Some of Stanford University's most celebrated athletes feel they're being deprived
of some basic rights, including the right to support themselves with their earnings.
So they've have banded together with players at other Division I schools to
negotiate better conditions. And they're backed by an unlikely ally: the United
Steelworkers of America.
About 30 Stanford football players and a majority of the basketball team have
signed up to support the Collegiate Athletes Coalition, according to the San
Francisco Chronicle.. The new organization, supported by the Steelworkers, wants
to improve conditions for athletes in Division I men's football and basketball
- the most high-profile college sports divisions in the country.
Players say they're upset that National Collegiate Athletic Association rules
place them in a double bind: Their scholarships are set to be less than the
cost of living, yet there is a cap on how much money they can earn in part-time
jobs. And they're concerned that summer workouts - which student athletes feel
are mandatory to satisfy their coaches - are not covered by collegiate health
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