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Column: State-by-state pay-to-play bills are only a start

Column: State-by-state pay-to-play bills are only a start

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

The state-by-state approach to passing pay-to-play bills could lead to discrepancies in athlete pay and recruiting disadvantages within those states that don’t catch up in time.

Agree to disagree: Should student athletes be paid?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) watches the confetti swirl around him Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

By TPN Sports Staff

September 12, 2019

Should there be a system in place for college athletes to earn a salary? Are they already compensated fairly by athletic scholarships? Two TPN sports staff members weigh in.

Athletes, educators discuss activism in sports

Ian Troost (right), a former Pitt football player, and LaTonya Sharif, athletic director at Holy Family Academy (left), talk during a panel on activism in sports Tuesday in Posvar Hall. (Photo by Aaron Schoen | Staff Photographer)

By Brian Salvato | For The Pitt News

December 6, 2017

When former third-string Pitt kicker Ian Troost took a knee during the national anthem at the team’s Oct. 14 loss to NC State, his motivation was rooted in his background. “My reason, other than to highlight police brutality and social injustice in the United States, was because I came from a b...

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

Penny Semaia transitioned from a Pitt student-athlete to a Pitt employee and now helps students where he once was. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 14, 2017

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Penny Semaia can seem like a pretty intimidating figure. But once Semaia starts talking, any intimidation falls away. He makes you feel welcome from the moment you shake his hand and exudes friendliness. It’s an infectious positivity many in the Pitt community have beco...

Building up resume a challenge for student-athletes

By Jessica Boddy / For the Pitt News

February 6, 2015

Time is a precious commodity when it comes to building up a résumé. College students need to make time for internships, part-time jobs and other work experiences. This time is much harder to find as a student athlete.Student-athletes are worked hard perpetually throughout their college careers. Between ...

Colllege Sports: Ex-UCLA star O’Bannon takes stand in antitrust suit vs. NCAA

By Lee Romney and David Wharton / MCT Campus

June 10, 2014

Oakland, Calif.— As a much-anticipated federal trial began here Monday, the walls that have long separated college athletes from the riches of a multibillion-dollar sports enterprise began to show some cracks.The occasion was the opening of an antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former men’s b...

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