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Gov. Kemp signs athlete compensation bill into law

On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brain Kemp signed legislation to ensure that student collegiate...
On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brain Kemp signed legislation to ensure that student collegiate athletes in Georgia are paid for the use of their name, image, and likeness.(Georgia Governor's Office)
Published: May. 6, 2021 at 3:14 PM EDT
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ATHENS, Ga. (WALB) - On Thursday, Georgia Governor Brain Kemp signed legislation to ensure that student collegiate athletes in Georgia are paid for the use of their name, image, and likeness.

“College athletics are an essential part of the fabric of who we are as Georgians,” said Kemp. “It is well past time for college athletes to be fairly compensated for all that they do for our universities and our state. It is our hope that this bill will encourage more student-athletes to come to Georgia to receive both a great education and the opportunity to compete at the highest level.”

“As a diehard Georgia sports fan, I am so proud of the contributions that our student-athletes have made to our great state and look forward to cheering them on as we fully re-open and return back to normal,” Kemp, a UGA alumnus, added.

Kemp signed HB 617 at a ceremony in Athens.

Watch the governor’s full remarks here.

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