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Historically, it's been hard to get much sympathy for the plight of NCAA athletes. People tended to think first and foremost of the athletes who would be going on to high pay and celebrity, overlooking the small number that would be true of and not understanding the degree of exploitation even they face along the way. But lately there's momentum behind the understanding that these athletes aren't really amateurs and they're putting their bodies on the line for school profits. The athletes themselves are fighting for change; during televised football games on Saturday, Josh Eidelson reports, 28 players wrote "APU," short for "All Players United," on wrist tape or elsewhere. Players are protesting conditions like this:
Huma noted that current NCAA rules allow universities to cancel scholarships and medical coverage for athletes injured on the field, and prohibit universities from replacing athletic scholarships with non-athletic scholarships when a player is dropped from the team. The NCAA, charged Huma, would rather schools “save a buck and excuse themselves from their stated obligation of educating that player.” With “over a billion dollars in new revenue” coming in, said Huma, “there should be more support for the players,” rather than all the cash “going to the places where it usually goes”: luxury boxes and six-figure salaries. NCPA has also called for college athletes to be allowed to sign endorsement deals, and for stipends they receive to be hiked to better reflect the true cost of attending college.
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  •  Good, tipped & rec'ed (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, Oaktown Girl

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 03:13:50 PM PDT

  •  Colleges should be required to pay for (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, a2nite

    medical care for the rest of those football players lives. It will certainly affect them for that long in many, many cases.

  •  APU OR STRIKE /NT (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:23:48 PM PDT

    •  National College Players Association (1+ / 0-)
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      Demonstrate unity among college athletes and fans from different campuses seeking NCAA reform.
      Show support for the players who joined concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, which could force the NCAA to finally take meaningful steps to minimize brain trauma in contact sports and provide resources for current and former players suffering with brain injuries.
      Show support for the players who stepped up in the O'Bannon v. NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit regarding the use of players images/likeliness, which could unlock billions of dollars in resources for current, future, and former players.
      Stand behind individual players being harmed by NCAA rules.
      Direct a portion of over $1 billion in new TV revenue to guarantee basic protections: Guarantee scholarship renewals for permanently injured players; Ensure injured players are not stuck with sports-related medical bills; Increase scholarships $3-5k to cover the full cost of attendance; Minimize brain trauma in contact sports; Establish an educational lockbox (trust fund) to increase graduation rates

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

      by annieli on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 04:48:32 PM PDT

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