SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation making California the first state to mandate financial protections for student athletes who suffer career-ending injuries in some of the state's top college sports programs.

SB 1525protects athletes at the four universities that receive more than $10 million annually in sports media revenue - the University of Southern California, UCLA, Berkeley and Stanford.

They will have to give academic scholarships to students who lose their athletic scholarships if they are injured while playing their sport.

The legislation by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles was one of several higher education bills the governor announced signing Thursday.

Another, AB 970, would require the University of California and California State University systems to provide public notice and consult with students before raising tuition.

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