February 04, 2017 | BY Tom Farrey and The Associated Press
NCAA agrees to historic $209M settlement over scholarship shortages
The NCAA and 11 major athletic conferences announced that they have agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former college athletes who claimed the value of their scholarships was illegally capped.
February 02, 2017 | BY Jon Solomon
NLRB counsel: Football players at private FBS schools are employees
Football players at private universities who compete at the NCAA's highest level are employees and entitled to protection from unfair labor practices, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel stated this week.
January 17, 2017 | BY Adam Kilgore / The Washington Post
Analysis: Oregon football workouts sent players to hospital. Who will stand up for them?
The physical endangerment of three players, a direct result of following orders from coaches, results in no action from NCAA – no investigation, no rebuke, no infractions penalty.
October 11, 2016 | BY Jon Solomon
NLRB counsel: Northwestern had 'unlawful' limits on players, who are 'employees'
The memo by the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel is a historic step in player's rights
May 24, 2016 | BY Bill Plaschke
Apparel deal is big for UCLA, but not for athletes
The center photograph celebrating UCLA's record $280-million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour was poignantly missing someone. Absent was the athlete upon whose back this deal was cut.
April 02, 2016 | BY Lauren Silva Laughlin
How March Madness Athletes Help Fund 'Country Club' Sports
Lucrative players contribute much more than just to the bottom line.
March 24, 2016
College Athletes Rights in the 21st Century
Watch the "College Athletes Rights in the 21st Century" panel at the Drexel College Athletes' Rights Conference
March 21, 2016 | BY Paul Solman
Is the NCAA failing its college athletes?
The NCAA makes billions of dollars in television deals alone, but college players don’t see a penny of it. Sure, many receive student scholarships, but is that enough?
February 11, 2016 | BY Luke Bonner
Louisville's Postseason Ban Turns College Athletes Into Collateral Damage
Louisville announces self-imposed postseason ban on the men's basketball team for alleged NCAA rule violations committed between 2010 and 2014 affecting all current players, regardless of whether they had anything to do with the violations.
January 27, 2016 | BY Luke Bonner
WHAT I PAID TO BE A DIVISION I ATHLETE
Former Division I athlete, Luke Bonner, writes about his experience as a college player via Vice Sports
January 15, 2016 | BY Jon Solomon
Power Five passes on tackling big NCAA issues to help athletes
Power Five conferences pass on tackling big NCAA issues to help athletes, sleep through Year 2 of autonomy
December 30, 2015 | BY Kevin Wallsten, Tatishe M. Nteta and Lauren A. McCarthy
Racial prejudice is driving opposition to paying college athletes. Here’s the evidence.
With the money made from college sports increasing every year, the way colleges treat their athletes has become controversial.
December 29, 2015 | BY Will Hobson and Steven Rich
As college sports revenues spike, coaches are not only ones cashing in
As big-time college sports revenues have nearly doubled over the past decade, coaches are far from the only ones cashing in.
October 05, 2015 | BY AP
College player union leaders still pushing for changes
NCPA leader Ramogi Huma and Kain Colter speak on the State of NCAA Sports at the Indiana AFL-CIO convention, which in turn passed a resolution of support of equal rights under labor/antitrust laws for all college players.
September 23, 2015 | BY Alex Putterman
Northwestern Union's Legacy of Reform Lives On
Although former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter’s vision for the College Athletes Players Association never came to fruition in Evanston, the dialogue created by his efforts resulted in lasting changes.
September 11, 2015
Pac-12 proposes allowing athletes to make money off names, likenesses
NCAA sports continue to respond to players' pressure for change. The Pac-12 has proposed changing NCAA rules to allow college athletes to use their names, images and likenesses for non-athletic business ventures.
August 31, 2015 | BY National College Players Association
Players Finally Getting Paid Thousands of Dollars!
The NCPA is joining players everywhere in celebrating a historic victory. NCAA sports has finally given in to pressure from players and is allowing colleges to pay thousands of dollars in player stipends!
August 28, 2015
University of Illinois Fires FB Coach in Player Abuse Scandal
The University of Illinois announced its firing of head football coach Tim Beckman based on evidence uncovered in its investigation backing former players’ claims of mistreatment and abuse.
August 18, 2015 | BY Robert Siegel
NLRB 'Had It Wrong' On Northwestern Players' Bid To Unionize
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Ramogi Huma, president and founder of the College Athletes Players Association, about what's next after the Northwestern football team lost its bid to unionize.
August 17, 2015
NLRB: Northwestern Football Players Cannot Unionize For Now
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules Northwestern football players can’t unionize for now. The door is still open, but this delay keeps players at risk!
August 04, 2015 | BY Alex Putterman
College athlete activist Ramogi Huma discusses Northwestern union, more
NCPA leader Ramogi Huma makes the case for college athlete trust funds and predicts the future of players rights in Sports Illustrated.
July 10, 2015 | BY Shannon Ryan
Advocacy group wants Illini AD, coaches fired
NCPA called for the University of Illinois to fire athletic director Mike Thomas, football coach Tim Beckman and others who have been the target of player mistreatment allegations and two lawsuits alleging abusive treatment and racial hostility.
July 07, 2015 | BY Sara Ganim
Athletes allege abuse and racism at University of Illinois
CNN spoke to 15 recently departed players on the University of Illinois football and women's basketball teams, and they allege a wide range of misconduct and persistent bullying of athletes by coaches.
July 01, 2015 | BY Johnathan Hettinger
Former UI women's basketball players file suit
Seven former Illini women’s basketball players have sued the University of Illinois, alleging coach Matt Bollant and former assistant Mike Divilbiss created a racially hostile environment in violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act.
June 10, 2015
Former NCAA football player fires lawyer in class-action concussion lawsuit
Adrian Arrington has fired his attorney Joseph Siprut in a class action lawsuit against the NCAA, opposes settlement.
May 30, 2015 | BY Jon Solomon
NCAA D-I board chair doesn't want O'Bannon case appealed to Supreme Court
NCAA Division I board of directors chairman Harris Pastides said he is not inclined to have the NCAA try to get the US Supreme Court to hear the Ed O'Bannon case if the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rules unfavorably against the association.
May 12, 2015
NCPA Calls For Immediate Independent Investigation Regarding Claims of Coach Abuse of College Players at University of Illinois
Former University of Illinois football player accuses coach of abuse of power and mistreatment of players. NCPA responds and calls for immediate independent investigation.
March 25, 2015 | BY Joe Schad
Michigan starting center Jack Miller: 'I'm ready to walk away'
Michigan starting center Jack Miller announced he would not play his senior season and told ESPN concern about the long-term impact from past and possible future concussions was a factor in the decision.
March 25, 2015
NCAA and EA Sports Video Game Lawsuit Settlement
Information for college athletes on how to file a claim for NCAA video game lawsuit payout
March 24, 2015
President Obama backs college athletes
The NCPA message has reached the White House and President Obama supports our efforts.
March 17, 2015 | BY TOM BOGGIONI
John Oliver: The NCAA doesn't give a sh*t about the student athletes who earn them billions
On Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver blasted the NCAA and its affiliate schools for reaping billions of dollars from college athletes and denying them basic protections.
March 12, 2015 | BY Jon Solomon
Professors unite for college players to be employees
A group of university faculty members, disturbed by how they say college football and basketball players are treated academically and economically, announced a national coalition to support recognizing those players as employees.
March 04, 2015 | BY JULIET MACUR
A Former College Lineman Now on the Streets, Looking for Answers, and Help
Ryan Hoffman, a U.N.C. Football Player Two Decades Ago, Is Now Homeless. “Those are the players who are being left behind in this whole concussion debate and, unfortunately for some of them, it’s a life-or-death issue.”- Ramogi Huma, NCPA
February 13, 2015 | BY Zach Helfand
Is the college letter of intent the 'worst contract in American sports'?
Roquan Smith of Georgia announces he is attending UCLA during a national signing day event. He changed his mind after a coach left UCLA.
February 11, 2015 | BY Adam Kilgore
How Roquan Smith might end up empowering future high school football stars
Georgia high schooler Roquan Smith may revolutionize one aspect of college football recruiting -- by accident
January 28, 2015 | BY Jake New
A Long Shot
College athletes greatly overestimate their chances playing professionally.
January 26, 2015 | BY Jon Solomon
Plaintiff attorney tries again to lead NCAA concussion lawsuit
Attorney Jay Edelson, who represents former San Diego State football player Anthony Nichols as a plaintiff, filed a motion Monday claiming the lead attorneys in the case have abandoned personal-injury claims for the class.
January 19, 2015
Players forcing change, Power 5 conferences approve full cost-of-attendance and guarantee four-year scholarships
Because college athletes have courageously stood up against injustice Power 5 conferences have passed new regulations that will require schools to pay full cost-of-attendance and guarantee four-year scholarships.
January 12, 2015 | BY Ramogi Huma
NCAA ripped for abusing players - LA Times
The LA Times asked Ramogi Huma, executive director of the NCPA, to write this opinion piece on the eve of the NCAA Championship game: The NCAA empire is built on the sweat, talent -- and harm -- of its players
January 07, 2015 | BY MARC TRACY
NCAA to Allow Family Travel Aid for Top Title Games
Thanks to a waiver granted by the NCAA, the College Football Playoff will be able to help with travel costs for the parents or guardians of the players participating in the College Football Playoff National Championship game
October 30, 2014 | BY Sara Ganim
A CNN MUST WATCH: Concussions, player dies, and the NCAA looks the other way
Unnecessary roughness? Players question NCAA's record on concussions
September 18, 2014 | BY Nick Bromberg
Boston first city to pass safety laws for college athletes
In June, the NCPA testified in Boston City Council hearings to urge the city to do what the NCAA refuses to do - protect college athletes. This week, Boston became the first city in history to require protections for college athletes.
August 08, 2014 | BY Jon Solomon
Judge rules in favor of O'Bannon and College Athletes
Federal judge ruled that the NCAA's rules prohibiting athletes from being paid for use of their names, images and likeness violate antitrust law
July 29, 2014
NCAA shameful head-injury lawsuit settlement
NCAA agrees to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing contact sports.
May 22, 2014 | BY Jon Solomon
Boston tries to be first city with 'College Athlete Bill of Rights'
Boston is trying to become the first city to provide health care and educational rights to college athletes beyond what the NCAA requires.
March 27, 2014 | BY Brian Bennett
Game-changing Moment for College Athletics
In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize.
March 20, 2013
The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Guise of Amateurism
The NCPA and the Drexel University Sport Management Department released the findings of a joint study showing that the NCAA uses amateurism as a tool to deny revenue athletes billions of dollars per year that they would otherwise receive in a fair market.
January 26, 2013 | BY Jon Solomon
NCPA President: College football must spend research money after CTE found in living players
This is the type of research college football should be supporting with its windfall playoff revenues.
December 07, 2012 | BY By Eric Goldwein
Why The NCAA Does Not Care About Concussions
In college football, the risk of legal liability is dictating the response to a medical crisis.
November 13, 2012 | BY Steve Berkowitz
Documents say NCAA knew video games matched reality
Unsealed documents from the O'Bannon v NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit reveal an NCAA Vice President's admission that EA Sports illegally uses players' images and such use generated millions for NCAA sports.
September 01, 2012 | BY Steve Berkowitz
Lawsuit seeks to change how NCAA athletes are compensated
In his lawsuit against the NCAA and EA Sports, former UCLA basketball great Ed O'Bannon seeks to gain publicity rights royalties for current players which would be put into a trust fund that they can access after their college eligibility is exhausted. Ex
July 25, 2012 | BY Patrick Hruby
The Olympics Show Why College Sports Should Give Up on Amateurism
Dead in eight years? When the Dream Teamers, the epitome of Olympic professionalization--took the court in Barcelona two decades ago, they were greeted as rock stars. The world did not lament the absence of America's traditional unpaid collegiate all-star
July 21, 2012 | BY Jon Solomon
Listen to college football players about the good and bad of a playoff
Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones stated, "It really does take a physical toll on your body, especially playing in this league where we're not spreading out and passing it 50 times a game."
Last month, the NCPA called for some of the new playoff mo
July 18, 2012 | BY Dan Wetzel
Time to Set Them Free
Citing "an apparent cover-up by Penn State officials" of Sandusky's crimes over a decade, Ramogi Huma, the president of the California-based National College Players Association, called for the NCAA to remember current student-athletes are innocent bystan
July 17, 2012 | BY NCPA President Ramogi Huma
Letter from NCPA President to NCAA - Don't Punish PSU FB Transfers
NCPA President Ramogi Huma to NCAA President: "As you consider a just punishment for the Penn State football program, the NCPA asks that you do not inflict injustice upon innocent Penn State football players."
July 16, 2012 | BY Dan Wetzel
Graham Spanier, disgraced ex-Penn State president, epitomized NCAA hypocrisy
Like others that run NCAA sports, Spanier used misguided ethical arguments to maintain the NCAA's unethical treatment of its players. He went on to cover up child rape on the premise that it would be inhumane to confront the sexual predator in his athlet
June 07, 2012 | BY Jon Solomon
SEC will study concussions with much-needed research of college sports
"It's appropriate since many of these colleges have medical centers and hospitals and resources," NCPA President Ramogi Huma said. "If you look at the contracts they've been signing for TV revenues, it is their responsibility at this point to put their be
May 15, 2012 | BY JACOB RUFFMAN
UCLA football players sign petition in support of "Student-Athlete Bill of Rights" currently before California Legislature
The NCPA-sponsored legislation would require California colleges making over $10 million in media revenues continue scholarships for injured players, grant permission to transfer without conditions, require financial and life skills workshops, and more.
April 20, 2012 | BY Steve Wieberg
Restrictions on transfers simmering debate in college sports
The issue continues to simmer, however, with one advocate insisting that the 6-8 Uthoff should be free to play wherever he chooses. "The NCAA, they prioritize coaches' rights and schools' rights over players' freedoms," said Ramogi Huma of the National Co
April 01, 2012 | BY Patrick Hruby
Washington Times: Why Conservatives Should Be Infuriated By NCAA System
"To paraphrase Ronald Reagan: The NCAA is not the solution to the problems of college sports; the NCAA is the problem..."
March 30, 2012
Final Four Stats Show Match-Ups Are Rigged
The average Final Four basketball player has an estimated fair market value of $846,172 but lives about $2256 below the federal poverty line, incurrs a $3911 scholarship shortfall, and has a 51% graduation rate. Meanwhile their coaches enjoy an average a
March 12, 2012 | BY Josh Eidelson
Madness of March: NCAA gets paid, players do not
Former UCLA BB Player James Keefe says college athletes need a union...Other players speak out.
October 25, 2011 | BY Study Finds $784 Million in New Annual TV Revenue
Aware of New TV Money, Players Petition NCAA to Invest in Reform This Week
NCAA Board to discuss reform this week, players unite for comprehensive reform.
October 24, 2011 | BY Alan Scher Zagier
College athletes press NCAA reform
College football and basketball players petition NCAA and college presidents to invest a portion of new revenues in providing basic protections, increasing graduation rates, and decreasing NCAA violations.
September 16, 2011
NCPA TV, Radio, Print Highlights - Watch ESPN OTL Debate and more
Countless media organizations have seized on the NCPA-Drexel study's call for a new model of amateurism in NCAA sports. The AP, ESPN, AOL Fanhouse and more...
September 13, 2011
Study: College Athletes Worth 6 Figures, Live Below Federal Poverty Line
July 12, 2011 | BY Pat Forde, National ESPN Columnist
ESPN Asks NCPA President Ramogi Huma About Pay For Play
NCPA President Ramogi Huma stated, "Open up the market [to the players] on commercial revenue. You can have the open market or the black market. The NCAA has chosen the black market..."
June 27, 2011 | BY PAT EATON-ROB
Connecticut Adopts NCPA's Student Athletes Right to Know!
"Recruiters are fueling a lot of myths," NCPA President Ramogi Huma said. "Chief among them is the four-year scholarship. Four-year scholarships don't exist, so this bill will show recruits the truth and point out things they need to consider when making
May 02, 2011
Coaches & NCAA Bullying Basketball Players
The NCAA and the colleges claim that their goal is to educate student-athletes, but this is a clear example of how the NCAA too often keeps players uneducated and financially undervalued in order to increase revenues.
February 09, 2011 | BY Kathleen Megan
Legislators Hear Testimony On Need To Spell Out Details On Athletic Scholarships, Medical Expenses
Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA football player and president of the National College Players Association -- a California nonprofit made up of more than 14,000 Division 1 student athletes -- also testified at the hearing and went one step further. He said the
February 01, 2011 | BY Kelly Whiteside
Rules fail to curb schools from oversigning football players
"I think if schools are held accountable they are going to have a harder time treating players badly," says National College Players Association President Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA football player.
January 18, 2011
The $11 Billion Plan
The NCPA pushes the NCAA to finally live up to its commitment to fully support athletes' education...
January 09, 2011 | BY Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
Is college athletics a sweatshop?
...Huma believes that "the growing disparity in the money for the universities that the athletes generate, and what they receive," is reason for a rational discussion about a compensation system being put in place
January 06, 2011
Survey Results: College Football Players Support Playoff
How do college football players want to crown the national champion? The NCPA gives frustrated players a voice...
October 26, 2010 | BY Alan Zagier
Study: 'Free ride' still costs athletes
"It's really deceptive to use the words 'full scholarship.' ... There's never an explanation for recruited athletes..." - NCPA President Ramogi Huma
October 25, 2010 | BY Katie Thomas
N.C.A.A. Sued Over One-Year Scholarships
Lawsuit: By unlawfully agreeing not to offer multiyear athletics-based discounts, the N.C.A.A. and its member institutions have ensured that student-athletes who are injured or who simply do not meet the school's expectations can be cut from a team and th
October 15, 2010 | BY ESPNLosAngeles.com
R. Jay Soward discusses payments
Former USC Trojans receiver R. Jay Soward, who admits to taking money from former agent Josh Luchs while he was in college, said he believes the NCAA needs to give student-athletes more in their stipend checks... "if we can give these kids a little more
September 22, 2010 | BY David Steele
Maryland's Gary Williams: Colleges Can Pay Players, and Should
"... if you did pay the revenue-producing sports athletes, you would still have that money coming in that they exist on now. There's plenty of money off the men's basketball tournament that you can pay men's basketball players, football players, whatever,
August 29, 2010 | BY Tom Hoffarth
Former UCLA linebacker Huma recruits Schwarzennegger for his cause
And when AB 2079 passes, credit Huma with another tackle. With an assist to Schwarzenegger.
"Now the governor, who was himself once a prominent athlete, can enshrine his legacy by protecting California athletes," said Huma.
June 21, 2010
How to Make a Donation to the NCPA
Click here for info on how to make a tax-deductible donation to the NCPA, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.
June 12, 2010 | BY Mark Kriegel
No incentive not to cheat in college game
"It's just like the CEOs who ran the big banks and the mortgage
companies. They were completely irresponsible, but they all got
June 04, 2010
College athletes on verge of key victory in California
The National College Players Association and others helped get the Student-Athletes Right to Know bill passed in the California Assembly. Click here for more.
May 24, 2010 | BY Alan Zagier
Revoked scholarships surprise college athletes
After scoring just 22 points all season in mop-up duty, Missouri freshman forward Tyler Stone has no illusions of bolting college for the NBA after a single year.
Instead, the 6-foot-7 Memphis native is a different sort of one-and-done: a college athlete
April 27, 2010 | BY David Steele
NCAA Players' Cut of Mammoth TV Deal Still the Same: Zero Percent
On the website of the National College Players Association -- a California-based organization dedicated to protecting college athletes from abuses by their schools and the NCAA -- is a summary of a plan to use the television-rights revenue from the men's
July 27, 2009 | BY Mark Kriegel
National columnist: NCAA exploits college athletes in video games
Mark Kriegel, a national columnist for FOXSports.com, writes about how the NCAA exploits college athletes to make millions off of video games. Click here to read more.
July 27, 2009 | BY Kurt Streeter
LA Times writes about ex-star O'Bannon's lawsuit against NCAA
LA Times reporter Kurt Streeter writes about former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit against NCAA over the use of images.
He and other former players allege the NCAA owes them a share of profits from the sale of television and online reruns, video games, j
July 16, 2009
New York Times: College Athletes Stuck With the Bill After Injuries
The New York Times had an article today that exposes the ugly truth about how college athletes are often stuck with medical bills from college-related sports injuries. Click here for more.
March 18, 2009
March Madness: NCPA study reveals turnover rates on basketball tourney teams
All recruits and parents need to consider a program's turnover rate as a factor when choosing a team to play for as they are an indicator of a college athlete's job security and job satisfaction; high turnover rates should be a red flag to recruits and th
March 13, 2009
NCAA Survival 101: NCPA High School Outreach Program Helps Student Athletes
The NCPA has begun a campaign to inform high school football and basketball players about how to survive while playing in NCAA sports. Read more here.
March 13, 2009
NCPA Wins Victories for College Athletes
Read about the many NCPA victories that have improved the lives of college athletes here.
March 13, 2009
The "Free Ride" - Should We Complain?
Some say college athletes get a "free ride" and should not complain. Click here to read why this idea is nonsense.
March 12, 2009
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