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UW student-athletes are cashing in on new NCAA rule change

Daily Cardinal

One of the first to take advantage of this breakthrough rule change was Wisconsin Badgers’ Quarterback Graham Mertz. Mertz — a redshirt sophomore who started in seven games for the Badgers last season — revealed his merchandise store and trademark logo on July 1st with the caption, “Thank you for the support. It’s only the beginning!”

What fans can expect at Camp Randall


“We are so happy to be welcoming fans back to football games,” said Brian Lucas, the director of football brand and communications at UW. “We know the players are excited to have the fans back too.”

Badgers football team over 85% vaccinated from COVID

Wisconsin State Journal

The University of Wisconsin football team is over 85% vaccinated from COVID-19, according to coach Paul Chryst. Speaking with local reporters Friday at the Big Ten Conference football media days, Chryst said there was an instant surge of vaccination among his players once shots were available, and their total has climbed over 85% over the summer.

Celebrate the summer Olympics with PBS Wisconsin

PBS Wisconsin

Noted: George Poage moved to La Crosse as a young child in 1884. Locally, he was known as a scholar and remarkable athlete. He went on to become the first African American on the UW-Madison track team. But his greatest triumph came at the 1904 Olympics when he became the first African American to medal in the 200m and 400m hurdles. From Wisconsin Life, WPR’s Maureen McCollum talked with UW-La Crosse retired special collections librarian Ed Hill about George Poage’s life as a student athlete in La Crosse.

Barry Alvarez named Big Ten special advisor for football


“He understands the history and traditions of the Big Ten. I trust Barry and we look forward to working with him on relevant football-related issues and building upon the strong relationships we have with the College Football Playoff, our broadcast and bowl partners, as well as our member institutions and student-athletes,” Warren said in a news release.

How Olympians Are Fighting to Put Athletes’ Mental Health First


“Five years ago, mental health among elite athletes was not a very often-discussed topic,” says Dr. Claudia Reardon, professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin. If there was any focus on athletes’ mental health, it centered around performance and ways to optimize results on the field. “Most of the emphasis when it came to mental health was around sports psychology and performance, and offering resources to help you perform at your highest level,” says Ross. “Occasionally in the health history [questionnaire] there might be some questions about mental health but they were sort of hidden, and weren’t prominent.”

Badgers Football Players Begin Profiting From Name, Image, Likeness Following NCAA Rule Change

Wisconsin Public Radio

Less than a month after the NCAA ruled college athletes can profit from their names, image and likeness some Badgers Football players have begun to reap the benefits.

On July 1, the NCAA adopted a temporary policy to suspend rules that banned college athletes from getting paid for the use of their names, images and likeness. It was a significant shift but a small part of a larger debate over whether students should be paid to compete in college sporting events.

Dane Co athletes excited for return of baseball & softball in Tokyo Olympics, hope for permanency in future games


Pitching similar feelings for softball’s return to the Olympic games is UW Madison Head Softball Coach, Yvette Healy.“With Tokyo hosting and them being such a great softball community, everyone knew that they would pick that sport back up, so we were thrilled. I mean the sport needs to be in the Olympics. There’s so many fans watching so we loved it,” said Healy.

NFL funding study on its most common injury: hamstrings

The Washington Post

The league’s Scientific Advisory Board on Thursday announced a four-year, $4 million award to a team of medical researchers led by the University of Wisconsin. The study is part of the NFL’s effort to better understand and prevent lower-extremity injuries, including soft tissue strains such as hamstrings.

Alicia Monson Pushed Herself to the Limit at Her First Olympic Trials

Runner's World

And on the next-to-last day of competition, Alicia Monson, at her first Olympic Trials after a standout NCAA career at the University of Wisconsin, was racing in the women’s 10,000 meters. The race was moved from evening to morning because the temperature in Eugene, Oregon, had been forecasted to reach triple digits later in the day.

University of Wisconsin is planning a Badgers block party … in Milwaukee’s Deer District

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

From an ocean of green to a sea of red. It really is Christmas in July at the Deer District.

Maybe Frank Kaminsky will be present for both?

Though the Milwaukee Bucks playoff run will be over one way or another by July 29, the Deer District will still be a hot spot for local sports celebration, though this time it’s for a brand outside the city.

Why Canadiens’ Cole Caufield can be America’s next star

Sporting News

He wore red and white at the University of Wisconsin (2019-21), where he capped his collegiate career with the 2021 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top men’s player. And now, he is sporting the bleu, blanc et rouge of the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

Gov. Evers declares June 30th as ‘Barry Alvarez Day’


“It’s hard to overstate the impact and legacy of @UWBadgers Director Barry Alvarez,” Gov. Evers tweeted. “I’m proud to declare today Barry Alvarez Day, and on behalf of the state of Wisconsin and Badgers everywhere, I wish Director Alvarez all the best in his retirement.”

College Players May Make Money Off Their Fame, Powerful N.C.A.A. Panel Recommends

New York Times

Noted: Some athletes have already begun making plans to cash in on their renown. Jordan Bohannon, a men’s basketball player at the University of Iowa, has announced plans for an apparel line that will debut on Thursday, and the University of Wisconsin’s starting quarterback, Graham Mertz, posted a video with a personal logo.

College Players May Make Money Off Their Fame, NCAA Panel Recommends

The New York Times

Some athletes have already begun making plans to cash in on their renown. Jordan Bohannon, a men’s basketball player at the University of Iowa, has announced plans for an apparel line that will debut on Thursday, and the University of Wisconsin’s starting quarterback, Graham Mertz, posted a video with a personal logo.

College athletes at UW and beyond will soon profit off their name, image and likeness; here’s what you should know

Wisconsin State Journal

This change in direction — prompted by years of lobbying by former athletes and state governments challenging the NCAA’s model — is a win for athletes who believe they should be able to profit on their talents beyond a scholarship. However, the exact framework for how NIL payments will work nationwide still is taking shape.

Former Mosinee athlete, UW professor addresses brain trauma in new book about youth sports

Wausau Daily Herald

She was studying athletic training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when she met the athlete who would change the trajectory of her career.

Now a 34-year-old assistant professor at UW-Madison’s Department of Kinesiology, Mosinee native Julie Stamm was an undergraduate then, in the midst of the clinical portion of her studies — working with a high school football team, getting hands-on training in treating athletic injuries.

“We had a lot of concussions that fall, probably seven or eight just in preseason camp,” Stamm said.