College sports at a crossroads

The Critic Who Counts

If impulsive California legislators and the money-hungry National College Players Association have their way, UC Berkeley athletes may soon be going pro. The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that California State Assembly Bill 475, currently being considered in committee, would require UC Berkeley and UCLA to pay student athletes an annual
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Cal in NCAA Salary Madness Championships

Taking bracketology to brackenomics, recently put UC Berkeley’s basketball team in the championship game if pairings were accorded to median alumni salary. Using language like “fat wallet four,” “top earning 8” and “salary 16” to denominate bracket tiers, the infographic puts a zingy twist on an American pastime. The
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Why I’m not buying football season tickets

The Discomfort Zone

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to not buy football season tickets for this coming fall. I have had them the past two seasons, and the medical evidence surrounding the sport’s destructive nature convinced me to pocket my $100 instead. Last May, a group called Intelligence Squared sponsored a
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The Lombardo Trophy: Deconstructing the NCAA’s “common sense”

On Nov. 12, 1999, the 106th United States Congress enacted the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act. It repealed many provisions of the 1933 Banking Act, or Glass-Steagall Act, which limited commercial banking activities and enforced a separation between commercial banks and securities trading firms. In
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Letters: July 29 – Aug. 5

I was deeply disturbed by the admission to undergraduate status of Khairi Fortt, a Penn State football player, only a few days before the new term opens. From all indications, he was “admitted” by the Athletic Department, without application or the critical vetting that thousands of other would-be undergraduates went through nearly a year ago.
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Cal athletic teams show ambiguous academic progress

The Cal football team ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Report (APR), released Wednesday for a four-year period ending with the 2010-11 academic year. With a score of 936, the Cal football team’s APR score falls beneath the Division I football average of 948.
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