Necessary evil

You know Nick Saban’s holding this in his back pocket in case the Florida legislation gets enacted.

A bill filed in the Alabama House of Representatives would allow college athletes to profit off their names and likenesses.

The “Fair Pay to Play” bill would allow student-athletes to earn money for their name, image or likeness, and obtain licensed agents. It would also prohibit schools, athletic associations and conferences from benching them for receiving compensation.

Filed by Rep. Kirk Hatcher (D-Montgomery), the bill also would require schools to create an “athlete injury and wage fund” from 15 percent of revenue from all athletic events. The money would be divided into an athlete injury health savings account and a wage account. The health savings account would “provide a player who suffers a career-ending or long-term injury during a game or team practice with compensation upon his or her graduation.” The wage account would be divided equally among all athletes at the end of each academic year.

If approved, the provisions would become active in 2023.

I’m not sayin’ Saban’s had an active hand in drafting this.  I’m just sayin’.

8 Comments

Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Political Wankery, The NCAA

8 responses to “Necessary evil

  1. HiAltDawg

    Can’t wait until accounting shows that schools “lose” money from sporting events and athletes on scholly end up “owing” the schools and conferences and networks more money for tearing an ACL than students that take out loans owe. Genius play there, Alabama Legislature.

    Like

    • Russ

      I remember a few years back where Auburn actually showed a loss in athletic revenue one year. Talk about creative accounting…

      Like

  2. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    Do we (our beloved State of GA) have legislation on the “Ready 5” to combat our redneck neighbors to the south ,west and east of sacred borders?

    Like

  3. Gaskilldawg

    Good idea. Rather that 15% be used for such a purpose than for building nicer barbershops or waterfalls in the lockerooms.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    In Alabama? When they have to pull the trigger it’ll be passed in less time than it takes to smoke a cigarette.

    Liked by 1 person