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The latest on national legislation to pay student athletes

The NCAA is fearful that state-by-state action will lead to competitive unbalance and chaos.

Jun 19, 2020 - Sports
The rise of student-athlete activism

They're driving the national conversation in ways their predecessors could only dream about.

Jun 10, 2020 - Sports
The NCAA's "predator pipeline"

Nowhere in its 440-page rule book does it cite penalties for sexual violence.

Jan 23, 2020 - Sports
The NCAA's "Decade of Realignment," revisited

In 2010, TV money was exploding, and universities were suddenly willing to abandon traditions in the name of revenue.

Jul 29, 2019 - Sports

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Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Apr 15, 2021 - Sports

NCAA to grant immediate eligibility for transfers

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The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to grant all athletes the ability to transfer once and be immediately eligible, AP reports.

Why it matters: This will fundamentally alter the landscape of major college football and basketball, two sports where the transfer rate is already skyrocketing.

Mar 31, 2021 - Sports

The NCAA goes to Washington

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As the college sports world focuses on March Madness, the Supreme Court will hear a case this morning that could change the landscape of the NCAA.

Catch up quick: The 9th Circuit last year sided with former West Virginia RB Shawne Alston in his antitrust case against the NCAA, ruling that schools can provide unlimited academic-related expenses to their athletes.

Mar 29, 2021 - Sports

Senators blast NCAA for treatment of women's basketball teams

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Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in a letter on Monday admonished the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for their unequal treatment of men's and women's basketball teams during this month's March Madness tournaments.

Catch up quick: Women's collegiate basketball teams were given a fraction of the resources during their March Madness tournament that the men's teams were provided, including unequal access to workout equipment and the availability of quality COVID-19 tests.

Arkansas bans trans women, girls from school sports that align with their gender identity

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a law Thursday barring transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that align with their gender identity.

Why it matters: Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced more than 60 bills targeting trans youth since January. Arkansas is the latest state to pursue school sports as a vehicle for anti-trans legislation.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Mar 19, 2021 - Sports

Welcome to March Madness, sports betting's Super Bowl

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As recently as three years ago, sports betting was considered taboo. Now, 45% of American adults live in a state where it's legal.

The state of play: 25 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized sports betting, and 21 of those markets (plus D.C.) are live and operational.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Mar 18, 2021 - Sports

March Madness returns

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Welcome to the NCAA Tournament's "First Four" play-in round, the first official day of truTV Awareness Month.

Tonight's slate (all times Eastern):

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Mar 15, 2021 - Sports

What to know about the first March Madness in two years

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Nearly two years in the making, the Big Dance is finally returning from its pandemic-induced hiatus. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to fill out your bracket.

Driving the news: 68 teams have been invited to the men's NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis — a bubbled basketball extravaganza unlike anything college sports has ever seen.

Mar 12, 2021 - Sports

ACC and Big 12 tournaments beset with COVID troubles

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The ACC and Big 12 Conferences suffered COVID-related setbacks on Friday with announcements that the University of Virginia and University of Kansas' men's basketball teams had withdrawn from their respective conference tournaments, citing positive tests inside the programs.

Why it matters: The cancellations of the two semifinal games illustrate the continued threat the coronavirus poses to team sports, even as the country's vaccine campaign ramps up.

Feb 19, 2021 - Sports

NCAA to allow limited fans at basketball tournaments

A person sanitizing seats at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in January 2021. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The NCAA announced Friday it will allow a limited number of fans to attend this year's men’s basketball championship in Indiana and some rounds of the women’s tournament in Texas.

Details: The NCAA said it would permit up to 25% capacity at all men’s tournament venues and 17% capacity at all women’s tournament venues from the Sweet 16 through the Final Four.

Feb 1, 2021 - Sports

Most college football concussions happen during practices, not games

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A majority of concussions in college football occur during practice, not games, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Neurology.

Why it matters: Most rule changes regarding safety come at the game level, but focusing on revisions to training activities "could lead to a substantial reduction in overall concussion incidence," the study asserted.

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