From Comcast SportsNet Monday, September 12, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report from an advocacy group says that the average fair market value of top-tier college football and men's basketball players is over 100,000 -- and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that.
The report says that, instead, players receive athletic scholarships that don't cover the full cost of attending school -- leaving many of them living below the poverty line.
The report is by the National College Players Association and a Drexel University professor. It will be released Tuesday but The Associated Press obtained an early copy.
The NCAA said in a statement Monday that President Mark Emmert and college presidents have made it clear they support grants that cover the full cost of attending school, though Emmert opposes paying college athletes.
President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.
At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally.
He also lamented that football has become less violent.
“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.
Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.
Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.
Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.
Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.