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’.