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Scholars of the Game

With sports, every fan thinks they’re an expert!But with the law, everyone knows they’re just a rookie. Let us help you become students of the LAW and scholars of the GAME! Two law students explore the legal moves that impact our favorite teams and players.

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Weekend Sports Update

With the recent trade of star corner Jalen Ramsey to the LA Rams, we are starting to see more and more power shifting to the players and away from the league and its owners. In this case, a disgruntled star player was not happy with how the team treated him and demanded a trade. But that is not what is so interesting. Ramsey made it happen by promising the Rams that he would not hold-out again. But there is, of course, a catch. Listen to this week’s episode to find out what the catch is and the massive implications for the 2020 CBA talks.

10mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Hall of Shame

There is no denying the talent that Pete Rose and Barry Bonds showed on the baseball diamond. The both could easily get into Cooperstown based solely on their defensive or offensive ability. The problem is that these top 7 all time players broke the rules of baseball and to this day have not gotten into the hall. Listen to Taylor and Brian discuss why these legends are "ineligible" and see if we can make a case to allow them into Baseball's Hall of Fame. 

31mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Night Night

UFC has become a must-watch league where everyone flocks to their favorite Buffalo Wild Wings or bar to watch grown men and women beat on each other. The oohs and aahs of watching someone get knocked out; submit to a choke hold, or have the fight stopped because they can’t defend themselves anymore. So this begs the question, why do fighters continue to wail on their opponents even if the lights are on and no one is home? Listen to “Night Night” to find out if fighters have any legal claims when this happens and who is responsible for making sure this does not happen more than needed.

24mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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More Than a Game

With its 32 teams across the league, the NFL has quickly become  one of the upper-echelon professional sports leagues. Their attendance for 2018 was impressive; each week, roughly five-Hundred thousand fans would attend the roughly 16 NFL games a week. Additionally, the games would garner 15.25 million viewers across all major networks. So with this increased attention the spotlight is always on the NFL and how they react to issues with its players. This time the spotlight is on their Domestic Violence Policy   The league has had 23+ incidents of domestic violence allegations since 2014 and the NFL always seem to give inconsistent punishments. Listen to this week's episode to find out what our co-host Taylor believes is a viable new policy for the league and why he believes it will be the deterrent we need for such conduct!

34mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Welcome to the drama filled summer of Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is one of the polarizing figures in the NFL. From his demand for a trade from the Steelers, to his feet, to now his helmet. AB has always been a figure for the sports world to follow. In this episode we follow his “dispute” with the NFL regarding his helmet. Is it safe? Is he being petty? Yes and Yes. Listen in this week to find out what the real issues regarding Helmet Gate are, and why the worst is yet to come. 

23mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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The Fall of the Mustangs

If you ask any football fan born in 1975 or earlier, they will have known Southern Methodist University as a powerhouse football program. SMU contended for bowl games, national titles and Heisman trophies. They did all this while committing countless NCAA violations. The NCAA handed out the death penalty to the school in the late 1980's. Due to this harsh penalty, SMU has since struggles to be more than just a bottom dwelling football program. Join Taylor and Brian in looking at this throwback episode of the Death Penalty of SMU Football. 

18mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Betting on the Ponies

This week we are honored to talk to Doug McSwain, partner at the firm Wyatt Tarrent and Combs. Mr. McSwain recently published his paper through the Kentucky Journal of Equine and Natural Resource Law. His paper is titled "The Legalization of Sports Betting: A Federalism Framework & The Horse Racing Model."It draws on the Interstate Horseracing Act to act as a guide in the national policy making to govern sports gambling. 

40mins

14 May 2019

Rank #7

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More than Fame: Untouchable AB

The NFL has long been willing to forgive the conduct outside the football field of a Star player. We have seen it with the likes of Kareem Hunt, Michael Vick, and Big Ben just to name a few. But at some point, your actions become the “straw that breaks the camel’s back.” Listen in this week to find out ten “straws” that should be enough to break the camel’s back on AB’s playing career in the NFL.

26mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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5 Most Unique Contracts in Sports

We will examine the 5 most unique contracts in sports. Now these are not the biggest contracts or even craziest contracts. We have highlighted and chosen each of these 5 contracts for specific reasons that we address in the show.  Please share your opinion with us. We want to know which ones you agree with and disagree with. Please tweet us with your rankings @ScholarsOTG.

29mins

26 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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Deja Vu: Add Boogie to the List

Today we address the Demarcus Cousins Domestic Abuse allegation. Specifically, what it means for Cousins, criminally, professionally, and in the court of public opinion. You're listening to episode 42 of the Scholars of the Game Podcast.

27mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Weekend Sports Update

Brian and Taylor launch a new series focusing just on the current events in sports law and business. This week, they look at the Jalen Ramsey trade request and compare the NFL players power to that of the NBA's. It will be interesting to see how and if that power dynamic shifts as the CBA is set to expire next year. You are listening to the Scholars of the Game Podcast.

9mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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America's New Pastime

Following the lead of almost all sports leagues in the US to this point, the NFL has reached a deal with Sportradar to become the exclusive distributor of NFL data rights in regard to sports betting. The NFL, the largest and most lucrative sports league in the in US, is sure to have made a deal for a record price with this company. Brian and Taylor will discuss is this was the right time for the NFL to strike a deal and what this means for football moving forward.

20mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Weekend Sports Law Update

Today, we are seeing players become more and more business-minded. Many can thank Lebron for his aspirations outside the court in media, schooling, and other adventures for paving the way for athlete success outside of the sport in which they play. But players are always trying to capitalize on their own brand. Most recently, Kawhi applied for two trademarks. Listen to this week’s Weekend Sports Update to find out what they are and their likelihood of approval!

10mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Baseball's Dirty Laundry

Baseball is America's pastime. But in the early part of last century a scandal during the World Series almost got rid of the sport all together. In this weeks throwback episode, we dive into the Black Sox's story and how baseball's commissioner handled this time of corruption. With the potential for sports betting legalization in every state, we must understand the scandals of history or we will be doomed to repeat them. You're listening to the Scholars of the Game Podcast. 

19mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Mini Golf Course on Campus

You can't pay student athletes? Have you seen their facilities though? Clemson's mini golf course, South Carolina's laser tag arena, and the crazy tech integrated in locker rooms across the country. There are billions of dollars that are implicated in collegiate sports, we wanted to highlight why schools are investing so much money into their athletic facilities and why they may, or may not be worth it. We talk to Chynna Hibbitts about her time working at University of Louisville athletic facilities.

31mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Next on the Docket- NFL Free Agency

It seems like in contract negotiations and trade scenarios in the NBA, the players are the king and management is just trying to survive. In the NFL, it is usually the opposite. That what makes the Antonio Brown drama all the more exciting. He demanded a trade from the Steelers and in addition to getting his wish, his new team made him the highest paid WR in the the league. He is arguably the best WR in the game but at 31 years old, this NFL season might see him slowing down. Was he only worth a 3rd and 5th round pick or did the Steelers get hosed? Taylor and Brian add their thoughts and what they think will happen in the NFL free agency period. 

36mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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An Honest Days Work...

California is looking to turn Amateurism on its head. Will their recent bill allowing college athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness become law? What impact will this have on athletes all over the nation? You’re listening to episode 43 of the Scholars of the Game Podcast

23mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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The Wild West

The NCAA has recently stated that it would "look into" allowing players to benefit from their own name, image and likeness. But someone has to wonder, why is this something they are considering now, after all these years. Our bet, is that California State Bill 206 scares the NCAA. CA State Bill 206 would not allow universities in California to punish players for benefiting off their own name, image, and likeness, something that goes directly against NCAA's own regulations. Listen in as we discuss this new regulation and its possible impacts to collegiate sports!

21mins

27 May 2019

Rank #18

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The Naked Truth

We love how passionate fans express themselves about sports. The truth is sometimes fans can take it too far. This week we look at the (terrible) reasons why fans streak through games and the civil and criminal penalties associated with this sporting phenomenon. You're listening to the Scholars of the Game Podcast.

23mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Weekend Sports Update

Its Taylor's turn to bring you Scholars the updates sport law/ sports business this week. Taylor examines a hot and consistent topic to the podcast- the "Pay for Play" Act from California. Not only has Gov Newsom signed the bill into law in California, but he has created momentum for the other states to follow. Heck, even the US Congress is getting in on the action. Listen to Taylor's analysis on this weekend's sports update.

9mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #20