Sunday, November 10, 2013

National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Muhammed Lasege and University of Louisville case brief

National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Muhammed Lasege and University of Louisville case brief summary
53 S.W.3d 77 (2001)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Respondents, student-athlete and university, in the Jefferson Circuit Court (Kentucky) sought a temporary injunction requiring movant athletic association to reinstate the student-athlete to play basketball at the university. The trial court granted the relief. The Court of Appeals of Kentucky denied the athletic association's interlocutory relief motion. The athletic association moved for interlocutory relief in the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

CASE FACTS
Student-athlete came to the United States from a foreign country and enrolled at the university to play basketball. The athletic association would not permit the student-athlete to play basketball for the university because he had played professionally overseas, had had an agent overseas, and had received benefits overseas because of his athletic talents. The trial court granted the student-athlete and the university a temporary injunction. The student-athlete was able to play basketball for the university. Further, the trial court ordered the athletic association to not sanction the university under one of the athletic association's bylaws if the trial court's decision was reversed.

DISCUSSION
On appeal, the supreme court found that the trial court abused its discretion by: (1) substituting its judgment for that of the athletic association on the question of the student-athlete's intent to professionalize; (2) finding that the athletic association had no interest in the case which weighed against injunctive relief; and (3) declaring the athletic association bylaw invalid. These clearly erroneous conclusions constituted extraordinary cause warranting Ky. R. Civ. P. 65.09 relief.

CONCLUSION
Motion for relief was granted and trial court's temporary injunction was vacated.

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