May 05, 2016
Professor Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, is scheduled to discuss college athletes and amateurism before the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics May 10.
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This story was updated May 11, 2016 to include information from the hearing.
Tulane Law Professor Gabe Feldman is among the authorities set to share expertise before the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics at a public session May 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Feldman, director of Tulane’s Sports Law Program and the university’s associate provost for NCAA compliance, will discuss ongoing issues involving amateurism and the use of college athletes’ names and images.
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Feldman has been frequently called on to explain and interpret litigation raising antitrust and other issues surrounding whether college athletes should receive a share of the revenue generated when their games are broadcast on television or their images are used in video games.
The Knight Commission, formed in 1989 by the philanthropic John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, makes recommendations to “promote a reform agenda that emphasizes the educational mission of college sports.” While the commission doesn’t have formal authority, it is influential, and the NCAA has adopted many of its recommendations, including those to improve athletes’ graduation rates.
This meeting will be the first for new vice chair Arne Duncan, who was U.S. Secretary of Education for most of the Obama administration, and Paul Tagliabue, National Football League commissioner in 1989-2006.
Feldman, the Paul and Abram B. Barron Associate Professor of Law, sits on the board of directors of the Sports Lawyers Association, supervises the SLA’s Sports Lawyers Journal, which is edited by Tulane Law students, and is an editor of The Sports Lawyer online newsletter. Tweeting as @SportsLawGuy, he’s one of the most-followed law professors on Twitter.