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Ramifications of Amateur Athletes as Employees

Learn about issues that may arise if amateur athletes are deemed employees, including workers’ compensation, insurance coverage, and taxation.


As of 2023, student athletes aren’t legally considered to be employees of their universities. If student athletes are found to be employees of their universities in the future, there would be a number of legal issues that would impact both schools and athletes.

I. Workers’ Compensation

Under state law, employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance to all employees. If an employee is injured at work or suffers a job-related illness, workers’ compensation insurance can help assist an...