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    Default Democratic Senators Suggest Bill of Rights for College Athletes

    From the NY Times:

    Democratic Senators Suggest Bill of Rights for College Athletes
    Billy Witz

    College athletes who have asserted themselves in recent months on many issues, including social justice matters, the right to cash in on their fame, and improved health and safety conditions if they are to play football this fall during the pandemic, gained powerful backing on Wednesday with Democratic senators announcing a framework for a college athletes’ bill of rights that would support those causes.

    The proposal from Cory Booker of New Jersey has the backing of 10 other Democratic senators, including the presumptive vice-presidential nominee, Kamala Harris.

    Booker, a former football player at Stanford, said in a statement that the issue was personal to him and that the framework for future legislation would provide “fairness, equity and safety in college athletics, and holds colleges accountable to those standards.”

    The Senate judiciary and commerce committees have held hearings this year, questioning college leaders — including N.C.A.A. president Mark Emmert — about a variety of issues, asking how accommodating new rules on players making use of their name, image and likeness would be, and why some schools had required athletes to sign liability waivers when they returned to campus for workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The N.C.A.A. has also sought the help of Congress, saying it needs federal legislation — and an antitrust exemption — to streamline new rules to allow athletes to make deals. College sports administrators fear that states will impose their own laws instead, as California did in September, prompting more serious consideration of new rules.

    The N.C.A.A. has said its proposals will be presented to universities for a vote in January.
    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...?ocid=msedgntp

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    Very surprised with this whole thing... how many years has the NCAA worked at controlling misconduct at universities?

    We have talked on this board about how some universities have advantages over others. (And sorry... due to a great support group... GU athletics could be considered one). Add player sponsorships and the field could get wider. Suddenly the playing field could be sloping even more...

    I think there is time (especially with the college sports shut down) to do a really good study on this subject.

    I’m not at all for this. Still love the innocence of college sports... and a free college education still is a pretty good deal. Ask any student that doesn’t have a scholarship and is going into debt to be able to go.

    Stay safe!!

    Go Zags!!

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    Unfortunately, the various State courts have been ruling for the kids, and thus the NCAA is going to be dragged into this issue, kicking and screaming all the way.

    No matter where you stand on athlete reimbursement issue, it is going to happen. Thus, I do agree with the NCAA that they need some federal guidance otherwise it will be a state versus state thing and impossible to set any regulations or limitations.

    ZagDad
    Last edited by ZagDad84; 08-13-2020 at 08:16 PM.

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    This will be interesting... always looked at the NCAA as the governing body of college sports. They have their boards (made up of members) like the government that make the rules and insure that colleges abide by them. Seems to me the NCAA needs to set their association guidelines on this situation and test them in court. You want to be a member... does your league want to be part of the NCAA... then to make things as equal and fair, these are the rules. Many rules like this already in place.

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