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Former N. Carolina tutor accused of athlete-agent inducement

Rick Karcher, an attorney and six-year director of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law, has researched and written about player-agent regulation.

Reached Thursday in a telephone interview, Karcher said the criminal allegations related to the UNC football scandal are the exception not the norm. The criminal indictments handed up by an Orange County grand jury this week send a caution to rogue and cavalier agents ignoring the rules, he said.

“We’ve seen so many cases over the ages where states never get involved,” Karcher said. “The larger message of this is: although most states are not enforcing their state agents acts, you never know when a state might decide to do so.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/10/03/4363102/former-n-carolina-tutor-accused.html#.Uk7KZWRATI0#storylink=cpy

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Breaking down the NCAA bylaw Johnny Manziel is accused of violating

Rick Karcher, a professor at the Center of Law and Sports for the Florida Coastal School of Law, said the issue will be what powers the NCAA has or doesn’t have to coordinate its investigation.

“If he received money, hands-down that violates the provision,” Karcher said. “The real question then is the NCAA doesn’t have the ability to subpoena witnesses and they’re not in a court of law, so the player doesn’t have the due process protections as if they were in a court setting.”

He said the investigation does not fall in the NCAA compliance and enforcement division and would instead be a matter of student-athlete reinstatement. He said Manziel would be able to appeal if an investigation finds that he did knowingly sell his autograph for money.

“It’s impossible to say what’s ultimately going to happen,” Karcher said.

read the entire story here.

 

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Selling Johnny Football

“Johnny Manziel might suddenly be the tip of the iceberg here,” says professor Rick Karcher of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law. “This might lead to athletes finally being able to market their likeness.”

So who should Johnny Football sue next?

The NCAA, of course! And Texas A&M! And the Heisman! And the Cotton Bowl! And anybody else he can dream up!

… read Rick Reilly’s latest at ESPN.

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Can anything be done to stop college football coaches from jumping ship?

“They want to be able to steal each other’s coaches,” said Rich Karcher, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law who in 2009 wrote a 93-page paper titled, “The Coaching Carousel in Big-Time Intercollegiate Athletics: Economic Implications and Legal Considerations.”

“The top schools that have the money,” he said, “want to be able to keep grabbing head coaches from the Arkansas States and Louisiana Techs of the world.”

Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/college/ncaa/3084026-85/coach-coaches-texas#ixzz2EfBD4DDN

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Tennessee, coach Bruce Pearl start season under NCAA cloud

Tennessee’s mens basketball team will begin the season under NCAA investigations of violations from head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff.

Though Pearl did eventually come clean to investigators, Center for Law and Sports director Rick Karcher thinks his early lies might mean the NCAA could come down hard on the Vols coach.

via USA Today:

The possibility looms that the NCAA could come down harder on a coach. “I would say (Pearl’s) lying is worse (than Bryant lying),” says Rick Karcher, law professor and director of the center for law and sports for Florida Coastal School of Law. “(Pearl) is a head coach responsible for rules compliance. In Pearl’s case, not only did he lie, he committed intentional rules violations.”

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Gators, other colleges clamp down on high schools using logos

Colleges, including the University of Florida, are beginning to crack down on high schools using trademarked team logos and lettering, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Rick Karcher, a professor of law and the director of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law, said when it comes to trademark law, consumer confusion can be a crucial test. But he added it’s also important to show precedent in defending a logo.

“The more the logo, combined with the colors, is dissimilar, the harder it is for the college to argue that the consumer is confused by the source or affiliation of the mark,” Karcher said. “If there’s no consumer confusion, then there typically isn’t trademark infringement. But I think colleges are getting more protective of their intellectual property and the problem becomes if [they] allow this, someone else will come along and ask why it’s allowed in one context and not another.”

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UConn officials to face NCAA over hoops violations

The Associated Press has a story being circulated this morning about University of Connecticut officials that are about to face the NCAA over college basketball violations.

Florida Coastal School of Law Professor Rick Karcher was asked his opinion on what the NCAA could add to the school’s self-imposed sanctions.

SI.com has the story:

“The self-imposed sanctions are essentially a minimum floor,” he said. “The NCAA may impose more, but they certainly are not going to reduce what the university self-imposed.”

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The legal implications of Brett Favre

The hottest topic in the NFL is currently Brett Favre and the allegations of sexual harassment against him. Favre is currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings, while the NFL investigates his conduct.

Many have rushed to the judgment of Favre, but USA Today took a different route, looking into the legal implications of the situation if found guilty.

via USA Today:

“We don’t know what he did and whether it rises to the level of sexual harassment,” said Rick Karcher of the Coastal Law Center for Law and Sports in Jacksonville, Fla. “Everything seems premature with the pictures and e-mails, and that doesn’t mean the league won’t do something because it has wide discretion with its discipline.”

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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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