What will change college sports first: lawsuits, the NLRB, or Congress?
Good morning, and thanks for spending part of your day with Extra Points.
Whew, have I got a bunch of stuff to share with all of you!
First, it's been a really busy week over at Collegiate Sports Connect. Earlier this week, I spoke to multiple hockey coaches and administrators over at RIT to better understand how the transfer portal has shaped college hockey roster management, and what new D-III legislation means for their program. RIT is unique in college sports in that they are a rare D-III school that competes at the D-I level in one sport...but until just a few weeks ago, they were prohibited from offering scholarships. That rule just changed.
I also talked to an old friend and one-time Extra Points contributor, Sam Ehrlich of Boise State. Sam is a law professor and an expert on the legal issues surrounding college athletics. I asked him about the specific legal questions that are being raised in the latest NLRB complaint, how long that process might take, and what is more likely to change the definition of amateurism first....the Johnson case working its way through the federal court system, complaints to the NLRB, or congressional action.
THEN, I also caught up with Bryan for the latest episode of Going For Two, presented by Homefield Apparel. Bryan and I tried to unpack a few of the other huge stories in college athletics that we haven't had a chance to write about yet. You can download the podcast on Apple or Spotify or watch the video from this playlist:
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Topics from this podcast include:
Southern Indiana's decision to reclassify to D-I and join the OVC\
The Horizon League's decision to keep UIC from competing for conference championships
What we can learn, and what we can't learn, from the FY 21 college athletic budget reports
How you can save 15% off your first order at Homefield Apparel by using discount code EXTRAPOINTS
How you can find all of the FY 21 FRS reports that we've sourced so far HERE, in our FOIA Directory:
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In other news, I'm hitting the road next week
I'm planning on flying out to Phoenix late next week. My plan is to write a few stories about Grand Canyon University (the current plan is to be at the season-opening baseball game against Nevada, and also the GCU Men's basketball game against New Mexico State), but will be poking around a few other stories as well. If you're in the Phoenix area and want to say hi, drop me a line at [email protected].
There will be Serious Professional Journalism and all from this trip....but also, it's nice to get some In N Out and maybe a little Vitamin D for the first time in like, three months.
Content from this trip will likely appear in some fashion on Collegiate Sports Connect, the free Extra Points listserv, and behind the paywall.
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