On Thursday, August 13th, a group of Senators announced that they were planning to introduce a Bill of Rights for College Athletes.
According to CNN, the proposal is aimed at compensating college athletes and is in an on-going debate over whether these students should be paid as coronavirus pandemic pressure conferences to cancel or postpone games scheduled for the upcoming sports season.
If passed as legislation, it would allow college athletes to market "their name, image, and likeness" with minimal restrictions and prevent institutions like the NCAA from "restricting or regulating the compensation of athletes."
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An oversight committee made up of current and former college athletes, civil servants and policy experts has drafted the bill, which aims to give players "a meaningful voice and level playing field by establishing ground rules for college sports," grants Lifetime and an increase in financial assistance to "current and former college athletes with medical bills and expenses from sports-related injuries".
New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker, who helped put the law through, said in a statement Thursday that "the time has come for change."
"As a retired college athlete, that problem is personal to me. The NCAA has failed generations of young men and women even when it comes to its most basic responsibility – keeping the athletes under its responsibility healthy and safe," said Booker, a former soccer player from Stanford University. "The time for change has come. We now have the opportunity to do what should have been done decades ago – step in and bring real justice and opportunity to college athletes across the country."
The proposal is supported by other Democrats, including hopeful Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut, Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, and Senator Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii, Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon, and Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont.
Booker's office said the proposed legislation will be rolled out in the Senate in the coming months.