To Play or Not to Play; That is the Question

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                Depending on the hour of the day, your favorite college football team might be having a game in September, a game in February or no game at all this school year. The PAC 12 just announced it would not be having any sports played by its member institutions until 2021. The Big 10 is postponing the fall sports season until at least the winter term. The Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference intend to proceed with the college football season as scheduled.

                There is an inherent risk in all activities. College athletes, especially those that play college football have a certain risk of injury whenever the game is played. The true question facing the college decision makers does the risk outweigh the reward. College football in a non-pandemic is estimated to be a $7 billion dollar industry. For some college towns, not having college football is the equivalent of the town’s largest employer shuttering its doors. However, the reward of college football is not just an economic one on the schools and communities.

                College football for many athletes is a way to make a very nice living. A college football player that successfully makes an NFL team is guaranteed a minimum contract of half a million dollars. The college football fields are a proving ground for future NFL talent. Without the opportunity to showcase their skills, the college football players will be at a severe disadvantage if their conferences do not permit the teams to compete.

                The collegiate conferences must also be aware of possible litigation involving the shutting down or postponements of the seasons. The NCAA has implemented many restrictions on intercollegiate transferring from one university to another. Now, if one school does not permit its student athletes to play, but other schools are will the athlete be able to force his one onto a school’s roster that is playing college football.

                These are truly unchartered waters that the athletes, conferences and organizations are facing not just at the college level but also at the high school and youth sports leagues levels. The Ticktin Law Group is able to represent and provide legal guidance to all involved in making these decisions and those who are affected by the decisions made. There may be many lawsuits filed regarding the right to play issues and The Ticktin Law Group attorneys have their helmets on and are ready to represent in the lawyers’ playing field – the Courtroom.

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