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A series of events over the last 18 months—some unforeseeable—have created a perfect storm that will change college sports forever. The NCAA's bait an…
Oct 21st, 2022 | 58:57

136: Quick Hits: Johnson, Wicker, Tuberville, 568 Exemption, and Rubio

This episode takes a quick look at several issues that have popped up over the last couple of weeks. These issues are relevant to the P5’s/NCAA’s relentless quest for a historic congressional power grab. First, I look at what’s happening in the Johnson suit in the 3rd Circuit. In Johnson, athletes claim they are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The 3rd Circuit will decide that single issue. The court has scheduled oral argument for 12/15/22. I expect a decision in May or June 2023. I also look at Senator Roger Wicker’s (R-MS) rerelease of his “Collegiate Athlete Compensation Rights Act” in connection with an interview he gave on October 3rd to Sportico legal analyst Michael McCann. That issue leads into a discussion of Senator Tommy Tuberville’s (R-AL) race-baiting comments at a political rally in Nevada on October 8th. Finally, I look at Marco Rubio’s hypocrisy on antitrust immunities in a comparison of Rubio’s stance on the 568 Exemption and his college sports bill from June 2020, which contains a broad antitrust exemption for the NCAA and Power 5.