Does Congress want to get into the “doing it for the kids” business?

Sounds like somebody there does.

A discussion draft of a bill that would establish a federal regulatory NIL body was revealed Tuesday by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida) exclusively to CBS Sports.

The Fairness Accountability and Integrity in Representation of College Sports Act (FAIR College Sports Act) would preempt all existing and future state NIL laws, a limitation currently being sought for Congress to address by the NCAA.

Bilirakis is a member of the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee. In that role, he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce, which has already conducted two NIL hearings.

A discussion draft is considered the next public step in the legislative process.

Beyond creating a federal regulatory body to address NIL, the suggested legislation would:

  • Protect athletes’ rights to earn NIL compensation and sign with agents. (The NCAA allows for a limited scope of NIL benefits and currently allows athletes to have agents for NIL marketing purposes only.)
  • Ban “pay-for-play” by prohibiting boosters, collectives and other third parties from “offering inducements to attend or transfer” to specific institutions.
  • Require registration within 30 days for agents, boosters and collectives when NIL deals are signed.

On the plus side, the bill is limited in important regards.  There’s nothing about medical benefits for college athletes in it, for example.  More significantly, the bill does not “address athletes’ potential employee status nor establish liability protections for schools or the NCAA itself. House sources say such protections would be out of the body’s jurisdiction at the moment.”  To that extent, it neatly calls the NCAA’s bluff about how federal NIL regulation is the biggest issue, when we all know what they really want is antitrust exemption status.

That being said, what the bill does is substitute the toothlessness of the NCAA with regard to NIL enforcement with criminal liability.

A commission board of directors would be appointed by Congressional leaders. The board would be made up of student-athletes and various conference and NCAA division leaders. A chairman would be elected by a majority of the board.

Any entity found to be in violation of the bill’s regulations would be “appropriately disciplined.” The USIAC would leave enforcement up to “existing agencies,” including state attorneys general (for agents and third parties). The NCAA would still oversee wrongdoing by athletes.

Hoo, boy.  Can’t wait to see if this has any legs to it.



Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

13 responses to “Does Congress want to get into the “doing it for the kids” business?


    We’re from the Govt, and we’re here to help you.

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  2. Derek

    I just don’t see a bipartisan deal without a bill that addresses far more than just putting money in these kid’s pockets. As long as it’s narrowly tailored to control the money spigot only, its DOA in my opinion. Fear of “weed and tats”and fast Dodge Chargers is just not a bipartisan concern.

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  3. I’m not smart enough to know whether this is good for college sports or not. I do think it’s a waste of the Congress’s time when we have $30,000,000,000,000 of debt and growing and no real plan to get it under control.

    NCAA, do your job and enforce the rules you can against the schools. Quit making the situation worse intentionally, so you can get the cartel status quo into federal law.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. They should really be working on the Some Totally Useless Politician Interrupting Democracy (Stupid) Act.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Make it easier to monitor booster and NIL payments …. so they can be more easily taxed.

    Liked by 6 people

    • PTC DAWG

      Someone gets it. ^^^^

      Liked by 2 people

      • 79dawg

        What big payments do you guys think are going untaxed, which should be (other than cash in a brown bag, which this is (still) unlikely to sweep up)?
        In order to expense (i.e., deduct from net income) payments to athletes, businesses and the collectives must provide 1099s to the athletes. I can’t believe even the boosteriest of boosters is using significant after-tax personal money to pay the athletes in this environment….


        • W Cobb Dawg

          I was throwing the tax comment out there tongue & cheek.

          But isn’t this legislation primarily an enforcement mechanism? And if there’s enforcement there’s gonna to be penalties$$


        • PTC DAWG

          If anyone can f up something even more, it’s Congress.


  6. jim1886

    If you really want to f___ it up, get Congress involved

    Liked by 2 people

  7. winderdawg

    I don’t see how anything could go wrong. Bills created by politicians, who make their living from taking big money from their own boosters (campaign donors etc.,) to police boosters and collectives from giving big money to young college athletes. Only in America

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Catfish

    Congress to the Mouse, “you think you can fuck something up for a quick pay up, hold my beer, rookie.”

    Liked by 1 person

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