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Friends, I am back from vacation and back at my desk. Utah was wonderful, and I am tanned, rested, and ready to tackle the roughly six billion unread emails in my inbox. If you reached out to me over the last few days, I'll get to you soon, I promise!

Because the universe doesn't actually want me to unplug and take a real vacation, the Alston decision was released last week. Friend of The Newsletter Dr.Sam C. Ehrlich of Boise State wrote a quick breakdown of what the decision means, and doesn't mean, that our paid subscribers were able to read on Tuesday.

But the ramifications of this case are much larger than just one 2,000 word newsletter. And thankfully, my podcast co-host, Bryan Fischer, was super busy and dropped not one, but two episodes of Going For Two in my absence.

If you're new to Extra Points, Going For Two typically publishes every Wednesday, and covers off-the-field stories in a way that doesn't always fit into one neat little newsletter. You can subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcasts. If you search for it on Spotify, make sure you search for Going For Two and NOT Extra Points. The Extra Points with Matt Brown feed is an experience with an AI reading the newsletters.

The first episode features Dr.Jennifer Lee Hoffman of the University of Washington. Bryan and Dr.Hoffman dig into some questions I hadn't considered, like

  • How does Justice Kavanaugh's fiery diatribe against the current definition of amateurism differ from the rest of the court's decision?
  • How are schools going to implement this decision now?
  • How does anybody determine what is an educationally related benefit?

The second episode is with Darren Heitner, a sports law professor at the University of Florida, one of the architects behind Florida's trailblazing NIL law, and an expert on NIL and licensing related issues. This episode digs into all sorts of topics, including,

  • What advice would Darren give current athletes about NIL?
  • What will this marketplace actually look like in the immediate short term?
  • How do the various state laws differ on a meaningful basis?

Again, you can listen to both episodes right here. We've now taken a look at how Alston impacts antitrust law, college faculty, the athlete rights movement, and more. Once the NIL-era opens up in a few days, I'm sure we'll be revisiting things again.

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