HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut is poised to become the next state to allow college student-athletes to benefit from their own names and likenesses.
The state Senate passed the bill on Tuesday night.
âThis bill really addresses a basic equity issue: These students – who are mostly minority students – have helped the NCAA earn billions of dollars in sports broadcasting fees, but so far they could not participate in any of these benefits, âSen said. Derek Slap, a Democrat who represents West Hartford. “It’s time to give our Connecticut student-athletes the opportunity to make money with their name, face and talents. A talented art or music student can make money with their name , so why not an athlete? We are fortunate to live in a state where our female athletes also have the opportunity to benefit and that is just one more reason to celebrate her passing. “
Slap is credited with leading the final passage of the bill which, in addition to allowing student athletes to be compensated for an approval, allows them to hire a sports lawyer.
He has said for years that he defends the right of college athletes to profit from their name or image by engaging in paid advertising – which is currently prohibited by the NCAA, even though the organization allows states to write their own rules.
The Connecticut bill is now heading to Gov. Ned Lamont’s office.
Lawmakers said the bill had been approved by the University of Connecticut and other state colleges and universities who fear they will be at a disadvantage in recruiting and retaining student-athletes without such a policy.
Sixteen states have passed similar laws, including Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Dozens of other states are considering similar legislation.
Senator Chris Murphy defended it at the federal level.
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