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California law will aid hurt athletes

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:07 pm

This is obviously a big issue at the "football" schools. I have no idea if there is an "official" position at UP, but I cannot recall any instance where a UP student/athlete has not been able to stay in school because of finances after suffering a career ending injury.

From ESPN (edited):
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will become the first state to mandate financial protections for student-athletes who suffer career-ending injuries in some of the state's top college sports programs under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Thursday.

SB1525 protects athletes at the four universities that receive more than $10 million annually in sports media revenue -- the Pac-12's USC, UCLA, Cal and Stanford.

They will have to give academic scholarships to students who lose their athletic scholarships if they are injured while playing their sport. They also will have to cover insurance deductibles and pay health care premiums for low-income athletes, among other provisions.

The legislation requires the universities to pay future medical costs for on-the-field injuries, providing student-athletes with the kind of guarantees that even some professional athletes don't receive.

Of the four schools immediately affected, only Stanford objected to the final version of the bill, saying it is unfair to include only the top money-generating universities. Padilla said his bill eventually could affect San Diego State because it recently switched to the Big East, with more lucrative television rights.

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Re: California law will aid hurt athletes

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:42 pm

This is an interesting bill. The term "student athlete" was originally used by the NCAA to avoid workmans compensation claims by football players with disabling ( and in one case, death) injuries.

This will reverse that 60 year old designation if it spreads.

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