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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The gruesome leg injury to University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware has one California lawmaker calling for better financial protections for student athletes nationwide. In a letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) said the group should at least adopt standards in a new California law. The measure, which took effect Jan. 1, requires universities that make a certain amount of money from television deals to provide the equivalent of academic scholarships to athletes whose injuries result in them losing their athletic scholarships.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
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NEWS
January 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Concussions among student athletes are on the rise, as are concerns that repeated injuries could have serious long-term effects. But less clear are the steps schools and communities should take in protecting children who play sports from such injuries. Chicago, for example, is weighing a new rule. This Chicago Tribune story explains: "Student athletes at Chicago schools who show symptoms of a concussion wouldn't be able to return to their sports without permission from a medical professional under a measure approved Wednesday by two City Council committees.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
NFL Players Assn. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has spoken out in support of the ruling allowing Northwestern football players to unionize, saying it has nothing to do with college athletes looking for a paycheck. "In the more than 100 years since the NCAA was founded, it has not allowed athletes to have a seat at the table to discuss serious issues and therefore has done little to address full medical coverage for injuries sustained, limitations on practice time, scholarship shortfalls and rules to make promised education a reality," Smith wrote in an op-ed piece published Tuesday night by The Huffington Post.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Yet another nail went into the coffin of the NCAA on Wednesday. And for those who genuinely care about the well-being of college athletes, that couldn't be better news. Peter Sung Ohr, a regional National Labor Relations Board official, ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University aren't student-athletes, as the NCAA likes to designate them, but rather employees of the school who generate vast sums of money for the institution. Players are compensated for their work via scholarships, and are therefore entitled to unionize.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
MAGAZINE
September 28, 2003
Please help me understand the spoiled-brat, gift-horse attitudes expressed in the article on student athletes ("Welcome to Plantation Football," by Irvin Muchnick, Aug. 31). Athletes are offered free rides to institutions they admit they otherwise could not have attended based on their grades, and then they complain about the requirements. When they get a real job, do they think their employer will change the rules to accommodate them? The answer is no. If you don't like the stipulations of this gift, then don't take it or shut up. No job for compensation (paycheck or scholarship)
NEWS
May 19, 1988
The CIF Southern Section has recognized several Southeast/Long Beach area high school teams and athletes in the third annual California Angels/Ford Motor Co. Academic Awards Program. The Whitney High girls tennis team had the highest combined grade point average, 3.71, followed by the Whitney girls track and field team (3.57), the Whitney boys swimming team (3.55), the Wilson water polo team (3.49), the Whitney softball team (3.42), the Whitney boys basketball team (3.
SPORTS
December 5, 1987
We are very fortunate to have an arena, such as Viewpoint, to air our comments. This is a very nice place to let off a little steam, work out some frustrations. But some individuals tend to take this opportunity a bit too far. In response to the comments of Kenneth Young (Nov. 28) about the student-athletes at USC, did Mr. Young really know the young men he so maliciously attacked? Did he know them well enough to make an accurate estimation of their scholastic attendance habits?
SPORTS
April 8, 1989
Many Americans believe major colleges athletics lack integrity. There is an easy solution. Make the number of new scholarships available for next year equal to the number of players graduating this year. If four basketball players graduate, four scholarships can be awarded. If none graduate, the college better pray for some highly talented walk-ons, real "student-athletes." Of course, John Thompson's program at Georgetown won't skip a beat. He graduates (almost) all of his players.
OPINION
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.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
Yet another nail went into the coffin of the NCAA on Wednesday. And for those who genuinely care about the well-being of college athletes, that couldn't be better news. Peter Sung Ohr, a regional National Labor Relations Board official, ruled that scholarship football players at Northwestern University aren't student-athletes, as the NCAA likes to designate them, but rather employees of the school who generate vast sums of money for the institution. Players are compensated for their work via scholarships, and are therefore entitled to unionize.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Feliciano Arnold, guest blogger
The NCAA basketball tournament field is set, and this week an estimated 50 million people will fill out their brackets in a fit of March Madness. Yet almost a year after fans witnessed one of the worst in-game injuries in a generation, college athletes are still fighting for basic healthcare guarantees from the institutions that profit from their sweat and blood. Broken bones come with the territory at high levels of competition, but you know an injury is uniquely awful when the player receives consolatory phone calls from Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Michelle Obama.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Chris Foster
What happened with Mike Moser in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. What happened was, after a freshman season spent languishing near the end of UCLA's basketball bench, Moser transferred to Nevada Las Vegas and had a breakout first season. The forward averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels as a sophomore in 2011-12, and even though he was slowed by elbow and hip injuries last season, he was a productive reserve, averaging 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. But then he decided to move again - this time closer to his family in Portland.
OPINION
December 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Here's something that California doesn't need: a replay of Proposition 8 in slightly different form. But it may get one. Opponents of a new state law that expands the rights of transgender students say they have submitted enough signatures to place a measure on the ballot to repeal it. Recent spot counts by the secretary of state show they may not have reached the threshold. In our view, California would be better off if the petitions were found to be lacking. As with Proposition 8, which altered the California constitution to ban same-sex marriages, this proposal is based on fear of and intolerance toward people whose sexuality falls outside of traditionally accepted norms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Monday expanding protections for student athletes who are believed to have sustained a concussion in school sports and activities. Since 2012, public school districts have been required to immediately remove a student athlete from a game or activity if the student may have suffered a concussion or head injury. The student can return to the activity only after being cleared by a licensed health professional. Now, private and charter schools will be subject to the same rules, under the measure, AB 588, by Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1997 | RUSSELL GOUGH, Russell Gough is a professor of philosophy and ethics at Pepperdine University, and the author of "Character Is Everything: Promoting Ethical Excellence in Sports" (Harcourt Brace). He can be reached by E-mail: rgough@pepperdine.edu
Against David-vs.-Goliath odds and in the name of hundreds of black student athletes like themselves nationwide, two courageous 18-year-olds from Philadelphia sued the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. last week for denying them a sporting chance to make their collegiate dreams come true. The young plaintiffs' class action suit, Cureton vs. NCAA, charges that the NCAA's freshman eligibility rules discriminate against black student athletes.
NEWS
January 8, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN and MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
University presidents, stepping up their drive to reform college athletics, will vote on tough new eligibility requirements for student athletes today at a meeting of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 If anyone is the perfect example of being a true student-athlete, it's Westchester senior Nick Hamilton. This summer, he's participating in the UCLA VIPS program that prepares high school students for college. He had a summer reading assignment this weekend, but he's also playing for his travel basketball team. Coming back from a dislocated thumb suffered last month in the Watts Summer Games, the All-City player scored 15 points in his game. He gets all As on his report card, is a team leader for the defending City Section Division I champions, and Coach Ed Azzam would probably rank Hamilton has one of the most competitive, hard-working players he's ever coached.
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?
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