1.13.2017

Sports / Entertainment Law Case of the Day: NCAA Student Athletes Seeking Employee Status

Here are two helpful analyses on the ongoing legal saga regarding NCAA student-athletes:

Game Over for NCAA Student Athletes Seeking Employee Status? 7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of U. Penn Athletes’ FLSA Complaint
On December 5, 2016, the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint filed by two University of Pennsylvania track and field athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the university, and more than 120 other NCAA Division I universities and colleges alleging that student athletes are entitled to minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In Berger v. NCAA, the court held that student athletes are not “employees” within the meaning of the FLSA and thus, are not entitled to a minimum wage for their athletic activities. To read more, click here.

NCAA Athletes Aren’t Employees — Or Are They?
Several recent legal efforts have attempted to provide student-athletes with a piece of the financial pie resulting from events like Monday’s national championship game, which reportedly netted the NCAA around $470 million in television rights. On Jan. 4, 2017, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied en banc rehearing of one such case, Berger v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In Berger, two former University of Pennsylvania (Penn) women’s track and field athletes sued Penn, the NCAA and 120 other member institutions, alleging they had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying minimum wage for their athletic endeavors. Although the 7th Circuit panel opinion held that the plaintiffs were not employees under the FLSA, much less attention has been paid to the concurring opinion, which questions whether the same result would apply to scholarship athletes from revenue-generating sports, like those who played in the National Championship Game. To read more, click here.

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