28: Girls and Women in Sports with Nancy Hogshead-Makar

In this episode, Peter speaks with Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic Swimmer and CEO of Champion Women, an advocacy organization for girls and women in sports. Topics covered include Title IX and combating sexual abuse. These topics might be difficult to listen to, but the discussion is important. Champion Women has opportunities for research assistants if you are interested. You can follow Nancy on twitter here.

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27: NFL Player Health with Chris Deubert

In this episode, Peter speaks with Chris Deubert, a Senior Law and Ethics Associate for the Law and Ethics initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University. Chris has wide ranging sports law experience and combined his experience with that of his co-authors I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch in order to produce a report suggesting recommendations to improve the health of football players. The study is wide-ranging and our discussion serves as an introduction to it. You can read the study online here or purchase a print copy at cost here.

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26: MLB Service Time Manipulation with Pat Kessock

In this episode, Peter speaks with Pat Kessock, a law student and Boston College School of Law and author of the article Out of Service: Does Service Time Manipulation Violate Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement?, which was published in the September 2016 issue of the Boston College Law Review. Peter and Pat speak about service time manipulation in Major League Baseball and the various proposed solutions to this issue.

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25: Working in College Sports with Kyle Brennan

In this episode, Peter speaks with Kyle Brennan, Deputy Athletic Director at the University of Utah, about his career and what it is like to work in a college athletics department. Topics covered include: how to break into working in college sports, issues that arise in the job, and the benefits that come from this work.

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22: College Athlete Compensation Economics with Andy Schwarz

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the economics of college athlete compensation with Andy Schwarz. Andy is an partner at the economic consulting firm OSKR, contributor for Vice Sports and blogger at Sportsgeekonomics. He also co-authored the article The Ninth Circuit Decision in O’Bannon and the Fallacy of Fragile Demand with Richard J. Volante, which was included in the latest edition of the Marquette Sports Law Review. You can follow him on twitter at @andyhre.

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17: NCAA Issues with Joe Nocera

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses current challenges to the NCAA’s structure with Joe Nocera, an award-winning sports-business columnist for the New York Times. Joe’s most recent book, co-authored with Ben Strauss, is entitled Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA. In this interview, we discuss his research and opinions about problems with how the NCAA operates. You can follow Joe on twitter at @NoceraNYT.

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14: Protecting Student Athletes with Jonathan Stahler

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses protections for student athletes with Jonathan Stahler. Jonathan is an associate and certified NBPA agent at iP Agency and has written extensively about sports and entertainment issues in various forums. This discussion is based on his article published in the Spring 2014 issue of the ASU Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, entitled “Creating an Equitable Playing Field: Vital Protections for Male Athletes in Revenue-Generating Sports who are predominantly African-American.” You can follow Jonathan on twitter at @JMStahler3. Additionally, a link to his article is found here, courtesy of the ASU Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

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Episode 4: NCAA Issues with Sonny Vaccaro

In this episode (the second of a two part series), Peter Ott speaks with Sports Marketing legend Sonny Vaccaro about his advocacy on behalf of college athletes. Sonny was recently the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary entitled “Sole Man.” That movie looked at the broad outline of his life, from his start in Trafford, Pennsylvania to his signing of Michael Jordan to his first Nike deal to his recent advocacy on behalf of college athletes. In this podcast, Sonny discusses what he thinks is wrong with the current NCAA system. He outlines how he thinks that college athletes are being exploited by the NCAA and its member schools and he discusses the O’Bannon lawsuit.

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Episode 2 – Baseball Antitrust Exemption with Gordon Hylton

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption with UVA Law Professor Gordon Hylton. Antitrust law is designed to protect consumers from anticompetitive practices by monopolies or groups of businesses. Most sports leagues are subject to antitrust laws in some way, however, Major League Baseball has historically enjoyed an exemption from the applicability of these laws. This greatly affects the “playing field” upon which professional baseball operates. Peter and Professor Hylton discuss why this antitrust exemption exists and what are its practical effects on baseball players, owners, and fans.

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Deflategate and the NFLPA

This past Thursday, amid all of the “Deflategate” news, I came across the following three-minute long discussion between NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and ESPN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack on ESPN.com:

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