Wednesday, October 26, 2022

NIL Lawsuit Targets TV Money


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1. NIL Lawsuit Targets TV Money

Jun 11, 2021; Eugene, Oregon, USA; An NCAA logo flag at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY

"Attorneys for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NCAA and the nation’s top college conferences that challenges the association’s remaining rules regarding athletes’ ability to make money from their names, images and likenesses reiterated in a filing Friday night that athletes are entitled to a share of the billions of dollars in college sports TV revenue not only now, but also reaching back to 2016.

The filing seeks to have the suit certified as a class action, meaning it would be applicable to thousands of athletes rather than only the named plaintiffs, Arizona State men’s swimmer Grant House; Oregon women’s basketball player Sedona Prince, who gained renown by drawing attention to disparities in the treatment of athletes in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments; and former Illinois football player Tymir Oliver.

Friday night’s submission was partially redacted, and underlying expert reports were filed under seal. But it made clear that the plaintiffs are seeking what would likely be hundreds of millions of dollars in damages."

>> Situational Awareness: "The largest shares of the damages are being sought for all current and former athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball who have received full athletic scholarships and play, or have played for a school in one of the Power Five conferences since June 15, 2016. That date is four years prior to when the suit was initially filed, the reach-back period allowed under antitrust law."

>> Worth Noting: "The case follows the legal trail carved by the O’Bannon and Alston cases, the latter of which ended with the NCAA losing a unanimous verdict before the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs’ lawyers in this suit are among those who were involved in either or both of the earlier cases, led by Steve Berman and Jeff Kessler."

>> Of Note: "According to the filing, sports economics expert Dan Rascher has found that there are more than 7,000 athletes in football, men’s basketball or women’s basketball who would be entitled to damages."

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2.   Lycoming to Name Stadium After Girardi

Lynne and Frank Girardi with President Trachte

"They say Yankee Stadium is "The house that Ruth built." If that's the case, there's no doubt that the stadium that encapsulates David Person Field inside the Robert L. Shangraw Athletic Complex is certainly the house that Frank Girardi built. Now that stadium will bear his name, as Girardi Stadium will officially be dedicated at the 2023 Lycoming College football team's home opener on Saturday, Sept. 9, as the College's Board of Trustees approved the naming of the stadium during its meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16.

The Board of Trustees, chaired by D. Mark Fultz '80, released an official proclamation honoring the 2016 inductee into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame and announcing the naming of the College's football stadium in Coach Girardi's honor, which until now had not had a name attached to it."

>> Field Awareness: "Between 1978 and 2006, every four-year player that played for Coach Girardi won at least one MAC Championship and every four-year player that played between 1985 and 2006 played in at least one NCAA Championship game. In the '90s, the Warriors turned into one of the most dominant powerhouses in Division III, winning seven MAC titles in the decade, making four appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals, three in the semifinals and two in the NCAA Division III championship game."

>> What They're Saying: "Frank's records as football coach place him among a small elite group of college coaches, and his accomplishments as athletics director were instrumental in growing our athletic program," said Lycoming president Kent Trachte. "His greatest legacies, however, are his commitment to excellence and his impact upon the lives of countless student athletes.  For four decades, he sustained Lycoming's culture of excellence and changed lives."

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3.   "C" Isn't Just For Cookie

Christopher Newport University and the University of Chicago remain atop the latest United Soccer Coaches Association DIII rankings.

  1. Christopher Newport, 14-0-1
  2. Misericordia, 14-0-1
  3. Johns Hopkins, 13-0-2
  4. Case Western Reserve, 13-0
  5. Messiah, 13-1-2
  6. William Smith, 11-1-3
  7. Wartburg, 15-0-2
  8. Trinity (Texas), 16-0-1
  9. Carnegie Mellon, 10-1-2
  10. Amherst, 12-2

>> Game Winners: Cedar Crest senior Taylor Wolf tied a DIII single-game high with six goals versus Notre Dame (Md.) last Saturday. Three others have found the back of the net six times in a game this fall - Northwestern's Haley Mersberger, CCNY's Skylar Parker and George Fox's Maggie Phillips.

>> What We're Watching This Week: No. 7 Wartburg vs. No. 18 Loras; No. 15 Emory vs. Case Western Reserve; No. 16 UW-La Crosse vs. UW-Whitewater; Pacific Lutheran vs. Puget Sound; Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman; Lake Forest vs. Grinnell

>> Complete Poll


  1. Chicago, 14-0
  2. Messiah, 15-0-1
  3. Kenyon, 14-0-1
  4. Stevens, 14-0-2
  5. Gustavus Adolphus, 11-0-4
  6. Bowdoin, 11-1-2
  7. Washington and Lee, 11-1-4
  8. Willamette, 12-1-2
  9. Franklin & Marshall, 11-1-3
  10. Amherst, 8-1-5

>> Plenty of Points: St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) soph Victor Naci leads DIII with 23 goals and 49 points.

>> What We're Watching This Week: No. 2 Messiah vs. Widener; No. 8 Willamette vs. Pacific Lutheran; No. 9 Franklin & Marshall vs. No. 15 Johns Hopkins; Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Concordia, Texas; Rose-Hulman vs. Hanover; Trinity, Texas vs. Colorado College.
>> Complete Poll


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    4.   Claremont Is Top-Ranked

    The top 10 teams in DIII remained in the same spots as the latest AVCA women's volleyball rankings were released Tuesday.

    1. Claremont-M-S (90), 23-0
    2. Juniata, 23-1
    3. Calvin, 21-3
    4. Trinity (Texas), 21-3
    5. Northwestern (Minn.), 25-2
    6. NYU, 21-4
    7. Washington (Mo.), 25-3
    8. Berry, 18-3
    9. Wittenberg, 18-3
    10. UW-Whitewater, 22-5

    >> Right Back At Ya: St. Thomas senior Paige Havel leads DIII in total blocks with 127. Randolph first-year Brooke Murdock is second with 118. 

     >> What We're Watching This Week: No. 6 NYU vs. Johns Hopkins; No. 7 Washington, Mo. vs. No. 23 Transylvania; No. 8 Berry vs. No. 11 Emory; No. 18 Otterbein vs. Mount Union

    >> Complete Poll

      5.   Gulls Soar

      Salisbury has ascended to the top spot in the country according to this week's NFHCA coaches' poll. 

      1. Salisbury, 14-0
      2. Middlebury, 13-1
      3. Rowan, 15-1
      4. Amherst, 12-2
      5. Johns Hopkins, 12-3
      6. Trinity (Conn.), 11-3
      7. Williams, 11-3
      8. Messiah, 12-2
      9. Tufts, 10-4
      10. Babson, 14-3

      >> Last Line of Defense: Ohio Wesleyan soph Meg McCarthy leads the nation in goals-against average (0.08) and save percentage (93.3).

      >> What We're Watching This Week: No. 3 Rowan vs. Ramapo; No. 8 Messiah vs. William Smith; Rochester vs. Geneseo; DePauw vs. Denison

      >> Complete Poll

        6.   Lightning Round  



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