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February 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wanted to use the names and likenesses of college athletes in video games, according to an NCAA document unsealed in federal court Wednesday. The report was among hundreds of pages of documents that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered to be made fully or partially public in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA fronted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. The case is scheduled for trial in June and, in the interim, the document dump provides another window into the often contentious issues of amateurism and compensation raised by the case.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1995
Re "Reward College Athletes by Paying Them for Play," Campus Correspondence, Feb. 26: The assertion that Jeff Zeleny made concerning the payment of college athletes overlooked the blaring fact that many athletes receive scholarships from the schools at which they play. I do not think that student athletes should be paid in addition to the money that they receive for their education. I believe that the NCAA has made a wise decision in maintaining the amateur status of college athletes.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
The teams invited to March Madness might be celebrating, but researchers who monitor academic performance among college athletes are not so thrilled. A study released Monday by the University of Central Florida suggests that, even though the NCAA continues to push for academic progress, the country's top basketball programs are not showing much improvement in the classroom. "This year we seemed to be treading water instead of moving ahead," said Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you stop someone in the street and ask whether college athletes should be paid to play, the answer is likely to be "no. " Witness a recent Marist poll , which found that only 27% of the respondents felt that athletes deserved more than the scholarships and stipends they already receive. But the lawsuits brought by former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon Jr. and other former college athletes raise a different question and may elicit a different answer. Should athletes receive a share of the money colleges make by selling their performances and likenesses to the media?
OPINION
January 18, 2002
William F. Devine Jr.'s rant about college athletes being shackled and exploited is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law. Last time I checked, an education at Stanford or Notre Dame can cost well over $100,000. If the "discrimination" is so rampant, then why hasn't any college athlete sued on this ground? The simple answer is because there isn't any. What Devine conspicuously ignores is that if Stanford elected to pay a football player such as Luke Powell, for example, then it would be in violation of Title IX if it didn't pay its female athletes the same amount.
SPORTS
December 20, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN
Two former college athletes are creating an organization to "look after the rights of major college football and basketball players." Johnny Rodgers and Dick DeVenzio announced the formation of Revenue Producing Major College Players Assn. at a news conference Thursday. They said their objective is to force NCAA universities to use money generated by football and basketball players to enhance the education and careers of those players.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1999 | KAREN E. KLEIN
As a student athlete playing baseball at Cal State Fullerton, Sergio Brown was too busy with games and practices to hold a part-time job. Desperate for cash, he started working occasional weekends parking cars and setting up special events. Before long, he was joined by teammates also crunched for time and money. Soon Brown had the beginnings of a business, supplying staff for conferences, dog shows, corporate functions, private parties and special events for nonprofit organizations.
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January 15, 1990 | MIKE LITTWIN, BALTIMORE SUN
The war on drugs marches ever forward. Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega, the former drug-running dictator, is safely held in a Florida lockup. U.S. warships are heading for the coast of Colombia. And now we are aiming our sights at the American college campus, where, apparently, football players are the next target. Now, I'm not naive. I know all about college kids, having been one once myself. Given the chance, they swallow goldfish. They throw up at parties.
OPINION
February 26, 1995 | Jeff Zeleny, Jeff Zeleny is the editor of the Daily Nebraskan, the University of Nebraska's campus newspaper
Winning a national football championship brings glory and, with it, the most important force in college athletics--money. Even in sports deemed "amateur," money is the root of all competition. Since the University of Nebraska won the national football championship on Jan. 1, the Cornhusker state has gotten much richer. The ringing of cash registers can be heard everywhere. Sports Illustrated sold 300,000 copies of its national championship collector's edition in Nebraska alone.
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February 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wanted to use the names and likenesses of college athletes in video games, according to an NCAA document unsealed in federal court Wednesday. The report was among hundreds of pages of documents that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered to be made fully or partially public in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA fronted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. The case is scheduled for trial in June and, in the interim, the document dump provides another window into the often contentious issues of amateurism and compensation raised by the case.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The news Tuesday that college athletes are seeking representation by a labor union brought a knowing smile to academics who operate far from the field house. The move by Northwestern football players to join the United Steelworkers union is unprecedented by college athletes, but old news among University of California system graduate student instructors. "We've been there, done that, and it works," UC Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken said. Shaiken teaches an undergraduate labor relations course called "The Southern Border," a class that contains 400 students and eight graduate student instructors.
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September 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
For the better part of four years, former college athletes have been fighting in court to be compensated for the popular video games that bear their likenesses and jersey numbers. Now they have won a partial victory. On Thursday, attorneys for the players announced a settlement that will pay tens of thousands of former athletes -- if not more -- for games that included their likenesses dating to 2003. Even before the agreement, Electronic Arts had announced the discontinuation of its “NCAA Football” series. The amount it will now pay -- which was not disclosed -- must be approved by a judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A video game maker has no 1st Amendment right to use the likenesses of former college athletes without their permission or compensation, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Ruling on a lawsuit by former college football star Samuel Keller, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 that game maker Electronic Arts Inc. was not protected by free speech rights because the video games "literally re-created Keller in the very setting in which he had achieved renown.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you stop someone in the street and ask whether college athletes should be paid to play, the answer is likely to be "no. " Witness a recent Marist poll , which found that only 27% of the respondents felt that athletes deserved more than the scholarships and stipends they already receive. But the lawsuits brought by former UCLA hoops star Ed O'Bannon Jr. and other former college athletes raise a different question and may elicit a different answer. Should athletes receive a share of the money colleges make by selling their performances and likenesses to the media?
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Portland University basketball Coach Eric Reveno couldn't believe it when he heard it at West Coast Conference meetings Wednesday: A women's golfer for a WCC school was hit with an NCAA violation for washing her car on campus. Just heard about two NCAA violations in WCC. 1) athlete using Univ. water to wash car, 2) coach text recruit "who is this?". #stopinsanity - Eric Reveno (@CoachReveno) May 29, 2013   Apparently, the problem was that the unidentified golfer was penalized because the water and hose used wasn't available to regular students on campus.  According to Yahoo Sports , the NCAA asked the golfer to pay the school $20, which they said was the value of the water and the hose.
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June 22, 1985 | United Press International
Drug use by college athletes is largely social and experimental and may be exaggerated, a nationwide study of more than 2,000 college athletes indicates. The study, financed by a $25,000 grant from the NCAA and covering 11 large and small unidentified schools nationwide, was conducted by William Anderson and Dr. Douglas McKeag of the Michigan State University College of Medicine.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football player Khaled Holmes is a finalist for Sports Illustrated's award for college athlete of the year. Holmes, profiled last October in The Times, earned an undergraduate degree in classics and a masters in communication management. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound center was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of last month's NFL draft. Sports Illustrated will choose two athletes -- one female and one male -- as winners May 22 and feature them in the magazine's May 27 issue.
OPINION
December 27, 2012
Re “ Secretive NCAA is pulled into spotlight ,” Dec. 24 An investigation of how the NCAA conducts its business is long overdue. The organization seems to be mostly about making money, not about college athletes. Its processes are “black box” and its enforcers appear to harbor institutional biases. Some NCAA investigations have taken interminable amounts of time: How many years did it spend chasing former USC star Reggie Bush? In other situations, the NCAA has intruded into institutional processes for which it has little competence.
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