student athletes

Rep. Becky Carney speaks on the House floor

Setting politics aside, NC lawmakers approve bill to increase survival from cardiac arrest

BY: - July 6, 2023

“I believe I was saved for many reasons, unknown to me.” It has been 14 years since Representative Becky Carney went into cardiac arrest at her legislative desk. Not a year goes by that she doesn’t think about the ordeal that could have ended very differently for the Mecklenburg County Democrat. “My colleague on the […]

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On transgender student athletes: Just let them play

BY: - May 4, 2023

I received some needed clarity from an unlikely source while working on a column about recent legislation that has passed the House of Representatives targeting transgender athletes. “Trans Marathoner Defeats 14,000 Women in Race after Competing as Man Months Earlier,” reads the National Review headline. The wording seems to support the contention that transgender people […]

Sports wagering advances with bipartisan support and plenty of reservations

BY: - March 22, 2023

Legislation that would authorize gambling on professional and college sports in North Carolina cleared its first House committee on Tuesday. After efforts failed last year, Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln) said he and the co-sponsors of House Bill 347 began work on how to make the legislation more palatable. “This is a truly bipartisan effort.The four […]

The NC Senate budget isn’t all about money. It’s got plenty of new policies, too.

BY: - June 29, 2021

Reading the state budget is like hunting through tall grass looking for things that don’t quite belong – items that are or could have been their own separate bills and don’t directly deal with money, yet ended up as few paragraphs in a 427-page document. The budget proposal the Senate passed last week, and which […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

BY: - June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a […]

Transgender athlete who represents USA explains why NCAA returning to NC should not be celebrated

BY: - April 10, 2017

After North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 2, Chris Mosier was faced with a decision about whether or not to compete in one of the most meaningful races of his life because of location. The transgender athlete didn’t feel welcome in the Tarheel state and he was concerned for his safety both in competing and in […]

Getting what they played for

BY: - January 23, 2015

  A college education for free. That’s the response heard most often from those asked what elite Division 1 athletes are getting in exchange for working full-time for their schools. That includes the schools and the NCAA, who make millions in some cases off the backs of these players. The players get no part of […]