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Apr 30, 2021 - Sports

Florida's name, image, likeness bill for college athletes hits unexpected snag

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Florida was set to be among the first states to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness. But now they've run into a potential one-year delay.

Driving the news: Florida's NIL bill was set to take effect on July 1, 2021, but Sen. Travis Hutson (R) added a last-minute amendment into an unrelated bill on Wednesday that would push NIL back to July 1, 2022.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Apr 23, 2021 - Sports

New laws, new rules bring big changes to college sports

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The college sports landscape could change more in the next six months than it has in the last 50 years, as the NCAA grapples with new competition, new laws and new rules.

How it works... 1. Startup leagues: Investors are flocking to new leagues that aim to compete with the NCAA, evidence of just how much opposition there is to the amateurism model — and how much belief there is in new ones.

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

Concussion study inspires practice limits to college football preseason

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Major changes could be coming to college football's grueling preseason in an attempt to create a safer environment for athletes.

Driving the news: In response to a recent study that found that most concussions occur during practice, the Football Oversight Committee plans to recommend new rules for fall camp.

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

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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.