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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled in favor of Zion Williamson in his lawsuit against his former marketing agency, Prime Sports Marketing. The case primarily dealt with the North Carolina Uniform Athlete Agents Act. While most states have implemented a version of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (including North Carolina),

Frieser Legal advised five-star safety Trey McNutt during his eligibility dispute with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). McNutt was suspended by the OHSAA in February for competing in offseason 7-on-7 tournaments, which violated an Association rule prohibiting football players from competing in certain non-school events. With counsel from Principal Attorney Joshua Frieser, the

Every college and university in the world owns intellectual property. One of the most important aspects of a university’s intellectual property is its trademarks. Consider any “big-time” college athletics universities, such as the University of Alabama, Michigan, or Wisconsin. Each has iconic team colors, mascots, uniforms, fight songs, and logos. These universities carefully cultivate their reputation and

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) has announced an infractions decision for violations of the NCAA’s name, image, and likeness (NIL) and recruiting rules in the Florida State football program. The conduct in question stems from an assistant coach facilitating a meeting between a prospective transfer student-athlete and an NIL collective affiliated with the

In 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA and its conferences violated the Sherman Antitrust Act in NCAA v. Alston, by capping college athletes’ ability to receive educationally related financial benefits. The Sherman Act prevents otherwise competing entities (such as individual universities) from entering into agreements with each other that unduly restrain competition in a

On August 15, 2023, Frieser Legal hosted an NIL contract drafting webinar. Principal Attorney Joshua Frieser was joined by Sean McCarthy, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Seton Hall University, and Conor Chawke, NIL Marketing Agent at Rosenhaus Sports Representation, to discuss best practices for drafting and negotiating name, image, and likeness contracts. The topics