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If the fans owned the Dodgers…

Last week, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig had MLB take control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team whose financial situation rests in the balance of a messy divorce of its owners, the McCourt’s.

How this situation plays out is anyone’s guess right now, so Professor Roger Groves dives into the possibility of an ownership group comprised of fans.

Read about it all at SportsMoney.

Yale sports and Title IX

Yale Daily News reports that despite being under federal investigation for possible Title IX violations, Yale seems to have everything in order.

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar was questioned about the disparities in Yale’s salaries for men’s and women’s coaches.

But, for equivalent sports with similar schedules and similar numbers of student-athletes, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 forbids paying vastly different salaries to men’s and women’s coaches.

“You can’t pay a men’s coach more than a women’s coach and say it’s because of the market, and that there are different salaries for coaching men and women,” said Hogshead-Makar, a former Olympic swimmer.

Read more at Yale Daily News.


The Barry Bonds Trial: Would You’ve Voted For That Federal Budget Expenditure?

Professor Roger Groves ponders many questions about the recent Barry Bonds case in his latest blog at SportsMoney.

“Like, how much of our taxpayer dollars did the government spend and why? If they did find him guilty on all counts, would that be a talisman that repaired the damage to the game of baseball?  Will this verdict strike such fear in the hearts of current or future desperate-to-be-a-star players that it will deter those so inclined from doping?”

He doubts it. Read why here.

Men’s gymnastics: College programs dwindling to a precious few

With the disappearing of some men’s sports, such as gymnastics, many are blaming Title IX and its effects on the programs.

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar doesn’t think that should be the case.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation, said it’s an absurd generalization to blame Title IX for the loss of any men’s sports.

“All the law looks at is the big picture: What are you providing boys and what are you providing girls?” she said.

Read more at The Columbus Dispatch.


NFL Players Should Be Nervous After Injunction Hearing

The NFL and its players continue to battle the league’s current lockout in the courts, most recently through a hearing held in the U.S. District Court.

Professor Roger Groves notes that the players should be a bit nervous after the injunction hearing.

That would logically lead to the conclusion that unless she allows an evidentiary hearing, the players may well prevail on the merits. But saying that bothparties are at risk sounds more like a standoff.  Under the injunction requirements, a tie goes to the NFL owners.

Read more at SportsMoney.


via Dennis Coleman:

The NCAA and Gender. Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar of Florida Coastal School of Law kicked off the symposium by offering a primer on Title IX and its modern day implications in college sports. Title IX is a federal law designed to eliminate discrimination from participation in educational programs based on sex. Although Title IX makes no mention of sports specifically, Professor Hogshead-Makar pointed out that collegiate sports most directly and frequently implicate Title IX because sports are one of the few remaining educational programs that actively allow sex segregation.


NFL, players take their spat over lockout before federal judge

The back and forth between the NFL’s players and owners continues this week as the matter will come before a federal judge.

The Associated Press reports that opinions differ on what the outcome may be. Coastal Law’s Rick Karcher thinks the court will avoid setting a very dangerous precedent.

“There’s nothing in the labor laws or by court precedent anywhere that says the labor force in a workplace has to be a certified union,” Karcher said. “That’s dangerous precedent, and I don’t think any court would order such a thing. That’s why I think the union has a stronger case.”

College baseball reconsiders murky rule on agents

College baseball players are often drafted players that elect to attend school rather than jump straight into the minor leagues. In that timeframe, many have ‘unpaid advisers’ that gauge their status for free with hopes of securing a contract when the right time comes.

Oftentimes, however, some official work can be done, which jeopardizes the player’s amateur eligibility. For example, Albert Minnis, a Wichita State freshman, is currently serving a 30-game suspension for this.

The Associated Press looks into the NCAA’s stance on this issue and the rule changes it is considering.

Has Title IX created equity for women in sports?

When Congress passed Title IX in 1972, it marked a watershed moment for American education. The law demanded equality in a number of areas besides athletics, including access to higher education, the teaching of math and science and standardized testing.

Still, the legislation, renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002, in honor of its principal author, Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii, is best known for its impact on athletics — and the controversy it has sparked over whether the law has worked to even the playing field for women and girls in sports.

Read the full research, and thoughts from Coastal Law Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar here.