College Athlete
Advocacy Initiative
Empowering a New Movement of College Athletes

OUR MISSION

We fight for college athletes’ rights through legal support and creative advocacy campaigns. Our mission is to 1) coordinate legal support for college athletes to protect their athletic, educational, and financial aid opportunities, and 2) launch advocacy campaigns to combat inequality and exploitation in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry. We unite passionate advocates with current and former athletes and influential figures to fight for fundamental fairness and meaningful reform in college sports.

 

OUR APPROACH

Legal Support

Our network of lawyers and advocates provide legal and advisory services to college athletes affected by NCAA rules and related issues. Our team advises athletes on eligibility issues, athletic scholarship cancellations, health and safety concerns, abuse and mistreatment, transfer matters, and more. Our attorneys and experts also consider strategic legal initiatives in pursuit of fairness for college athletes.

Advocacy Campaigns

We coordinate advocacy campaigns, demonstrations, petitions, PSAs, and events to raise awareness of critical issues facing college athletes and pressure the system for meaningful reform. Knowledgeable and passionate advocates will combine forces with athletes and influential figures to engage in strategic advocacy and communications designed to inform the public, address inequities, and inspire reform. We will support and empower college athletes to utilize their platform and push back against exploitation.

OUR VISION

Equal Educational Opportunities
and Graduation Attainment
Comprehensive Health Care Coverage
and Post-Eligibility Care
Greater Health and Safety Protections
Greater Athletic Scholarship Guarantees
and Protections
Fair Distribution of Revenue
and Resources
Use of Name, Image, and Likeness
Fair Transfer Opportunities
Recruiting Protections
Abolishment of the National Letter of
Intent Program
Fair Process and Representation

Making Cash and Taking Names

There are over 480,000 college athletes and none of them have the right to their own name, image, or likeness. Unlike other students, college athletes are denied the ability to earn any income from their talents, including through endorsements, social media, or self-employment. The vast majority of them, even with scholarships, struggle to make ends meet. Meanwhile, the NCAA and universities earn BILLIONS off of college athletes through TV, corporate sponsorships, and merchandise.  

State and Federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have recognized the disturbing inequities in college sports and introduced legislation.  These proposed laws do not require schools to pay the athletes; they simply allow them to earn money from their own name, image, or likeness, just like everyone else.  If colleges and universities continue to deny basic rights and fairness to the athletes, the system will collapse and ruin college sports for everyone.  Help us make a difference now!

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Follow us on social media and engage in the discussion as we build a movement.  Sign up for updates below and share our messages with others.

Donate!  

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of $14, which represents the $14 Billion generated by college sports last year.  Your support will help us continue fighting for fairness on behalf of college athletes.  

JOIN THE FIGHT

Sign up for updates, events, and coordinated campaign efforts. Engage with us on social media and share the message as we build a new movement for reform in college sports.

LATEST NEWS

Washington Post

In recent weeks, Nebraska players have reached out to Tim Nevius, a former NCAA investigator who now says he believes that college sports stakeholders do far too little to protect athletes. He formed a new group this year, the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative, which provides legal services and advice to college athletes.

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New York Times

Tim Nevius, a onetime N.C.A.A. investigator whose experiences led him to turn on the system, believes the answer lies with player activism. Last month, he announced a new organization, the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative, that plans to pair his business representing athletes before the N.C.A.A. with trying to advocate for broader reform in coordination with players.

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CBS Sports

The CAAI is partnering with the Urban Justice Center of New York, a social justice advocacy group. The plan is for the two entities to provide pro bono legal work for college athletes. “What I’ve noticed is, through my practice this past year, we developed a fairly large network of athletes who are upset about their experience in the system,” Nevius said. “We’re tapping into that network, too.”

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Washington Post

“The calls I’ve gotten in the last year convinced me this was needed,” he said, citing players in major conferences who are verbally abused by coaches, coerced into giving up their scholarships and prevented from transferring. “And every athlete I talk to says, ‘What can I do about this?’” The new entity will assist players in all of those areas, Nevius said, with a network of legal volunteers.

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ESPN Outside the Lines

Former NCAA investigator Tim Nevius has started the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative. Why? “We’re going to empower the athletes, we’re going to give them the information that they need to advocate for their rights.”

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Bloomberg News

Earlier this week, attorney Tim Nevius, a former NCAA investigator, launched the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative to give legal aid to athletes as they fight for reform.“We are working hard to get influential athletes, people, and voices together to capitalize on the growing movement for change,” Nevius said.

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Indiana Business Journal

The Indianapolis-based NCAA faces more pressure than ever to reform its model. Legal challenges, scandals and athlete activism are convincing the public that colleges are getting rich exploiting their players. “More people are realizing the depth of the NCAA’s exploitation and the extraordinary conflicts of interests between a school’s commercial interests and its educational mission.”

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Athletic Business

Nevius, himself a former athlete, is now a New York-based attorney whose practice is focused on collegiate student-athletes. As part of its advocacy mission, CAAI will reportedly provide pro bono legal work for collegiate athletes through a partnership with the Urban Justice Center of New York.

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Bloomberg News

Earlier this week, attorney Tim Nevius, a former NCAA investigator, launched the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative to give legal aid to athletes as they fight for reform. “We are working hard to get influential athletes, people, and voices together to capitalize on the growing movement for change,” Nevius said.

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