Minor Leagues, Minimal Wages

Historically, minor league baseball players have been severely underpaid compared to their MLB counterparts. The Atlantic breaks down the past and present lawsuits, among other important informational tidbits, arising from this longstanding labor dispute.

Briles, former AD McCaw removed from lawsuit against Baylor

Despite the fact that two former Baylor employees — Art Briles and Ian McCaw — were removed as co-defendants from Jasmin Hernandez’s lawsuit against the school, they will still face a civil lawsuit in state court. In regards to the pending lawsuit against Baylor, “U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman denied the university’s request to temporarily halt evidence gathering while considering the school’s request to dismiss the case.”

The Ivy League Advocates to Limit Early Recruiting of Prospective Student-Athletes

“The pressure on prospective student-athletes to commit to a specific college earlier and earlier is a national issue,” said Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris. “It causes stress for prospects and their families, as they are often asked to make a life-altering decision as high school freshmen or sophomores, and sometimes even before they have started high school.

“Our goals are to elevate the national conversation about the negative effects of early recruiting, and to challenge the NCAA membership to change the culture of recruiting that forces prospective student-athletes to verbally commit before they are academically, athletically, or emotionally ready to make their college choice.”

Source: Ivy League Sports

Would you be in favor of this move? Many programs and coaches alike have taken advantage of the NCAA’s current rule, offering athletic scholarships to eighth graders.

Christian Laettner reaches deal to possibly avoid bankruptcy

The former NBA veteran and Duke All-American reached a settlement earlier this week. Additionally, his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the involuntary bankruptcy proceedings. Laettner owed five creditors at least $14 million total.

Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested on DUI charge

The former Washington Huskies standout was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after driving at least 25 mph over the speed limit at 4:00 a.m. An DUI in Florida is a misdemeanor offense. The Tampa Bay Times first reported this story.

Derrick Rose Civil Case

Today’s Sports Law Moment in History — Creation of the Knickerbocker Rules

On September 23, 1945, America’s first baseball team, the New York Knickerbockers, created a code/rulebook for baseball, which is still used today to a varying degree. Specifically, the rulebook serves as the “only documented, unbroken line between baseball as played in its current form and any prior version of the sport.”

Additional Sources

  1. William Ryczek, “Baseball’s First Inning,” 40-41 (2009).