations make specta-
tors safer or rather leave them more vulnerable as they are traveling
outdoors toward their cars.

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