SBD/July 22, 2013/Sports in Society

Proposed California Bill Seeks To Limit Workers' Comp Awarded To Out-Of-State Athletes

Professional athletes from "out-of-state teams soon could be out of luck if they seek money through the workers' compensation system for injuries suffered at California sporting venues," according to Marc Lifsher of the L.A. TIMES. A bill to "scale back the lucrative benefits that California has awarded the athletes in recent years is moving swiftly through the Legislature and is likely to be on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk next month." The legislation, backed by football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer team owners, would "close what they call a loophole that allows athletes, who sometimes played only a few games in California, to win six-figure payouts for so-called cumulative trauma injuries." The bill is "being fast-tracked, despite opposition from" the NFLPA and other unions. Amendments by lawmakers "smoothed some of its more controversial features" (L.A. TIMES, 7/22).
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