Predicting success is hard

by Dan Oswald How good are you at picking winners? If you’re one of the 70 million Americans who filled out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you probably have a sense of how hard it is to predict success. You think you’ve done your homework. You do your research, looking at win-loss […]


Who Is an Employee Under the FLSA? Not NCAA Athletes, According to the 7th Circuit

Recently, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—affirmed an Indiana court’s decision to dismiss a case filed by former student athletes at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) against the NCAA. The student athletes alleged they were employees who were entitled to minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


NCAA rules limiting payments to college athletes may violate antitrust laws

by Nancy Williams Certain NCAA rules designed to ensure “amateur status” of student athletes may violate federal antitrust laws, according to a decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling came in a case filed by Ed O’Bannon, a former All-American basketball player at UCLA. O’Bannon discovered that his name, likeness, and […]


Despite what I put on my bracket, I’m rooting for the underdog

by Dan Oswald The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicked off last week. It’s known as March Madness. Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, you may have filled out a bracket at home or for your office pool. More than 10 million people filled one out this year. Every year, my wife, our kids, […]


Some extra points about fantasy football and your workplace

Although the actual games have been overshadowed lately by the off-the-field misbehavior of some of the players, the NFL season opened last week. And if you listened closely enough, you could almost hear HR managers and small business owners across the country yelling at their employees, “Get off your fantasy football website and get back […]


Sex Harassment: Slam Dunk Verdict for Fresno State Coach

A Fresno jury returned a staggering and unanimous $19.1 million verdict in favor of former Fresno State women’s basketball coach Stacy Johnson-Klein, who charged that her firing almost three years ago was the result of gender bias and retaliation.