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SBD/October 9, 2013/Sports in Society
New California Law Significantly Limits Workers' Comp Claims By Pro Athletes
Published October 9, 2013
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NOT EVERY PLAYER SHUT OUT: In S.F., Bob Egelko noted athletes "will still be able to seek compensation benefits from their teams, but only in their home state and not in the California system." The primary exceptions to the new legislation "are players who had previously spent at least two years, or at least 20 percent of their career, with teams in California" (SFGATE.com, 10/8). California state Assembly member Henry Perea said that the California Insurance Guarantee Association has paid nearly $42M "in claims to professional athletes" since '02 (AP, 10/8).
BREAK FOR NFL: In L.A., Michael Hiltzik writes the law gives the NFL "an enormous break." The measure "may have been the most dishonest bill to come through the state Legislature this year." It was the "product of relentless lobbying by the major pro sports leagues, especially the NFL, which unabashedly misrepresented its effect to the soft-headed state legislators who sponsored and passed it." Leagues "will make out like bandits" from this law, as they have been "playing California like a harp for years" (L.A. TIMES, 10/9).