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AP NewsBreak: Hundreds of college athletes sign petition seeking cut of TV cash, NCAA changes
More than 300 football and men's basketball players from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue and UCLA want the NCAA and college presidents to set aside a cut of TV sports revenue for student-athletes to cover the cost of their education.
A petition signed by the players asks the NCAA to "realize its mission to educate and protect us with integrity." The National College Players Association, an athletes' advocacy group, provided The Associated Press with copies of the document for release on Monday. Players started sending the petition to the NCAA last week.
The issue of whether to pay college athletes has been getting increased attention at a time when major college football programs from Miami to Ohio State have endured scandals involving impermissible benefits to players. At the same time, athletic conferences have made lucrative, new television deals.
Before now, athletes themselves had not voiced their opinions in such numbers.