Providing just compensation to student-athletes — who, aside from their scholarships and a few nominal stipends, are locked out of the revenue created by the $13 billion college athletics industry — constitutes important rationale for laws challenging the NCAA’s amateurism system. However, it’s clear that the competitive atmosphere of college sports is also playing a role in the ongoing political intervention into NCAA amateurism. Since the California State Legislature took the reins of the college amateurism debate last September, enacting a bill that would allow California student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness starting in 2023, political intervention has emerged as a key tool to pressure NCAA reform. Obviously, the California state legislature’s willingness to tackle the issue of NCAA amateurism would not benefit USC in relation to rivals UCLA, Cal and Stanford, which are also located in California. But an advantage over programs in other states would give USC (along with the other California schools) a competitive boost at a time when they are struggling to maintain national relevance in football and men’s basketball, the two sports that would be affected most by updated amateurism rules due to their huge revenue-producing capacity. Last year, the California law presented the NCAA with two unappealing options: punish the California NCAA schools for non-compliance with its amateurism rules when the law goes into effect in 2023 or risk giving the California schools a competitive advantage by allowing their student-athletes to profit from name, image and likeness while student-athletes at schools in other states cannot. In the end, the NCAA caved, promising to reconsider its amateurism rules altogether to comply with the California law. Now, other states are considering laws that would, in turn, give their own in-state NCAA programs a competitive advantage and possibly pressure the NCAA into further reform. Also, from a competitive standpoint, USC Athletics is poised to benefit from further changes to the NCAA’s amateurism model. California’s passage of the name, image and likeness law demonstrates its status as a state at the forefront of new, innovative legal thinking and hints that it will continue to mount the most aggressive challenges to amateurism, regardless of whether they comply with NCAA rules. This will benefit USC and other California universities, allowing them to offer student-athletes the most generous compensation. The NCAA’s submission to the will of the California State Legislature seems likely to usher in a period of upheaval for the NCAA’s amateurism model, which should be welcomed by college sports fans. After years of rejecting pleas to fairly compensate student-athletes, the NCAA clearly will not reform on its own accord. While some proposed state laws relating to student-athletes’ rights to compensation are not ideal, coercive action by state lawmakers is a necessary means of dismantling the unsustainable status quo in college sports. 2020 will likely prove to be a pivotal year for the future of the NCAA, with over two dozen state legislatures currently deliberating similar laws. Some of the proposals being debated, including a bill under consideration in New York that would allocate a share of ticket revenue as payment for student-athletes, would go even further than the law California passed. Jake Mequet is a junior writing about sports and law. His column, “Court in Session,” runs every other Monday.
Ronnie Delaney has been confirmed as the special guest for Letterkenny Athletic Club’s annual dinner and awards night which takes place in Arena 7 on Friday, November 18th at 8 pm.Ronnie Delaney created history when he won gold in the 1,500 metres at the Olympic Games in Melbourne on December 1st, 1956.He etched his name into Ireland’s sporting folklore when he made his break for home on the final bend that fateful day 60 years ago. In doing so, he passed Landy, was chased by the German, Klau Richtzenhain, and won in style when posting a time of 3 minutes, 41.2 seconds. A native of Arklow, Ronnie Delaney won a bronze medal, also in the 1,500 metres, at the European Championships in Stolkholm in 1958. He retired in 1962 and was granted the freedom of the city of Dublin in 2006.Speaking ahead of the Letterkenny AC event, Danny McDaid, one of the main organisers, said the club is delighted to have secure the Olympic champion as their special guest.“We tried to get him to come to Letterkenny for the official opening of the track at the Aura Leisure Centre in 2013, but he was unable to make the trip because he was in America. We tried him a second time, but again the dates didn’t suit. So I suppose it’s a case of third time lucky on this occasion,” commented Danny.“We have always managed to secure a big name for the awards night, and I really am looking forward to meeting up with Ronnie whom I’ve got t know well over the years. “Ronnie is a legend in sporting terms and we hope he enjoys his weekend in Letterkenny,” the double Olympian added.“It has been another hugely successful year for Letterkenny AC and it’s only right we meet up and celebrate our achievements. Ronnie will fly in to Donegal Airport next Thursday and will be picked up by a car supplied by Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny.He will stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny. The hotel is sponsoring his stay and Diver’s are providing the courtesy car free of charge. We are extremely grateful to both businesses for their generosity,” Danny added.Next weekend’s event in Arena 7 will get underway at 8 pm, with Martin Gormley acting as MC. Tickets are priced €20, with tickets for couples priced at 35 euro for the three-course meal.To book a ticket contact Danny on 087 6907945. Olympic gold medalist to be special guest of Letterkenny AC was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Arsenal vs BurnelyEmirates Stadium, LondonSaturday, 22-12-2018 @03: 30 pmReferee: Kevin FriendArsenal’s 23 match unbeaten run came to an end last weekend with a 3-2 loss away to Southampton. However, they have now lost another game, 2-0 at home to Tottenham in the League cup, one that will feel more aggrieved after all it came against their sworn enemy. On Saturday afternoon, they have a chance of resuming normal duty against a Burnely side that they have not lost to in any of their last 10 meetings.Arsenal’s defensive crisis looks set to continue for the visit of Burnley, with Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos all sidelined. Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are also ruled out, but Sead Kolasinac will be assessed and Sokratis is available after suspension.Burnley winger Aaron Lennon has had a knee operation, which will keep him out until the New Year. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady could be fit after injuries.Arsenal are unbeaten in their past 10 matches against Burnley, winning nine and conceding just four goals. Burnley have lost all six competitive fixtures at the Emirates by an aggregate score of 18-3. The Clarets last won away in this fixture in 1974 – they have lost the subsequent seven matches. Arsenal sustained a first defeat in 15 Premier League games at Southampton last time out (W10, D4). They have lost just two of their 18 home Premier League games in 2018, with both defeats coming against Manchester City. Arsenal could lose consecutive Premier League fixtures for the first time since the opening two games of the season. They have won their last 27 home league matches against sides in the relegation zone since a 4-4 draw with Tottenham in 2008. The Gunners have not lost at home to a team in the bottom three for 11 years, a 1-0 loss to West Ham. They have not led at half-time in any of their 17 Premier League games this season (level in 13 and behind in four). Unai Emery has made a league-high 15 substitutions before the start of the second half.Bournemouth vs BrightonVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 22-12-2018 @06:00pm Referee: Mike DeanBournemouth forward Callum Wilson should be fit after suffering no ill effects from his midweek comeback from a hamstring injury. Tyrone Mings is expected to overcome a hip injury but Captain Simon Francis is doubtful with an ongoing groin problem.Brighton remain without Shane Duffy, who is completing a three-match ban. Jose Izquierdo is still sidelined with a knee injury while fellow winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh remains out with a hamstring problem.Bournemouth are unbeaten in nine meetings with Brighton in all competitions (W5, D4). Brighton’s only win in their past 11 away games against Bournemouth was 2-0 in October 2007 (D2, L8).Chelsea vs Liecester CityStamford Bridge, LondonSaturday, 22-12-2018 @06: 00 pm Referee: Lee ProbertChelsea have won their last two league games since the 2-1 loss away to Wolves a few weeks ago. Mauricio Sarri and his boys are now fourth but can temporarily go third as Spurs play on Sunday. Against Leicester, they come up against a side is struggling of late, winless in three whilst losing the last two.Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is back in training after a knee injury but head coach Maurizio Sarri could again choose to use Eden Hazard as a false nine. Andreas Christensen is out with a minor hamstring problem.Leicester forward Jamie Vardy should return from the groin injury that kept him out of the midweek League Cup exit. Ben Chilwell could also play after a two-match absence with a knee injury but Wilfred Ndidi is a doubt because of a similar problem.Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Leicester in all competitions (W5, D2). Leicester’s last win at Stamford Bridge was back in September 2000, when goals from Muzzy Izzet and Stan Collymore gave them a 2-0 victory.Huddersfield Town vs SouthamptonThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireSaturday, 22-12-2018 @06: 00 pmReferee: Scott AttwellHuddersfield welcome back striker Steve Mounie following his three-game ban. Rajiv van La Para returned to training this week after a back strain but Aaron Mooy, Danny Williams, Tommy Smith and Abdelhamid Sabiri are all still out.Southampton have no fresh injury concerns and hope several players will be available to return. Jack Stephens, Cedric Soares, Mario Lemina, Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi all face fitness tests, but Ryan Bertrand is a certain non-starter.Both encounters last season ended level, including a goalless draw at the John Smith’s Stadium in August 2017. Southampton have won five and lost two of their last nine matches against Huddersfield in all competitions. However, Huddersfield are unbeaten in their past three home games against Saints, winning two of them.Man City vs Crystal PalaceEtihad Stadium, ManchesterSaturday, 22-12-2015 @06: 00 pmReferee: Andre MarrinerMan City will have to spend Christmas in second place after falling four points behind leaders Liverpool who defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night. It is not ideal for the Citizens but will have to play catch up and first on the agenda is a Palace side that has not won away to City in 28 years.Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero have shown no ill-effects from starting in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday after lengthy injuries. Danilo is available once again but David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are all still absent.Crystal Palace will recall Wilfried Zaha and James Tomkins, who were both suspended last week. Martin Kelly has a muscle injury and joins Wayne Hennessey on the sidelines, while Cheikhou Kouyate is doubtful.Manchester City are unbeaten in eight matches against Palace and had won seven in a row prior to a goalless away draw last season. City are unbeaten in 13 home meetings in all competitions, winning 10. The Eagles have lost 5-0 on each of their last two trips to the Etihad Stadium. They have lost all six Premier League matches at the venue by an aggregate score of 21-1.Manchester City have won 27 and lost just three of their 34 Premier League fixtures in 2018, scoring 93 goals. They are vying to win their opening 10 Premier League home games of a season for the third time. The feat has only been achieved on five occasions in total. City have won 15 successive Saturday 3pm kick-offs by an aggregate score of 57-7. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 33 home league goals this season, 14 more than any other club. They have scored a league-high eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of their games. However, City have kept only one clean sheet in their last seven Premier League matches.Newcastle United vs FulhamSt. James Park, Newcastle upon TyneSaturday, 22-12-2018 @ 06: 00pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonNewcastle welcome back defender DeAndre Yedlin from suspension, while Federico Fernandez is available following a calf injury. Jonjo Shelvey’s thigh problem will be assessed but Ciaran Clark has been ruled out with an ankle injury.Frank Anguissa is still sidelined for Fulham, but Ryan Sessegnon is expected to return from a groin issue on Boxing Day against Wolves. Stefan Johansen and Aleksandar Mitrovic are one booking away from suspension.Newcastle could lose four consecutive matches versus Fulham for the first time since 1982. The Cottagers are vying to win consecutive league away matches against Newcastle for just the second time. The last seven Premier League meetings have ended in a home victory, while four of the last five fixtures have ended 1-0.West Ham vs WatfordLondon Stadium, LondonSunday, 22-12-2018 @06:00 pmReferee: Lee MasonWatford have won four of their last seven Premier League games against West Ham (D1, L2). There has not been a draw in the 11 top-flight meetings between the sides at West Ham.Jack Wilshere will again be absent with the ankle injury that has caused him to miss West Ham’s last three matches. Forward Lucas Perez could return from a foot problem but the Hammers are still without several injured key players, including Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini.Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue will return after a three-match ban. However, Andre Gray, Will Hughes, Adalberto Penaranda, and Sebastian Prodl remain sidelined with injury.West Ham have won four straight league games. They last won five in a row in 2006. They are also aiming to win three consecutive Premier League matches at the London Stadium for the first time. The Hammers have won four of their past six league fixtures at home, scoring at least three goals in each victory but failing to score in the two defeats.Cardiff City vs Man UnitedCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSunday, 22-12-2018 @08:30 pm Referee: Mike OliverMan United start life under former Old Trafford hero, Ole Gunner Solskjaer away to to his only former Premier League club managed-Cardiff City. The Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho on Wednesday and is tasked with trying to restore order and pride at the most successful club in England. Meanwhile, as Cardiff aim for their fourth home win on the spin, Neil Warnock will be pondering whether or not this is a good or a bad time to welcome the Manchester United juggernaut into town.Cardiff left-back Joe Bennett has not trained this week because of a hip problem and is doubtful for this game. A couple of unnamed players are also nursing “little niggles”, according to manager Neil Warnock.Manchester United are set to be without Romelu Lukaku, who has reportedly been given compassionate leave. Alexis Sanchez remains absent with a hamstring problem, while Chris Smalling, who was injured in the warm-up at Liverpool, is a doubt. New caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must decide whether to recall midfielder Paul Pogba and forward Anthony Martial, both of whom were substitutes in the defeat at Anfield.It is 58 years since Cardiff beat Manchester United, a 3-0 win in the top flight in November 1960. The Red Devils have won five of the subsequent seven meetings. The only previous encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium was a 2-2 draw in November 2013.Everton vs Tottenham HotspursGoodison Park, LiverpoolSunday, 23-12-2018 @07:00 pmReferee: Paul TierneyKey Everton players Richarlison and Andre Gomes are fit to face Spurs. The pair were both forced to miss training sessions this week with illness, but will both be in the squad on Sunday. Midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye missed last week’s defeat at Manchester City with a groin injury and faces a late fitness test.Meanwhile, Spurs striker Harry Kane is likely to return to the visitors’ starting line-up at Goodison Park after missing a training session on Tuesday with flu. However, the likes of Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama are all out injured, although Davinson Sanchez may feature having recovered from injury.Everton are winless in their last 11 Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur (D5 L6). The Toffees’ last league victory over Spurs came back in December 2012 at Goodison Park (2-1). Spurs have won more games against Everton (25) than they have versus any other team in the Premier League. Everton are winless in their last 22 games against ‘big six’ opposition (D6 L16) since beating Man City 4-0 in January 2017. Everton are unbeaten in their last six home league games, winning four and drawing two. Spurs haven’t drawn any of their 17 league games this season – only Bolton in 2011/12 (18) have had a longer wait without a draw from the start of a Premier League campaign. Tottenham have won eight of their 10 away Premier League games this season, already more than they’d won in 20 of their previous 26 completed seasons in the competition. This will be just Tottenham’s third Sunday Premier League game this season – they’ve lost their previous two so far (vs Watford and Arsenal).BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: premier leaguetop