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How to Compensate NCAA Sports Stars Stirs Division in Congress

June 9, 2021, 8:46 PM

Senators are divided sharply over the reach of legislation to let college athletes profit off their names, images, and likenesses as some states are sprinting to set their own rules next month.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has argued a patchwork of state rules on compensating athletes will be unworkable for colleges. NCAA President Mark Emmert, testifying Wednesday before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, urged Congress to pass a national standard, include legal immunity for colleges on likeness compensation, and reject classification of athletes as employees.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the NCAA surpassed $1 billion in revenue—much of ...

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