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In 2019, college sports teams generated about $19 billion in revenue for their universities and the NCAA. Many athletic directors and coaches also earn millions of dollars in annual salaries and endorsements. However, even though most college athletes practice and train 12 months a year while attending school full time, the NCAA insists they are amateurs and ineligible to be compensated more than the scholarships they receive. Critics claim this convenient rule allows the exploitation of many young American men and women, saying other students attend universities on non-athletic scholarships and are not forced to physically work hard, risk serious injury or help make millions for their school and the NCAA. Financial stress causes many of these young athletes to drop out of school or leave early in an attempt to play in professional leagues. Most universities do not provide health insurance to scholarship athletes, and many revoke the scholarships of those who get injured or who do not perform as well as expected.

Compensation proponents say colleges should be allowed to give stipends, jobs and health insurance to these athletes. One study found the average cost to colleges for awarding a full scholarship to an athlete is about $3,200. It also found the fair market value of a football and basketball player at a Division-1 university was more than $120,000 and $265,000 respectively. These values more than tripled for athletes playing at top sports schools. Since athletic scholarships do not cover all student costs and most athletes do not have time for a job, at least 85% of all scholarship players live below the poverty line. Critics point out that athletes do not get paid royalties from the sale of their jerseys or for digital appearances in video games. Even after athletes have left college, the NCAA retains some of these licensing rights in perpetuity. Critics claim that everyone - including the NCAA, colleges, coaches, TV networks, advertisers, apparel and video game manufacturers make money off our “amateur” athletes - except the athletes themselves.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.3882 - Even Playing Field Act (116th congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Speier (CA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current amateur athlete compensation policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support addressing pay equity for amateur athletes and other personnel by:

    1.) Allowing a national governing body of an amateur sports organization to be recognized only if it provides equal investment, working conditions, wages and other compensation to all amateur athletes, without discrimination based on sex.

    2.) Requiring national governing bodies to report periodically to Congress regarding pay equity, and requiring these reports to include:

    a.) The median compensation for amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators and officials, broken down by race, gender, and employment category.

    b.) The minimum and maximum compensation paid to such personnel, broken down by race, gender and employment category.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jackie Speier (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support addressing pay equity for amateur athletes and other personnel by:

    1.) Allowing a national governing body of an amateur sports organization to be recognized only if it provides equal investment, working conditions, wages and other compensation to all amateur athletes, without discrimination based on sex.

    2.) Requiring national governing bodies to report periodically to Congress regarding pay equity, and requiring these reports to include:

    a.) The median compensation for amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators and officials, broken down by race, gender, and employment category.

    b.) The minimum and maximum compensation paid to such personnel, broken down by race, gender and employment category.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jackie Speier (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Jackie Speier (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider reintroducing H.R.3882 - Even Playing Field Act (116th congress).

If elected as a trustee, National College Players Association will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for requiring colleges to fairly compensate scholarship athletes, provide paid health insurance, guarantee a 4-year scholarship and allow athletes and former athletes to negotiate compensation for items marketed in their image and name.

Mission: To protect future, current, and former college athletes. The National College Players Association (NCPA) is a nonprofit advocacy group launched by UCLA football players that serves as the only independent voice for college athletes across the nation. Since its first press conference in 2001, the NCPA has been featured in countless media outlets. Today, the NCPA has over 20,000 members from over 150 Division I campuses nationwide. Its goals include establishing mandatory health and safety standards, prohibiting universities from using a permanent injury suffered during athletics as a reason to reduce/eliminate a scholarship, and eliminating restrictions on players' ability to earn compensation from use of their name, image, and likeness and ability to secure legal and professional representation.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
November 22, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
November 29, 2021