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Battle Brewing Between NCAA, North Carolina

On July 29, 2011, North Carolina’s Secretary of State Elaine Marshall issued a subpoena, which asked for documents and records from the NCAA regarding findings from the NCAA’s investigation of past NFLPA agent activity on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s campus.  

The NCAA’s investigation has undoubtedly focused on names like  former UNC associate head coach John Blake, the late NFLPA Contract Advisor Gary Wichard, and former UNC defensive tackle (and current New York Giant) Marvin Austin, but there are certainly many other athletes and agents that have been examined since the NCAA stepped foot on UNC’s campus in June 2010.  The State of North Carolina started its own investigation, not specifically tied to UNC-Chapel Hill, on July 22, 2010.

Elaine Marshall’s office wants access to transcripts of the interviews that the NCAA conducted at Chapel Hill in the past year, a copy of John Blake’s credit report, and other relevant material, but the NCAA has not cooperated up to this point in time.  Last week, Marshall’s office filed a petition for an order to compel the NCAA to release those documents, but not without the NCAA objecting to that request on jurisdictional grounds, claiming that Marshall should have filed the petition in Indiana (the NCAA’s principal place of business) instead of North Carolina.  

A hearing on the petition is currently scheduled for November 28, 2011 in the Wake County, North Carolina Superior Court.  According to Ken Tysiac and J. Andrew Curliss of the News & Observer, Elaine Marshall’s makes sure to point out in its filing, that the NCAA has historically petitioned hard for states to pass the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA), but will not comply with the UAAA’s mandates.

This bewilders me.  A state actually seems to be making an attempt to enforce its athlete agent laws, which the NCAA has fought tooth-and-nail for states to adopt (to retain “amateurism” and tax benefits), but the NCAA does not want to provide pertinent information that has a strong likelihood of benefiting the state in its own investigation?

This article originally appeared on the Sports Agent Blog.


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