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Power 5 conferences issue statement on NIL Senate hearing

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to discuss the need for a federal law to regulate name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights for college athletes. Starting July 1, NIL laws will go into effect in five states, with at least 13 more following suit over the next year, setting up a summer of chaos as the NCAA scrambles to enact its own NIL legislation.

As expected, the three-hour hearing didn’t result in any concrete solutions, just lots of talk about how there needs to be a solution. The committee heard testimony from Gonzaga head coach Mark Few, who pressed the need for a federal law, and questioned NCAA president Mark Emmert, who told senators the organization is hoping to pass its NIL rules in late June. After it was over, the Power 5 conferences — SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 — released a statement doubling down on that sense of urgency.

“Only Congress can pass a national solution for student-athlete NIL rights,” the statement read. “The patchwork of state laws that begins on July 1 will disadvantage student-athletes in some states and create an unworkable system for others. As leaders in college athletics, we support extending NIL rights in a way that supports the educational opportunities of all student-athletes, including collegians in Olympic sports who comprised 80% of Team USA at the Rio games. We continue to work with Congress to develop a solution for NIL and expand opportunities.”

Among the topics debated by the committee: the need to include long-term medical care and educational opportunities for athletes after they leave school and whether or not bigger, wealthier schools (such as Kentucky) should share revenue with smaller, poorer schools to finance that. Emmert told senators he believes that is “doable.”

What’s next? Senator Maria Cantwell, the chair of the committee, said the group will reconvene soon to hear from current college athletes. For more on the hearing, I’ll direct you to this thorough recap from Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger:

[Sports Illustrated]

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9 Comments for Power 5 conferences issue statement on NIL Senate hearing

  1. secrick
    11:12 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

    Heck yeah let’s give Ky’s money to all the small schools in the state, make sure and divide it equally .I think they should also divide Coach Cals salary among all the other coaches in the state . I know i can’t wait to give part of my salary to other people that haven’t worked has hard as i have .

    • T-Town Cat
      12:46 pm June 10, 2021 Permalink

      I assume the committee is referring to HBCUs.

  2. Tom Bombadil
    11:18 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

    “and he questioned NCAA Head coach Mark Emmert” Lol !! Lmao!! Great one KSR!

  3. UKCatAttack
    11:19 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

    Mark Emmert is a disaster and he has greatly contributed to the rapid decline of the NCAA…

  4. BobbyBlue
    11:25 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

    The biggest joke is Emmert makes close to $4 million yearly and that is just the above desk figure.

    • makeitstop
      11:39 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

      Roger Goodell must thank God every day for Mark Emmert bc it’s not important to be faster than the bear, just faster than the other guy.

  5. JTHinton
    11:49 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

    I find it fascinating that the P5 came together to give a joint statement on this. We all think about things through the lens of college basketball but football is the main revenue driver, and I don’t recall the P5 ever speaking as one entity before. Could be the first steps for a potential split away from the NCAA? Who knows … could be nothing. But I think there is some significance to this, given the fact we all saw each P5 conference handle the 2020 football season on their own terms, rather than as one entity.

  6. Lip Man 1
    1:42 pm June 10, 2021 Permalink

    Anything that messes with the dishonest and corrupt NCAA is fine by me.