An exercise in futility

Look, mom!  A US Senator is trying to stuff the genie back in the bottle!

One of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate is reintroducing a bill to govern name, image and likeness (NIL) that would “preserve the unique amateur nature of college sports,” he says.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), the ranking member of the committee believed to hold jurisdiction over any NIL legislation, is proposing a similar bill to the one he introduced in December 2020. His legislation would legalize college athlete NIL by using a national standard of rules that prohibits boosters and schools from utilizing NIL in recruiting.

Rog, I hate to break it to you, but that “unique amateur nature of college sports” horse is already two counties over from the barn it escaped from.  Although I give you credit for giving the NCAA everything it had on its congressional shopping list.

The bill gives antitrust protection to the NCAA, schools and conferences in two ways. It prohibits former athletes from suing for retroactive NIL, and it explicitly notes college athletes should not be considered employees. The NCAA is fighting two ongoing court cases based on both of these elements.

Yeah, that’s going to be embraced by everyone.  Needless to say, this baby’s as DOA as his previous bill was.



Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

16 responses to “An exercise in futility

  1. Retroactive NIL? Now there’s a potential wrecking ball

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  2. fisheriesdawg

    I’m guessing this is the first time anyone has described Roger Wicker as “one of the most powerful Republicans in the US Senate.” I was expecting the quote to be about McConnell or something. Definitely wasn’t thinking it would be Wicker.

    He’s definitely top 50, though.

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  3. I’m not so sure something like this doesn’t end up being passed in the not to distant future. Follow the money.


  4. Actually Senator…that horse got out of the barn, impregnated every mare in the county, trampled some pedestrians in town, and then got killed by a tractor trailer on the highway.

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  5. pedropossum

    Well it appears ole roger just got him a check from the ncaa without really having to do much.


  6. Sweet D

    “Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), the ranking member of the committee BELIEVED to hold jurisdiction over any NIL legislation…”
    Believed? We don’t even know for sure who has jurisdiction?



  7. prosticutor

    “One of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate….” I quit playing politics a long time ago, but as MS resident for over 20 years now, I nearly spit out my coffee when I read that intro.


  8. Jackson have water yet?

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  9. olddawg22

    Damn when i read the header i thought great! He is going to make Ok. Texas Scal and UCLA stay in current conferences!!!!!
    Sadly not the news i hoped for, crap

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  10. Harold Miller

    The proverbial “fart in church” is what we have here.