Making a Stand for Reform at Grambling, and at the N.C.A.A.

By | October 21, 2013

The players’ rights movement in intercollegiate athletics escalated beyond talk last week when football players from Grambling boycotted practice and forced the forfeit of a road game against Jackson State.

There has been fanciful talk over the years about what might happen if players in any sport, at any level, refused to show up.

Now we know.

No homecoming game at Jackson State.

If college athletes decide to sit out the Bowl Championship Series final or the basketball Final Four, guess what? No show.

“No one has to wonder anymore,” said Ramogi Huma, the president of the National College Players Association. “The powers that be in the N.C.A.A. are taking notice because their worst fear has just happened, at Grambling State.”

The National College Players Association is an advocacy group for college athletes that Huma, a former football player at U.C.L.A., formed in the mid-1990s. Last month, with Huma’s encouragement, 28 football players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern had the letters APU, for All Players United, written on their wristbands and other gear during games as a show of solidarity that organizers hope will lead to changes in the N.C.A.A. (New York Times)

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