• Union in North Carolina Welcomes Scholarship Athletes

    by The Bismarck Tribune May 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina union for public workers will allow scholarship student-athletes at public universities to join as state employees. The State Employees Association of North Carolina's governing board voted to open the group's membership to athletes at the state's 17 public campuses, which would include Atlantic Coast Conference members North Carolina and North Carolina State. The union's decision would not require a team vote and is based on an individual athlete's choice. e on whether to join

  • Illinois Lawmakers to Look Into IHSA Finances, Pensions

    by CHRIS FUSCO AND MICHAEL O'BRIEN. Staff Reporters May 2014

    Critics say the IHSA should reveal those and other details about the nearly $11 million it takes in and spends each year because more than 80 percent of its 800-plus member schools are taxpayer-funded public high schools.

  • NFLPA Poised to Push Back Against Expanded Playoffs

    by Tom Pelissero, @TomPelissero, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    "The players have not seen a press release from the NFL indicating that they were going to take up the issue of better workers' compensation benefits or increased injury protection benefits in light of their desire for extra playoff games," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "A credible commitment to player health and safety has to include more than a group of owners voting to recommend playing more games."

  • Congress Questions Academic Rigor of Student-Athletes

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Congressional scrutiny of how well the NCAA is meeting the educational needs of student-athletes vs. building the business of college athletics will be increasing again today.

  • ADs in Big Five Conferences Brace for New NCAA Era

    by Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Kevin White is a college athletics lifer, a man who proudly calls himself a traditionalist and conservative player in his desire for the future. He also represents, as Duke's athletics director, one of the most pristine brands in college sports and an institution that takes the so-called student-athlete model more seriously than most.

  • Change Within GHSA Gives Hope for Public/Private Split

    by Lindsey Young May 2014

    On the surface all is quiet on the possibility of a complete public/private school split in Georgia. Behind the scenes is a different story and one that could play out over the next two-year classification cycle.

  • Poll: Ohioans Against Collegiate Unions Nearly 2 to 1

    by Michelle Everhart and Kristen Mitchell, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH May 2014

    While most Ohio voters consider themselves sports fans, they are not in favor of college athletes forming unions or receiving salaries, according to a poll released yesterday. "Ohioans may love their Buckeyes, and they have a favorable view of unions, but they don't think the two should meet," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

  • O'Bannon Plaintiffs Won't Seek Monetary Damages, Jury

    by Steve Berkowitz, @ByBerkowitz, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    After another flurry of legal maneuvers between lawyers for plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and lawyers for the NCAA, the happiest group of lawyers in the fight over the use of college athletes' names and likenesses probably was the one representing former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller. Over a roughly 12-hour span that ended late Thursday afternoon, each had gotten something it wanted -- but only the Keller group had come away with nothing it didn't want.

  • Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine, Threatens Legal Action

    by Jeff Zillgitt, @JeffZillgitt, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    Banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling won't pay the $2.5 million fine levied by the NBA, Sterling's attorney wrote in a letter to the league, a person with firsthand knowledge of the letter told USA TODAY Sports.

  • NCAA Allows Boise State to Assist Homeless Recruit

    by TOM MAHON; Daily News Staff Writer May 2014

    The oft-maligned organization yesterday granted permission for Boise State to provide assistance to Antoine Turner, a homeless football recruit who graduates from Fullerton Junior College next week.