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NCPA Presses Colleges, Conferences, and Congress for Regional College Athletic Conferences

September 7, 2023

Conference realignment driven by TV revenue imposes academic, physical and mental health, and familial hardships on college athletes. NCPA calls for sanity...

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NCPA Calls for Independent Investigations and Transparency Regarding Allegations of Sexualized Hazing, Racism, and Mistreatment of Injuries

July 10, 2023

 The NCPA calls on Northwestern to commission independent investigations and make the details public. Says employees status would empower college athletes to pursue workplace protections.

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California Bill to Protect and Share Revenue With College Athletes Approved By Key Committee

April 19, 2023

The College Athlete Protection Act, sponsored by the NCPA and authored by former San Diego State basketball player and CA Assemblymember Chris Holden approved by Higher Education Committee. The bill would enforce safety standards, require DI colleges to share revenue with their athletes, and more.

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NCPA Economic Analysis: "The Bitter Exploitation of Sweet 16 Basketball Players"

March 22, 2023

An NCPA economic analysis of Sweet 16 players' compensation finds NCAA athlete compensation limits denies the average Sweet 16 basketball player approximately $550,000 in fair market pay, and leaves many of them below the federal poverty line.

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NLRB Division of Advice: USC, The Pac-12 Conference, & NCAA Are Joint Employers of USC FB, MBB, and WBB Players!

December 15, 2022

NLRB's Advice directs region to pursue NCPA's unfair labor practices charges against USC, the Pac-12, and the NCAA as joint employers of USC football and basketball players.

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College Athletes Launch Campaign for Fair Revenue Share

November 16, 2022

NCPA athlete leaders launch #FairRevShare campaign advocating to use a fair portion of revenue for athlete compensation, Ivy League scholarships, enforcing safety standards, and Title IX compliance… during their game.

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Justice Nears for Ivy League Athletes as Unjust Antitrust Exemption Expires

September 30, 2022

The expiring exemption has harmed many athletes from low to middle-class homes forced to take out student loans or overextend their family’s resources to attend Ivy League schools while their peers at other colleges earn athletic scholarships to cover costs.

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NCPA Response To Senator Manchin and Senator Tuberville's NIL Information Request

August 31, 2022

US Senators Joe Manchin and Tommy Tuberville asked the NCPA for its positions and perspectives as they consider introducing college athlete NIL legislation. The NCPA responded by dispelling key NIL myths and with a call for the senators to support broad-based reform to address issues important to college athletes.

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NCPA Says Proposed NCAA Constitution is a Failure

November 10, 2021

"This is America and college athletes have rights and freedoms that the NCAA cannot deny" - Iowa basketball captain and NCPA leader Jordan Bohannon

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NCPA Publishes State NIL Law Ratings for Recruits

October 21, 2021

The NCPA's Official NIL Ratings will help provide clarity for recruits and will encourage states to adopt the best NIL laws for college athletes.

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What Today’s SCOTUS Victory Means to College Athletes

June 21, 2021

College athletes win pivotal ruling in US Supreme Court decision in Alston v. NCAA

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NCPA Calls on NCAA to Abide By and Enforce Title IX Amid March Madness Tournament Discrimination Against Female Athletes

March 20, 2021

The NCPA is calling on the NCAA to abide by and enforce Title IX throughout its member institutions. The NCAA does not need permission from the government to adopt this as a rule...

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College Basketball Players Launch #NotNCAAProperty March Madness Protest

March 17, 2021

College basketball players in the NCAA's March Madness Tournament call on the NCAA, lawmakers, and the US Supreme Court to guarantee equal rights and freedoms for college athletes in pivotal year.

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NCAA Refusal to Vote on NIL Pay is ‘Slap in the Face’ to Athletes

January 11, 2021

"It’s a slap in the face to college athletes. Many of these athletes are Black and from low-income homes - the NCAA treats them like disposable university property..." - NCPA's Ramogi Huma

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NCPA Calls on NCAA to Investigate Rampant COVID Safety Violations

September 23, 2020

NCPA calls for action after athletic trainer survey reveals less than half of college coaches and staff are abiding by their own COVID protocols.

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NCPA Backs US Senate College Athletes Bill of Rights Framework

August 13, 2020

NCPA supports US Senators' Framework for College Athletes Bill of Rights which is reflective of NCPA's goals for broad-based reform.

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Study: “How the NCAA’s Empire Robs Predominantly Black Athletes of Billions in Generational Wealth”

July 31, 2020

Data and analysis on how NCAA sports deprives college football & basketball players of $10 billion in generational wealth. in 2018, the average football & basketball player at FBS colleges had a fair market value of $208,208 and $370,085, respectively.

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NCPA Delivers Letter to Congressional Leaders Advocating for Broad-Based Reform

June 25, 2020

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Florida Governor Signs Bill Allowing College Athlete NIL Pay!

June 12, 2020

Florida is seeks to bring swift justice with an earlier effective date. As states fight for fairness on behalf of their college athletes, the NCAA asks Congress to undermine the effort...

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UCLA Football Players & Student Council Ask Governor, Los Angeles, University Leaders to Address COVID-19 Concerns

May 27, 2020

College athletes' concerns and a call for action emerge as public officials, the NCAA, conferences, and colleges prepare for the return of college sports nationwide. Former UCLA football player Elijah Wade spearheads push to protect players...

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9th Circuit Upholds Players’ Win Vs NCAA!

May 18, 2020

Demonstrates Why Congress Should Deny NCAA Request for Antitrust Exemption

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Dear Lawmakers, NCAA Action Undermines "Need" for Uniformity and Antitrust Exemption

May 14, 2020

"...the NCAA has exposed its primary premise for seeking preemption and an antitrust exemption as baseless. Differences in state laws do not make college sports governance impossible. It should not take a pandemic to make this clear, but here we are."

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NCAA Resists Key Name, Image, Likeness Issues & Fails Athletes During COVID-19 Struggles

April 29, 2020

NCPA responds to NCAA announcement on college athlete name, image, and likeness reform.

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NCPA Calls on NCAA to Enact COVID-19 Relief: Transfer and Compensation Freedoms for College Athletes

April 9, 2020

The NCAA should enact emergency legislation to help college athletes persevere through coronavirus pandemic...

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Coronavirus: NCPA Calls for Immediate Suspension of All Sports Activities

March 12, 2020

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NCPA Statement on NCAA Coronavirus Crowd Cancellation

March 11, 2020

NCPA: NCAA's adherence to direction from public health officials to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by holding competitions without crowds is a positive precaution...

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Statement on Coronavirus & College Athlete Health

February 29, 2020

NCPA calls on the NCAA and its colleges to take immediate action to help prevent college athletes from contracting coronavirus during sports-related activities.

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Oral Testimony - Ramogi Huma, NCPA Executive Director

February 11, 2020

US Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection “Name, Image and Likeness: The State of Intercollegiate Athletic Compensation”

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NCPA White Paper Lays Out the “Players’ Plan” for College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Compensation

January 15, 2020

The NCPA's white paper answers many questions surrounding college athlete NIL pay - competitive equity, Title IX, employee status, group licensing, athlete representation certification, and more.

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National College Players Association and NFL Players Association to Explore Marketing and Licensing of College Athletes

October 28, 2019

The NCPA and NFL Players Association announce a collaboration to provide college athlete group licensing representation so players can receive their fair share of revenue generated from their name, image, and likeness.

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NCPA Bill to Pay Players Signed Into Law!

September 30, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom signs bill co-sponsored by NCPA that will allow college athletes to secure sports agents and compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness...

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NCPA Calls on US DOJ to Investigate NCAA Antitrust Violations

September 23, 2019

The full text of NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma's speech calling for an investigation into NCAA antitrust violations at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division on 9/23/2019.

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Players Association to take NCAA Antitrust Violations to US DOJ

September 20, 2019

Ramogi Huma, Executive Director of the NCPA, will present various forms of NCAA activities that violate US antitrust laws and cause significant harm to college athletes to the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

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NCPA Bill to Pay Players Approved by CA Assembly 72-0!

September 10, 2019

CA Assembly Votes 72-0 in favor of NCPA bill to allow college athlete pay for use of their name, image and likeness!

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NCPA Reaffirms Support for US Sentaor Chris Murphy's Call to Give Athletes the Education They Deserve

August 2, 2019

The NCPA joins others in calls for reform following US Senator Chris Murphy's scathing report exposing how NCAA sports fails to give college athletes an opportunity for a real education.

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NCPA Presses U. of Houston Chairman Following Deadly Athlete Injuries

June 14, 2019

After televised reports of workouts harming numerous University of Houston athletes, NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma's sends letter to University of Houston Chairman calling for an independent investigation and accountability.

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NCPA Co-Sponsors "The Fair Pay to Play Act" to Allow Athletes to Earn Commercial Compensation

February 5, 2019

The NCPA takes another big step toward securing equal economic freedoms for college athletes!

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NCPA Blasts NCAA For Allowing Sexual Abuse Against Athletes

August 30, 2018

NCAA rules Michigan State team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults against countless athletes did not violate NCAA bylaws.

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NCPA Sponsors Bill to Allow Athlete Endorsement Income

March 29, 2018

NCPA sponsors new bill to protect and allow commercial income for college athletes. Bill would directly regulate the NCAA, which provides a path for other state and local governments to follow.

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NCPA's Bill Against Athlete Abuse Could've Saved Hundreds

January 16, 2018

Michigan State Team doctor Larry Nassar who sexually abused gymnasts was enabled by many.

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Reminder to Parents & Recruits - Use CAP Guarantee on Signing Day!

December 20, 2017

The Letter of Intent provides no guarantees to recruits, so download and use the NCPA's free CAP Guarantee on signing day!

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Inside the first legally binding contract between a college athlete and a school

June 14, 2017

NCPA announces its release of the first players' contract in college sports! This free document helps inform and empower recruits and their parents who are denied the right to legal representation by NCAA sports.

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The NCPA's College Athlete Protection Act approved by CA Assembly with bipartisan support!

June 1, 2017

This NCPA-sponsored bill would establish and enforce health and safety standards to prevent athlete abuse, serious injury, and death in college sports. The NCPA seeks to establish this as a model to protect players nationwide.

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NCPA's College Athlete Protection Act clears another committee

April 26, 2017

NCPA-sponsored bill to establish and enforce health and safety standards in college sports gains momentum.

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NCPA opposes plan to pay colleges for players' academic performance instead of a players' degree completion fund.

October 27, 2016

NCAA proposal is another excuse to give revenue to colleges instead of supporting degree completion.

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NLRB counsel: Northwestern had 'unlawful' limits on players, who are 'employees'

October 11, 2016

"This is athletes deserve equal rights under the law to protect themselves. We saw it play out in this incident. Northwestern changed its rules based on the labor rights of its athletes." - NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma

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NCPA Speaks Out After Coach Fired Over Abuse is Hired By University of North Carolina

September 1, 2016

After pressure from players and the NCPA, the U. of Illinois fired head football coach Tim Beckman. UNC just hired him, which makes clear how broken NCAA sports is.

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NCPA to PBS: "The NCAA Has Failed its Athletes"

March 21, 2016

NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma explains that athletes lack basic academic, physical, and financial protections because they lack leverage.

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State of NCAA Sports

October 5, 2015

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.

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NCPA Calls for Firing of University of Illinois Coaches, AD, and Trainers

July 9, 2015

After an explosive CNN investigation into allegations of athlete mistreatment and abuse across three sports at the University of Illinois, the NCPA is calling on the university to fire coaches, AD, and trainers.

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Lead NCAA Concussion Plaintiff Fires Lawyer to Stop Bad Settlement

June 9, 2015

Adrian Arrington, lead plaintiff in the Arrington v. NCAA concussion lawsuit, terminated his relationship with his lawyer and opposes the preliminary settlement that the law firm asked the judge to approve.

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Players Forcing NCAA Changes, Congressional Caucus Formed, Power Conference Autonomy Approved

August 7, 2014

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With NCPA, Boston Could Set Standard for NCAA Reform

July 7, 2014

College athletes participating in Boston's four Division I athletic programs could soon have the best protections in the nation.

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The White House's Knocks, NCPA and CAPA Answer With "Mind, Your Business"

May 28, 2014

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APU Protest Planned for NCAA Convention

January 14, 2014

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely and college athletes can tell you that this holds true in NCAA sports. Players are letting the NCAA big wigs know that athletes deserve a real seat at the table...

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Aerial Protest Highlighting NCAA Inaction on Concussions Planned at BCS Championship Football Game

January 3, 2014

The NCAA recently declared it has no duty to protect players, does not review or enforce NCAA-mandated concussion policies, and would not punish a coach for knowingly putting a player with a concussion back into a game.

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All Players United Reaches Congress, Bill to Protect Athletes Introduced

November 20, 2013

Several US lawmakers are lining up in support...

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NCPA convinces PAC-12 to reduce contact in football practices

June 4, 2013

The PAC-12 is answering the NCPA's call to help minimize the risk of brain trauma.

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NCPA Calls on Rutgers University to Fire President & AD & For NCAA Reform

April 3, 2013

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi admits he knew about misconduct in the fall.

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NCPA Calls on Rutgers to Fire Coach Caught Abusing Players On Video

April 3, 2013

ESPN aired video of multiple instances of Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing his players.

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Study: The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Guise of Amateurism

March 20, 2013

The lost value over a four-year career for the average FBS football and basketball player is $456,612 and $1,063,307, respectively. Nationwide, FBS football and men's basketball players will lose over $6 billion between 2011-2015.

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NCPA Sponsors Law to Mandate Cost of Living for College Athletes

March 15, 2013

Law would increase scholarships to cover full cost of attendance plus a $3600 stipend.

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January 28, 2013

President Obama expresses concern for college football players sustaining concussions without support from NCAA.

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January 6, 2013

FBS conferences and the NCAA have ignored the NCPA request to discuss the CARE Plan. While we see movement on concussion reform in the NFL and Pop Warner football, NCAA football has been asleep at the wheel. Those who run college football seem to be run

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California Governor Signs NCPA Student-Athletes Bill of Rights!

September 27, 2012

SB 1525 requires Pac-12 colleges, which are flush with new TV revenue, to provide continuing education for players on teams with graduation rates below 60%, pay for sports-related medical expenses, cover medical coverage premiums for low income student-at

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NCAA Grants NCPA Request: No Punishment on Penn State Transfers

July 23, 2012

The NCPA commends the NCAA and Penn State for including the exact provisions the NCPA requested to avoid some of the collateral damage on student-athletes who had nothing to do with what happened at the university...but allowing student-athletes to transf

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College Players to BCS Oversight Presidential Committee: Some of Football Playoff Revenue Must Fund Concussion Reforms

June 26, 2012

The NCPA is calling on college presidents, conference commissioners, and the NCAA for the immediate enactment of The Concussion Awareness and Reduction Emergency (CARE) Plan, which was developed by the NCPA Players Council. The NCPA wants every playoff m

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California Senate Education Committee Approves NCPA Student-Athletes Bill of Rights!

April 19, 2012

This legislation is the first of its kind and promises student-athletes the important protections that should have been in place long ago. California is leading the way by establishing these standards for their universities...

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NCPA President Calls for Investigation Into K-State Suspension of Jamar Samuels

March 30, 2012

Samuels, who is from a low-income single-parent family, reportedly accepted $200 for food from his long-time family friend and former AAU coach. Upon learning of these allegations, Kansas State suspended Samuels just shortly before what would have been h

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California and Indiana Lawmakers to Push Athletes Bill of Rights

January 9, 2012

New law would require high-revenue athletic programs to pay for their athletes' sports-related medical expenses, pay into a state trust fund for continuing education and student loan repayments for former football and basketball players', and more.

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Players Voice Frustration With Colleges Challenging Their $2000 Increase

December 15, 2011

Boston College football player Andre Williams responds to colleges with tweet supporting a work stoppage in NCAA sports. Other players speak out as well...

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Study: "TV Money Windfall in Big Time College Sports"

October 25, 2011

Study finds over three-quarters of a billion dollars in new TV revenue, football and basketball players the petition NCAA to invest in their education and basic protections.

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NCPA President's Open Letter to NCAA President

September 23, 2011

NCPA President Ramogi Huma calls for a portion new TV revenues to fund comprehensive reform to increase graduation rates, decrease NCAA scandals, and provide basic protections for college athletes beginning this fall - requests meeting with NCAA President

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US Congressman Bobby Rush Answers NCPA's Call For Gov't Reform of the NCAA

September 16, 2011

Congressman Rush: "Paying student athletes over and above the value they receive from athletic scholarships could be part of the remedy."

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Study: College Athletes Worth 6 Figures, Live Below Federal Poverty Line

September 13, 2011

Report blames NCAA model of amateurism for poor graduation rates and creating a black market plagued with scandals. Report lays the groundwork for a new model of amateurism that emphasizes education, minimizes violations, and grants players the opportuni

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NCPA Proposal: Reggie Bush, Agents and "The Amateur Problem"

May 13, 2011

"Ask yourself would you rather have seen Reggie Bush doing a Subway commercial while playing for USC or giving back the Heisman Trophy?"

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NCPA Exposes Medical Policies at D-1 NCAA Colleges - Grading System Will Help Recruits Avoid Abuse

November 6, 2008

The National College Players Association (NCPA) posted the results of a Medical Policy Disclosure Campaign it initiated earlier this year on its website: Read more about the medical grade project here.

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Loud and Clear: College Football Players Want Playoff

January 6, 2011

NCPA to push for new law: The College Football Playoffs Act

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Study Shows "Full" Scholarships Leaves Athletes With Almost $15,000 In Expenses

October 26, 2010

NCPA President Ramogi Huma stated, "The NCAA and its schools have been pretending to fully support student-athletes' pursuit for a college degree. They have misled high school recruits, their parents, college athletes, lawmakers, and the general public.

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Schwarzenegger Signs Student-Athletes Right to Know Act

October 5, 2010

NCPA President Ramogi Huma stated, "This is a historic milestone in college athletes' fight for basic protections. We have proven that when current and former college athletes stick together, we are a powerful force. This is just the beginning. The NCP

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View ESPN Video: NCPA President Exposes False 4-Year Scholarship Promises

January 5, 2010

If you missed this Sunday's episode of ESPN's Outside the Lines, watch it now. NCPA President Ramogi Huma joins former Kentucky basketball players in revealing the ugly truth about false 4 year scholarship promises. Watch it now at:

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Scholarship shortfall study reveals college athletes pay to play

March 26, 2009

The NCPA asserts that, by and large, universities have been deceiving recruits, many of whom are under the age of 18 and from disadvantaged backgrounds, into unknowingly being responsible for paying thousands of dollars while on "full" athletic scholarshi

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169 Basketball Players Disappear From the 2009 NCAA Tournament Teams

March 18, 2009

How's this for March Madness: A new NCPA study shows that 169 basketball players disappeared from the 2009 NCAA tournament teams, a reflection of dissatisfaction and lack of job security. Read more here.

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NCPA Files NLRB Charges for College Athlete Employee Status, Wages

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NCPA Exposes Medical Policies at D-1 NCAA Colleges - Grading System Will Help Recruits Avoid Abuse

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