Andy Staples has more background on that Mark Walker student-athlete compensation bill being introduced shortly.
Walker met with several NCAA leaders last week because he’d still like to get this issue settled without passing a law. The group included NCAA general counsel Donald Remy, who was named the NCAA’s Chief Operating Officer late last month. Remy’s presence at the meeting tells us the NCAA takes this very seriously. Last week, the NCAA contingent wanted to let the courts decide all these issues. (Which makes sense, because Remy knew which way the wind was blowing in Oakland.)
The NCAA should worry, because Walker isn’t alone. He says he has met with House Democrats such as Bobby Scott (Virginia), Cedric Richmond (Louisiana) and Hakeem Jeffries (New York) about this bill, and Walker expects bipartisan support. “When we get ready to drop this thing on Thursday, we’re going to have overwhelming support,” Walker says. “It isn’t just going to be a Republican thing.” [Emphasis added.]
It’s pretty clear why Walker went on the record publicly about what he’s doing. He hopes to goad the NCAA into being proactive on player compensation. Unfortunately for Walker, the NCAA isn’t an organization known for taking hints, subtle or otherwise.
Will there be Congressional hearings on the legislation? One can only hope.