• What Impact Could Unionizing Have on Women's Sports?

    by Super User April 2014

    What if the preliminary right given to Northwestern scholarship football players to form a union expands to various men's and women's teams across the country?

  • Northwestern Coach Urges Players to Say No to Union

    by LAMOND POPE. Sun-Times Media April 2014

    The players will have a chance to vote on forming a union April 25, but Fitzgerald's stance on the issue is pretty clear. ''I believe it is in their best interest to vote no,'' Fitzgerald said Saturday.

  • UHSSA to Factor Socioeconomics into Class Realignment

    by Bubba Brown, The Salt Lake Tribune April 2014

    Kearns football coach Matt Rickards recently began digging into the relationship between the socioeconomic statuses of Utah high schools and their athletic success. After hours of work, he was surprised at what, exactly, he found. He had believed there would be some correlation -- that much he knew just from watching schools populated by students from lower-income families, such as Kearns, struggle athletically. But he wasn't prepared for just how significant the disadvantage schools with students from mostly lower-income families deal with when it comes to athletic success, compared to schools populated with students from more affluent families. Rickards' findings were so drastic, in fact, that he proposed to the Utah High School Activities Association that it take into account the socioeconomic statuses of schools during its upcoming classification realignment process for the 2015-2017 seasons.

  • High school league tackles football issues

    by DAVID LA VAQUE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) April 2014

    The calendar said spring and the weather forecast said winter, but the talk was mostly football Thursday at the Minnesota State High School League board meeting. The rejected plan would have revamped the Class 6A section quarterfinals. The league's football advisory committee sought to change the method of seeding teams and create a 32-team tournament bracket.

  • Momentum to Nix NBA-Influenced One-and-Done Rule

    by Brad Townsend, Brad Townsend The Dallas Morning News April 2014

    During his Monday radio show, John Calipari launched into a soliloquy. It wasn't about his Kentucky team's improbable run to the Final Four. Or the Wildcats' prognosis for winning their second championship in three years. It was about pro basketball's much-maligned "one-and-done" rule - and the perception that Kentucky is the NCAA's poster program for exploiting it by unapologetically recruiting players who fully intend to jump to the NBA after one season. In reality, Calipari is on record as criticizing the rule, which requires that players can't be drafted into the NBA until they are at least 19 and one year removed from their high school class' graduation. Calipari and many others want the minimum age raised to at least 20.

  • Players Get T-Shirts as Hoops Coaches Reap Bonuses

    by Josh Peter, and Steve Berkowitz April 2014

    Moments after UCLA won the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament in March, coach Steve Alford and his players climbed a ladder, cut down the nets and took a piece of the nylon string as part of their respective, and very different, rewards. The players got hats and T-shirts. Alford got a hat and a T-shirt -- and notched $40,000 in bonuses. It added to a lucrative year for the new coach -- $2.6million in annual compensation from UCLA, along with an $845,000 signing bonus last spring to cover his buyout and taxes when he left the University of New Mexico. Alford's players, by contrast, attend UCLA on scholarships that pay tuition, room and board but fail to cover more than $4,000 a year in living and other expenses, according to the school's most recent financial report to the NCAA.

  • Editorial: Colleges Should Rearrange Athletics Riches

    by THE WASHINGTON TIMES April 2014

    March Madness comes to a close next week. The annual collegiate basketball tournament determines which of 68 teams takes home the men's championship trophy. The students who participate, even the ones who win, won't take home anything - except, if they stay out of trouble and stick around long enough, a college diploma.

  • PIAA Plan to Restrict Charter Schools Met with Outrage

    by Matt Breen; Inquirer Staff Writer April 2014

    Dan Jackson, boys' basketball coach at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said he was outraged Tuesday when his school's athletic director showed him a post on Twitter.

  • College Players Rep Talks Policy Change, Not Paychecks

    by SETH GRUEN, Staff Reporter April 2014

    The question about whether college athletes are employees long predated the College Athletes Players Association. That question was answered when the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board last week granted Northwestern's scholarship football players the right to unionize. Though NU is appealing the ruling, the recognition of CAPA as a union has raised even more questions.

  • Opinion: UNC Athlete's Short Essay Speaks Volumes

    by Dianne Williamson, Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts) April 2014

    We interrupt your viewing of the NCAA March Madness men's basketball tournament to bring you the following column. And sadly, this is no April Fool's Day joke. Read the essay below. Then, before continuing further, estimate the approximate education level of the writer, and the grade the student should receive. On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. "Let me have those front seats" said the driver. She didn't get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. "I'm going to have you arrested," said the driver. "You may do that," Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them "why do you all push us around?" The police officer replied and said "I don't know, but the law is the law and you're under arrest."