Members of the United States Senate carried out a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss the merit of whether Congress should pass a nationalized law governing name, image, and likeness rights for college student-athletes.
Notable names in attendance or otherwise made an appearance included Gonzaga men’s basketball head coach Mark Few and NCAA President Mark Emmert.
NIL laws are set to go into effect in a number of states, not all, however.
Emmert argued over the importance of national oversight in order to prevent inequity and particular schools have advantages now in areas like recruiting because of their geographic (state) location.
ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore had this to say as part of the session’s opening remarks, arguing against uniform NIL legislation:
The panel met to sort out the issue of eight different pieces of legislation being introduced since 2020 with the hope of achieving one streamlined bill.
At this moment, 19 states have passed NIL laws with 5 states having their own going into effect on July 1. Capitol Hill appears to be pushing like Emmert for overarching federal control.
University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann points out the billions in revenue collegiate athletics rakes in, none of which go to the athletes themselves:
New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, who played tight end on the football team at Stanford Univerisity, wants his colleagues to consider something that may be bigger and better than NIL:
The domino effect of multiple states and now the federal government considering NIL legislation began when California. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act, the first NIL legislation of its kind, during an episode of LeBron James’ HBO series, “The Shop.”
College athletics’ D-Day, July 1, is upon us. And it’s up to five U.S. senators to strike a deal to save the sport from months of mess.