Category Archives: Rick Karcher

Former N. Carolina tutor accused of athlete-agent inducement

Rick Karcher, an attorney and six-year director of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law, has researched and written about player-agent regulation.

Reached Thursday in a telephone interview, Karcher said the criminal allegations related to the UNC football scandal are the exception not the norm. The criminal indictments handed up by an Orange County grand jury this week send a caution to rogue and cavalier agents ignoring the rules, he said.

“We’ve seen so many cases over the ages where states never get involved,” Karcher said. “The larger message of this is: although most states are not enforcing their state agents acts, you never know when a state might decide to do so.”

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Breaking down the NCAA bylaw Johnny Manziel is accused of violating

Rick Karcher, a professor at the Center of Law and Sports for the Florida Coastal School of Law, said the issue will be what powers the NCAA has or doesn’t have to coordinate its investigation.

“If he received money, hands-down that violates the provision,” Karcher said. “The real question then is the NCAA doesn’t have the ability to subpoena witnesses and they’re not in a court of law, so the player doesn’t have the due process protections as if they were in a court setting.”

He said the investigation does not fall in the NCAA compliance and enforcement division and would instead be a matter of student-athlete reinstatement. He said Manziel would be able to appeal if an investigation finds that he did knowingly sell his autograph for money.

“It’s impossible to say what’s ultimately going to happen,” Karcher said.

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Selling Johnny Football

“Johnny Manziel might suddenly be the tip of the iceberg here,” says professor Rick Karcher of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law. “This might lead to athletes finally being able to market their likeness.”

So who should Johnny Football sue next?

The NCAA, of course! And Texas A&M! And the Heisman! And the Cotton Bowl! And anybody else he can dream up!

… read Rick Reilly’s latest at ESPN.

Can anything be done to stop college football coaches from jumping ship?

“They want to be able to steal each other’s coaches,” said Rich Karcher, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law who in 2009 wrote a 93-page paper titled, “The Coaching Carousel in Big-Time Intercollegiate Athletics: Economic Implications and Legal Considerations.”

“The top schools that have the money,” he said, “want to be able to keep grabbing head coaches from the Arkansas States and Louisiana Techs of the world.”

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MLB DNA Testing — Is Baseball Breaking the Law?

I spoke to Rick Karcher, a professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law and former prospect in the Atlanta Braves system. He agrees with Stevens’ reading of the law. “I would say that MLB is in violation of GINA,” he says. “GINA clearly states that it’s an unlawful employment practice for an employer to request or require genetic information with respect to an employee or a family member of an employee.”

Read the entire article at FanGraphs.

How to Compensate for a Career That Never Was

Professor Rick Karcher sat down with The Legal Blitz to discuss his latest article, Rethinking Damages for Lost Earning Capacity in a Professional Sports Career: How to Translate Today’s Athletic Potential into Tomorrow’s Dollars.

In the interview, Karcher touches on the “Appraisal Method”, the importance of expert testimony when determining lost earnings and the no agent rule.

NFL deal ‘probably better for small-market teams’

Ashley Gurbal, of Jacksonville Business Journal, is reporting that the NFL’s new deal will ‘probably be better for small-market teams.’ Jacksonville fans hope that means good things for the hometown Jaguars.

Professor Rick Karcher gave his insight to Gurbal at the beginning of the lockout, so she came back to Karcher for his thoughts on the final deal.

“I would say that it is probably a better deal for the smaller market teams than the old deal was,” Karcher said, “in terms of the amount of money that was required to be allocated to players.”

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Lawyers who know NCAA think that OSU on right track

“Does Ohio State University go far enough with its self-imposed sanctions, including vacating its 2010 football season?” asks The Columbus Dispatch’s Encarnacion Pyle and Tim May.

Center for Law and Sports director Rick Karcher offers his opinion.

“It’s like making a criminal defendant tell the judge to throw the book at him. At this point of the game, you don’t want to overpenalize yourself,” said Richard Karcher.

Read the full article here.

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.”