About The NCPA

Protecting future, current, and former college athletes

Ramogi Huma UCLA

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The National College Players Association (NCPA) is a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy association made up of current and former college athletes, and has been leading the college athletes' rights movement since 2001.

NCPA advocacy has made health and safety, Title IX enforcement, and fair compensation key areas of focus in Congressional hearings. Our organization has been pivotal to bringing forth essential reforms to the NCAA.

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About The NCPA
Executive Director

Ramogi Huma

NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma became an advocate for college athletes' rights while playing football for UCLA when he founded a student group to give college athletes the means to voice their concerns and secure basic protections in NCAA sports. He started the organization after witnessing the NCAA suspend his All American teammate over groceries that were left anonymously on his doorstep when he had no food, and after being informed that the NCAA prevented colleges from paying for medical expenses for injuries that occurred during summer workouts.

The student group evolved into The National College Players Association (NCPA), a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy group.  Huma secured the strong backing of the United Steelworkers and, since its creation, the NCPA has empowered thousands of college athletes from over 150 campuses to participate in actions in pursuit of improving the lives of college athletes.

Huma has held hundreds of meetings with lawmakers and testified in support of college athletes' rights in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, state legislatures, and city councils.  Huma has served as a primary voice and has assisted in developing laws in support of college athlete name, image, and likeness legislation in over a dozen states including California, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, and Texas as well as the United States Congress.  He has also provided expertise and witnesses to the US Department of Justice regarding NCAA antitrust violations on multiple occasions, and served as a consultant in athletes' rights antitrust lawsuits including White v. NCAA, Agnew v. NCAA, O'Bannon v. NCAA, and Alston/Jenkins v. NCAA.

  • Huma has assisted numerous athletes in dealing with deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices on their campus.  Issues have ranged from physical and sexual abuse, medical malpractice, unpaid medical expenses, loss of athletic scholarship, and more.
  • Huma has advocated for college athletes’ rights in countless media outlets including ESPN, Fox Sports, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC, 60 Minutes, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and NPR.
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  • Huma has co-authored several studies with Drexel University Sport Management professor Ellen Staurowsky including “How the NCAA's Empire Robs Predominantly Black Athletes of Generational Wealth". The study estimates that the fair market value of FBS football and men's basketball players is approximately $208k and $370k, respectively; and that the NCAA will deny these athletes approximately $10 billion of their fair market value over the course of four years.
  • Huma earned a bachelor degree in sociology and a master of public health (MPH) degree at UCLA.  Huma also earned UCLA’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and his team won back-to-back conference championships in 1997 and 1998.
  • Huma was featured in TIME magazine's 12 New Faces of Black Leadership in 2015, was ranked 13th of College Football's 25 Most Intriguing People in Suits in 2014 by Yahoo! Sports, and named one of sports' 50 most influential people in 2006/2007 by ArmchairGM.

Mission & Goals

The NCPA mission is to provide the means for college athletes to voice their concerns and change NCAA rules.

Our Mission

To protect future, current, and former college athletes.

Our Goals

  1. Establish mandatory health and safety standards to minimize college athletes’ risk of abuse, serious injury, and death from brain trauma, heat illness, and other conditions.

    The NCAA says it has no duty to protect college athletes and therefore does not enforce health and safety standards. The NCAA ruled that USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults against athletes did not violate NCAA rules, and it would not punish a coach for knowingly returning a player with a concussion to the same game. If a player receives a few dollars for signing an autograph, the NCAA would investigate and punish that athlete. If the same athlete is sexually abused or dies in a hazardous workout, the NCAA looks the other way. The NCPA has sponsored legislation to establish a commission to do what the NCAA refuses to do – adopt and enforce critical safety mandates.

  2. Prevent players from being stuck paying sports-related medical expenses.

    The NCAA does not require schools to cover sports-related injuries – it's optional.  College athletes injured during sports-related workouts should not have to pay for medical expenses out of their own pockets.

  3. Increase graduation rates.

    The ultimate goal for a college athlete is not a scholarship, it's a degree.  Federal graduation rates for Division I football and men's basketball players hover around 50%.  The NCAA and its member colleges receive billions of dollars tax free because of their educational million. They should extend scholarship durations to ensure college athletes have adequate time to complete their degree.

  4. Protect educational opportunities and scholarships for college-athletes in good standing.

    Due to high athletic time demands, many athletes reporting an ability to choose the courses and major of their choice, and low graduation rates in football and basketball, athletic scholarships should be guaranteed for 6 years instead of the 1-year NCAA minimum.  Additionally, sports should not be cut to pay for lavish coaching salaries and facilities.

  5. Prohibit universities from using a permanent injury suffered during athletics as a reason to reduce/eliminate a scholarship.

    Such actions reduce the chance for such college athletes to graduate.  College athletes put their bodies and lives on the line in their pursuit of higher education and the success of their university's athletic program.  It is immoral to allow a university to reduce or refuse to renew a college athlete's scholarship after sustaining an injury while playing for the university.

  6. Eliminate unnecessary restrictions on players' ability to earn compensation from use of their name, image, and likeness and ability to secure legal and professional representation.

    We have won unprecedented freedoms and reforms in this area, but overbearing restrictions still remain.  College athletes should have the same economic and legal rights and freedoms guaranteed to other students and US citizens. Players are people not property.

  7. Ensure college athletes share in an equitable portion of the revenue that they generate.

  8. Advance compliance with gender equity in college sports as required by federal law (Title IX).

  9. Prohibit the punishment of college athletes that have not committed a violation.

    It is an injustice to punish college athletes for actions that they did not commit i.e. suspending a team's post-season eligibility for the inappropriate actions of boosters.  Such punishments have significant negative impacts on the short college experience of many college athletes.  Alternative forms of punishment are available and should be utilized to allow an adequate policing of the rules.

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Accomplishments

Advocating Change
Securing Protection

Over the years, the NCPA has been pivotal in bringing forth reforms.

Below is a timeline of some NCPA activities and accomplishments:

  • 2001-2003: Raised health and safety issues during a Congressional hearing and circulated a player petition after the deaths of three football players and a paralyzed college football was denied home health care. The NCAA responded by lifting its prohibition of medical oversight of summer workouts, providing home health care benefits for seriously injured players, increasing death benefits from $10,000 to $25,000, and prohibiting consecutive two-a-day practices to help prevent deaths.

  • 2003: NCPA-sponsored legislation backed by athlete testimony was approved by the California Senate and moved the NCAA to allow athletes to receive merit-based scholarships in addition to their athletic scholarship.

  • 2005-2011: NCPA helped develop an antitrust lawsuit to end NCAA economic restrictions on college athletes. The settlement included the elimination of the NCAA’s ban on year-round comprehensive medical insurance, and created a 3-year $10 million fund to support former college athlete degree completion.

  • 2009-2014: Assisted O'Bannon v. NCAA antitrust lawsuit that increased scholarship limits $3000-$5000/year to meet players’ living expenses while attending college. This unlocked approximately $100 million per year to support college athlete degree completion.

  • 2010-2011: Developed model legislation to increase transparency and minimize deceptive recruiting practices. It became law in California and Connecticut.

  • 2011-2013: Conducted joint studies with college faculty highlighting the disparity between profits generated by college athletes and gaps in athletes' academic and economic protections. Findings: over 80% of full scholarship athletes live below the federal poverty line, while NCAA rules deny players approx. $6 billion over four years.

  • 2011-2012: Assisted the US Department of Justice investigation regarding the harmful impact of 1-year scholarships, which lead to the elimination of the NCAA’s scholarship duration limit. Today, many colleges throughout the United State regularly provide 4-5 year scholarships.

  • 2012: Co-sponsored The Student-Athletes’ Bill of Rights, which was voted into California law and requires high-revenue athletic programs to provide scholarships for permanently injured athletes, sports-related medical coverage, and scholarships for degree completion.

  • 2014: Helped develop and support passage of the city of Boston’s college athlete health and safety ordinance.  Arranged the Jenkins v. NCAA antitrust lawsuit seeking injunctive relief from the NCAA's illegal cap on college athlete compensation (lawsuit was later combined with Alston .v NCAA).

  • 2015: Assisted CNN investigation of player abuse across three sports at the University of Illinois, leading to the firing of the head football coach and athletic director.

  • 2017-2018: Developed and launched the College Athlete Protection (CAP) Guarantee, a free, legally binding contract that empowers high school recruits and their parents to secure vital protections such as guaranteed medical expenses, scholarship assurance if permanently injured, multiyear scholarships, and funds for degree completion. Sponsored three bills and worked with college faculty to expand key health and safety, medical coverage, and degree completion benefits for college athletes that were approved by the California Assembly.

  • 2018: Provided resources, analysis, and policy proposals to the North Carolina State Legislature that led to the introduction of state legislation seeking to provide physical, academic, and financial protections for college athletes.

  • 2019: Co-sponsored the California Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206), which will allow California college athletes the ability to secure professional and legal representation and receive compensation for use of their name, image, and likenes without being punished by their college, conference, or athletic association.  This legislation was signed into law with 100% unanimous bipartisan support.  Presented to the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division on various unjust and likely illegal NCAA policies and practices that harm college athletes.

  • 2020: Served as the primary supporter of a college name, image, and likeness (NIL) compensation bill signed into Florida state law.  Providing policy guidance and informational resources to state and federal lawmakers; and testified in the US Senate in support of legislation that would allow college athletes to receive compensation for use of their NIL.  Assisting college athletes and their families with strategies to help address mistreatment, abuse, deceptive practices, and other injustices on their respective campuses. Continuing efforts to raise awareness and use of the CAP Guarantee among high school recruits and their parents.  Launched the NCPA racial justice initiative to help foster civic engagement among college athletes who are using their voice to address racial injustice in college sports, on their campuses, and in policing.

  • 2021: Assisted over a dozen states in adopting laws to allow college athlete representation and the ability to earn money for use of their NIL. NCPA basketball leaders Jordan Bohannon (Iowa), Geo Baker (Rutgers), and Isaiah Livers (Michigan) recruited other basketball players and launched the historic #NotNCAAProperty campaign during the NCAA Tournament to protest the NCAA's illegal prohibition on athlete representation and NIL pay.  US Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of the lawsuit that the NCPA arranged in 2014, opening the door for college athletes to receive approximately $6000 per year in educational-related compensation in addition to their athletic scholarship (Jenkins v. NCAA/Alston v. NCAA).  This ruling, combined with 27 states that followed California's lead by adopting an NIL law, resulted in the NCAA abandoning its illegal prohibition on athlete representation and NIL compensation.  Published the NCPA's Official NIL Ratings that scores each state's NIL law based on the degree to which freedoms and rights are guaranteed to athletes in each state.