Much ado about NIL-thing? Long-awaited NCAA guidance may fall flat

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, May 23, 2022
On May 9, the NCAA Division I board of directors published guidance aimed at reining in school booster involvement in name, image and likeness deals with college athletes. Booster NIL activity has grown steadily since the release of the NCAA Interim NIL Policy in June 2021, and college athletes became free...

Madkour: Pulling back the curtain on SBA judging debates

Weekly / Monday, May 23, 2022
Inside the judging for the Sports Business Awards, for the first time in awards history, there was serious discussion and debate about ties and co-winners. League of the Year was, for the second year in a row, the most contested category. Every nominee had some support....

Naomi Osaka takes progressive step with Evolve

Weekly / Monday, May 23, 2022
In a power move befitting the world’s highest-earning female athlete, Naomi Osaka left IMG and launched her own sports agency earlier this month. Osaka told Sportico that the new agency is “the natural next step in my journey as both an athlete and a businesswoman, as well as a...

States with legalized cannabis will face legal headwinds across NIL landscape

SBJ Newsletters / Monday, May 16, 2022
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2021 ruling in NCAA v. Alston, many states have enacted legislation enabling intercollegiate athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Generally, though, those states still prohibit student athletes from endorsing cannabis-related businesses or products (along with a host of other so-called “vice industries,” such...

Timberwolves tipping the scales in favor of the fans

Weekly / Monday, May 16, 2022
The cover of Malcom Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” states “How little things can make a big difference.” In the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, there were both big things and little things that were significant internally and externally, and how those “things” were managed have tipped fan...

Sports Business Awards 101: How we got here

Weekly / Monday, May 16, 2022
Here is the process of how we got to the 15th annual Sports Business Awards , where more than 1,000 are expected to attend the event this week in New York City. HOW THE NOMINEES ARE CHOSEN: Sports Business Journal received...

Burnout among student athletes: Can it be prevented?

SBJ Newsletters / Wednesday, May 11, 2022
The month of May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month but truly, every month should bring enhanced awareness to a growing concern, especially for student athletes. The drive to win can consume a student athlete. Those closest to athletes have long recognized the pressure facing these 18- to 22-year-olds....