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Power Five Conferences formally ask Congress to create federal NIL rights legislation

© Steve Roberts | USATSI

© Steve Roberts | USATSI

“Please, for the love of God, do something about NIL rights before the NCAA screws it up!” 

In essence that is the message Power Five conference commissioners have sent to Congress as the national debate continues over Name, Image and Likeness rights for student athletes.

Brett McMurphy obtained a three-page letter that was signed by all five commissioners from the Power Five to Congress, asking America’s legislators to take action and create a “uniform national standard that will preempt state NIL laws. … time is of the essence.”


Earlier this month we learned from the AP that Power Five conferences spent $350,000 in the first quarter of 2020, more than ever previously spent in an entire year, lobbying Congress to create federal legislation pertaining to endorsement deals and individual licensing for college athletes.

This letter follows recommendations the NCAA released in late-April for implementing NIL rights rules that could be voted on in January of 2021 and go into effect the following school year. The formal request from the Power Five to leaders in Congress circumvents Mark Emmert’s authority with the NCAA.

For a time many have wondered what would it take for the Power Five to split from the NCAA. When it comes to NIL rights, there is clearly a schism.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Power Five Conferences formally ask Congress to create federal NIL rights legislation

  1. Ben27
    2:08 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    It is a shame that Congress has to waste their time on this issue. Time for the NCAA to man up and do the right thing! When will common sense and good judgement ever be found in college sports?

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:11 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

      Why should anyone be worried about Congress wasting time on anything, that’s what they do, waste time and our tax dollars. Or haven’t you been paying attention?

    • peaches76
      4:29 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

      4ever, I don’t usually agree with your comments but this time you nailed it sir! Credit where credit is due.

  2. JASUN74
    2:34 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Nothing about Dad Strength in this entire article?? ANYWAY, I don’t have the time to think of all the ways a school could use this to their advantage, but if there was ever a time in history to have John Calipari as our head coach, ITS NOW!! Wooo! I don’t know if this will work or if it will destroy college sports, but I do think the kids deserve something more for the time they put in. What’s going to be the worst problem is jealousy will run rampant across the country, the best players of course, and some kids who have smart parents or family’s will definitely have an advantage I would imagine, that’s the real world I suppose.

    I honestly love College Football and Basketball and would hate to lose that passion for the game. I’m not saying kids won’t play to win but you know what happens when money becomes an incentive. Hopefully everything will continue to run as normal as possible and the slimeball Coach’s get dealt with, but just like Today, yesterday and the day before, some kids will continue to get those big payments while other kids that work just as hard get free meals. Ahh yeah, The real world again. Lol.

    The great thing is, we’ve got the right man who knows all the right people and could sell a ketchup pop cycle to someone wearing white gloves. I reread that and I know it’s lame but it’s true. Like Cal always says, “ Kentucky will eat first“! Haha. Go Cats.

  3. NOLAcat
    2:49 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    The only people who can screw this up more than the NCAA is Congress.

    JASUN is right… this is going to dramatically change the landscape of collegiate men’s football and basketball in favor of schools with wealthy boosters, and for most athletic departments, it will affect 0-5 athletes per year. Hope it’s worth it.

  4. grammarpoliceUK
    2:56 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t know if this is good or bad for college sports. None of us really do. I don’t have a problem with either side. But one thing is certain: college sports as we know it is about to change dramatically over the net few years.

  5. CrystalBall
    6:28 pm May 29, 2020 Permalink

    Politicians need to exert more time and energy on we the people than they do trying to get re-elected.