Over the years, the NCPA has been pivotal in bringing forth reforms. Below is a timeline of some NCPA activities and accomplishments:
2001-2003: Raised health and safety issues during a Congressional hearing and circulated a player petition after the deaths of three football players and a paralyzed college football was denied home health care. The NCAA responded by lifting its prohibition of medical oversight of summer workouts, providing home health care benefits for seriously injured players, increasing death benefits from $10,000 to $25,000, and prohibiting consecutive two-a-day practices to help prevent deaths.
2003: NCPA-sponsored legislation backed by athlete testimony was approved by the California Senate and moved the NCAA to allow athletes to receive merit-based scholarships in addition to their athletic scholarship.
2005-2011: NCPA helped develop an antitrust lawsuit to end NCAA economic restrictions on college athletes. The settlement included the elimination of the NCAA’s ban on year-round comprehensive medical insurance, and created a 3-year $10 million fund to support former college athlete degree completion.
2009-2014: Assisted an antitrust lawsuit that increased scholarship limits $3000-$5000/year to meet players’ living expenses while attending college. This unlocked approximately $100 million per year to support college athlete degree completion.
2010-2011: Developed model legislation to increase transparency and minimize deceptive recruiting practices. It became law in California and Connecticut.
2011, 2013: Conducted joint studies with college faculty highlighting the disparity between profits generated by college athletes and gaps in athletes' academic and economic protections. Findings: over 80% of full scholarship athletes live below the federal poverty line, while NCAA rules deny players approx. $6 billion over four years.
2011-2012: Assisted the US Department of Justice investigation regarding the harmful impact of 1-year scholarships, which lead to the elimination of the NCAA’s scholarship duration limit. Today, many colleges throughout the United State regularly provide 4-5 year scholarships.
2012: Co-sponsored The Student-Athletes’ Bill of Rights, which was voted into California law and requires high-revenue athletic programs to provide scholarships for permanently injured athletes, sports-related medical coverage, and scholarships for degree completion.
2014: Helped develop and support passage of the city of Boston’s college athlete health and safety ordinance.
2015: Assisted CNN investigation of player abuse across three sports at the University of Illinois, leading to the firing of the head football coach and athletic director.
2017-2018: Developed and launched the College Athlete Protection (CAP) Guarantee, a free, legally binding contract that empowers high school recruits and their parents to secure vital protections such as guaranteed medical expenses, scholarship assurance if permanently injured, multiyear scholarships, and funds for degree completion. Sponsored three bills to expand key health and safety, medical coverage, and degree completion benefits for college athletes that were approved by the California Assembly.
2018-Present: Provided resources, analysis, and policy proposals to the North Carolina State Legislature that led to the introduction of state legislation seeking to provide physical, academic, and financial protections for college athletes. Providing policy guidance and informational resources to state and federal lawmakers in support of legislation that would allow college athletes to receive compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness. Assisting college athletes and their families with strategies to help address mistreatment, abuse, deceptive practices, and other injustices on their respective campuses. Continuing efforts to raise awareness and use of the CAP Guarantee among high school recruits and their parents.
It has become evident that, as the NCPA succeeds, college athletes gain the basic protections they so desperately need.