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Fielkow's Law: Manziel's Maelstrom

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow

Justin Fielkow is an attorney at the Franklin Law Group in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Justin attended Tulane University Law School and obtained a Certificate in Sports Law. He has been writing for Rotowire since 2008, first while at the University of Wisconsin, then and still as the beat writer for the New Orleans Saints, and now as a featured columnist providing insight twice a month into the legal side of sport with a fantasy spin.

On my way home from a friend's late the other night, I approached a red light at the intersection of State and Main. It was late and nary a car was in sight. So I crossed the street. As I reached the opposite side, an officer was waiting there with a ticket for me for jaywalking. What could I say? I knew the law, as stupid as it may be at times, and the officer had every right to enforce it as he pleased.

Say what you will about the NCAA and believe me, there's a lot to say but every college athlete knows there is a strict set of rules laid out by the NCAA in order to retain eligibility. This goes doubly for those student-athletes who are in the limelight. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks certainly fall into that category.

NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1 governs advertisements and promotions. The rule expressly provides:

After becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual:


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