Catching Fire: South Carolina Lawmakers to Follow California’s Pay-to-Play Bill

The passage of California’s Fair Pay to Play Act (SB-206) has sparked a movement among state legislatures on the east coast. South Carolina intends to join the fray.

South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson says that he and South Carolina State Representative Justin Bamberg plan to introduce a bill that will permit college athletes to make money from the use of their names, images, and likeness. In addition to collegiate athletes earning a $5,000/year stipend, the bill will allow them the opportunity to earn money …

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California Prepared to Battle the NCAA Over Pay-to-Play

The California Senate unanimously voted to pass the California Assembly’s version of the Fair Pay to Play Act (SB-206) on September 11, 2019. The bill will allow student-athletes to earn compensation through endorsements or sponsorships. If signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill would take effect January 1, 2023. If the governor does nothing, or he does not veto the bill, then the bill becomes law.

Paying student-athletes for use of their name, image, and likeness contradicts current NCAA rules and regulations regarding student-athlete …

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Collision Course: California’s Pay-to-Play Bill Takes Aim at NCAA

On September 9, 2019, the California State Assembly voted 66-0 to pass an amended version of the Fair Pay to Play Act. The bill now moves back to the state senate for a vote, which is likely to pass, putting the state on a collision course with the NCAA over its rules prohibiting student-athletes from being compensated for use of their name, image and likeness.

Previously, we reported that the California State Senate voted to pass the Fair Pay to Play Act (SB- 206) to …

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NCAA Corruption/Bribery Trial Fallout

As we previously reported, on October 24, 2018, a Manhattan federal jury convicted former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager and aspiring sports agent Christopher Dawkins, and former Adidas consultant Merl Code of fraud charges arising out of a high-profile college basketball pay-for-play scandal. The breadth of the NCAA Corruption/Bribery Scandal rocked the NCAA. While the trial concluded with convictions, it is not likely that the story ends here. Many experts believe that various NCAA Division I Schools are now in the crosshairs of …

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Update: No Documents for Defendants in NCAA Corruption/Bribery Case

On September 5, 2018, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan denied Merl Code, Christian Dawkins, and James Gatto (the defendants) access to certain documents. According to the opinion, during discovery, the defendants had as the United States government to turn over certain “documents and/or communications.” However, it is unclear exactly what information the defendants were seeking because the court opinion was heavily redacted.

As we have previously reported, in February 21, 2018, Yahoo Sports reported that financial records, documents, and wiretaps tied to …

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Nike Successfully, but Temporarily, Prevents Rising Track Star From Running in Rival’s Gear

On June 7, 2016 an Oregon federal court granted Nike’s request for a temporary restraining order which would prevent track star Boris Berian from wearing or endorsing any of Nike’s competitors for a short period of time. The order handed down on Tuesday will keep Berian out of New Balance products until at least June 21, when a more permanent solution to the contract dispute is handed down.

Berian is the 800-meter world indoor champion and has become one of the faces of middle distance …

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Under Armour Remains Aggressive, Lands Record Deal With UCLA

Under Armour inked a record breaking contract with UCLA on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The deal, considered to be the richest college sports apparel deal in the country, illustrates the Baltimore-based company’s intention to develop regional sales across the country. As part of the announcement, Under Armour said it would be expanding its West Coast retail locations.

Under Armour announced the 15-year, $280 million deal on Twitter, welcoming UCLA to the brand’s family. Under the terms of the deal, Under Armour will be the …

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Philadelphia 76ers: First NBA Jersey Sponsorship Signed as Part of Pilot Program

Despite the last place performance of the Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA team became the first North American professional sports team to sign a sponsorship for their jerseys. On Monday, May 17, 2016, the team announced that StubHub will become the first sponsor to advertise on a team jersey in the four major US sports. The deal, worth an estimated $5 million per year for three years, grants StubHub the rights to a 2.5-by-2.5 inch logo patch on the front left side of the jerseys.…

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Nike and Ohio State Ink 15-Year Sponsorship Contract

The apparel and sportswear war continues. On January 14, 2016, Ohio State and Nike, Inc. announced their deal to extend Nike’s sponsorship of Ohio’s flagship university. The $252 million deal — $112 million in Nike merchandise and $103 million in cash, including royalty income — will extend into the next 15 years.

The competition for contracts among apparel companies is greater than ever, with more companies entering the big stage in recent years — or at least, the big stage in America. Over the last …

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