APNewsBreak: More aid for college athletes sought
Monday, January 9, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An advocacy group is pushing a "bill of rights" for student-athletes aimed at increasing financial assistance to college players.
Among other things, the legislation would require large athletic programs to cover all sports-related medical expenses incurred by athletes. Such programs would also be required to pay into a state trust fund. The proceeds would go to student loan creditors on behalf of former men's basketball and football players who are still in school but have exhausted their athletic eligibility.
The National College Players Association says it will push the legislation in at least 15 states this year. State lawmakers in California and Indiana have already committed to pushing versions of the bill.
The Associated Press obtained details of the campaign Monday ahead of its official release.