Friday, April 12, 2013
College basketball injury raises debate about universities' responsibility to ailing athletes.
The New York Times (4/5, B11, Pennington, Subscription Publication, 1.68M) reports the gruesome injury suffered by Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware in the NCAA tournament "inflamed the debate about the treatment and care of unpaid college athletes who help generate hundreds of millions of dollars for their universities." While Louisville officials said the university "had a secondary policy on its varsity athletes, ensuring that Ware, who also has his family's primary insurance, will incur no out-of-pocket expenses in his rehabilitation," he will be responsible for his own healthcare expenses in the near future. The Times notes that the concern about "inequitable treatment of college athletes" led the California Legislature passing the Student-Athlete Bill of Rights last year, requiring universities that generate over $10 million annually in media revenue from athletics to "provide equivalent academic scholarships to varsity athletes who are injured and lose their athletic scholarships."