A new front opens in the amateurism war.

Finally, a free market pol who walks the walk:

The NCAA must allow student-athletes to use their name, image and likeness, opening the door for players to profit while in school, under new federal legislation proposed by a member of Republican House leadership.

The bill, to be introduced by Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina next week, would amend the definition of a qualified amateur sports organization in the tax code to remove the restriction on student-athletes using or being compensated for use of their name, image and likeness.

“Signing on with a university, if you’re a student-athlete, should not be (a) moratorium on your rights as an individual. This is the time and the moment to be able to push back and defend the rights of these young adults,” said Walker, a former college athlete and vice chair of the Republican conference.

I can’t wait to hear some of you call Walker a closet socialist.

Meanwhile, the NCAA is doing itself a grave disservice by not getting out ahead of this while it still has the chance to be proactive and construct something that’s at least moderately beneficial for itself.  Then again, this is the NCAA…

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12 responses to “A new front opens in the amateurism war.

  1. mwo

    It’s about frigging time! Maybe this won’t die a slow painful death.

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  2. TN Dawg

    This guy reminds me of Trump, a politician trying to stick his nose into athletics were it doesn’t belong.

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    • sniffer

      And who would have a more appropriate nose to stick into college athletics? The local sherriff? Because, if we’re waiting on college administrators, tv executives or conferences to make changes, well, we’ll have to wait a little longer.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      But a politician DOES belong in this fight if it requires amending the tax code.

      They are the ones that, you know, write the tax code.

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      • TN Dawg

        Fair point.

        TBH, I didn’t read the article, so I wasn’t aware this was about rewriting the tax code. I thought it was about a congressional member and politician trying to micromanage the NCAA and its membership requirements, rules and regulations.

        But since it’s about the tax code, I rescind my comment.

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        • I thought it was about a congressional member and politician trying to micromanage the NCAA and its membership requirements, rules and regulations.

          They should leave that stuff up to federal prosecutors.

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        • ATL Dawg

          You didn’t have to read the article to be aware that this is about rewriting the tax code. You just had to read the Senator’s post. He included this blurb from the article:

          “The bill, to be introduced by Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina next week, would amend the definition of a qualified amateur sports organization in the tax code to remove the restriction on student-athletes using or being compensated for use of their name, image and likeness.”

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  3. Derek

    I personally can’t wait to order the “Tua Combo” at every restaurant in Tuscaloosa. What could go possibly go wrong?

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    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Diarrhea.

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      • Got Cowdog

        A large Hawaiian pizza with a two-liter, 9.99? I can see that … Should be a big seller.

        Especially in Alabama, where taste buds are flavortarded enough to actually WANT to put pineapple on a pizza.

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  4. WNCDawg

    I am shocked. Some one in the government had the time to think about amateur athletics.I thought they spent the majority of their time fighting like 5th graders fighting on the play ground. Only to be broken up when lobbyist extend their hands out with cash and tickets to a flight and party in the Bahamas.
    No to disrespect 5th graders.

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  5. Russ

    Obviously a RINO.
    😉

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