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Controversies at the Olympics

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics games begin in less than two weeks, and in the past month, lots of controversies have been spurting up as the event grows closer. With everything going on with these issues making the news, people have questioned whether black women are welcome at the 2021 Olympics. Continue reading

SFC Statement on Equal Pay for Team USA Act

All of us came to Sports Fans Coalition from different backgrounds and with different perspectives and opinions. However, we shared one belief — that America’s sports fans can accomplish amazing things when unified behind a common cause. Over the years, SFC overturned the FCC’s sports blackout rule; successfully championed robust consumer protections for sports betting at the state level; helped to provide name, image, and likeness rights to college athletes; and joined with other stakeholders to enact dozens of laws protecting fans’ right to resell tickets. Today, that unified voice turns to equal pay for women athletes.  Continue reading

SFC's Statement on the Even Playing Field Act

The Even Playing Field Act was introduced in Congress by Representative Jackie Speier (D CA-14), 2019 Most Valuable Policymaker awardee, Representative Lois Frankel (D FL-14), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D CA), and Senator Patty Murray (D WA). The purpose of this bill is to amend the Ted Stevens Olympic And Amateur Sports Act and provide more equity in Olympic sport. Continue reading

Supreme Court Backs College Athletes

On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the NCAA cannot prevent student-athletes from receiving certain forms of financial aid for their education. Overturning a lower court decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by limiting how much student-athletes were allowed to receive for expenses related to their education like postgraduate scholarships, paid internships, and tutoring. Continue reading

More Inequities at the NCAA

Since May of 2021, the NCAA has been making headlines for its unfair treatment of women competing in the NCAA March Madness championship, especially their male counterparts. During this time, they received a lot of scrutiny for the vast differences in the gym equipment, the Swag bags, and even the dinners given to the female athletes at the different championships. Continue reading

Controversy over Tebow joining the Jaguars

On May 20, Tim Tebow signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars to play tight end. This follows Tebow taking 6 years off of the sport, and sparks controversy among fans. Continue reading

The College Athlete Right to Organize Act Introduced in Congress

Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have announced their push for a bill that will allow collegiate athletes to unionize. If passed, the College Athlete Right to Organize Act will offer these athletes the opportunity to organize and make changes on the university and conference levels.  Continue reading

SFC Thanks Governor Hogan, Senator Ready, and Delegate Lierman for Passing the Jordan McNair Fair and Safe Play Act

On Tuesday, May 18th, Governor Hogan signed the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Act into law that now offers economic and wellbeing protections to student-athletes in the state of Maryland.   Continue reading

Statement on the Ending of USSF and SUM's Official Relationship

Sunday, the US Soccer Federation announced its decision to end the 20-year long partnership with Soccer United Marketing, a move SFC has called for since 2018.  Continue reading

College Athletes May Soon Benefit from Their Name, Image, and Likeness

The NCAA is taking steps towards allowing student-athletes to use their name, image, and likeness for personal profit. This shift has come from the Board of Governors supporting changing the rule that prevented student-athletes from receiving compensation for using their status as athletes. This includes third-party endorsements and promotion, starting businesses, and personal appearances, all of which can be related to athletics or not. Continue reading