According to the Yardbaker.com, 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.