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A Baseball Life & Paying College Athletes | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

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This week on Teachers’ Lounge, Illinois High School BaseballHall of FameCoach, Neal Bertram! He’s been a coach and P.E. teacher at Rockford Lutheran for over 30 years. He talked to Peter about the joy of watching his kids gain confidence, the huge impact his P.E. teacher and basketball coach had on him, and baseball as an allegory for life.

We also sat down with Illinois State Representative Maurice West. He’s the co-sponsor of a bill up for a vote during the veto session that would go against NCAA rules to let college student-athletes profit off of their likeness and get paid endorsements.

All of that and more on a brand new episode of your favorite education podcast (hopefully)!

Have a topic or story you think should be covered on the show? Send them in to teacherslounge@niu.edu. While you're there, nominate an educator who you think should be on the show. And if you are a teacher who should be on the show, let us know!


Educator in this episode: Neal Bertram

Listen/read more about the topics covered:

College athletes endorsement bill heads to Senate with bipartisan support

Tobacco bills’ progress in veto session appear stalled

Ohio State star DE Chase Young suspended one additional game, will return vs. Penn State

Illinois House approves bill to cap insulin costs


Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popin," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own "Sessions from Studio A" where they were featured.

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