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The NCAA moves Championship Games from North Carolina due State Anti-Gay Laws…

…from the Hill….

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will pull its championship events from North Carolina over the state’s recently passed law that that critics say targets gay people.

The NCAA had previously awarded seven championship events to North Carolina but announced Monday they would relocate after the state passed a law barring transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity.

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, said in a statement,” according to The New York Times.

“We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”

The NCAA also criticized a law that prevents local governments from passing anti-discrimination laws that include protections for sexual orientation or gender identity….

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The National Labor Relations Board ducks making a ruling on Collage Sports players unionizing…

The issue IS a complicted one….

But I think something very simple that needs to be acknowledged….

In Big League College sports?

Players….Who happen to be students EARN hundreds of millions of dollars for their school’s….

Their school’s have signed on to an organization, The NCAA, that tightly regulates those student athletes , but rceieves millions from their labor, which they do NO GET PAID FOR……

In this dogs eye?

The school’s and the NCAA are stealing money from the players who SHOULD have a cut….PERIOD….

The National Labor Relations Board halted the unionization efforts of Northwestern’s football players in a unanimous decision Monday, dismissing the players’ petition and handing a major victory to the NCAA and universities trying to preserve the longstanding structure of college athletics.

The board opted not to exert its jurisdiction in the case and declined to address whether student-athletes are akin to university employees. In its ruling, the board explained that had it rendered a more weighty judgment or supported a decision made last year by an NLRB regional director that football players are school employees, the complicated system of college athletics could be compromised. Allowing Northwestern’s football team to unionize “would not promote stability in labor relations,” the board said.

“The NCAA’s oversight renders individual team bargaining problematic,” the ruling stated.

“They’ve essentially said, ‘On policy grounds, we don’t think it’s appropriate to touch this today,’” said Steven Bernstein, a Tampa-based attorney who specializes in labor issues. “For lack of a better word, this represents the board’s attempt to punt. It’s a quick kick on third and long.”

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Moves develop to cut back NCAA limits on student athletes….

The stiff rules from the NCAA on college athletes ability to accept money and favors while they played for colleges that reaped MILLIONS of dollars from their service are beginning to go away….

There is movement out there to let colleges make the rules on their athletes conduct off the field….

There has been age old discussion of money making of those ‘students’ verses that money making of their schools….

Under prodding and threats from the nation’s Congress and possible legal fights,  the NCAA has loosen it’s strings….

Leaders of the multibillion-dollar college sports industry, under increasing legal scrutiny over the rights of student-athletes, have begun rolling back some of the most contentious policies regarding amateurism.

Indiana University announced a bill of rights for athletes last month, promising free tuition for life rather than the customary one-year scholarship guarantee. Southern California said it would guarantee four-year scholarships. University presidents in the Big Ten and Pacific-12 Conferences wrote public letters advocating guaranteed four-year scholarships, improved medical coverage and more financial support for athletes.

In the most significant move yet, the N.C.A.A. decided last week not to ask athletes to sign a statement authorizing the N.C.A.A. and other groups to use their names and likenesses for promotional purposes. The change ended a much-criticized practice that pressured athletes to give the N.C.A.A. permission to profit from their popularity with no compensation.

Senate Committee Presses N.C.A.A., Signaling Interest in Direction of College SportsJULY 9, 2014

“It would be silly to suggest this isn’t a product of the overall environment of people looking more closely at the benefits for student-athletes,” said Fred Glass, Indiana’s athletic director.

These shifts are happening at a time of growing unrest in college sports over what critics say is exploitation of athletes. Several lawsuits are challenging the collegiate model, and some athletes have moved to unionize.

The changes may leave athletes better protected and more empowered — and the universities less vulnerable to future lawsuits — no matter how the courts rule on the lawsuits regarding the status of student-athletes.

“There are smart people running college sports, and they know the old arguments about education, welfare, future do not hold water anymore,”

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The NCAA March Madness College Basketball ‘Final Four’ 2013…..Florida Gulf Coast ends its run……

Final Four – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

During the Final Four round, the champion of the top overall No. 1 seed’s region will play against the champion of the fourth-ranked No. 1 seed’s region, and the champion of the second overall No. 1 seed’s region will play against the champion of the third-ranked No. 1 seed’s region. Louisville (placed in the Midwest Regional) was selected as the top overall seed, and Gonzaga (in the West Regional) was named as the final No. 1 seed. Thus, the Midwest champion will play the West Champion in one semifinal game, and the South Champion will face the East Champion in the other semifinal game.

National Semifinals
April 6
National Championship Game
April 8
M  Louisville / Duke
W  Ohio State / Wichita State CBS
CBS
S  Florida / Michigan
E  Marquette / Syracuse CBS

….from Wiki…..

photo…news.yahoo.com

….on Friday, Florida brought a halt to the feel-good story of this year’s NCAA Tournament, grounding 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast’s high-flying ways with a62-50 victory at Cowboys Stadium — but not before being shown up by the upstart Eagles in the early going.

With it, No. 2 Florida (29-7) advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight for the third consecutive year. The Gators will face No. 4 seeded Michigan, which upset No. 1 Kansas in overtime, 87-85, earlier Friday.

FGCU (26-11), a school that few in the state of Florida, much less beyond, knew existed before the tournament began, bowed out having made history as the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. For one joyful week along the way, the Eagles reminded fans that college basketball can be both effective and entertaining. And in transforming themselves from streaky low-major to NCAA tournament darling, the Eagles generated a publicity bonanza for their young campus.

“FGCU wasn’t a very well-known school when we started this tournament,” senior guard Sherwood Brown said. “Now the whole nation knows about it.

“I think what we learned, and probably much of American learned, is just believe in yourself — even when no one else believes in you.”

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Pennsylvania to sue NCAA on Penn State sanctions …..

Photo…bleacherreport.com

The NCAA sanctions are costing Penn State and Pennslyvania MONEY……

[Updated at 11:24 a.m. ET] The state of Pennsylvania will file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, seeking to have a judge throw out all sanctions the association levied against Penn State University in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said at a press conference Wednesday.

Corbett said the penalties  a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games, football scholarship reductions, and the stripping of 14 seasons of football victories under the late head coach Joe Paterno were unfair to the university, its students, and Pennsylvania citizens because the Sandusky criminal matter already is being handled in courts.

The NCAA “piled on … penalizing people who had nothing to do” with the Sandusky situation, Corbett said.

“These sanctions are an attack on the past, present and future students” of Penn State, Corbett said. He said the NCAA’s actions were unlawful and overreaching, and that it essentially forced Penn State to accept the sanctions under the threat that if the school didn’t accept them, the NCAA would impose on the football program a “death penalty” – a suspension from play of a year or more.

The NCAA levied the penalties last July….

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