Well, if you’re looking for some good election news…

Georgia may have done fans of EA Sports’ NCAA Football a solid.

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.

And you didn’t think your vote would make a difference.

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7 responses to “Well, if you’re looking for some good election news…

  1. back9k9

    This is interesting. I can see this playing out with a standard payment annually to the players much like MLB players all get a check for the bubble gum cards. This would include the group of 5 schools as well.
    There are so many ways the players can “get paid” without the schools actually having to pay them.

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  2. The Senate bill is likely to get some watering down to get it to where it can get 60 votes for cloture.

    I only wish the NCAA and its member institutions had reformed itself when it had a chance, but that’s what cartels/monopolies do.

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  3. armydawg

    It will be real interesting to see how Sen. Tommy T. weighs in on this and where he stands.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I reflexively liked, but when I thought about it I decided that I don’t think T has a stand; I expect him to blow where the wind blows.

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  4. Man, I used to love playing NCAA Football–still have an original XBox with it. My 8 yo would love it to see one come out for his playstation.

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  5. akascuba

    Based on revenue surpluses. AD`s and their bean counters for the win if that is the standard. They will never show a profit and spending will sky rocket before they freely give money to employees …… I mean student athletes

    College presidents and their ADs have a very long track record of finding away to hide or justify their wants. The odds may have went up yesterday that only assumes they actually do something other than talk about how I shouldnt use gender specific words like mother or father. That really is their top concern?

    Between the politicians and those that control the money in college football I think they are all self serving. Ill never trust them to really care or create a system that helps. For all the Paul Olivers who made the league I`ll bet there are many more that never made it and where damaged that we never hear of. Football related health care after their playing days are over should be happening now.

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