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Federal Legislators Form Working Group To Address Student-Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Rights

A bi-partisan group of senators and federal legislators has formed to work on the legislative details of student-athlete likeness compensation. Including names like Mitt Romney and Cory Booker, the group plans to hold a forum on providing monetary compensation to student-athletes for the use of their name, image, and likeness. The group plans to address legislation and discuss the matter with the NCAA, including policy recommendations. There is currently not a uniform standard of rules for the NCAA across the 50 states, and this working group would attempt to unify the code.

Key Takeaways:

  • U.S. senators have formed a group to help assist the NCAA to ensure student athletes will soon be compensated for their likeness, name, and image.
  • At the moment, letting student athletes receive payment will happen at the state level, but many predict this will cause many problems.
  • With the formation of the senator’s group, many expect that congress will work to create a federal law for the athletes.

“The numerous state law proposals permitting student-athletes the right to secure compensation for their name, image and likeness rights and the various effective dates for these bills has raised concern about the potential ability of the NCAA and college athletics to maintain some semblance of order.”

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