Posted September 21, 2013

Georgia, Georgia Tech football players mark gear with ‘APU’ in protest of NCAA

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Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee wrote “APU” on his left wristband as part of the organized “All Players United” protest. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

A group of college football players took the field on Saturday wearing gear marked with the letters “APU” — All Players United — as part of an organized protest of the NCAA’s treatment of athletes, according to ESPN.com’s Tom Farrey.

In addition to player compensation, health and safety issues related to concussions are the main concerns of the protesters, which included Georgia and Georgia Tech players during nationally televised games.

The effort was “months in the making,” National College Players Association president Ramogi Huma told ESPN, who added that “high-profile” players on other BCS teams have expressed interest in participating, as well.

On Saturday, Yellow Jackets quarterback Vad Lee and running back Synjyn Davis, as well at least five Bulldogs offensive linemen, were among the participants, writing “APU” on their wrist tape.

From ESPN.com:

Huma said players plan to continue to use their visibility on nationally televised games to draw attention to the effort, associated with the social-media hashtags #APU and #AllPlayersUnited.

“Players will continue to wear the APU throughout the season and spread the word,” Huma said. “They’re taking the reform effort to television, which has never been done. They’ve been using their bodies to make money for the people who run NCAA sports. Now, for the first time, they’re using their bodies to push for basic protections at the very least.”

The #AllPlayersUnited campaign’s goals, according to NCPAnow.org, include:

• Demonstrate unity among college athletes and fans in favor of NCAA reform.

• Show support for players who joined concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, which could “force the NCAA to finally take meaningful steps to minimize brain trauma in contact sports and provide resources for current and former players suffering with brain injuries.”

• Show support for the players who “stepped up in the O’Bannon v. NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit regarding the use of players’ images/likeliness, which could unlock billions of dollars in resources for current, future, and former players.”

• Stand behind individual players being “harmed by NCAA rules.”

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46 comments
Deb2
Deb2

They are getting paid!  They are getting full scholarships, an education that should make them successful beyond football.

Bill@Denver
Bill@Denver

Pay them something! Every one of you guys (negative athlete bashers) wish you could have put on a jersey just one time but guess what... you werent good enough and now you have a forum to spread your hate. These so called students are begged when recruited to come and play at the universities through the recruiting process. Better athletes means a better team means more wins means maybe a bigger bowl means more money to the university means more money to the coaches and athletic department. This money (measured in the multi millions) supports all the sports at major universities not just football. I cannot imagine the field hockey team at Michigan getting over 100,000 paying fans to watch their games with another multi-million in field hockey athletic wear on top of it. (jerseys/hats/etc) Athletes at some school can sell millions of dollars of activewear/hats/bags whatever with their name on it and get nothing.  I have yet to see anything other than football or basketball make anything., Upon reaching their destination they get a dorm room (which suck) a food card, books, and tuition. I know there are time restraints now but back in the olden days the sport (football) or coaches took 6 hours of your day with meetings, film, weight training, practice, and yet more meetings and film to make sure of those wins, job security, and more money for the U. Now the players are dead tired from the brainwashing both physically and mentally and now they are suppose to go to school, study all night for exams and you make fun of the dumb jocks. Id like to see any of you naysayers do that. Even after all this, a player cannot wash his clothes unless he or she has money coming from another source which many do not. The dorms washing machines and dryers are not free. The players cannot get jobs during the school year period. How would they have time anyway??  So they make millions for the U, the coaches are multimillionaires, football and some basketball supports the whole athletic department and they cant even wash their clothes? and youre calling them crybabies? Boy I would have loved to have some of you on that field and see who the crybabies were lol Silver spoon in tow Im sure in your brand new armor gear all decked out. More like layed out...but hey you have a forum now.. but you dont dare do this stuff in person to that so called uneducated ape that cant read or write. So let me ask this. Why do you jock sniffers buy the hats and jerseys, go to the games, and or even like Americas sport at all? Go get a cricket subscription! And to think there are other students at these universities getting full rides the same as the athletes and all they have to do is memorize something for a test AND get paid for doing it but bring nothing to the U and get great jobs after they take what they were given fro free! Pay the Players, they deserve every nickel of it. Oh yeah, how many of the other students have a fraction of the injuries even for life supporting and bringing in money for the University? Yeah comeith to the field and get educated.

Tacchan
Tacchan

Help me understand this: Olympic athletes can get paid with money from corporate sponsorship, autograph, and speaking appearances, yet still be eligible for NCAA sports such as swimming, gymnastic, and etc... but not football. 

Steve851
Steve851

I would love to see a serious article on the economics of this.  If one scholarship athlete is going to be paid, then all are under the law.  How many schools are going to be able to afford that?  A small minority.  Some of these kids from private schools like Stanford or Northwestern are getting an education worth a quarter million and they are complaining?  In any endeavor or business, you start out at the bottom and have to prove yourself before you get the bigger bucks.  College scholarships give the players the platform to do that.  Their sense of entitlement is disgusting.

MarkBlackford
MarkBlackford

Get these entitlement bimbos out of here. Maybe the players should start their own farm system league and see if anyone is interested in their product. Such bravado and BS. Shut up and give me 40!

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

I hate to sound snarky, but an effort "months in the making" produced only an acronym written in Sharpie on some players' equipment? Color me underwhelmed.

MrArlington
MrArlington

If you feel used and abused by the NCAA then just don't play. Easy fix. I laugh at the no name scrubs thinking they are hot shi.it.

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

and I bet they referred to themselves as slaves.

players want to get paid? have their billionaire agents start their own league and see how many attend.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Break off from the NCAA. Four or five 'super' conferences. It will like 60-75 schools. Then do it right. The players DESERVE something for playing. Please stop pretending that the scholarship means anything. The room and board, yes, that is something tangible, but the players aren't playing football while going to college. College is an excuse to play football. And it's time to acknowledge that and treat the athletes accordingly.   

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

I wonder how many people who are against the athletes getting paid would like to live in a society where communism/socialism is the norm, and not free enterprise. 

You know, places where everyone gets the same "benefit" regardless of the work they do, or what kind of money their 'job' brings in. Imagine the uproar if where you work, you made the same amount of money no matter what as the next person. Not exactly a free enterprise now is it? Kind of like the NCAA habit of not paying players despite the 'work' they do for their institutions.

peak555
peak555

1. Do you pay different players different amounts?

2. What are they protesting in regards to concussions and other injuries?  It seems like football players go back and forth on whether they want stiffer penalties for dangerous hits or lighter penalties for dangerous hits.

Alot of this, including the Ed OBannon issue, is just former athletes, who aren't able to find success later in life, asking for a handout.  I understand the potential effects of concussions can be devastating, and the NCAA/schools should probably have some accountability, but I hope that wouldn't be a slippery slope.

swededawg52
swededawg52

OK guys, give back your free education, dorm rooms and food and get a part time job at McDonalds.

bojanglesm
bojanglesm

@Bill@Denver It seems that you are a bit jealous of never being able to use your intelligence to contribute to society and development. Similarly to those people you mention who are jealous of not being able to become an athlete and keeping people happy and ignorant of what is happening in reality. 

College players already have the best deal out of anyone, they have the chance to go pro and if that doesn't work they can get a job since they have a degree. Athletes in Europe sacrifice everything to try and become a professional and if that doesn't work out, they have nothing. 

Bill@Denver
Bill@Denver

@MarkBlackford speaking of bimbos, looks like you life is full of them lol if you want to name call its open season to the cast the stones too idiot.

Bill@Denver
Bill@Denver

@MrArlington no name scrubs lol. Let me ask you... what are you good at Mr jealous? How much money do you make? Have you played sports? Jerking off in the locker room doesnt count. Tell me how good you are scrub.

Bill@Denver
Bill@Denver

@MorphySmith over a million fans attend weekly and millions watch on tv. See how many attended? Or can you count? College educated yourself right? 

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

@Rickapolis  

so Student-athlete should just be athlete, and since 99% of all athletes DO NOT GET DRAFTED it's a great idea for them NOT to have to learn anything. what's next,  a pension for those that DO NOT GET DRAFTED so they won't have to work?

pathetic loser of a post. if a $100,000 scholarship isn't worth playing a sport they love then maybe they should start looking for work at McDonalds right now.

jmpasqdraftjedi
jmpasqdraftjedi

@Rickapolis U realize that only 23 of the 238 Div 1 Public Schools even made enough money to cover their own Athletic Department costs right. Im not against paying them but I dont see a feasible way to do it without  A.Tax payer money and Im sorry i dont want to pay for that or B. Cutting every other athletic team at the school

Iowa
Iowa

@Rickapolis Ok, then let's stop pretending that anyone's educations mean anything. College is an excuse to drink beer for most kids. Yet clearly these colleges are making money off of those kids because they continue to not just stay in business, but grow. So it's time to start giving those drunken kids handouts, more money, because no one else should be allowed to make money off of them. Makes sense, right?

jmpasqdraftjedi
jmpasqdraftjedi

@RichLGerhold Are u for  creating or raising taxes in your home state to pay every scholarship athlete a 10,000 stipend? 

Iowa
Iowa

@RichLGerhold Newsflash: education is a little bit different than a job. Unless you got paid to go to grade school. It's silly that somehow people today have somehow decided that going to school and getting an education is the exact same thing as working a job. It is not. Also, I believe if you work at Wal-Mart, you're probably not going to be allowed by Wal-Mart the 'free enterprise' of also working at Target and KMart.

Your comparisons make no sense. College athletes know the deal when they sign up. They get their education completely paid for, they get access to top-notch academic support, coaching and training in their sport, and the platform to possibly make big money playing their sport. In return, they give the school the right to use their name for publicity. Pure and simple. If they don't like it, then don't do it. All the whining and crying that athletes 'deserve' handouts-if these kids didn't have the platform of an NCAA school to play at, they are worth nothing. Zilch. Nobody would care less about Johnny Manziel if he's playing in a semi-pro league in West Texas.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

Oh yea, they get a free education. Because 35K over the course of a year is definitely worth the millions they bring in.

sulgorae
sulgorae

@peak555 Are they really "asking for a handout"?  It's not like O'Bannon or anyone else is some guy off of the street, they made these athletic directors MILLIONS of dollars with their names, faces and bodies, even using their likenesses in video games.  Whether you agree with his viewpoint, he's not just some bum.  
As far as concussions, maybe some some standard protections to make sure these guys don't get brain damaged, better helmets, more thorough testing, different practice requirements.  

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@swededawg52 Seems clear you have no idea what the actual life of a college athlete is like.  Very few get a chance to take advantage of that "free education" because all of their time is devoted to sport, or else they lose that scholarship.  So at major schools, athletes are expected to enroll in the easiest courses, many of which are designed to be impossible to fail (which means they also teach nothing of value).

As for the dorm rooms, they BETTER get dorm rooms considering they're not allowed to make money to pay for an apartment, and most coaches want their players on campus, where they can be more easily controlled.  There's nothing wrong with being "forced" to live in a dorm per se (some of these dorms for athletes are quite nice) but it's not like it's free room and board while they screw off or save money while working.

I'd be completely in favor of the NCAA going back to being about student first and athlete second, but that means that scholarships are guaranteed as long as kids are going to class and practice, it means that coaches and universities limit the money they make, it means that recruiting is based on a total fit at a university, not just how well some one plays a sport.  It means limited the number of games that are played, shortening the basketball tournament to maybe 16 teams and playing it out over two weekends, etc.  All of these compromises that have been made over the years in favor of making money would need to be undone, and they never will be because the money and prestige is too tempting for these men and women who make the decisions.

So that's why I hope the student athletes win their lawsuit, so the NCAA is finally forced to confront the fact that they can't compromise college athletics for profit and not share that profit with the students who are supposed to be learning in the classroom and not just on the field or court.

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

@swededawg52 You do realize that scholarships are rescindable, and often are, don't you. NCAA football is a plantation. They got food as well.

therednorth1
therednorth1

@swededawg52 The kids get a lot of money from colleges.  Sure.

It's nothing compared to the millions of dollars those colleges profit from the kids.

KenKing
KenKing

@MorphySmith @Rickapolis  It is worth noting that  athletes at Div 1 schools are not allowed to have student jobs. So all those other kids who can get a job delivering pizza so that they can afford to go out on a date, or buy gas for their cars have a rather distinct advantage over athletes. Why does a kids with a full ride in the Physics Dept. get to earn $100 per week working in the library, while the athlete on a full ride can't.

Furthermore, let's look at the 300# gorilla in the room. The vast majority of Div 1 football and basketball players could not even gain admission to their university based upon grades. They are not there to learn. Most are incapable of even operating at the collegiate level. Sure, there are exceptions on every team. And teams such as Notre Dame and Stanford try hard to make sure they get  kids who could pass muster ( but fail even then. There are some pretty dense ND alumni I  have met.)

This is where I like Rickopolis' plan. Make it like minor league football. The town will still rally around the team. The school will still rally around the team. I can say this for certain, as I am in Georgia, where the VAST majority of people with UGA sticker, etc. never went to UGA - many not even graduating from high school. Those top 64 Div 1 schools long ago stopped thinking of their players as students. Why not consider them entertainers and pay them as such. Will Texas, Michigan, Ohio State or anyone in the SEC lose a dollar of football revenue under this plan? Absolutely not. They will still have funds to help underwrite their other non-revenue sports.

Bubba Ho Tepp
Bubba Ho Tepp

@jmpasqdraftjedi @RickapolisAnd that's the whole of their athletics.  The majority of the football programs make money, and in fact make enough so that the college/university can offer scholarships for other sports that lose money.  The NCAA and the conferences however make a ton of money that does not get passed on to those schools with smaller programs who end up losing money.


So it's not the schools who should be getting money to these player, it's the NCAA organization who makes billions from TV and licensing fees.  And it's not just the lack of money in the players pockets that causes issues, it's the rules & regulations the NCAA imposes on them preventing them from making any kind of pocket money that in some cases leads to these athletes going hungry. Watch the Arian Foster clip from the documentary. 

Those of you calling these kids greedy or entitled, get a clue about the situation before bad mouthing anyone who simply is trying to bring awareness to major issues.  Not every player is some dummy wasting an education.  Take a look at Myron Rolle, Richard Sherman, and Andrew Luck.

Akagi
Akagi

@Iowa @Rickapolis  

Treat them like GRAs, give them a stipend for their service which brings in millions to the Universities, why not give them 5,000-10,000K a year?  

Bill@Denver
Bill@Denver

@Iowa @RichLGerhold Oh yeah if it were just that easy. The ignorant have spoken. People do care about Johnny football, have you heard the news lately? Even if an athelete gets and education, it doesnt guarantee them a job. Thats if they have enough time because they dedicate more of it to the sport than academics which is not on them, its demanded of them by the program per the scholarship. Where do you work and what do you get paid? lets judge you a little bit.. You never asked for a raise?? Athletes do it for the love of the game, not for the money. Why do you work or do you? For the love or the money? Ill tell you what you work lets say 6 hours a day as hard as the athletes do Just in physical work alone, you dont even have to go to school. Eveyone around you can make millions, but you, no you can have  a place to live out back here and we will feed you. Dont be late sharpie. 

KenKing
KenKing

@Iowa @RichLGerhold  There are a grand total of 1749 roster players in the entire NFL. Add IR players and you still do not get to 2000. Each and every year, there are 6446 Div 1 football playing graduates. They are vying for approximately 400 NFL roster spots. So the vast majority of Div 1 college players will never sniff a NFL contract and they know that going in.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

@RichLGerhold I hear this 35K figure put out a lot. This is the sticker price, and few pay it. Scholarships for academic  prowess are rare (yes, I work at a college). The major factor is need, and most DI football and basketball players aren't from the upper class. If these athletes were merely students there for an education and were academically qualified they would be getting substantial aid

jmpasqdraftjedi
jmpasqdraftjedi

@RichLGerhold They dont make millions actually at all only 23 schools made money without subsidy. 9 from the SEC, 7 from the Big 10 , 4 from the Big 12 , 2 Pac 12, 1 ACC

TimHarb
TimHarb

@RichLGerhold Don't forget the 35k is over inflated prices the colleges charge.  it cost the schools a lot less to do an actual education if they restructured their schools.  Most of their costs go into Cosmetic work at schools trying to pull more student in from out of state.


JerrB
JerrB

@Bearsclone @swededawg52The point is they are being marketed for profit of course but this so called profit goes into all the sports and facilities that can’t sustain themselves. Why don’t we make it fair for all athletes if you want to pay them do it like many activities in life let them pay coaching fees , event entry fees , advertizing fee’s , transportation and probably a lot of other things. Why would this be much different than an apprenticeship or a residency? They are getting valuable skill sets and a showcase for their talents to possibly make a career in sports when they leave college. Why not do away with college sports and focus on education and let the k through 12 schools handle paying there athletes see how you like that and how long that would last. I say leave it alone and continue to weed out the unscrupulous coaches AD’s and athletes.

jmpasqdraftjedi
jmpasqdraftjedi

@Bearsclone @swededawg52  College athletes can get housing allowances or food allowances..Say u get a 750 dollar housing allowance and u and 2 teammates get an off campus apartment for 1300 for 3 bedrooms. Thats 300 bucks u can pocket a month.BC u get a 41 dollar a day food allowance. If u use that money wisely u can pocket easily another 10-15 dollars a day. Not to mention Pell grants which can grant players free money if they qualify

jmpasqdraftjedi
jmpasqdraftjedi

@OwenCaterwall3 @swededawg52 I agree that this is wrong and needs to change. A Scholarship should mean that these kids walk out with a degree unless they blow off their school work entirely. They should be guaranteed 5 years of education at the school. 

Iowa
Iowa

@OwenCaterwall3 @swededawg52 And exactly how many of these players are forced to go to play NCAA football? As soon as you can prove that they are, then you can compare it to slavery. Until then, shut up.

swededawg52
swededawg52

@therednorth1 @swededawg52 So what?  The university allowed them to gain a free education.  It is not like these players built the university.  They are not entitled  to any thing more than their contract spells out for their 2-4 years of employment/education ( Gym or recreational science) to the university.  They can always work at a car wash of McDonalds (if they pass the drug test)

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

@therednorth1

So the programs make a lot of money. So what? Why is that wrong? Take a look at an athletic department's budget sometime. They've got thousands of athletes, coaches and staff to take care of, facilities to maintain, Arian Foster to feed. It takes some coin to do that.

KenKing
KenKing

@jmpasqdraftjedi @Bearsclone @swededawg52 The NCAA shot that housing allowance thing down about 25 years ago. The only instances where that is available now is if the school has zero dorms - as in a commuter school. There is not a single qualifying institution in Div 1 at this date.

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

@Iowa @OwenCaterwall3 @swededawg52 Everybody's a tough guy on the internet. I realize it's difficult to live in Iowa, but trust me, telling people to shut up in a place that has more people than pigs will not turn out well for you.

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

@mystafugee 

You know that's simply not true. Just because they're not putting cash in their pockets doesn't mean they're not being compensated.