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  • St. Louis Settled But Could They Have Received More from the Rams and the NFL?

    Image via Fox 2 St. Louis Mike Florio, writer for Pro Football Talk.com, reported Monday that “an expansion team was never on the table as a pre-trial settlement possibility.” The NFL had to suffer an enormous loss at trial, and they also had to lose to Stan Kroenke. When he says the NFL had to lose to Kroenke, he means the NFL had to lose on the indemnity issue, and all 32 owners paid their damages’ share, not Stan Kroenke paying on the owners’ behalf in this case. Florio further reports “Kroenke’s lawyers were ready to pay more than $790 million to end the case, and that the league’s lawyers intervened. The league drew a hard line at $790 million. They were not paying $800 million and above, and to their surprise, it got the deal done. The question for the attorneys after Stan Kroenke and the NFL offered $790 million was to take $276.5 million (35 percent of the settlement) plus costs now, or to keep fighting and pushing and chasing a pot that may be bigger, the same, or smaller. Florio, a former attorney, believes St. Louis could have received the billion dollars, but as reported by various media outlets, St. Louis, the Convention and Visitors Commission, and the Regional Stadium Authority did not want to risk losing at trial. They chose the safe route to the St. Louisans’ ire. Ben Frederickson and Joel Currier, sports and legal writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch respectively, covered this lawsuit from beginning to end. They are two among various St. Louis media members who let St. Louis and the national media know what is going on in the Gateway City. They stayed one step ahead to the point that Frederickson and Currier reported the settlement late last Tuesday night before any other media outlet caught wind that the settlement occurred the following morning. The NFL owners are a “mafia,” and they control what happens in the NFL, not Roger Goodell. Goodell makes decisions based on the owners and their best interests, which is what will make them the most money. “Karraker and Smallmon” from 101ESPN, reported that it sounds like Stan Kroenke is responsible for the entire $790 million settlement. St. Louisans can feel relieved this case is over, or frustrated that this did not go to trial. The realization for St. Louisans is this case received national coverage and the NFL’s “dirty laundry” got released to the public. Ben Frederickson reported on Tuesday night that Mayor Jones decided to settle because the lawsuit ran its course in her opinion. His article includes Mayor Jones’ decision to accept the settlement. She said: “Well, we [the St. Louis team] all know that when you take things to court, it can be a long process [.]” “We’ve already been in this process since 2017. I felt it was time to put it to rest.” Dan Lust, Dan Wallach, and guest Howard Balzer revealed Mayor Jones’ prior occupation was city treasurer. This quote and her background can mean several things, but the way I construe it is Mayor Jones settled because she had enough and the money was too good to pass up. She was the former treasurer, as “Conduct Detrimental,” along with Howard Balzer, revealed. This may answer some questions why St. Louis settled with the Rams and the NFL fifty days prior to trial. Dan Wallach, on an interview with Nestor on YouTube, stated the “attorney agreed to settle because their payment is “life-altering.” He told Nestor every equity partner received a “life-altering $10 million as payment for their work on the case. The attorneys worked on this case on a contingency basis. If they win, they get paid, but if they lost, they would not receive a payment. Dan’s fact is almost pro-“attorneys are glad they settled because they got paid” argument. In the same article, he reported County Executive Sam Page’s reasoning. His reasoning was “the experts that advised them, the county counselor’s office and their outside legal counsel advised them the settlement was a good settlement for St. Louis County and St. Louis City, and that they should accept it and move on.” Those who argue the lawyers were after the money may be right according to Page’s comments, but those who argue the plaintiffs made the decision on their own are right according to Mayor Jones’ comments. Either way one leans in this argument, this settlement is a win for St. Louis because the NFL and Kroenke paid them nearly $800 million. They exposed the NFL; they showed the league does anything to raise their revenues. They did the same when they moved the Rams to St. Louis in 1995; however, twenty-one years later, they did it behind-the-scenes with a “proper vote.” They knew Stan Kroenke was the only owner who had the pockets to move a team to the nation’s second largest market. Hopefully St. Louisans remember the good times and memories they had while the Rams were in town, and they showed their fandom because they wanted an expansion franchise. This is similar to someone willing to forgive their significant other after they cheated on their partner. They are not only willing to forgive the NFL, but they are willing to welcome them back with open arms. A franchise was not in the cards, but if they pushed for more, they may have received nothing. That is why they did not push for more. Alex Patterson is a 3L at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He played football for seventeen years as an offensive and defensive lineman. He graduated from Lindenwood University-Belleville in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Sports Management. He can be followed on Twitter @alpatt71.

  • The Expanding Pathways to the NBA

    Michael Jordan and North Carolina. Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (known as Lew Alcindor at the time) and UCLA. All Basketball Hall of Famers that are forever linked with leading their schools to NCAA titles. Today, those players all seem like distant memories and that era of college basketball is a relic of the past. It’s becoming ever more likely that the next crop of NBA superstars will never step foot on a college campus. Teenage basketball phenoms opting out of college and taking an alternate route isn’t a brand-new concept. In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled in Haywood v. National Basketball Association that the NBA’s requirement that a player wait four years after high school graduation, essentially forcing players to attend college before they enter the NBA, was a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.[1] Players were no longer required to attend four years of college before going pro. However, the decision to skip college entirely didn’t become popular until 1995 when the #1 high school basketball player in the country, Kevin Garnett, made the controversial decision to enter the NBA draft just months after attending senior prom. This led to an avalanche of players in the coming years jumping directly to the NBA including Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and LeBron James. The NBA halted this momentum in 2005 when they agreed with the NBA Player’s Union to place an age restriction to enter the league. In their newly constructed collective bargaining agreement, the NBA set the minimum age at 19 years old, or one year removed from high school. This gave rise to the “one and done” phenomenon in college basketball where a player stays on campus for his freshman season before bolting for the NBA draft. Still, this didn’t force every top prospect to play college basketball. Throughout the next decade there were examples of high schoolers who recognized their earnings potential and opted on playing professionally oversees instead of college for the mandatory one-year grace period. These examples were few and far between with varying degrees of success so many failed to recognize a major shift that was taking place in the youth to professional basketball pipeline. In recent years, more players have realized they no longer have to wait to shake the commissioner’s hand as they walk across the NBA draft stage to cash in on their talents. Players can start earning much earlier and without having to open a college textbook in the meantime, and others began to take notice. Several different outlets began attempting to provide a platform for these teenagers to showcase their talent and reap the benefits. LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of NBA player Lonzo and youngest son of outspoken father LaVar, made headlines when he began playing internationally at the age of 16. His professional career included stops in Lithuania and Australia before entering the NBA and winning rookie of the year in 2021. Many questioned his decision to play internationally at such a young age, but LaMelo never seemed to waver. On the flip side, his decision to play professionally led to confessions in radio interviews about driving a Lamborghini at age 17. The National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia became an advocate for American players like Ball seeking to skip their “one and done” year in college and begin playing professionally immediately. The U.S. took notice of the opportunity these players were being presented internationally and decided to pounce. In 2017, Darius Bazley was a McDonalds All American and committed to play college basketball at Syracuse. But Bazley had a change of plans, decommitting from Syracuse and taking his talents to the board room. The popular Boston-based shoe company, New Balance, offered Bazley a one-year internship that paid him $1 million as he prepared for the following year’s NBA draft. Bazley worked with New Balance’s marketing teams as he trained and was eventually drafted #23 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019.[2] The NBA also decided to throw their hat in the ring. Although their 19-year-old age requirement still exists, the league still found a way to profit on the youth movement. The NBA developmental league (referred to as the G-League) historically was a place for players who failed to make NBA rosters to showcase their skills. The NBA recently developed the “professional path program” designed for recent high school graduates to enter the G-League for one year before the NBA draft. Players still can’t enter the NBA directly out of high school, but they can opt to play in the G-League for one year before making the leap.[3] The 2020 #1 player in the country, Jalen Green, signed a deal for $500,000 to play for the G-League Ignite, a team created solely for the purpose of developing teenagers. Greene, alongside his Ignite teammate Johnathan Kuminga who was also directly out of high school, were drafted #2 and #7 respectively in the 2021 NBA draft. The popular social media brand Overtime obtains 1.6 billion views on their various social media platforms every month. The brand recently created Overtime Elite; a basketball league designed for high schoolers with NBA aspirations. The league is backed by investors such as Jeff Bezos and Alexis Ohanian, and NBA players Trae Young, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony. Overtime Elite allows players to sign 6-figure deals as they leave traditional high school, skip college, and work on their game full-time as they prepare for the NBA. This year Overtime Elite provided an opportunity for 16-year-old Jalen Lewis to become the youngest professional basketball player in U.S. history.[4] With the digital meteoric rise of social media, youth basketball has developed into global entertainment. Players are becoming online celebrities before they obtain a driver’s license. Mikey Williams is 17 years old and the #11 ranked player in the 2023 class. But what’s even more impressive about Williams is that he currently has 3.4 million instagram followers. To place that in perspective, Jaylen Brown is an all-star for the Boston Celtics and one of the best basketball players on the planet. Brown has 1.9 million followers. Williams has a bigger social media presence than most players in the NBA. Thanks to the recent NIL rules, Williams recently became the first high school athlete to sign an endorsement deal with Puma.[5] High school and AAU games routinely moonlight as quasi-Hollywood gatherings featuring A-Listers such as Drake, Kanye West, and Michael B. Jordan sitting courtside. While Drake has rapped about the prominent Los Angeles high school Sierra Canyon in his latest album, Kanye West took it a step further. The 21-time Grammy award winning rapper opened Donda Acadmey, a high school in Simi Valley outside of Los Angeles. Within the first year, Donda Academy was able to lure several high-profile players from surrounding schools to join team Donda.[6] The NCAA observed this momentum and could no longer bury their heads in the sand. This year the NCAA adopted NIL rules that allow athletes to profit off their image by signing endorsement deals with third parties. Finally, college athletes will be eligible to receive a form of payment. But is it too late? International basketball, the G-League, and Overtime Elite are all proving that teenagers can get paid for playing basketball without sacrificing their chances of making it to the NBA. It remains unclear how many 16-year-olds would prefer to wear a Duke uniform over playing professionally in a league cosigned by their NBA idols or favorite rappers. The next NBA collective bargaining negotiations are set to take place in either 2023 or 2024, and the 19-year-old age limit may be on the chopping block. But regardless of what transpires during these negotiations, one thing is for certain – youth basketball is no longer just for amateurs. Matt Netti is a 2021 graduate from Northeastern University School of Law. He currently works as an attorney fellow at the Office of the General Counsel for Northeastern University. You can follow him on twitter and Instagram @MattNettiMN and find him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-netti-ba5787a3/. [1] Haywood v. National Basketball Association, 401 U.S. 1204 (1971); William C. Rhoden, Early Entry? One and Done? Thank Spencer Haywood for the Privilege., New York Times (June 29, 2016) https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/sports/basketball/spencer-haywood-rule-nba-draft-underclassmen.html. [2] Nick Crain, OKC Thunder’s Darius Bazley Opens Up About New Balance Internship And Path To NBA In New Documentary, Forbes (last visited Dec. 2, 2021) https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholascrain/2020/11/16/okc-thunders-darius-bazley-opens-up-about-new-balance-internship-and-unprecedented-path-to-the-nba-in-upcoming-documentary/?sh=21ed749e2d65. [3] Jabari Young, A top high school basketball player could net up to $1 million by skipping college and playing for the NBA’s G League, CNBC (Apr. 17, 2020) https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/17/nba-developmental-program-changing-recruitment-landscape.html. [4] Bruce Schoenfeld, The Teenagers Getting Six Figures to Leave Their High Schools for Basketball, NY Times (Nov. 30, 2021) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/magazine/overtime-elite-basketball-nba.html. [5] Nick DePaula, Mikey Williams, 17, signs historic footwear and apparel deal with Puma, ESPN (Oct. 29, 2021) https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32500553/mikey-williams-17-signs-historic-footwear-apparel-deal-puma. [6] Grant Rindner, Kanye West Welcomes Four Top Basketball Recruits to Donda Academy, GQ (Oct. 7, 2021) https://www.gq.com/story/kanye-west-donda-academy-top-basketball-recruits.

  • Could The Brian Kelly Coaching Change Lead To A Rule Change?

    Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports The NCAA football coaching carousel has begun and has already shown to shake things up a bit. News broke on Sunday that Lincoln Riley was departing Oklahoma and heading to USC.[1] Also notably, Brian Kelly left Notre Dame and is on the move to Baton Rouge to become the next head coach for LSU.[2] In addition, a variety of other programs have made announcements of new hires. However, there is one major issue looming. The 2020-2021 season is not entirely over yet. While the college football playoff hope is all but decimated for Oklahoma after losing to Oklahoma State and not qualifying for the Big 12 title game, Notre Dame is not entirely out of the playoff picture. They are currently ranked 6th with all five teams ahead of them playing this upcoming weekend in their conference championship games.[3] While only four teams will make the college football playoff, it is not outlandish to consider Notre Dame may potentially be amongst the top four teams remaining, contingent on some outcomes this coming weekend. In short, this is where the issue comes into play. Notre Dame has a chance to be a college football playoff team, yet their head coach just left the program. But this should not matter, right? Wrong. This does in fact matter. And the worst part about it for Notre Dame players is this fact clearly matters to the college football playoff selection committee. Committee Chair Gary Barta stated, that "once the championship games wrap up .... our protocol does include the ability for the committee to consider a player or coach not being available."[4] Pause right there. Do you understand the implication this statement has? To put it plain and simple, whether it ultimately impacts this decision, and whether Notre Dame even qualifies as a potential top-four team is irrelevant. The fact alone that a coach, here Brian Kelly, departing a program can impact a team’s final ranking is incredibly significant. So significant, that Athletic Directors everywhere will likely need to reconsider this implication in future coaching contract negotiations. It is simply not good for NCAA Football, programs, or its players that a coach departing can have this strong of an impact on a team’s ranking after a full regular season of play. Whether or not it is fair for the committee to consider this, is beside the point. The point is that Athletic Directors everywhere will now likely need to amply protect their programs by reconsidering this point of leverage in their coaching contracts liquidated damages provisions. If a coach harms a team like this, the coach should have to pay. Alternatively, there is another solution. A rule change. While the NCAA may not have the direct authority to limit coaches to a window of when they are permitted to seek other employment, institutions have the discretion to make hiring decisions when they are inclined. Whether a formal agreement is reached at the conference level, or this elevates to the NCAA, an initiative driven by Athletic Directions and institutions seems reasonable to restrict coaches’ mobility during the final weeks of the season. This may even be construed as a reasonable, short-term non-compete. It is undoubtedly not in the best interest of NCAA Football to have a team play an entire regular season of games just to have their coach leave, and then the team ultimately be the party punished out of the chance to compete in the postseason. If schools, conferences, or even the entire NCAA can agree to withhold from hiring new head coaches until after the National Championship, this issue would become moot. However, this is easier said than done. The reason that schools want a leg up and rush to hire a new coach as soon as possible is that coaches have an obvious impact on recruiting. This was further evidenced this week when Five-star QB Malachi Nelson flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to USC to follow Lincoln Riley.[5] The sooner (no pun intended) a coach is announced somewhere, the sooner their impact can be felt on the program’s recruitment. Realistically, what is the solution then? A solution may be to extend the recruitment dead period through November and December and perhaps even the beginning of January. The NCAA can implement such a rule change, which may serve as a partial deterrent from coaches changing schools so quickly. However, for such a rule change to be effective the NCAA may need to reevaluate the current dead period contact rules and give them more teeth. The current dead period rules permit athletes and coaches to communicate via phone, email, and other forms of digital communication during this period. The dead period limitation is mainly targeted at limiting in-person recruiting.[6] For such a rule change to be effective, the dead period restriction may need to deter all levels of communication. Surely, this change may prove difficult to enforce. Further, a counterargument may even reasonably be made asserting that this limitation may ultimately hinder student-athletes ability to be recruited. This concern may be even more detrimental than the issues caused from coaching changes. Ultimately, it seems clear that the proposed solutions may not be the perfect answer or the final recommendations to combat the coaching carousel issue. However, the fact remains that Athletic Directors, schools, conferences, and potentially the NCAA need to act. It is unjust for NCAA Football that a (likely financially motivated) coaching change can impact a postseason berth. For a sport that strives on competitive equity, this does not drive competition, and it is surely not equal. Perhaps, it is time for a change. This article is also available on LongRunSports at https://www.longrunsports.com/post/could-the-brian-kelly-coaching-change-lead-to-a-rule-change. Anthony Studnicka is a licensed attorney who also holds a Masters in Sports Law and Business from Arizona State University. He is the founder of www.LongRunSports.com and can be found on twitter at @Anthony_Stud. [1] Mark Schlabach, Lincoln Riley Leaving Oklahoma To Be USC Head Football Coach, ESPN (Nov. 28, 2021), https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/32737893/lincoln-riley-leaving-oklahoma-become-usc-head-football-coach-sources-say. [2] Michael Shapiro, LSU Officially Names Brian Kelly Next Head Coach, Sports Illustrated (Nov. 30, 2021), https://www.si.com/college/2021/11/30/lsu-officially-names-brian-kelly-next-head-coach. [3] College Football Playoff, College Football Playoff Rankings, (last visited: Dec. 1, 2021) https://collegefootballplayoff.com/rankings.aspx. [4] Bryan Driskell, Brian Kelly’s Departure Didn’t Impact Notre Dame’s Playoff Ranking …. Yet, Sports Illustrated (Dec. 1, 2021), https://www.si.com/college/notredame/football/notre-dame-football-playoff-ranking-impacted-by-brian-kelly-leaving. [5] Tom VanHaaren, Five-Star QB Malachi Nelson First Former Oklahoma Sooners Commit To Follow Lincoln Riley To USC Trojans, ESPN (Nov. 30, 2021), https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/32756531/five-star-qb-malachi-nelson-first-former-oklahoma-sooners-commit-follow-lincoln-riley-usc-trojans. [6] Next College Student Athlete, What Is The NCAA Dead Period?, NCSA (last visited: Dec. 1, 2021) https://www.ncsasports.org/ncaa-eligibility-center/recruiting-rules/dead-period.

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  • Shaq's son signs NIL deal with cryptocurrency company

    < Back Shaq's son signs NIL deal with cryptocurrency company Dec 6, 2021 Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O'Neal (a 6-foot-10 college junior at LSU) has signed an NIL deal with NFT Genius, a cryptocurrency startup backed by investors such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and actor Ashton Kutcher. Source: USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2021/12/06/shareef-oneal-nil-deal-cryptocurrency-company-nfl-genius/8870185002/ Previous Next

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Read More Dec 6, 2021 BREAKING: Mario Cristobal agrees to become next head coach for Miami Hurricanes Per Zachary Neel: The Oregon Ducks are now about to begin the search for a new head coach and offensive coordinator. It has been made official that Mario Cristobal is accepting a deal that will make him the new head coach at the University of Miami, where he won two championships as a player. Read More Dec 6, 2021 U.S. to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics over human rights abuses President Joe Biden is expected to announce that the United States will issue a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics over human rights abuses in China, according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. The announcement is expected to come this week. 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While the always-candid Lynch provided plenty of quotable soundbites during the segment, he failed to keep all of his content at a PG-level. This resulted in a total of two people from across the country writing complaints to the FCC, according to TMZ Sports. Read More Dec 6, 2021 Missouri lawmaker prefiles first US sports betting bill for 2022 legislative season In the first filing of betting legislation for the US’ 2022 legislative session, Missouri lawmakers have introduced a bill that would legalize online and retail sportsbooks across the state. House Bill 1666, filed at the end of last week by Republican Representative Phil Christofanelli, would tether sportsbooks to riverboat casinos in the state. Read More Dec 5, 2021 Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considering cutting WR Antonio Brown Per Mike Florio: They’ve got time to make a decision, and they’re going to take advantage of the time they have. 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Myre’s two brothers, his parents and his high school coaches were all invited onto the field for the coin toss before Iowa and Michigan kicked off on Saturday night in Indianapolis Read More Dec 5, 2021 Josh Norman not fined by NFL for slamming his fists onto Adam Thielen In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Vikings and 49ers, San Francisco cornerback Josh Norman was seen dropping both fists aggressively onto the lower back of Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen during a scrum for a loose ball. Norman wasn’t flagged. He also wasn’t fined, according to NFL Media. Read More Dec 5, 2021 Dick Vitale thinks Alabama football coach Nick Saban would be 'a steal' at $500 million ESPN basketball announcer Dick Vitale believes that Nick Saban would be "a steal" even if Alabama football paid him $500 million. Saban has seven national championship wins and has taken Alabama to six of the seven playoffs before this season. Saturday's SEC championship win gave him his 10th SEC title and eighth at Alabama. Read More Dec 5, 2021 Carlisle High basketball player arrested after opponent is knocked out with a punch in handshake line An Iowa high school student is facing a felony for knocking out an opponent after a game, according to police. The 17-year-old from Des Moines has been charged with causing willful or serious injury after striking a player on the Nevada Community School's varsity basketball team "without provocation" after a game hosted by the Carlisle Community School on Tuesday, per a statement from Carlisle police. Read More Dec 5, 2021 NFLPA hopes to avoid prosecution of players who obtained and used fake vaccination cards Now that the NFL and NFL Players Association have jointly announced suspensions of three players for misrepresenting their vaccination status, the question becomes whether the federal government will get involved. 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  • Ohio lawmakers reach agreement on sports betting, launch planned for no later than Jan. 1, 2023

    < Back Ohio lawmakers reach agreement on sports betting, launch planned for no later than Jan. 1, 2023 Dec 6, 2021 Per Robert Linnehan: The light at the end of the tunnel for Ohio sports betting may be coming closer into focus. Ohio Sen. Kirk Schuring, appearing with Pam Cook on 1480 WHBC this morning, said an agreement on the long debated Ohio sports betting bill has been made. The bill should be approved by a conference committee soon and appear on the Ohio House and Senate floors this week. Source: Saturday Tradition https://saturdaytradition.com/sports-gambling/ohio-sports-betting-launch-planned-for-no-later-than-jan-1-2023/ Previous Next

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