Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware will be watching his team play from the bench this weekend in the Final Four. The sophomore guard shattered his lower right leg in a freak accident Sunday night. The devastating injury puts the future of Ware's basketball career and his college scholarship at risk.
But that might not have been the case had he been playing for a California school, thanks to legislation signed into law last year.
SB 1525 requires that universities that generate more than $10 million in media revenues a year:
- provide equivalent academic scholarships to student-athletes who are injured and lose their athletic scholarship
- provide equivalent academic scholarships to student-athletes who have exhausted their NCAA athletic eligibility but have not completed their degree
- pay the health care premiums for low-income student-athletes
- cover all deductibles for injuries related to their participation in an intercollegiate sport
- conduct a financial and life skills workshop for all first and third year student-athletes
- afford student athletes the same disciplinary due process as other students
- adopt and implement guidelines to prevent, assess and treat sports related concussions, dehydration, along with exercise and supervision guidelines for student-athletes identified with potentially life-threatening health conditions
State Senator Alex Padilla of Los Angeles is the man behind that law and he joins the show with more.