|July 5, 2017 | www.fisherphillips.com|
From The Playing Field To The Courtroom: The State Of Current Legal Challenges Brought By Student-Athletes
As the U.S. Supreme Court stated in a 1984 decision involving the University of Oklahoma, there exists in this country a “revered tradition of amateurism in college sports.” Despite this tradition, there have been an increasing number of legal challenges to the institution of amateurism in college athletics over the last few years, many of which are grounded in employment law principles.
There’s no question that today’s social and political climate has affected school campuses across the country in ways that have not been experienced in decades. A steady increase in the diversification of student bodies coupled with an increase in social and political activism has left schools facing a growing number of bias and discrimination issues, ranging from formal complaints of discrimination to campus protests. Schools from coast to coast are grappling with how best to address these issues while staying true to their missions and values, complying with the law, and simply doing what they consider “the right thing.”
Beginning with the launch of Myspace and Facebook in the early part of the last decade, social media communication has taken the world by storm. Today, social media networking is the primary means of communicating about one’s personal achievements, political views, life-changing moments – or even simply what’s for dinner. In the context of education, the social media phenomenon can be a double-edged sword.