Congress’ latest bitch slap of the NCAA

Sooner or later, you’d think Mark Emmert would get the message, but nah…

The Amateur Athletes Protection and Compensation Act of 2021 is scheduled to be introduced this week in the U.S. Senate by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). Sports Illustrated obtained a copy of the legislation. The act is the sixth congressional bill governing athlete compensation announced or introduced over the last calendar year in Washington, but is just the second to be introduced in the new Congress. Bills introduced last year must be reintroduced this year.

Compared with some of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, Moran’s legislation falls more toward the middle of the raging debate over how athletes should be compensated for their name, image and likeness (NIL). Under the bill, athletes would be open to sign endorsement deals as long as the agreements do not violate a school’s code of conduct, and recruits can sign the same deals as long as they are not considered recruiting inducements.

Moran’s draft provision is the first such concept included in a Republican-backed NIL bill. It grants athletes the right to enter a sports draft and retain their eligibility as long as they do not receive compensation from a professional sports league, team or agent. The athlete would need to declare their intentions no later than seven days after the completion of the draft.

The act is maybe the most broad of all Republican-authored NIL legislation. It provides expanded medical coverage, lifetime scholarships for former athletes and grants athletes the ability to transfer at least once without penalty.

When you’ve lost a Republican Senator from Kansas, it’s safe to say your message isn’t resonating.  More and more, it’s looking like the NCAA and schools are putting all their eggs in the Supreme Court basket.  It won’t be pretty if they’re wrong.

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10 responses to “Congress’ latest bitch slap of the NCAA

  1. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    It seems well meaning, but it looks really messy to me. Example “..recruits can sign the same deals as long as they are not considered recruiting inducements.”

    How much arguing is there likely to be about that?

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  2. MGW

    If kids can declare for the draft, get drafted, and still say no and return to college, that is a pretty major counterpunch to the NFL’s stranglehold in CFB policy. It’d be a headache for CFB coaches, but a much bigger problem for the NFL.

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    • CB

      I would imagine the thinking is for the Elijah Holyfield(s) and Kwame Geathers who go undrafted being able to return to school. How will that work for a team that has already filled their roster spot with new recruits and transfers? That’s the biggest headache I foresee. Why would a kid declare for the draft and then decide to return to school after being selected?

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  3. 69Dawg

    Not having read the bill, I would from your summary see quite a few “Gotchas”. The biggest of which is “…if the endorsement violates the schools Code of Conduct.” Those codes are sure easy to change to keep this from hurting the schools money train. I don’t think the NCAA is going to get much joy out of the Supremes either way. Just because they rule that the lower court right or wrong, the Congress can screw them either way.

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  4. Not as bad as some of the proposals I’ve read.

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