Navigating Through the IP Landscape Within US Intercollegiate Athletics
Jay Rossello, Director of Legal Affairs, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), USA
This Article touches upon certain efforts to protect and utilize select intellectual property rights within US intercollegiate athletics, and specifically, by the main governing body thereof – the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA is a voluntary, unincorporated association through which mostly US colleges and universities oversee their athletics programs. While the NCAA is very much a “bottom up” organization, in which member colleges, universities and conferences rule the Association, the NCAA does have a national office located in Indianapolis, Indiana, with approximately 500 employees charged with implementing the programs and regulations adopted by the membership. The NCAA seeks to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable, and sportsmanlike manner, to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education, and to promote the well-being of the student-athlete.
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