Since last week, dozens and dozens of college athletes have been petitioning the NCAA for cuts of television contracts, according to an AP report released Monday. No word yet on what the petition looks like, but ... whoa! This might be the first time current
student-athletes players have made their stance known en masse, though former players have grumbled in groups before.
From the Associated Press:
More than 300 football and men's basketball players from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA want the NCAA and college presidents to set aside a cut of TV sports revenue for student-athletes to cover the cost of their education.
Important to note that those schools have all had mighty rough football seasons for at least the last couple weeks. I count two head coach hot seats, one fired coach and a top-10 hopeful that just left the top 25. And Purdue. Which beat Illinois! Basketball is a stronger suit for almost all of those schools. Maybe this is a basketball thing.
The petition rarely amounts to much by itself, but that number of athletes and those high-profile schools are going to raise at least a bit of awareness for the cause. Stay tuned for more on this one as it develops, if it indeed develops.
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