The NCAA and the Power Five conferences will have to work harder to prevent major changes to college sports now that Democrats control Congress and the White House. The NCAA and the Power Five collectively spent more than $2 million last year to lobby Congress for a bill that would allow athletes to earn money from endorsements.The lobbyists got most of their wish list into a Republican-backed Senate bill last year. But Democrats are pushing for broader reforms, including guaranteed health care for athletes and revenue sharing. They see college sports reform as a racial and economic justice issue.
Sian Heder’s portrait of a deaf family with a hearing child “CODA” won the top awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, including the grand jury prize, the directing award and the audience award. The festival announced its winners virtually Tuesday night in a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt. Questlove’s debut film “Summer of Soul” swept the documentary awards winning both the grand jury prize and the audience award. The musician was caught off guard, accepting the prizes from his car on the way to work. Other winners included “Cryptozoo,” “Hive” and “Flee.” The 2021 Sundance Film Festival ends on Feb. 3.
As the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. An Associated Press review found that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize vaccine doses have been holding private meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, such meetings are open to the public. But even in those states, governors and health officials can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation.