Pac-12 News: State Senate OKs bill to give more funds to Pac-12 athletes

Sept. 9, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Detail view of the Pac 12 logo on the field at Sun Devil Stadium prior to the game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Missouri Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

According to the, California’s Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would require California’s Pac-12 universities to provide more financial and academic support for injured and low-income athletes.

Going forward, If Cal, Stanford, UCLA, and USC generate $10 million in media revenue respectively, the new bill would require them to provide:

  • Equivalent academic scholarships to athletes who are injured and lose their athletic scholarship.
  •  Equivalent academic scholarships to athletes who have participated in sports programs with a graduation rate of less than 60% and whose scholarship was not renewed for nondisciplinary reasons.
  • Payment of healthcare insurance premiums for low-income athletes.
  • Payment for deductibles and co-payments for sports-related injuries.
  • Financial and life-skills workshops for all incoming athletes.
  • Guidelines to prevent, assess and treat sports-related injuries and serious health conditions.
  • Immediate approval of transfers, without restrictions or conditions

At the outset, all of California’s  Pac-12 schools meet the requirement to implement this new bill because they will all receive a cut of the new $3 billion Pac-12 Network media contract.

The legislation is called the Student-Athlete Bill of Rights and is sponsored by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). It passed by a margin of 22-15, and now it will go to the Assembly for further consideration. To be passed into effect the bill would still need to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. Typically, a bill becomes effective on Jan. 1 of the following year.

Dan Guerrero, UCLA’s athletic director, gave a statement saying only that he was monitoring the process. Pat Haden, USC’s athletic director, did not return a message seeking comment.

In the coming days we will examine some specific aspects of this Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, and how to possibly implement them.


Topics: NCAA Football, Pac-12

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