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NCAA adopts temporary rules allowing athletes to earn money off name, image and likeness

The decision effectively suspends NCAA restrictions on payments to athletes for sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances.

NCAA athletes will be eligible to make money on their name, image and likeness (NIL) starting Thursday after the NCAA announced it had adopted new, unified, interim NIL rules for all incoming and current athletes.

“This is an important day for college athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a press release.

The NCAA’s decision to suspend restrictions on payments to athletes for things such as sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances applies to all three divisions or some 460,000 athletes.

Emmert added these policies would be temporary as the NCAA continues, “to work with Congress to develop a solution that will provide clarity on a national level.”

Some states already have laws that lay out what and how collegiate athletes are currently allowed to benefit. Others do not. The policies the NCAA adopted Wednesday reflected that. 

Under these policies, athletes, recruits and their families are allowed to profit from their name, image and likeness as long as it is within the current laws of whatever state the school is in. In states where there aren’t currently NIL laws on the books, there are no such restrictions. All athletes however, should report their NIL activities to their school.

The policies laid out by the NCAA are not sacrosanct, however. The interim policies also permit the individual schools and conferences to develop their own protocols.

“The new interim policy provides college athletes and their families some sense of clarity around name, image and likeness, but we are committed to doing more,” Division III Presidents Council chair Fayneese Miller said. “We need to continue working with Congress for a more permanent solution.”

The Associated Press contributed to this reporting.

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Author: Joe Calabrese
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Yes, Nintendo Really Is Allowing A Game With 'Hentai' In The Title On Switch

Remember when Nintendo was so prudish it would censor any game that posed even the slightest chance of offending anyone? Those days are long behind us – for better and for worse – because we’re now in the rather unbelievable situation of Nintendo allowing a game with the word ‘hentai’ in its title to launch on the Switch eShop.

Eastasiasoft and Axyos Games have announced that the action shooter Hentai vs. Evil will arrive on the console on May 27th, priced $ 9.99 / €9.99. You can get 20 percent off that price if you get in early.

Rated 17+ by the ESRB for ‘blood, violence, nudity and sexual themes’, Hentai vs. Evil promises a “dash of naughty flavour to spice things up” as you control a selection of anime-style heroes in a “hedonistic action experience” where you’ll “make sure no waifu gets left behind!” Ahem.

The eShop certainly isn’t a stranger to games with similar themes, as anyone who has played Gal*Gun Returns will tell you, but the use of the term ‘hentai’ certainly raises some eyebrows. Oxford Languages describes hentai as “a genre of Japanese manga and anime characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots.” Hentai vs. Evil does appear to be tamer than its title might suggest – judging from the trailer and screenshots, at least.

Here’s the PR:

Sometimes a little zombie killing and demon slaying is all you need, but a dash of naughty flavor to spice things up certainly can’t hurt, right? In Hentai vs. Evil, demons have invaded the city, the suburbs and even the beach, turning the residents into flesh-eating zombies and throwing cute girls into cages. It’s time to stop the madness! Rescue those girls, have them join your ranks as you take down the source of evil in a rain of bullets and look good doing it!

Featuring three playable characters, all customizable to your liking, Hentai vs. Evil offers a hedonistic action experience that prizes freeform fun above all else. Navigate wide open stages on-foot, utilize a variety of weapons to take down your foes, survive by grabbing power-ups and make sure no waifu gets left behind!

– Survive against demons and zombies in free-roaming 3D action!
– Unlock playable characters by rescuing them from cages.
– Customize the girls’ appearances with cute outfits (or less clothing).
– Find and use a variety of weapon types.
– Challenge yourself with alternate play modes!
– Select from multiple difficulty settings.

Will you be picking this one up? Let us know with a comment.

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Britney Spears fans blast BBC for allowing critic Perez Hilton to contribute to new doc

Fans of Britney Spears have slammed BBC‘s latest documentary The Battle For Britney, after producers allowed Perez Hilton to contribute and talk about her conservatorship. The US blogger previously launched a number of savage attacks on the singer during her darkest days, and viewers felt it was “inappropriate” for him to have a platform to speak on her case now.
The BBC Two documentary is the latest attempt to shed light on the conservatorship she has been under since 2008, but there has been much criticism about the focus of the multiple films released this year, with Britney herself branding them all “hypocritical”.

But with the media fully hung-up on the ins and outs of the songstresses life, fans rushed to her defence after Perez admitted he believes Britney would “be dead” without the controversial conservatorship in place.

It should be noted he didn’t agree fully with the terms of the arrangement that sees her dad Jamie Spears have full control of her finances and personal affairs, and went on to explain how he regrets how he hounded and humiliated the pop icon.

But after the show aired on BBC iPlayer, viewers took to Twitter to complain and question its choice of interviewees.

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“Geez. 2021 is definitely way better than 2020 but I never knew it was gonna be like THIS!” she began alongside videos of her dancing.

“So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life, what can I say, I’m deeply flattered!”

She went on to call the docs “so hypocritical”.

“They criticise the media and then do the same thing? Damn, I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life,” she admitted honestly.

“I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends, I think the world is more interested in the negative!”

She continued: “Isn’t this supposed to be a business and society about THE FUTURE.

“Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago? I mean DAMN.”

With millions of fans backing her right to freedom with the ‘Free Britney’ campaign in full swing, the singer set to take the stand in the court battle over her conservatorship case on June 23, 2021.

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Texas Senate passes bill allowing permitless carry of firearms

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The Texas Senate gave initial approval on a contentious bill to allow permitless carry of firearms in an 18-13 vote on Wednesday.

House Bill 1927 removes the licensing requirement for Texans to carry firearms if they are 21 or older “and not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm.”

“The premise of the bill is not about trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This is about trying to reinstitute a constitutional right for law abiding citizens,” State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who is sponsoring the legislation in the Senate, said Wednesday.

“People who are prohibited from possessing a handgun will still be prohibited from possessing a handgun under this bill,” he said, noting that business owners and private property owners would still have the right to “exclude handguns on their property.”

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, said she thinks “gun-free zones are victim zones, and I don’t like them,” before stating her support for the bill.

State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, announced his support for the bill Tuesday night.

“The people of Senate District 3 overwhelmingly support this legislation and as their State Senator, it’s my duty to represent my district accordingly,” Nichols tweeted.

Senators made several changes to the bill in the upper chamber. Senators added a provision to allow law enforcement officers to secure a handgun in a gun locker or other secure area when taking a person into the secure area of a police station. They also approved a measure to prevent anyone from legally carrying a handgun in Texas if that person was convicted of crimes in the past five years such as terroristic threat, deadly conduct, assault that causes bodily injury and disorderly conduct with a firearm.

Senators also affirmed that a person cannot carry a handgun while intoxicated in a public space. Other amendments adopted included increased penalties for felons caught with a firearm and increased penalties for Texans family violence convictions.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, expressed concern about protections for domestic violence survivors. She referenced previous legislation she carried to allow judges to suspend licenses to carry for domestic violence offenders when that judge issues a protective order.

“I’m really worried about our domestic violence victims,” Nelson said.

Schwertner also added a provision that designated areas such as schools, polling places and hospitals to prohibit carrying of handguns on their property. He also wiped a provision from the House version that required oral or written notice to the carrier from someone at the business or property, and instead simply required signage.

Additionally, Senators approved requiring the Texas Department of Public Safety to post firearm safety messaging on its website.

Schwertner received support for an amendment to remove a section of the bill that stated an officer cannot profile based on carrying a firearm.

State Sen. Bob Hall, R- Edgewood, voiced support for the bill.

“What we’re doing is following our Constitution of making changes with a view to prevent crime,” Hall said.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Texas Senate, issued a statement after the bill passed.

“I am proud that the Texas Senate passed House Bill 1927 today, the Constitutional Carry bill, which affirms every Texan’s right to self-defense and our state’s strong support for our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” he stated. “In the Lone Star State, the Constitution is our permit to carry. I congratulate Senator Charles Schwertner for his leadership on this important issue and for the thoughtful and respectful debate in the Texas Senate today. We have moved quickly on this legislation and I want to thank all those involved who helped gather the votes needed to pass this historic bill.”   

“I don’t see anything that will be different by allowing those without a permit to carry that’s going to be any different than what we already see today.”
State Sen. Drew Springer, R-Muenster

Texas Democrats opposed the measure, stating it opens Texas up to “lose more loved ones to gun violence.”

“Texas Republicans continue to be a major threat to public safety, this time attempting to remove all requirements for people to carry a handgun in public,” Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “This law would further embolden hate groups and white supremacist organizations who thrive off of intimidation tactics and sowing distrust in institutions of public safety.”

Hinojosa cited the El Paso and Midland-Odessa massacres, saying Republicans “have quickly forgotten” lives lost to gun violence in the state.

“Their blatant disregard for Texans’ safety is appalling,” he stated.

Citing the Texas Safety Action Report published by Gov. Greg Abbott’s office in the wake of the El Paso and Midland-Odessa shootings, State Sen. César Blanco, D- El Paso, asked whether HB 1927 adopted any of the recommendations of the report. Schwertner said he had not read the report.

HB 1927 had previously passed out of the newly-formed Senate Special Committee on Constitutional Issues on April 29 in a 5-2 vote after 10 hours of testimony. It passed out of the House largely along party lines last month.

HB 1927 passed out of the upper chamber with some changes attached to the version approved by the House. It heads back to the House for approval on those changes. If the changes are approved, the bill heads to the Governor’s desk. If the changes are not agreed-upon by the House, the bill heads to a conference committee where a panel of lawmakers will iron out the differences between the versions before sending the bill to the Governor’s desk.

“No celebration yet folks! We are now reviewing amendments that were added by the Senate to look for issues that would break House rules governing the purpose of HB 1927,” said State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, who authored the legislation, in a tweet Wednesday night. “Our first impression has us very concerned. Will share more as soon as we can.”

Abbott signaled he would sign the bill into law should it reach his desk.

Author: Wes Rapaport
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick “optimistic” about allowing permitless carry of handguns

Legislation to allow permitless carrying of handguns appears headed toward the floor of the Texas Senate next week, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he is “optimistic” about its chances of passing even though he is still rounding up the votes.”We’re gonna come out with a strong bill, and I’ll believe we’ll pass it because we brought people together,” Patrick told conservative radio host Dana Loesch on Thursday afternoon. “And hopefully it’ll be on the governor’s desk soon, and we’ll get it signed.”

Patrick did the interview while a new Senate committee had a hearing on a bill that the House passed earlier this month to allow permitless carry. The chair of the committee, Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, opened the hearing by saying he intended to “pass this bill out of committee today and on to the entire Senate next week.”

Patrick told Loesch he still did not have the 18 votes required to open the debate on the Senate floor but that he was making progress. He said he started off with roughly six Senate Republicans supporting HB 1927, six opposing it and six unsure. He now has “12 votes, maybe 13,” for the proposal, he said.

SEE ALSO: Texas House gives initial approval to ‘constitutional carry,’ which would allow people to carry a gun without a license

“I’m still a few short, but I’m going to bring it to the floor, and it’s rare that I do this,” Patrick said. “Usually if you don’t have the votes for a bill, you don’t bring up a bill that’s going to lose, but this is an important issue, and we’re going to bring it to the floor next week.”

There are 18 Republicans in the Senate. Bringing the bill up for a vote to start debate would likely force any Republicans opposing it to cast a public vote against it – and potentially face the wrath of gun rights groups pushing for the measure.

There could be at least one Democratic vote in play: Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville. He is one of two Democrats on the new Senate panel, and he began the hearing by raising questions about HB 1927 but not expressing outright opposition. Patrick said he did not know if Lucio and the other Democrat on the committee – Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen – would “cross over and vote for this bill, but we’ll see.”

Pressure has been mounting on the Senate to act after the lower chamber passed HB 1927 in a breakthrough moment for gun rights activists, who have seen the cause not make it nearly as far in previous sessions. Patrick made clear at the start of last week that the Senate did not have the votes for the proposal but that he would try to find a path to change that. He got to work days later, creating the Senate Special Committee on Constitutional Issues – which includes a majority of “constitutional carry” supporters – and referring HB 1927 to the panel.Permitless carry backers saw another burst of progress Tuesday, when Gov. Greg Abbott said he would sign a permitless carry bill if it made it to his desk, breaking his silence on an issue that he dodged a week earlier.

SEE ALSO: ‘Constitutional carry’ bill in Texas will make officers’ jobs ‘incredibly tough,’ union says

Key to the bill’s chances of Senate passage are likely six proposed amendments that Schwertner presented at the hearing earlier Thursday, suggesting they make the proposal more palatable to law enforcement. The committee does not plan to adopt the amendments before voting out the bill, but Schwertner said he was making them known to get discussion going ahead of potential floor debate.

The changes would, among other things, enhance penalties for people with felony convictions who are caught carrying handguns and strike a provision of the bill that would have barred law enforcement officers from profiling a person based on whether they are carrying a handgun.

Ray Hunt, executive director of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, told the committee that his organization is taking a “cautious neutral” position on the bill and will wait to see which amendments are adopted. The current permitting process works, he said, and without significant changes to the proposal, the union is a “hard no.”

“If this bill is blocked on the Senate floor, there’s not one police officer that’s going to be screaming and hollering that’s been up here today,” Hunt said.Patrick mentioned the importance of the proposed amendments to Loesch, saying he believes they are acceptable to “90% or 95% of gun owners” and, if adopted, could create a national model for a permitless carry proposal backed by law enforcement.

But even as he gave his most optimistic outlook yet for permitless carry in the upper chamber, Patrick cautioned that the votes were still coming together. At one point, he suggested he was contemplating a last-resort procedural maneuver if he cannot convince enough Senate Republicans to vote to bring HB 1927 to the floor.

“To pass a bill, we need all 18 Republicans to support it, unless I pull a rabbit out of the hat,” Patrick said, “and I may have a rabbit out of the hat if I don’t have 18.”

The video above is from a previous story.

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Bill allowing permitless carrying of handguns advances

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Settlement reached allowing all high school sports to resume in California

The settlement allows all high school sports to resume in California. All players and sports will follow protocols put in place for college and professional sports.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Organizers of the ‘Let Them Play’ announced a settlement has been reached in the lawsuit against the County of San Diego, The State Department of Health and Governor Gavin Newsom. The lawsuit was spearheaded by Scripps Ranch High School football coach Marlon Gardinera on behalf of his son.

The settlement allows all high school sports to resume in California. All players and sports will follow protocols put in place for college and professional sports.
The settlement also includes assistance for school districts regarding testing.
Coach Marlon Gardinera announced that there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Originally Governor Newsom said all sports testing would be provided, He since walked that statement back and said the state is only providing tests for football, water polo and rugby. However, the group has found a partnership to get all the testing that is needed. For more information on testing for high school sports, click here. 
Some spectators will be allowed in the stands to watch contests. As of now, each player will be able to have four immediate family members in attendance. 
A few weeks ago a judge sided with the suit, allowing youth sports to reopen in the county as long as teams follow the same safety protocols that college and professional sports teams are required to follow.
Gardinera told News 8 the settlement will have a statewide impact, and it includes a solution for testing high school student-athletes.
The announcement of the settlement will be made at 10 a.m. where organizers of ‘Let Them Play’ along with the lawyer involved in the suit will be in attendance.
The student’s lawsuit originally stated, “there is no medical evidence that competing in team sports is safe for college and/or professional athletes but not high school athletes.”
“Governor Newsom has favored professional sports and colleges and allowed them to play sports, but he has denied the same right to youths who are being irreparably harmed through his unequal application of the law,” said Brad Hensley, founder of Let Them Play CA, a group of 60,000+ student-athletes, parents and coaches in California fighting the ban on youth sports.
“We are hopeful that the court will determine that Gov. Newsom’s ban on youth sports is unconstitutional,” Hensley added. “We hope the lawsuit demonstrates to the court the State’s ban is arbitrary, irrational, and bears no relation to reducing the spread of, or remediating the risks posed by, COVID-19.”