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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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Updated Sep 11, 2021 - Sports

College football teams honor 20th anniversary of 9/11

The Virginia Cavaliers marching band performs as an American flag is displayed to commemorate 9/11 at halftime during a game at Scott Stadium on Sept. 11. Photo: Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

College football teams across the country unveiled tributes — from halftime shows to special uniforms — on Saturday in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The big picture: Some schools honored alumni and veterans on their uniforms, others put together tributes to remember those who died. Nearly all held a moment of silence before kickoff.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Aug 27, 2021 - Sports

College football kicks off with COVID cases at highest since January

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College football kicks off Saturday, as the sport begins a second season in the midst of a global pandemic.

The state of play: Much like last year, teams, students and fans face varying realities. Some stadiums will require proof of vaccination, some will require masks and others will require neither.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Aug 4, 2021 - Sports

The NCAA's summer of change

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The college sports landscape has changed more this summer than at any other point in history, as the NCAA grapples with new rules and shifting power dynamics.

The state of play: When NCAA competition resumes this fall, everyone involved — from student-athletes and coaches, to universities and fans — will be entering a new world.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jul 22, 2021 - Sports

Texas and Oklahoma reportedly eye move to SEC

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Texas and Oklahoma have made serious inquiries with the Southeastern Conference about leaving the Big 12, and the SEC is interested in adding the two schools, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Such a move would reshape college football — and college sports as a whole — adding two of the nation's biggest athletic powerhouses to a conference that's already full of them.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jul 2, 2021 - Sports

College athletes cash in on Day 1 of NIL era

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The first day of the NIL era got off to rip-roaring start. Deals were made, money was exchanged, and total chaos ensued as a century-old American institution crumbled and began anew.

What's happening: A lot. Here's a sampling of the news from Thursday.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jul 1, 2021 - Sports

The next era of college sports

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College athletics have been part of the fabric of American society for well over a century. From this day forward, they will never be the same.

The news: The NCAA on Wednesday officially suspended its rules prohibiting athletes from profiting off their names, images and likenesses (NIL).

Jun 30, 2021 - Sports

NCAA approves policy allowing athletes to profit off name, image, likeness

Baylor Bears vs. the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in April 2021. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Governance bodies in all three NCAA divisions on Wednesday approved an interim policy allowing college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Why it matters: The decision marks a seismic revamp of the NCAA's amateurism bylaws and allows athletes to begin profiting from their personal brands starting Thursday. It also comes just one day before NIL laws in at least eight states take effect.

Jun 28, 2021 - Sports

NCAA council recommends allowing athletes to profit off name, image, likeness

DJ Steward #2 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball during a game against the Louisville Cardinals on March 10, 2021 in Greensboro, North CarolinaPhoto: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The NCAA Division I council recommended Monday that the organization waive a current rule that prohibits college athletes from profiting from their name, image and likeness.

Why it matters: The recommendation still has to be approved by the NCAA's board of governors, which is set to meet on Wednesday. New laws allowing student athletes to profit from their personal brands are set to take effect in at least eight states on Thursday.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jun 22, 2021 - Sports

The NCAA model is unraveling

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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the NCAA on Monday, issuing another significant blow to the embattled organization.

Why it matters: The ruling in NCAA vs. Alston chips away at core aspects of amateurism and opens the door for future legal challenges that could upend the NCAA's current business model built on unpaid labor.

Jun 9, 2021 - Sports

Partnerships form to help NCAA athletes profit off their likeness

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The name, image and likeness conversation has spent years focusing on a hypothetical future, but with at least five states' NIL legislation set to go live on July 1, that future is finally here.

Why it matters: When you spend so much time focusing on the "when," it's easy to forget the importance of the "how" — money won't magically find its way into athletes' pockets three weeks from now.

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