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Senators propose College Athletes Bill of Rights

Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The fight for players’ rights has reached Capitol Hill. This morning, a group of ten U.S. senators, led by Cory Booker, announced plans for a “college athletes bill of rights” to guarantee NCAA student-athletes monetary compensation, long-term healthcare, lifetime scholarships, and the ability to transfer without penalty.

Senator Booker, who played football at Stanford, said the bill aims to take Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Rights even further, allowing athletes to enter group licensing deals (e.g. clothing lines, the NCAA video game) and revenue-sharing agreements with conferences and their schools, which the NCAA and Power 5 oppose.

“The NCAA has failed generations of young men and women even when it comes to their most basic responsibility — keeping the athletes under their charge healthy and safe,” he said. “The time has come for change. We have an opportunity to do now what should have been done decades ago — to step in and provide true justice and opportunity for college athletes across the country.”

The group, which also includes Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, plans to introduce the bill in the coming months and anticipates it garnering bipartisan support. This is just one of multiple NIL bills being drafted as the push against amateurism continues. California, Florida, and Colorado have all passed NIL laws, with Florida’s going into effect in July 2021.

“This bill of rights is really about empowering athletes and giving them rights to protect themselves and make sure they share in the enormous revenues that are generated,” said Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), one of the bill’s sponsors. “Coaches and athletic directors need to put their money where their mouth is. They talk about, ‘There’s no ‘i’ in team.’ All the slogans repeated before every game in a locker room need to be made real.”

For more details on the proposal, click the link below.

[Sports Illustrated]

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11 Comments for Senators propose College Athletes Bill of Rights

  1. Lip Man 1
    12:34 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    Good that people in power are getting involved to help the players.

    • Cousins Fake Tooth 2
      3:47 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, I mean its going to be so awesome when people can’t even afford tickets anymore because of this stuff. Its college. You’re not a pro.

  2. Lip Man 1
    12:43 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    By the way Nebraska isn’t going anywhere, form CBS Sportsline Thursday:

    Like I said, they weren’t leaving money on the table during this time.

  3. kjd
    1:57 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    Government meddling.

    • satcheluk
      2:05 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

      One purpose of government is to protect those who can’t fully protect themselves from the powers that be. Your meddling, in this case, is someone else’s proper responsibility.

  4. UKrailbird
    2:58 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    Absolutely insane! Democrats again trying to not let a tragedy (pandemic) go to waste.

  5. light my fire
    3:22 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    A group of Dems pandering for college athletes votes. I hope these players realize those politicians don’t give a **** about them or their health. As soon as they graduate they won’t have a job because some illegal will take it. They might as well go ahead and sign up for welfare.

    • Bluebird
      4:03 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

      Ah yes, the all-important college athlete vote. That massive bloc that decides each election. Why did Republicans never think of this? Too busy keeping illegal immigrants from stealing the jobs of…college graduates, I guess.

    • njcat
      11:00 pm August 14, 2020 Permalink

      Perfect Bluebird! lol

  6. Jambluehue99
    3:33 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    Seems there is more pressing issues facing the nation than this.

    • Bluebird
      4:05 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

      Are you drinking water right now? Why do you ever do anything but drink water? Your body needs water. There’s no time to ever worry about anything else but drinking more water.