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Sen. Wicker reintroduces bill aimed at providing NIL framework

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As the name, image, and likeness (NIL) world continues to change the landscape of college sports, Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has reintroduced a bill that he believes would “protect students from exploitation and preserve amateurism in college sports.”

Similar to a bill Wicker introduced in December 2020, the Collegiate Athlete Compensation Rights Act would ultimately legalize a student-athlete’s right to earn compensation for the use of their NIL while also prohibiting boosters and schools from using NIL in recruiting.

“To protect the players, maintain a level playing field in college sports, and preserve as much as we can of the amateur nature of college sports, it is imperative that Congress establish a uniform set of standards governing the NIL marketplace,” Wicker said. “This renewed proposal will help protect college athletes’ right to enter into [NIL] agreements, while also ensuring that these agreements are not pay-for-play schemes or incentives for college commitments or transfers.”

Courtesy of Wicker’s office, here is a run-down of the legislation:

  • Enshrine in federal law the right of student-athletes to earn compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness
  • Protect student-athletes and their families from deceptive business practices and exploitation by unscrupulous actors
  • Establish a uniform, national framework for student-athlete NIL compensation to ensure student-athletes in every state are provided the same rights and opportunities
  • Provide educational resources to student-athletes regarding smart and safe ways to earn compensation for the use of their NIL
  • Preserve the unique amateur nature of college sports by prohibiting institutions and boosters from using NIL to induce prospective student-athletes or transfers to attend a specific institution
  • Create an Office of Sport at the Federal Trade Commission to provide the agency with the focus and expertise needed to combat unfair and deceptive practices related to NIL
  • Direct the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress on the health, safety, and education needs of student-athletes

The full bill can be read here.

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