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Boston city committee discusses bill of rights, health care for college athletes

A Boston city council committee is considering whether to pass a bill of rights for college athletes.

Among the provisions in the proposal is one that requires schools in the city to offer four-year scholarships, instead of the renewable one-year grants the NCAA currently allows. The bill of rights would also require schools to cover athletes' medical expenses for any sport-related injuries — for the rest of the player's life.

City Councilor Josh Zakim (ZAY-kim) proposed the bill of rights. He also introduced a bill that would create a head-injury protocol that would apply to any games played in the city.

Zakim says the NCAA and the schools haven't come up with a solution to these problems, so it's time for the city to take the lead.