With Raphael Warnock projected to win one of the two U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff leading in the other, among the myriad possible outcomes of a change in control of the Senate is how the NCAA will fare in its effort to get a Congressional solution to issues surrounding college athletes’ ability to make money from their names, images and likenesses.
Democrats will continue to have a majority in the House of Representatives. And a bill introduced in the last session of Congress by Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) would go far beyond bills driven by Republican senators and congressmen that were centered more narrowly around name, image and likeness (NIL).
… Blumenthal recently said his and Booker’s measure will be reintroduced in the new session. While changes could be made, the previous version had provisions that included athletes annually receiving money directly based on the revenue surpluses they help their teams generate. He and Booker also want athletes to have long-term health care and a set of educational protections.
As written for the last session, their bill would mandate not only individual NIL rights, but also athletes’ ability to market themselves as a group. That step, among other impacts, would begin to create a mechanism for athletes to be legally depicted in once-popular video games that were discontinued amid NIL litigation against the NCAA.
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