Union ruling comes at bad time for NCAA

first_imgIn this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee (2), wears APU for “All Players United” on his wrist tape, as he works against North Carolina during an NCAA football game in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)They’re battling in courtrooms, and could one day meet over a bargaining table. About the only things the two sides in the debate over big-time college athletics agree on is that things are changing.Schools bringing in hundreds of millions in television contracts. Coaches making kind of salaries that the late UCLA legend John Wooden wouldn’t recognize. Athletes insisting on rights, if not outright cash.And now a union for football players at Northwestern that would previously have been unthinkable in college sports.A ruling that the Northwestern football team can bargain with the school as employees represented by a union may not by itself change the way amateur sports operate. But it figures to put more pressure on the NCAA and the major conferences to give something back to the players to justify the billions of dollars the players bring in — and never see.“While improvements need to be made, we do not need to completely throw away a system that has helped literally millions of students over the past decade alone attend college,” The NCAA said in a statement.There’s huge money at stake — nearly $18 billion alone just in television rights for the NCAA basketball tournament and bowl games. Already fighting a flurry of antitrust lawsuits challenging its control of college athletics, the NCAA can’t afford too many more defeats.“This is a colossal victory for student athletes coming on the heels of their recent victories,” said Marc Edelman, an associate professor of law at City University of New York who specializes in sports and antitrust law. “It seems not only the tide of public sentiment but also the tide of legal rulings has finally turned in the direction of college athletes and against the NCAA.”For the NCAA, the timing of a National Labor Relations Board opinion allowing a union at Northwestern couldn’t have been worse. In the middle of a tournament that earns schools close to $1 billion a year, it is being taken to task not only for not paying players, but for not ensuring their health and future welfare.Add in revelations like Florida coach Billy Donovan’s new $3.7 million-a-year contract and the $18,000 bonus that Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith got for one of the school’s wrestlers winning an NCAA title, and some are frustrated with the NCAA’s contention that everything it does is done for the benefit of athletes who play for the glory of their school.“Fifty years ago the NCAA invented the term student-athlete to try and make sure this day never came,” said former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, the designated president of Northwestern’s would-be football players’ union. “Northwestern players who stood up for their rights took a giant step for justice. It’s going to set a precedent for college players across the nation to do the same.”The players currently at Northwestern may have already graduated by the time the team gets a chance to bargain — if it ever does.According to federal law, Northwestern football players have 30 days from Wednesday’s decision to vote on whether to authorize the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, to represent them. But Northwestern is expected to appeal the landmark ruling to the National Labor Relations Board by an April 9 deadline, potentially stalling the union vote. The NCAA is also likely to continue to fight the description of college athletes as employees.“We frequently hear from student-athletes, across all sports, that they participate to enhance their overall college experience and for the love of their sport, not to be paid,” the NCAA said in a statement.Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)It was that love of the sport that drew outgoing Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter — as well as a scholarship worth up to about $75,000 annually. But Colter, backed by lawyers with the United Steelworkers union, began the union push after growing disenchanted with the time demands placed on him in football that forced him to drop his plans to go to medical school.Colter also worried about the long-term health risks of football long after players have left school. Players have said they want more research into concussions and other traumatic injuries and insurance and guarantees that they will be covered for medical issues later in life. They also want money for continuing education and for schools to offer four-year scholarship deals instead of year-to-year pacts.“If we are making sacrifices like we are, we should have these basic protections taken care of,” Colter told ESPN. “With the sacrifices we make athletically, medically and with our bodies, we need to be taken care of.”One day that could mean money, over and above the $2,000 extra annual stipend that NCAA president Mark Emmert proposed but failed to get implemented over the objections of small-budget schools. There’s plenty to go around, with a $10.6 billion contract for television rights to the NCAA basketball tournament and a recent $7.2 billion deal for football bowl games.The NLRB ruling described how the life of a Northwestern football player is far more regimented than that of a typical student, down to requirements about what they can eat and whether they can live off campus or purchase a car. At times, players put 50 or 60 hours a week into football, the ruling said, qualifying them to be treated as employees of the university and eligible for a union.By itself, the ruling could be little more than an irritant to private universities and the NCAA. But combined with the antitrust lawsuits — one filed just last week by a prominent attorney called the organization an “unlawful cartel” — they present a clear challenge to the unique way college sports operates.The model of coaches and administrators making millions while the athletes providing the labor are paid in room and board and books is one that could be difficult to defend in court.One of those suits, filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, is scheduled for trial June 9 in California and is being carefully watched by those on both sides of the issue. O’Bannon, who led his team to the national championship in 1995, sued after seeing his likeness in a video game licensed by the NCAA without his permission.“It’s never been about monetary gain,” O’Bannon told The Associated Press earlier this week. “It’s all about changing the rules and making sure the players, both present and former, are represented as well.”last_img read more

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Leafs restore power to power play to dump Spokane 5-1

first_imgA bit of tweaking to the power play proved to be the difference as Nelson struck for three extra-strength goals en route to a 5-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the first in a home-and-home series between the two Murdoch Division clubs.The rematch is Sunday in the Lilac City.Trailing 1-0 after one period, Nelson went to work in the second frame, scoring two special-teams goals to take over the game.“I like the way we worked out power play tonight,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan. “We re-worked (power play) this week. . .. I like the fact we had traffic at the net and battled hard throughout.”“We dressed three lines, but really only played two-and-a-half for most of the game,” McLellan added. “So you’ve got to give our guys a lot of credit for tonight’s win.”Rayce Miller scored twice to spark the offence — both goals coming on the power play.Matt MacDonald, on a highlight reel goal, unassisted, Timothy Nichols and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson.Sean Collins gave Spokane a 1-0 lead.Nelson out shot the Braves 46-38 in the game to make a winner out of Leaf netminder Joey Karrer. The lone goal came off a teammate’s skate late in the first period.Nelson, 22-10-2-1, remains five points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The defending KIJHL champs, which suffered a 2-1 road loss Friday to Spokane, pounded Grand Forks 12-3 Saturday in Fruitvale.BLUELINES: Nelson played the game with only 14 skaters, including Kootenay Ice affiliate player Ainge McGeady Bruce. The Leafs hope to have defenceman Patrick Croome and winger Dylan Williamson back in the lineup next week. Forward Michael Rand, out of the lineup with a chest infection, could be back for Sunday’s game in Spokane. . . .Leaf coach Dave McLellan continued to work the phone right up until the BC Hockey roster midnight deadline Saturday with no luck.last_img read more

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STUDENTS HELP PIECE JIGSAW TOGETHER WITH GENEROUS €2,000 DONATION

first_imgJigsaw Donegal, an organisation dealing with young people with mental health problems, are the recipients of the fundraising by members of the Students Union team at Letterkenny IT. Jack McGrory, Jigsaw representative is pictured receiving a cheque for €2,000 which was raised by the sale of wrist bands in the SU Shop during Freshers Week, the funds were presented on Wednesday. Included are Olaide Adjorin, Welfare Offficer, Chris McDyre, Entertainments Officer, Patricia Gallagher and Dylan McGowan, Student Union President.The Student Union at LYIT have put their shoulder to the wheel and raised a generous €2,000 for the Jigsaw Donegal Service. The Jigsaw Donegal service celebrated its three year anniversary on 1st of October 2015.More than 1,028 young people aged between 15 and 25 have been referred to the service since its inception. The anniversary coincides with World Mental Health week. Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health was founded by Dr Tony Bates in response to the urgent need for mental health services and supports for young people in Ireland.Jigsaw is Headstrong’s response to this need. Jigsaw in Donegal ensures that 15-25 year olds access youth friendly, integrated mental health supports when and where they need them.The service has five outreach centres in Carndonagh, Buncrana, Ballyshannon, Killybegs and Dungloe as well as the main office located on Pearse Road, Letterkenny.This enables young people in Donegal to have access to the service within 30 minutes of their homes. The Students Union at Letterkenny IT, being aware of the need for the service and the benefits that are associated with it, set about fundraising in September this year at their Freshers Week Event on 21-24 September 2015.The sale of student wrist bands was the idea that kicked off the fund raiser for Entertainments Officer Chris McDyre at Letterkenny IT.In selling the bands to the student at a price of €10 each student received discounted rates in several restaurants in Letterkenny, venues such as The Orchard Inn, Arena 7, The Cavern, Chartwells in Letterkenny IT, Dominos Pizza House and Hotcake had all been signed up in advance of the fundraising programme.The wrist bands were sold at the Student Union Shop in Letterkenny IT and a final tally of €2,250 was raised.As the Christmas appeal for Hampers was also in need of assistance the Student Union donated €250 to the Chaplaincy Office and the remaining €2000 to Jigsaw Donegal. STUDENTS HELP PIECE JIGSAW TOGETHER WITH GENEROUS €2,000 DONATION was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJigsaw DonegalLYITStudents Unionlast_img read more

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Jozi Stars partners with Brand South Africa

first_imgJozi Stars, the South African Mzansi Super League T20 cricket team is excited to partner with Brand South Africa to promote and celebrate Jozi’s diversity, history and heritage to strengthen social cohesion.About Jozi StarsJozi Stars brand promise is to ignite excellence. The brand promise stems from the name Jo’burg commonly known as Jozi, the city of gold that represents a city of hope, inspiring new possibilities, where dreams and stardom are realised, the melting pot of various cultures, its arts, diversity, rich history, heritage and its passionate love of the sport.As part of the planned activities and entertainment, Jozi Stars and its management aims to celebrate Jozi’s diversity, history and heritage. Our partnership with the Alexandra Heritage Community Centre is well-poised to ignite excellence with the heritage, arts and cultural space. Fans in their diversities are welcomed to attend all upcoming matches to celebrate South Africa’s rich history and heritage.The first edition of the tournament is scheduled to take place from 16 November to 16 December 2018. Six franchise teams are scheduled to take part in the tournament. (Jozi Stars, Durban Heat, Cape Town Blitz, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks and Tshwane Spartans)The squad for the inaugural 2018 season is:1. Kagiso Rabada2. Chris Gayle3. Dan Christian4. Simon Harmer5. Dane Vilas6. Pite van Biljon7. Rassie van der Dussen8. Reeza Hendricks9. Ryan Rickelton10. Calvin Savage11. Alfred Mothoa12. Beuran Hendricks13. Duanne Olivier14. Dwaine Pretorius15. Eddie Leie16. Sinethemba QeshileThe full fixture list for the Jozi Stars is:• 17 November – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Nelson Mandela Bay Giant• 20 November – 19:00 (D/N) (A) Paarl Rocks v Jozi Stars• 24 November – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Cape Town Blitz• 28 November – 14:00 (D) (A) Tshwane Spartans v Jozi Stars• 30 November – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Durban Heat• 2 December – 15:30 (D) (A) Nelson Mandela Bay Giants v Jozi Stars• 4 December – 19:00 (D/N) (A) Cape Town Blitz v Jozi Stars• 7 December – 14:00 (D) (A) Durban Heat v Jozi Stars• 9 December – 11:00 (D) (H) Jozi Stars v Paarl Rocks• 11 December – 19:00 (D/N) (H) Jozi Stars v Tshwane SpartansThe Mzansi Super League event at the Bidvest Wanderer’s stadium will be full of excitement to enhance the fan experience, with music, entertainment, food, and various activations to keep the Jozi fan engaged throughout this tournament.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and Nation Brand ambassadorship.The partnership with Jozi Stars comes after a backdrop of a successful Nation Brand Forum which was held under the theme Inspiring Excellence through sports and the creative industry. In this Forum Brand SA discussed new and different ways of promoting Nation Brand pride.  This partnership is indicative of the fact that Sports is a powerful tool of promoting social cohesion and Nation Brand pride.  Brand SA is excited about this opportunity as it will become a platform that will encourage South Africans to Play their Part and  support local teams and talent.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

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Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans’ rout of Spurs

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) works against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Anthony Davis had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Demarcus Cousins added 24 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-90 on Wednesday night.Jrue Holiday scored 13 points and Darius Miller chipped in 13 on four 3-pointers for the Pelicans, who’ve won two straight.ADVERTISEMENT New Orleans made 20 of 37 shots in the second half, when they led by as many as 30 points.New Orleans outrebounded San Antonio 45-39 and outscored the Spurs 50-36 in the paint. Trevor Ariza has 25 points, Rockets beat Nuggets Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice MOST READ Pau Gasol had 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 16 in a largely frustrating night for San Antonio. The Spurs shot only 39.8 percent (35 of 88) and went 6 of 24 from 3-point range.Rudy Gay added 19 for the Spurs, who raced to a lead as large as 15 points in the first quarter, but trailed 50-42 at halftime after the Pelicans surged ahead for good with a 15-2 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDavis had six points during the spurt, which began with his jumper and included his alley-oop dunk.The Pelicans then blew the game open by closing the third quarter with a 26-6 run fueled largely by Davis, who scored 12 of his points in the third quarter and also had a steal to set up one of Miller’s 3s. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets new endorsement deal in latest visit to Philippines

first_imgIn 2015, Mayweather beat Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao on points in the most lucrative match in boxing history.READ: Floyd Jr. scores big for PH tourismNearly four years later, the two rivals are still being rumored for a rematch.During his younger years, Mayweather earned the “Pretty Boy” nickname for finishing his fights with hardly any blemish on his face.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound king, has just been introduced as the newest ambassador of a popular cosmetic dermatology clinic in the country Tuesday.READ: Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in Philippines, jets off to BoracayFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMayweather, who is in Philippines for the second time, arrived in the country Sunday morning.He went straight to the newly-reopened Boracay Island before flying to Manila Tuesday on board his private jet. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess NYC police investigating rape allegation against Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments FILE – Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the game game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 94-78. Lance King/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Floyd Mayweather Jr. should revert back to his “Pretty Boy” nickname.Not that “Money” doesn’t have a good ring to it but rather, his old moniker just fits his latest endorsement deal.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Miami Football: Report: 4-Star 2017 WR Kemore Gamble Commits To Miami

first_imgKemore Gable commits to Miami.Twitter/@kemoregamble15According to a report by 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow, Al Golden has added yet another top player to the 2017 class, in four-star receiver Kemore Gamble.Breaking: 4-star WR Kemore Gamble commits to #Miami. @kemoregamble15 @jcshurburtt— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) June 17, 2015Gamble, a Miami native, is listed a 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. His commitment comes after camping at Miami back on June 6. He also holds offers from Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others.With this commitment, Miami has eight players in its 2017 class, which currently ranks third nationally.last_img

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