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Current and former college athletes lend their voices to NIL debate in Senate hearing

  • June 17, 2021

So barring NCAA legislation before next month, there will be differing rules and regulations that must be adhered to and require disparate oversight.

Thursday’s hearing, at certain points, addressed NIL issues. Brown noted in her statement to the committee that she is unable to mention her status as a college athlete when trying to advertise herself as a trainer. That would be seen as an NCAA rules violation.

The female athletes all pointed out inequities in the system that provide greater resources to football and men’s basketball. NIL would be one way for women to have opportunities to be paid and also gain exposure for their sport. This could include monetizing their social media accounts or their personal business entities. 

Name, image, likeness bill may be on shaky ground

While NIL issues are getting the most attention due to the July 1 deadline, the physical and mental health of student-athletes was a major theme in senators’ lines of questioning. 

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