NCPA Accomplishments

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 ilegal 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 juctice 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 approximatley $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 Califorina's lead by adopting an NIL law, resulted in the NCAA abondoning 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.

It has become evident that, as the NCPA succeeds, college athletes gain the basic protections they so desperately need.