NCAA Moves Faster Toward Compensating Athletes
NCAA president Marc Emmert told the organization’s more than 1,100 member schools on Friday that he would ask for temporary rules as early as July to ensure all athletes can be compensated for their fame with a slew of impending state laws and apparently congressional efforts blocked. In a note obtained by The Associated Press, Emmert urged members to pass legislation that would allow college athletes for the first time to earn money from their names, pictures and likenesses (NIL). All three athletic divisions of the NCAA have been working to reform NIL rules and lift restrictions on athletes since 2019. “Since then, many states have enacted NIL legislation and 10 state laws can come into effect. in force in July. It is therefore essential that we now enact rules before the end of the month, ”Emmert wrote in an email to presidents and chancellors, athletic directors, chief compliance officers, conference commissioners and others. Six states have NIL laws due to go into effect July 1 that will allow college athletes to be paid for endorsements, personal appearances and social media posts, setting up the possibility of patchwork rules of an ocean to each other for thousands of athletes. Emmert wrote that if the NCAA rule changes aren’t in place by July, he will take action. The NCAA plan is to allow athletes to be paid by third parties. Schools would not be involved in the transactions. The NCAA wants to impose certain limits on NIL rights and be able to monitor athlete offerings to prevent payments from being used as incentives to recruit. “By July, all of our athletes should be offered NIL opportunities, regardless of the state they live in,” Emmert wrote in the note. The NCAA Division 1 council meets on Tuesday and Wednesday and could act on an NIL proposal that was due to be voted on in January. Instead, Emmert urged members at that time to suspend voting after the Justice Department informed the NCAA that its proposed rule changes could violate antitrust law.
CFP’s expansion to 12 teams takes shape
The expansion of the college football playoffs took another step forward as the full group of commissioners that run the playoff system completed two days, digging into a plan for a 12-team format that would revamp the national championship. The first debate over what the final version of a new playoff will look like has emerged: The Pac-12 is pushing for every Power Five conference to receive an automatic seat. “This is the start of a long, continuous process,” said the Big 12 commissioner Bob bowlsby mentionned. “It’s going to take months to wrap up any of this.” There is no announced timeline and the first expansion would be possible in 2023, if there are no big hitches.
FIFA punishes Mexico for using insults by supporters
The international football governing body has punished Mexico for the use of homophobic slurs by its fans on several occasions this year, ordering the program to hold two official home games without spectators. FIFA has not specified which teams or matches will be affected, but the next official home games are the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for the men’s national team against Jamaica on September 2 and Canada on October 7. This would mean that Mexico would not have the usual thunderous support for the 87,000-seat Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee fined the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) around $ 65,000 for the behavior of supporters in two matches of the Under-23 men’s Olympic qualifying tournament in Guadalajara in March . “We must stop this now”, president of the FMF Yon de Luisa said at a press conference. “The effect can be devastating for Mexican football. May this be the first and the last sanction that FIFA gives us.
Christian Eriksen can leave the hospital
Christian Eriksen was released from hospital and immediately went to visit his Danish teammates almost a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a European Championship game. The Danish Football Association wrote on Twitter that Eriksen had been released from the Rigshospitalet in central Copenhagen after a successful operation. The federation had previously said that Eriksen would be equipped with an ICD, an implantable device that can function as both a pacemaker and a defibrillator. “The operation went well and I am doing well under the circumstances,” Eriksen said in the tweet. Eriksen, 29, has been hospitalized since collapsing on the pitch during his side’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. His heart stopped and he had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. . . UEFA is in talks with the UK government to allow foreign football fans to travel to London for matches in the final stages of the European Championship to avoid moving them from Wembley stadium. Competition organizers have a contingency plan to take the semi-finals and final to Budapest if an agreement cannot be reached with authorities in London to exempt fans and dignitaries from quarantine. The Euro 2020 semi-finals and final are scheduled to be played at Wembley Stadium from July 6 to 11. Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, plans to lift more coronavirus restrictions in England this month have been put on hold until July 19. “We will do what we need to do to protect the country from COVID”, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentionned. “This will obviously be our priority, and we will discuss with UEFA what they want and see if we can make reasonable compromises. But the priority must obviously be public health.” The Bolivian striker of the CONMEBOL suspended Marcelo martins for one game and fined him $ 20,000 for criticizing the Copa America played in Brazil. The CONMEBOL disciplinary commission has also warned Martins that he could face a one-year suspension if he reoffends.
Harry Kane, England unable to resolve Scotland
Harry kane, the Premier League’s top scorer, never came close to scoring for England in a 0-0 draw with Scotland in the European Championship at Wembley Stadium. . . Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick scored from the penalty spot for his tournament-leading third goal in a 1-1 draw against Croatia in Glasgow. Schick received a penalty after receiving an elbow from the Croatian defender Dejan Lovren while the two challenged for the ball in the air. The referee awarded the kick-off after a video review and gave Lovren a yellow card. . . Emil Forsberg converted a 77th-minute penalty to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Cole Beasley of Bills has spoken openly against vaccinations
Buffalo Bills Receiver Cole beasley does not plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and insists he will not follow rules jointly adopted by the NFL and NFLPA requiring that unvaccinated players stay away from people. Tweeting in response to criticism in the last 24 hours of his position on social media, Beasley confirmed that he was not vaccinated and that he “would live my only life the way I want it to be anyway.” Beasley said many players agreed with him, but many are not established veterans. The 32-year-old entering his 10th season wants to represent these players, he tweeted. . . Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, adding the 2016 first-round pick following a minicamp try. Treadwell was Minnesota’s 23rd overall pick that year, but the former Mississippi star has done little in four years with the Vikings.
Silver medalist banned for repeated missed tests
Olympic silver medalist in the long jump Luvo Manyonga was banned for four years for missing doping tests and will miss the next two Summer Games. The Track and Field Athletics Integrity Unit said Manyonga committed three violations of the so-called whereabouts rules in a period of one year. The South African missed a doping test in 2019 and had two failures in 2020 to file details where he could be found to give samples. The 2017 world champion’s four-year ban runs through December 2024, including the Tokyo Olympics next month and the Paris 2024 Olympics. The usual two-year ban for whereabouts violation has been doubled because it was the second doping case for Manyonga, 30. He tested positive for methamphetamine and was banned in 2012 for 18 months. . . Ski mountaineering has been proposed by the IOC Executive Board as the eighth sport in the 2026 program in Milan-Cortina, the Olympic body said. Sport involves skiing and hiking in the mountains. The plan calls for five medal events in sprint and individual races for men and women, as well as a mixed relay. . . arkansas Kevin Kopps won the Dick Howser Trophy as the top varsity baseball player, making him the first relief pitcher to receive the award. Kopps, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018, was the star pitcher of a No.1-ranked Razorbacks team much of the season and the No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The SEC Pitcher of the Year was in 23 of the Hogs’ 50 wins with a 12-1 record and 11 saves. Kopps has played 33 games, allowed nine runs in 89 innings and struck out 131 on catches. The elder from Sugar Land, Texas led the nation with his 0.90 ERA, and his opponents beat him .162. Kopps is the second Arkansas player to receive the Howser Trophy in 34 years of history. The first was the current Kansas City Royal outfielder André Benintendi in 2015.