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Chasing Sport

By Chris Dix

Chasing Sport is a podcast created by attorney Chris Dix to analyze the practical and legal impact of breaking news in American sports.
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Hot College Athlete NIL Topics for Year 2
Hot College Athlete NIL Topics for Year 2
What are hot college athlete NIL topics for year 2? In this episode of Chasing Sport, sports attorneys Chris Dix and Malik Jackson provide resources and discuss boosters, the NCAA’s trawling for NIL nuggets through its agreed upon procedures, contextualization of NIL deal facilitation as a national issue, recruitment issues, similarities between NIL expansion and the deregulation of gambling, NFTs, and why all student athletes need to avoid Pay for PALS (Pay for Play, Performance, Participation, Attending, Leaving, and Staying). 1. NCAA Guidance on Boosters a. https://www.ncaa.org/news/2022/5/9/media-center-di-board-of-directors-issues-name-image-and-likeness-guidance-to-schools.aspx b. https://image.mail2.ncaa.com/lib/fe5715707d6d067e7c1c/m/7/38f59518-6731-4fde-983a-310d6468ef8f.pdf 2. Agreed Upon Procedures- https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/ncaa/finance/2022NCAAFIN_AgreedUponProcedures.pdf 3. https://www.wcia.com/sports/your-illini-nation/bielema-on-illinois-nil-amendment-we-want-what-benefits-our-student-athletes/
29:08
July 15, 2022
Who should be on YOUR "team" to engage in NIL deals?
Who should be on YOUR "team" to engage in NIL deals?
Who should a college athlete have on their "team" as they consider and enter into deals to get paid for their name, image and likeness?  In this episode of Chasing Sport, sports attorneys Chris Dix and Malik Jackson answer this very important question.   Chris and Malik also discuss the importance of family to a college athlete, and some of the legal issues regarding entity formation and governance that can arise when a college athlete forms a company to engage in NIL deals.  
22:36
August 12, 2021
How can college athletes make money without losing their eligibility?
How can college athletes make money without losing their eligibility?
On July 1, 2021, a combination of state law changes and an NCAA waiver allowed college athletes to begin receiving compensation for their right to publicity (including their name, image and likeness) without losing their collegiate eligibility.  Sports lawyer Malik Jackson talks with Chris Dix about the practical impact of those changes for athletes, parents, coaches, colleges and universities.  Malik also discusses differences between rules adopted by different institutions (e.g., University of Florida vs. University of Alabama vs. Florida State University).      Below are links to the NIL policies of several colleges and universities mentioned during this episode:  University of Florida:  https://floridagators.com/sports/2021/6/24/name-image-likeness.aspx  University of Alabama:  https://rolltide.com/sports/2021/6/28/name-image-likeness.aspx#:~:text=Use%20of%20any%20registered%20marks,unless%20receiving%20prior%20written%20permission  Florida State University:  https://seminoles.com/nilinfo/#:~:text=The%20state%20law%20prohibits%20student,in%20an%20FSU%20team%20contract.&text=NIL%20compensation%20activities%20may%20not%20occur%20during%20department%20or%20team%20related%20activities.&text=Questions%20should%20be%20directed%20to%20the%20FSU%20Office%20of%20Financial%20Aid  Brigham Young University: https://byucougars.com/story/athletics/1296873/byu-institutes-nil-policies
32:51
July 28, 2021
Tennis Integrity: An interview with Jonny Gray, CEO of the International Tennis Integrity Agency
Tennis Integrity: An interview with Jonny Gray, CEO of the International Tennis Integrity Agency
In 2021, the Tennis Integrity Unit became the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).  ITIA CEO Jonny Gray talks with Chris Dix about the ITIA's role as the independent body established by the international governing bodies of tennis to promote, encourage and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. Jonny also discusses recent changes to the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme, the ITIA's plans to combine anti-corruption and anti-doping operations, and the ITIA's emphasis on education and promoting awareness of potential integrity issues for professional tennis players.    
33:07
March 29, 2021
Should college football split from the NCAA?
Should college football split from the NCAA?
The Knight Commission recently issued a report recommending that college football split from the NCAA and form a separate governing body, tentatively called the National Collegiate Football Association.  Peter Goplerud returns to the podcast to talk with Chris Dix about the implications of the Knight Commission's recommendations on college football and the student athletes that compete in the sport.   View the Knight Commission's full report here:   https://www.knightcommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/transforming-the-ncaa-d-i-model-recommendations-for-change-1220-01.pdf
26:33
December 22, 2020
Youth sports injury risks in a post-Covid world
Youth sports injury risks in a post-Covid world
Bob Sefcik from the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program talks with Chris Dix about possible injury risks as youth sports resume in a post-Covid world.  Topics addressed include (i) potential injuries (other than Covid) that can arise from the lack of significant physical activity during the pandemic, (ii) increasing awareness of concussion as a risk in youth sports, (iii) the Zachary Martin Act, which helps protect youth athletes from heat stroke, (iv) the rise in esports and associated injuries, and (v) practical advice for high school athletes, parents and coaches to help mitigate the risk of sports-related injuries.   
33:08
October 22, 2020
Do college athletes need a Bill of Rights?
Do college athletes need a Bill of Rights?
Do college athletes need a Bill of Rights to protect them against the colleges, conferences and coaches they play for?   In August, a group of U.S. Senators announced they plan to introduce a College Athlete Bill of Rights to "guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes."  The legislation promises to: 1. Fair and equitable compensation. 2. Enforceable evidence-based health, safety and wellness standards. 3. Improved educational outcomes and opportunities. 4. Comprehensive health care coverage and support with sport-related injuries. 5. Accountability across college sports. 6. Freedom for college athletes to attend the institution of their choice. 7. An oversight panel that gives athletes a real voice.   https://www.booker.senate.gov/news/press/booker-senators-announce-college-athletes-bill-of-rights In September, a bipartisan solution called the Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives to: 1. Grant student athletes the right to capitalize off their own name, image and likeness and engage in agent contracts.  2. Establish one federal standard on NIL and a level playing field for college athletics.  3. Establish a commission appointed by Congress and made up of a variety of NIL stakeholders, including student athletes, tasked with continuing to study the logistics of NIL as it is rolled out and providing legislative recommendations to Congress about ways the process could be improved.  4. Ensure student athletes are not considered employees of universities.  5. Protect the recruitment process.   https://anthonygonzalez.house.gov/uploadedfiles/the_student_athlete_level_playing_field_act_-_one_pager.pdf
11:45
October 01, 2020
Lessons from the UK as sports betting expands in the USA
Lessons from the UK as sports betting expands in the USA
Brad Allen talks with Chris Dix about lessons learned from UK sports betting that can be applied in the USA as sports betting continues to expand.  Topics addressed include: 1. A quick historical overview of legalized sports betting in the UK 2. Problems and consequences resulting from legalized sports betting in the UK 3. How are the problems and consequences of legalized sports betting being addressed in the UK, either by betting operators, sport governing bodies, sports teams or the government (e.g., regulators or lawmakers)?     4. Potential problems or consequences as legalized sports betting continues to expand in the United States 5. Lessons learned in the UK that can be applied in the US by betting operators, sport governing bodies and teams, and lawmakers Here's a link to Brad's article from Legal Sports Report entitled "Are US Sports Betting Operators Ignoring Key Lessons from Europe?"  https://www.legalsportsreport.com/42437/us-sports-betting-lessons-uk-europe/  
29:21
September 03, 2020
What's going on with sports betting and student athlete compensation in the U.S.?
What's going on with sports betting and student athlete compensation in the U.S.?
Despite the sudden shutdown and gradual reopening of sports around the world due to Covid, there has been a lot of news recently regarding sports betting and student athlete compensation in the U.S. Below are some of the highlights: 1. The NFL Players' Association is offering a new program to teach former NFL football players about the potential dangers of gambling addiction. A summary of the program is provided in the article linked below: https://www.legalsportsreport.com/42792/former-nfl-players-responsible-gambling-education/ 2. The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group published a 72-page report examining the online gambling industry in Great Britain and the possible harmful effects that online gambling can have on people, their families and their communities. One of the key recommendations is that there should be a ban on all gambling advertising, including shirts, league sponsors, pitchside ads and also in online games like FIFA. Below are links to the report and an excellent analysis of the report by the Northridge firm: Report: http://www.grh-appg.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Online-report-Final-June16-2020.pdf Northridge Article: https://northridgelaw.com/potential-ban-on-gambling-advertising-in-great-britain/ 3. The United States Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on Wednesday July 22, 2020 entitled "Protecting the Integrity of College Athletics." The hearing included testimony from Heather Lyke, athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, who spoke on behalf of the University and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Bill Miller, president and chief executive of the American Gaming Association (AGA), and NCAA president Mark Emmert. Below is a link to a video of the hearing: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/protecting-the-integrity-of-college-athletics 4. The Power 5 Conferences of the NCAA (SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12) are working on national legislation regarding compensation for student athletes. The full proposal is not yet available, but the idea generally is to standardize NIL rules across all 50 states, preempt any existing state legislation on the same subject (e.g., Florida, California and Colorado), and provide a safe harbor to the NCAA from any anti-trust litigation by student athletes. 5. #WeAreUnited College athletes from the PAC 12 conference recently published a letter in The Player's Tribune threatening to opt out of practice and game participation in the Fall semester unless their demands regarding athlete treatment, safety and racial justice were addressed by the PAC 12 Conference. In response, PAC 12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that he is "happy to discuss" the issues identified by the players.
08:17
August 11, 2020
College athletes file a class action against the NCAA and the Power 5 conferences for restricting/preventing NIL rights.
College athletes file a class action against the NCAA and the Power 5 conferences for restricting/preventing NIL rights.
College athletes recently filed a class action alleging the NCAA and the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC) are unjustly enriched and violating U.S. antitrust laws by restricting or preventing college athletes from receiving compensation for their name, image and likeness.  Chris Dix discusses this new case with sports attorney Peter Goplerud, who is President of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville.      
33:53
July 01, 2020
Ricky Volante discusses his company’s efforts to create a paid alternative to college sports.
Ricky Volante discusses his company’s efforts to create a paid alternative to college sports.
Ricky Volante, CEO and Co-Founder of the Professional Collegiate League (PCL), talks with Chris Dix about the PCL's efforts to create a paid alternative to college sports (starting with men's basketball) that prioritizes the economic and other rights of college athletes. The episode also includes analysis of the NCAA's recent efforts to change their rules to permit athletes to receive compensation for use of their name, image and likeness. The final segment discusses the potential for the PCL to address racial inequalities, particularly in collegiate sports.
27:03
June 18, 2020
Name, image and likeness updates for Florida and the NCAA.
Name, image and likeness updates for Florida and the NCAA.
Sports attorney Darren Heitner talks with Chris Dix about the status of name, image & likeness (NIL) legislation in Florida, proposed changes for the NCAA, and practical advice for younger athletes expected to benefit from changes to NIL rules.
28:17
June 03, 2020
Are new NCAA rules for student athlete compensation actually good for student athletes?
Are new NCAA rules for student athlete compensation actually good for student athletes?
The NCAA recently announced plans to allow student athletes to receive compensation for use of their name, image and likeness without losing their eligibility to compete in collegiate sports. This episode examines the NCAA’s 31-page report and analyzes whether the proposed changes are actually good for student athletes (spoiler alert: they’re not!).
19:32
May 14, 2020
Recent developments affecting student athlete compensation
Recent developments affecting student athlete compensation
This episode features recent developments in student athlete compensation, including (i) high school basketball players deciding to skip college and go directly to the NBA's G League, (ii) a new social media platform (TSU) that may help college athletes generate greater revenue, (iii) a report from the Knight Commission discussing recommendations for allowing college athletes to receive compensation for their Name Image & Likeness (NIL) and (iv) the current status of college athlete compensation in the state of Florida.  This episode also includes a brief discussion about the legalization of sports betting in Florida.    Show Notes: 1.  High school basketball players going pro  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2886966-report-isaiah-todd-likely-to-join-jalen-green-g-league-after-michigan-decommit 2. How much is a 5-star recruit worth to a college football program?  https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/04/18/how-much-is-5-star-recruit-worth-college-football-program-study-says-650000-per-year/ 3. Tiki Barber promotes new social media platform TSU  https://popculture.com/sports/news/tiki-barber-college-athletes-paid-tsu-social-media-platform/ 4. TSU  https://www.tsu.social/ 5. Knight Commission links:  5a. Introductory Video by Elizabeth Beisel and David Robinson   https://youtu.be/fjnyRLInsnk 5b. Principles  https://www.knightcommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/kcia-principles-new-rules-use-college-athletes-nil-040320-01.pdf 5c. Examples  https://www.knightcommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/examples-applying-kcia-principles-nil-opportunities-college-athletes-040320-01.pdf 6. College Athlete Compensation Bill Passes in Florida  https://floridapolitics.com/archives/323384-legislature-passes-college-athlete-pay-bill 7. Status of Legalization of Sports Betting in Florida https://www.bocaratontribune.com/bocaratonnews/2020/04/sports-betting-in-florida-to-be-authorized-through-legislative-wildcard/
24:28
April 28, 2020
What is Chasing Sport?
What is Chasing Sport?
I’m Chris Dix, and in this first episode, I provide an introduction to the Chasing Sport podcast and the topics that I intend to cover in future episodes: 1. The legalization of sports betting and gambling across the United States, particularly in Florida, and 2. The expansion of student athlete compensation in the United States.
06:04
April 20, 2020