CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 |
State officials said Wednesday that a compromise has been reached over legislation that would ban players from professional sports teams based outside of California from filing workers' compensation claims. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the proposal would allow claims for cumulative trauma suffered over the course of a career as long as an athlete played at least two seasons for a professional team based in California. “The essence of the agreement is to limit the ability of athletes who have never played for a California team to use the cumulative trauma portion of the workers' compensation law” to file a claim, Steinberg told reporters.
May 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Controversial legislation that would restrict most professional athletes from out-of-state teams from filing claims in California workers' compensation courts won overwhelming approval Thursday in the state Assembly. Despite aggressive lobbying by professional football players and other athletes, the bill, AB 1309, passed 61 to 4. The measure now goes to the state Senate. "Our workers' compensation system has been increasingly exploited by out-of-state professional players at the expense of California teams and all California businesses," said the bill's author, Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2013 |
National political leaders, gay rights groups and entertainment icons on Monday spoke in support of Jason Collins, the first active professional athlete to come out as gay. The 34-year-old Los Angeles native, who helped lead Harvard-Westlake School to two state championships in the 1990s with his twin brother, announced his sexual orientation in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated . "Major league sports has remained one of the last bastions...
February 27, 2013 |
Listen, would you know how to best run a nonprofit foundation? I wouldn't have a clue. Ditto, it seems, with plenty of professional athletes. Of course, if you were to run a serious charity, chances are you might investigate how to best direct it and maximize its giving potential. Alas, an investigation by the Boston Globe into more than 150 Internal Revenue Service filings by 50 nonprofits operated by professional athletes showed that nearly half gave less than the accepted percentage of their income to the actual charities.
February 25, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Players for professional sports teams based outside of California would be barred from filing compensation claims for job-related injuries under proposed legislation supported by owners of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer franchises. A bill unveiled Monday by Assembly Insurance Committee Chairman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) would ban retired athletes from seeking workers' compensation benefits from California courts after they've played relatively few games in California stadiums and arenas during their careers.
February 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - In his seven-year career with the Denver Broncos, running back Terrell Davis, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, dazzled fans with his speed and elusiveness. At the end of his rookie year in 1995, he signed a $6.8-million, five-year contract. Off the field he endorsed Campbell's soup. And when he hung up his cleats, he reported for the National Football League Network and appeared in movies and TV shows. So it may surprise Californians to find out that in 2011, Davis got a $199,000 injury settlement from a California workers' compensation court for injuries related to football.