How The Professional Collegiate League Aims To Disrupt College Athletics: Part 1 - Challenging An Economic Cartel

How The Professional Collegiate League Aims To Disrupt College Athletics: Part 1 - Challenging An Economic Cartel
Thursday, 01 April 2021 By Ricky Volante, Manali Kulkarni

This four-part series analyzes the US college sports landscape from the perspective of the Professional Collegiate League (PCL).  It should be noted at the outset that one of the authors is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the PCL, and the other is the PCL’s Legal Extern.

Part 1 (below) briefly introduces the PCL, before describing the perceived issues with the current system, the legal challenges that have been made against it, and the PCL’s high-level approach to providing a better alternative.

Parts, 2 3 and 4 (to follow) will look at:

  • the intersection of the law and economics in college sports, with a comparative analysis to professional sports leagues around the world (Part 2),
  • describe the PCL’s operations, looking at how the league is structured and its current state of operations (Part 3), and
  • detail the process of creating, developing, and launching a team brand in an upstart sports league (Part 4).

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Manali Kulkarni

Manali Kulkarni

Manali is currently a third year (3L) JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was the COO at LawInSport and continues to be an executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). She is currently the legal extern for the Professional Collegiate League, and also serves as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

Manali previously researched on sports and society in India, specifically focusing on the influence of sport on the gender divide in India. She joined LawInSport in September 2013 as a research assistant providing updates on Indian sports law. 

Get in touch with Manali on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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 Ricky Volante

Ricky Volante

Ricky is a Co-Founder of the PCL and serves as the Chief Executive Officer overseeing the day-to-day operations of the League, while focusing on business and operational growth and the benefits created for the athletes.

Additionally, Ricky is an attorney at The Volante Law Firm, LLC. He has primarily focused on legal issues related to professional and amateur sports, film and television, music, business formation and regulation, intellectual property, digital media, and the Internet. Ricky also co-founded Sixth City Sports & Entertainment, a sport and film consultancy based in Cleveland, OH.

Ricky is an Adjunct Professor at Baldwin Wallace University, and previously taught at the Harvard Extension School, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Lake Erie College. He has taught Legal Issues in Sport Management, Representing the Professional Athlete, Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements, Introduction to Sports Law for Non-Lawyers, and The Legal Evolution of America's Three Major Leagues. 

Ricky graduated summa cum laude from Lake Erie College with a B.S. in Sports Management, and received the Class of 2012 Academic Excellence Award for the School of Business. Ricky completed his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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