Thursday, January 19, 2023

Appeals Court Weighs NCAA Pay Case


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Appeals Court Weighs NCAA Pay Case

by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press

"The NCAA will ask a federal appeals court next month to block a lawsuit that seeks to have athletes treated as employees who are paid for their time, the latest high-profile challenge to amateurism in college sports.

The Division I athletes and former athletes who filed the suit unfolding in Philadelphia are seeking hourly wages similar to those earned in work-study programs. They say the nation’s colleges are violating fair labor practices by failing to pay them for the time they put into their sports, which their attorney said can average more than 30 hours per week.

A lower court judge declined to dismiss the case, prompting the NCAA to seek a ruling from the appeals court on whether the issue should indeed go to trial. Those arguments had been set for Wednesday, but were rescheduled by the court late Tuesday for Feb. 15."

>> Court Awareness: "Plaintiffs attorney Paul McDonald said the athletes are not seeking huge payouts, but want a share in some of the millions being spent on their coaches, college administrators and facilities. He suggested they might earn about $2,000 per month or $10,000 per school year for sports that stretch across five months."

>> What They're Saying: “It’s about the kids having walking-around money that their parents don’t have to give them, out of their own pockets, just like their fellow students working at the bookstore, the library or at the games,” said McDonald.

>> Other Side of the Coin: “Turning student-athletes into employees will have a sprawling, staggering and potentially catastrophic impact on college sports broadly,” said Linda Livingston, chairperson of the NCAA’s Board of Governors. “We need Congress to affirm student-athletes’ unique relationship with their universities.”

>> Final Word: “The most controlled kids on any campus are the student-athletes,” McDonald said.

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3. Salisbury Gets Preseason Nod

If at first you don't succeed ... 2022 national runnerup Salisbury is the favorite for the second straight campaign as released its annual preseason poll.

  1. Salisbury (15), 39-12
  2. Eastern Connecticut (8), 49-3
  3. LaGrange (1), 44-9
  4. Birmingham-Southern (1), 41-10
  5. Trinity, Texas, 38-13
  6. Marietta, 44-7
  7. Chapman, 35-14
  8. UW-Stevens Point, 42-10
  9. UW-Whitewater, 36-11
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