Proposal aims to protect athletes at wealthiest schools

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A U.S. congressman on Wednesday introduced legislation that would require colleges with high-revenue sports programs to provide their athletes with a package of benefits, including financial aid when an athletic scholarship is lifted for reasons other than misconduct or academic failure.

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) has titled his bill the Collegiate Student Athlete Protection Act, and he told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday night it is aimed at helping athletes "who, in some cases, are left behind and taken advantage of.

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