Senators Tommy Tuberville and Joe Manchin have reached out to college athletic leaders, including the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, for feedback and ideas on how to regulate how athletes are compensated for their names, images, and likeness.
Tuberville, Alabama, the former college football coach who led Auburn to an undefeated season in 2004, and Manchin, Va. accepted. agreement.
“The lack of meaningful leadership and lack of clarity in this area as a result of Alston (Supreme Court decision) means that the US Congress must act to establish clear ground rules for both student athletes and institutions,” the senators wrote in the letter. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Like you, we share common goals: to protect student athletes, to ensure fair competition and compensation, and to preserve the time-honored tradition of college sports.”
Manchin is friends with Alabama football coach and West Virginia native Nick Saban.
Sledge and Pac-12 Commissioner George Klyavkoff met with Tuberville, Manchin and other lawmakers during a lobbying trip to Capitol Hill in May.
College sports leaders, including outgoing NCAA president Mark Emmert, repeatedly asked Congress for help regulating name, likeness compensation even before the NCAA lifted restrictions on fame-bearing athletes last summer.
The NCAA lifted the ban on NIL compensation for athletes without establishing detailed uniform rules. The patchwork of state laws has created a difficult environment for college athletic departments and has allowed boosters to participate in a way that challenges the NCAA’s ability to enforce the general rules that are in place.
In the past four years, federal lawmakers have filed at least eight bills relating to college sports, some of which are more narrowly focused on the NIL and others that target other benefits and concerns for athletes. None of them showed any significant progress.
One of them, the College Athletes Bill of Rights, pushed forward by Democrats Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal in 2020, is due to be re-introduced by senators, SI.com told Wednesday.
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