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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12: NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Policy with Elliot Rozenberg

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the NCAA’s transgender student-athlete policy with Elliot Rozenberg. Elliot wrote an article about the problems associated with the NCAA’s relatively new policy for transgender athletes that was published in the Spring 2015 edition of the Sports Lawyers Journal entitled “The NCAA’s Transgender Student-Athlete Policy: How Attempting To Be More Inclusive Has Led to Gender and Gender-Identity Discrimination.”

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10: College Athletic Apparel Deals with David Teel

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses the University of Virginia’s recent extension of its athletic apparel deal with Nike with David Teel, an award-winning columnist for the Daily Press, an newspaper that covers the Hampton Roads metro area of Virginia. Interestingly enough, neither Nike nor the University of Virginia seemed eager to publicize the deal much, which provides an interesting contrast to past agreements between universities and athletic apparel companies. Mr. Teel provides an interesting and informed perspective into this current deal and how these deals have evolved over time. You can follow Mr. Teel on twitter here or order his book “Press Pass: Thirty Years of Bylines, Headlines and Deadlines” here. Mr. Teel was able to learn about this detail through his reporting work.

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6: Collegiate Athletic Conferences with Bernadette McGlade

In this episode, Peter Ott discusses issues involved in running a college athletic conference with Commissioner Bernadette McGlade of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They discuss the respective responsibilities of individual school athletic departments, athletic conferences, and the NCAA. They discuss differences between different athletic conferences across the NCAA. Commissioner McGlade speaks about how conference realignment affects the individual conferences. The discussion ends after analyzing the recent O’Bannon ruling by the 9th Circuit and what this means for the future of college sports. Commissioner McGlade has years of experience working in college sports and she brings an important perspective to this discussion.

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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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NLRB Rejects Northwestern Unionization Effort

Today, the National Labor Relations Board made a surprising decision that was actually a bit of a non-decision. The Board unanimously ruled that it could not rule on the issue of college athlete unionization because labor law only allows the Board to look at private-sector workplaces and only 17 of the 125 schools eligible to play in a college football bowl are private universities. The Board says that “asserting jurisdiction over a single team would not promote stability in labor relations across the league.” This decision has the practical effect of preventing Northwestern University football players from being able to unionize.

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