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July 31, 2013 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
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?
May 30, 2013 |
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.
May 8, 2013 |
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.
July 24, 2012
As severe as they may be, the penalties that the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. imposed on Penn State University's football program Monday aren't likely to have as profound an impact on the school as the scandal that caused revered coach Joe Paterno to be ousted in disgrace last year. The larger purpose of the sanctions - including a four-year ban on bowl games, 40 fewer scholarships, 111 wins revoked and a $60-million fine - is to tell universities across the country that there's a considerable price to pay for letting their mission become subservient to their athletics programs.
November 16, 2011 |
If we are going to rant about educational shortcomings in big-time college sports, then we also need to pump up the positives. Which brings us to Ben Howland. UCLA's basketball coach is not in a good spot right now. His team, picked to win its Pacific 12 Conference division this season, has started 0-2. Its first loss was to Loyola Marymount, which hadn't beaten the Bruins since 1941. Next came Tuesday night's 20-point loss to Middle Tennessee, a very good team, likely an NCAA tournament team, but with no history of big-time excellence.