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…