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November 12, 2013

Remember the movie “Blue Chips”? For those unfamiliar, it’s a 1994 flick where Nick Nolte does his best impression of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight. (Knight, by the way, cameos as himself during the movie, setting up a scene where he’s competing against a coach who’s doing an over-the-top impression of him.) Throughout the film, Nolte struggles with a pay-for-play scandal involving a number of his star players—many of whom are current and future NBA stars, most notably Shaq. (It’s probably the best film starring Shaq in a lead role, which isn’t saying much.)

Anyway, the movie raised a big question back then regarding student athletes: If they’re so valuable to these sports, why don’t they get paid? The question hasn’t really been answered since, but we’re nearing an answer, as last week a federal judge allowed for a class-action lawsuit on likeness rights for players—the fruit of a lawsuit first brought by a major star of the “Blue Chips” era, UCLA legend Ed O’Bannon. If the NCAA loses, expect college football and basketball stars to make bank.

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January 3, 2013
He was a prize race horse, and he had to be out on that field, no matter what. Whether it was good for him or not.
Christa Armstead • Speaking on a lawsuit brought by her son, Armond Armstead, against his former college, the University of Southern California. Armstead played defensive tackle for USC’s vaunted football team, and alleges he was administered a dangerous painkiller without being informed of potential consequences. He says players would receive an injection, known only as “the shot,” before big games an again at halftime. That shot was a generic form of Toradol, a powerful painkiller intended for post-operative hospital use, not athletics. And it comes with a litany of side effect warnings for prolonged use — kidney failure, intestinal bleeding, and increased risk of cardiovascular problems. It was the latter that struck Armstead, as he suffered a heart attack during that 2010 year. ABC News reports that USC is by no means the only college that used Toradol, either, likely for just the reason Armstead himself describes: “You can’t feel any pain, you just feel amazing.” source
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July 23, 2012

Penn State’s punishment: What the NCAA took away from the school

  • 5 years of probation handed down by NCAA to Penn State’s program
  • 14 number of years of wins the school must vacate — basically every victory since Paterno was aware of the first allegation
  • $60M the amount the school will be sanctioned by the NCAA; the funds will go towards programs to prevent child abuse
  • four years of bowl bans for the school; they will lose 20 scholarships over four years, and students can transfer source

» No longer the winningest: As a result of the vacated seasons, Paterno will no longer be the NCAA’s winningest football coach, which means that Florida State’s Bobby Bowden is now the winningest coach in NCAA history — and a statistic that once meant everything means nothing.

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