Monthly Archives: September 2010

IUPUI: Paying coach Shann Hart $300,000 beat being sued

Professor Rick Karcher is interviewed for this Indianapolis Star story that discusses the situation at IUPUI and former women’s head basketball coach Shann Hart.

IndyStar has the story:

IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz defended his decision to fire women’s basketball coach Shann Hart “without cause” — and pay her about $300,000 — saying Friday that it was better for the university than fighting a protracted legal battle over whether she violated her contract.

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Lee County reacts to Red Sox threat of leaving town

The Boston Red Sox made a threat to leave its spring home in Lee County, Florida. The county responded, selling $81.2 million of bonds to keep the Red Sox in town.

The deal will allow the county to build a new training complex in Fort Myers for the team.

Bloomberg has the story:

Florida’s Lee County sold $81.2 million of bonds to keep an attraction that generates $21 million a year in tourism: the Boston Red Sox.

The debt sold yesterday will finance a new stadium for the club in Fort Myers, 120 miles (194 kilometers) south of Tampa on the west coast of Florida. The securities are backed by a tax on overnight lodging and by lease payments from the Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins, which train at another stadium in the county.

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Lawsuits seek to compensate college athletes

Ed O’Bannon and Sam Keller, former NCAA standouts, are trying to force the NCAA to share annual revenues with student-athletes.

Professor Rick Karcher was quoted in an AP story on the issue. The Sports Law Blog, and various other sources, have the story.

Karcher’s take:

“If they are successful, it could mean a lot economically in terms of damages,” said Rick Karcher, who directs the Center for Law and Sports at Florida Coastal School of Law.

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Hogshead-Makar to speak at two conferences

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar will be a panelist at two separate sports law conferences in October.

October 15 at Boston College of Law

  • On October 15, 2010, Boston College Law School and the Boston College Law Review will hold an all-day symposium that examines some of the legal issues raised by the NCAA’s growth. The symposium will feature four panels during which distinguished law faculty will present academic papers that will be published by the Boston College Law Review. A commentator will then give us his or her thoughts about the paper with an eye to fostering an open give and take about the ideas presented.

October 22 at Marquette University Law School

  • On Friday October 22, 2010, the National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School will host a conference on THE INCREASING REGULATION OF SPORTS IN A DECLINING ECONOMY at the Alumni Memorial Union, on the Marquette University campus in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Coastal Law fall sports law panel

The entire Florida Coastal School of Law community is invited to come meet the prestigious sports law professors of Coastal Law, Rick Karcher and Nancy Hogshead-Makar. Professors Karcher and Hogshead-Makar will discuss their backgrounds in sports law and sports in the legal profession. There will be a Q&A with the panel and lunch will be served.

September 14, Noon

Room 250

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USA Cheer Announces an NCAA Emerging Sport Initiative

Cheerleading’s governing body will seek NCAA emerging sport status for “Stunt” format.

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar comments on the USA Cheer announcement that it has released a new competition sport, which has been tailored to follow Title IX requirements.

via PRNewsire:

“The Women’s Sports Foundation applauds USA Cheer and the cheerleading community for taking steps to create and launch Stunt, a new competitive team sport which provides increased athletic and educational opportunities for young women,” says Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation. “This new sport is derived from the skills and techniques of traditional cheerleading. The Foundation supports the establishment of Stunt as an NCAA Emerging Sport and looks forward to its successful implementation at colleges and universities across the country.”

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Number of tennis teams are shrinking

The College Sports Council says the opportunities to play tennis at division I schools are shrinking. Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar offered some insight via a few stories.

A recent Associated Press story has appeared in various news sites, such as the Huffington Post and ESPN.

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